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Assistant Clinical Investigator

Prashant Chittiboina, M.D.

Neurosurgery Unit for Pituitary and Inheritable Diseases


Building 10 Room 3D20
10 Center Dr
Bethesda 20892-1414
Office: 301-496-5728

Fax: 301-402-0380
prashant.chittiboina@nih.gov

Dr. Chittiboina earned his M.D. from Goa University (India) in 2000 and a Master of Public Health from Idaho State University in 2004. He completed his residency in neurosurgery at Louisiana State University in 2012. During his residency, Dr. Chittiboina also completed a year-long research fellowship studying neuro-vascular disease. He came to NINDS in 2012 as a fellow, becoming a Staff Clinician in the Surgical Neurology Branch in 2013. He became an Assistant Clinical Investigator in 2015. His laboratory studies neurosurgical disorders of the pituitary gland and disorders arising from inheritable tumor syndromes. His current work is focused on changing the outcomes of neurosurgical disorders through improved imaging.



The emphasis of my unit is translational research that addresses challenging clinical problems through the use of imaging and laboratory techniques. My unit is pursuing efforts to improve imaging of currently MRI- invisible pituitary tumors with novel intraoperative MRI, FDG-PET and near-infrared imaging. This research is supported by laboratory work to better understand the metabolism of pituitary tumors. Investigations into MRI findings in Neurofibromatosis 2 are leading to new surgical modalities for management of hearing loss from small vestibular schwannomas. Recent findings from DOTATATE-PET findings in VHL hemangioblastomas are also leading to exciting clinical trials in the management of hemangioblastomas.

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  • Jacqueline Boyle, B.A.
    MRSP Scholar

  • Jie Lu, M.D., Ph.D.
    Research Scientist

  • Matthew Shepard, M.D.
    Research Fellow
    301-496-2921

  • Robert Walker, DNP, CRNP, Lt, USPHS
    Visiting Medical Student

  • 1) Chittiboina P, Lalith Talagala S, Merkle H, Sarlls JE, Montgomery BK, Piazza MG, Scott G, Ray-Chaudhury A, Lonser RR, Oldfield EH, Koretsky AP, Butman JA (2016)
  • Endosphenoidal coil for intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging of the pituitary gland during transsphenoidal surgery
  • J Neurosurg, 18, 1-9[Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26991390
  • 2) Chittiboina P, Heiss JD, Lonser RR (2015)
  • Accuracy of direct magnetic resonance imaging-guided placement of drug infusion cannulae
  • J Neurosurg, May;122(5):1173-9. , PubMed PMID: 25594325
  • 3) Mehta GU, Montgomery BK, Raghavan P, Sharma S, Nieman LK, Patronas N, Oldfield EH, Chittiboina P (2015)
  • Different imaging characteristics of concurrent pituitary adenomas in a patient with Cushing's disease
  • J Clin Neurosci, May;22(5):891-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2015.01.001, PubMed PMID: 25827866; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4
  • 4) Chittiboina P, Montgomery BK, Millo C, Herscovitch P, Lonser RR (2015)
  • High-resolution(18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging for pituitary adenoma detection in Cushing disease
  • J Neurosurg, 2015 Apr;122(4):791-7 , PubMed PMID: 25479121
  • 5) Trivellin G, Daly AF, Faucz FR, Yuan B, Rostomyan L, Larco DO, Schernthaner-Reiter MH, Szarek E, Leal LF, Caberg JH, Castermans E, Villa C, Dimopoulos A, Chittiboina P, Xekouki P, Shah N, Metzger D, Lysy PA, Ferrante E, Strebkova N, Mazerkina N, Zatelli MC, Lodish M, Horvath A, de Alexandre RB, Manning AD, Levy I, Keil MF, Sierra Mde L, Palmeira L, Coppieters W, Georges M, Naves LA, Jamar M, Bours V, Wu TJ, Choong CS, Bertherat J, Chanson P, Kamenický P, Farrell WE, Barlier A, Quezado M, Bjelobaba I, Stojilkovic SS, Wess J, Costanzi S, Liu P, Lupski JR, Beckers A, Stratakis CA (2014)
  • Gigantism and acromegaly due to Xq26 microduplications and GPR101 mutation
  • N Engl J Med, 18;371(25):2363-74, PubMed PMID: 25470569
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