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Zachary N. Litvack, MD

Languages: English
Accepting New Patients
Professional Statement
Dr. Litvack values a collaborative multi-disciplinary approach to caring for patients suffering from benign or malignant brain tumors, head and neck cancers involving the brain and spine, chronic pain and degenerative spinal disorders. Dr. Litvack applies his unique expertise in skull base surgery, neuroendoscopy, minimally invasive cranial, and minimally invasive spinal surgery to restore patients to health while minimizing the physical and emotional impact of surgery. His patients benefit from being fully informed of their disease and their treatment options. Dr. Litvack and his patients also benefit from 24/7 access to a team of fellowship-trained physicians and surgeons with extensive experience in Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology, Neuroanesthesia, Neuro-endocrinology, Neuro-ophthalmology, Neuro-Oncology and Radiation Oncology.
Field of Study
Brown University - School of Medicine
Medical School
Oregon Health & Science University
General/Neurological Surgery
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Pituitary and Neuroendocrine Surgery
Professional Associations
American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, North American Skull Base Society, Pituitary Network Association, American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery, Surgery, Neurological
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery
Clinical Interests
  • acoustic neuroma
  • arachnoid cyst
  • astrocytoma tumors
  • benign neoplasm of brain
  • brachial plexus injury
  • brain laceration
  • brain neoplasms
  • brain surgery
  • cerebellar tumor
  • cerebrospinal fluid leak
  • chiari decompression
  • chordoma
  • craniopharyngioma
  • encephalocele repair
  • endoscopic neurosurgery
  • ependymoma
  • epidermoid cysts
  • facial pain
  • gamma knife radiosurgery
  • glioma
  • glossopharyngeal neuralgia
  • hydrocephalus
  • lumboperitoneal shunt placement
  • malignant brain neoplasm
  • medulloblastoma
  • meningioma
  • meningocele
  • metastatic brain cancer
  • nasopharyngeal angiofibroma
  • neuroendocrine tumors
  • neuroendoscopy
  • normal pressure hydrocephalus
  • olfactory neuroblastoma
  • oligodendroglioma
  • orbital tumors
  • peripheral nerve surgery
  • petrous apex tumor
  • pineal tumor
  • pituitary surgery
  • rathke's cleft cysts
  • sinonasal undifferentiated carcinoma
  • skull base tumor
  • spinal tumor
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The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey.Responses are measured on a 10 - point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5 - point scale in order to display results in a 5 - star rating.Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.4 out of 5 (49 Ratings, 11 Comments)


Doctor Litvak was very informative and made sure I understood diagnosis and treatment needed spent more than adequate time with meGreat bedside manner

Dr Litvack always gives me exceptional care. He takes the time to listen, and easily transitions from medical to general terminology. He looks me in the eye when we talk and I know he really cares about my well being. [...] I receive exceptional care.

We spent more time with the PA's than with the dr. The dr. did not explain the meningioma and what it was very well.

Very good experience.

Dr. Litvack stated that an old tumor had new growth without having the old MRI pictures or records to back his diagnosis. How can someone make a what I would call an assumption about there being new growth on an old tumor without doing their due diligence. Then recommend us to another specialist (neuro opthamologist) for what could possibly be a totally false claim. I want to clearly state we haven't heard back from Dr. Litvack yet on weather or not there is indeed new growth, but for him to say there was and recommend we see another specialist without knowing for certain that new growth was there is very disheartening. Not to mention the original diagnosis from Dr. [...] was that there was a new tumor behind my wife's left eye. when in fact Dr. Litvack disagrees and says there is no new tumor and the MRI we had done on this visit wasn't necessary.

Dr Litvack possesses a strong sense of intuition. I felt confident in his Medical knowledge and would have no problem being under his care.

The provider apologized for lengthy wait - I was referred to him for [...] no received from previous provider - I has been over a week since MRI's were [...] and I have received no results of feedback the previous experience was very negative - I'm hopeful this not be a continuous of that bad experience.

Litvack is as good as it gets - And I'm a expert surgical patient.

Litvack is extraordinary. This was a 1 month post op apt and he took the time to show me what he did, made sure everything was functioning at appropriate levels, and listened to my concerns. I've already recommended him to many of my friends and family.

Pro.vider always seems like he is in a rush; I have to be very organized when talking otherwise cannot get concerns out. Prrovider does not provide good discharge or plan instructions. If I was not already in healthcare I would not have known what to question or ask

He sat with us for a long time and listened to concerns. Then he showed us the pictures of my neck. He compared the disks to Oreos, and "this is the one that sat in the sun, see how it's leaking the white?" and "See how this one looks like a broken Oreo? This is the one that we are really concerned about." This was exactly what we needed, and my 9 year old son explained what the doctor said, to my husband and my dad when we got home. This was phenomenal. My mom has already started the process to see if my dad can be seen in Seattle. I have suggested it to my brother as well. Though the news Dr Litvack delivered was not "you're healthy!!" he delivered it with compassion, and in words we all could understand. I'm still in shock that I received a thank you note from the office a few days after my visit. Fantastic care!
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