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What Every Patient Needs to Know About Advances in Pituitary SurgeryPresented by: Georgios A. Zenonos, MD

Associate Director, UPMC Center for Cranial Surgery See previous webinars in the video carousel below


georgios a zenonos mdThis month the PNA Spotlight focuses on Dr. Georgios A. Zenonos, the neurosurgical Associate Director of the Center for Cranial Base Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He completed medical school at the University of Athens School of Medicine in Greece, where he was valedictorian. He went on to pursue a basic science post-doctoral research fellowship at Harvard Medical School to study the mechanisms of programmed cell death. Dr. Zenonos also completed two formal cranial base fellowships: one at the University of Pittsburgh, focusing on endoscopic endonasal pituitary surgery, and minimally invasive approaches, and one at the University of Miami under Drs. Jacques Morcos, and Roberto Heros, focusing on complex open approaches, and cerebrovascular neurosurgery. Dr. Zenonos also has further sub-specialization in stereotactic Gamma-Knife radiosurgery. He completed his internship, residency and chief residency in neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh. The PNA posed some questions about his career in pituitary medicine; his answers follow.



Pituitary Network Association

The PNA is an international non-profit organization for patients with pituitary tumors and disorders, their families, loved ones, and the physicians and health care providers who treat them.

The PNA was founded in 1992 by a group of acromegalic patients in order to communicate and share their experiences and concerns. The PNA has rapidly grown to become the world's largest and fastest growing patient advocacy organization devoted to the treatment and cure of pituitary disorders.

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The PNA is supported by an international network of the world's finest physicians and surgeons. Our goal is to reach every patient who may be forgotten, abandoned, or worse yet, undiagnosed after many years of suffering. We are doing this in three ways: (1) by providing public awareness programs and educational seminars, (2) by assisting the medical community in developing uniform standards for early diagnosis, surgery, radiation, pharmacological treatment and follow-up, and (3) by having interactive web sites and a referral program on these web sites.

Mission Statement

To support, pursue, encourage, promote and where possible, fund research on pituitary disorders in a sustained and full-time effort to find a cure for these illnesses. The PNA will disseminate information helpful to the medical community, the public and to pituitary patients and their families on matters regarding early detection, symptoms, treatments and resources available to patients with pituitary disease.