Charles Rosen, M.D., PhD
charles rosen, m.d., Phd
Dr. Charles Rosen has unique skills for helping patients with tumors of the cranial base, including acoustic neuromas, pituitary tumors, cancers affecting the brain, eyes, and nasal sinus. He cares for patients with aneurysms, carotid stenosis, AVM’s, and other vascular lesions. Dr. Rosen’s extensive experience in cranial base surgery also enables him to expertly deal with primary and metastatic brain tumors, chiari malformations, spine tumors, meningiomas, and the treatment of trigeminal and facial nerve pain syndromes (i.e. trigeminal neuralgia). Dr. Rosen routinely performs procedures for cervical, thoracic and lumbar spinal disease including the use of advanced computer based navigation.
Dr. Rosen most recently served as Department Chair of Neurological Surgery at West Virginia University (WVU) School of Medicine from 2012 through 2017.
He joined the faculty at WVU in 2001 and held various positions in the WVU Department of Neurosurgery, including program director, vice chair, director of research and the neurosurgical research laboratories, and director of cranial base surgery.
Dr. Charles Rosen has a national and international reputation for his work on neurovascular disease and cranial base surgery. He graduated with honors from Washington University in St. Louis, and then attended New York University as a NIH Medical Scientist Trainee, earning his MS, PhD, and MD. He was elected to the AOA honors society as a result of his work at NYU. He then completed a seven year training program in Neurosurgery at George Washington University, where he trained under noted Cranial Base Surgeon Dr. L. Sekhar.Following the completion of his training, he joined the faculty at West Virginia University School of Medicine. During his 17 year tenure, he was promoted through the academic ranks to Full Professor, Director of Skull Base Surgery, Director of the Neurosurgical Laboratories, Program Director of the Neurosurgery Training Program, and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. Rosen was passionate about improving patient access to care, and doubled the size of the outreach clinics in Wheeling, WV, as built new centers for neurosurgical care in Clarksburg, WV and Martinsburg, WV.
Dr. Rosen has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on stroke, head trauma, and the management of brain tumors and vascular disease. He has received more than $4,000,000 in grants for his research on stroke, head trauma, and brain surgery techniques. Dr. Rosen has been an invited guest lecturer both nationally and internationally to speak regarding his expertise on the management of complex tumors and aneurysms. Dr. Rosen has been involved in the development of computer based navigation and robotics in use today. Dr. Rosen is an avid teacher and has mentored dozens of neurosurgery residents, 100’s of medical students, and had 6 students attain their PhD’s working in his laboratory. Though an active researcher and teacher, Dr. Rosen’s overwhelming passion has been the care of patients.
Dr. Rosen has unique skills for helping patients with tumors of the cranial base including acoustic neuromas, pituitary tumors, cancers affecting the brain, eyes, and bony structures. He also cares for patients with aneurysms, carotid stenosis, AVM’s, and other vascular lesions. Dr. Rosen’s extensive experience in cranial base surgery also enables to expertly deal with primary and metastatic brain and spine tumors, meningiomas, and the treatment of trigeminal and facial nerve pain syndromes (ie trigeminal neuralgia). Dr. Rosen routinely performs procedures for cervical, thoracic and lumbar spinal disease including the use of advanced computer based navigation.
Dr. Charles Rosen’s neurosurgery expertise is focused on cranial base and neurovascular surgery, as well as complex intradural tumors of the third ventricle, posterior fossa, and spinal cord.
Dr. Rosen most recently served as Department Chair of Neurological Surgery at West Virginia University (WVU) School of Medicine from 2012 through 2017, following his 2011 appointment as Interim Department Chair.
He joined the faculty at WVU in 2001 and held various positions in the WVU Department of Neurosurgery, including vice chair, director of research and the neurosurgical research laboratories, and director of cranial base surgery.
He was professor of Neurosurgery and Program Director for Residency in Neurological Surgery in the WVU Department of Neurosurgery at WVU School of Medicine, among other academic and clinical roles.
While serving as the chair of WVU Department of Neurosurgery, Dr. Rosen managed development of the WVU Medicine Neurosurgery, Spine and Pain Center at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, W.Va.
Dr. Rosen also served as the Medical Director for Neurosurgery at United Hospital Center, Ohio Valley Medical Center, and Wheeling Hospital.
Dr. Rosen led a team of physicians, computer scientists, engineers, and industry leaders on standardization of how DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) imaging is distributed on computer media and viewed. This enables doctors all over the world to more easily collaborate on patient care–which allows, and to allow patients to readily bring MRI’s and CT scans from one physician to another.
He has received several honors, including election by his peers to the Society of Neurological Surgeons, The Society of University Neurosurgeons, and the Board of Directors of the American Association of Neurological Surgery. He also served as president of The Neurological Society of the Virginias. Dr. Rosen has had leadership roles in the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies, and the Congress of Neurosurgery.
While practicing neurosurgery at WVU Department of Neurosurgery, Dr. Rosen was awarded the 2011 and 2013 Cornerstone Award from Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center at WVU. He was also the 2015 recipient of the Vice President of Health Science’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Service at WVU.
Dr. Rosen is married to his wife, Lisa. They have two children, Rachel and Joshua. His family enjoys adventurous travel, and Dr. Rosen is an avid collector of cars and motorcycles.
Dr. Rosen practices at CINHS in Bloomington, IL as well as Champaign, IL.
Brain Aneurysms and AVM’s | Carotid Stenosis | Brain Tumors-Primary and Metastatic | Complex Spine Surgery | Metastatic Spine Tumors | Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery | Spinal Cord Tumors | Minimally Invasive Pituitary Surgery | Chiari Malformations | Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus | Trigeminal Neuralgia
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