Darren B. Orbach | Education
1989, Princeton, NJ, US
New York, NY, US
1998, New York, NY, US
1999, New York, NY, US
1999, New York, NY, US
2005, New York, NY, US
2006, New York, NY, US
Darren B. Orbach | Professional History
I see patients in the relatively new subspecialty of pediatric neurointerventional radiology, an area in which we at Boston Children's Hospital have built one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive practices. My focus has been on children with neurovascular diseases and some cancers affecting the head and neck, using unique, guided approaches for treatment. I am passionate about making these novel treatment approaches, pionered for use in adults, available to children.
I am dual-trained as both a physician and scientist, having obtained my medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and my doctorate from Rockefeller University, in the Laboratory of Biophysics and Neurophysiology. At New York University Medical Center, I completed residencies in neurology and diagnostic radiology and fellowships in diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology.
In my role as a leader of the hospital's Cerebrovascular Surgical and Interventions Center, I see children with conditions affecting blood vessels in and around the brain and the spine. I have worked closely with colleagues from Neurosurgery and Neurology to build an internationally recognized multidisciplinary group that tightly integrates all aspects of clinical care and outcomes research.
In children with intracranial and extracranial vascular anomalies, we have pioneered the use of devices developed for adults, often in creative ways different from their original designed purpose. We create precision 3D models of patients’ brains and blood vessels using data from their brain scans to help us plan procedures. We have demonstrated that it is possible to achieve high-quality image-guided treatment at low radiation doses. And new techniques are allowing us to safely access arteries even in the youngest patients.
In addition, I treat patients with head and neck solid tumors, primarily retinoblastoma, at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Dana Farber Institute. Colleagues and I are exploring how we can further adapt techniques currently used in adults to help children with solid tumors, both for primary and secondary treatment, and for palliative treatment.