Dr. Babacar Cisse is an Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery and Leon Levy Research Fellow of the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute at Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center. He has clinical expertise in primary and metastatic brain and spinal tumors, utilizing modern techniques such as neuro-navigation, ultrasound, advanced imaging, motor and speech mapping, and endoscopy to achieve the safest outcomes for his patients. His research interests examine the interactions between the immune system and brain tumors, including current work to understand the microenvironment and immune cells surrounding glioma. These immune system-tumor interactions are critical for the promotion or repression of brain tumors, their growth, and malignant transformation. The research is done using human brain tumor samples and mouse brain tumor models. By developing a thorough and basic understanding of how gliomas develop and grow, Dr. Cisse hopes to eventually identify therapeutic targets against which agents can be developed.
Dr. Cisse received his undergraduate degree from Bard College, before earning his M.D. and Ph.D. at Columbia University. He completed his residency and chief residency in neurological surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.