David Baskin, MD, FAANS, FACS

Brain and Tumor Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery

Houston Methodist Department of Neurosurgery

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David Baskin, MD, FAANS, FACS

Houston Methodist Department of Neurosurgery

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About Me

David S. Baskin, MD., FACS, FAANS serves as the Director of the Kenneth R. Peak Brain & Pituitary Treatment Center, and oversees the Peak Center Laboratories. He graduated with high honors from Swarthmore College with a B.A. from the Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering. He attended Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, graduated first in his class, and received the James Felt Prize for Overall Academic Achievement. Dr. Baskin began his research career while still a resident at the University of California San Francisco, where he won the Academy Award from the American Academy of Neurosurgery for best research by a resident. After residency, Dr. Baskin was appointed Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery and Assistant Professor of the Center for Biotechnology at Baylor College of Medicine, with a joint appointment as Chief of Neurological Surgery at the VA Hospital. In 1994 he was promoted to Professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Neurosurgery and Anesthesiology, positions he held until 2005 when his career transitioned to Houston Methodist Hospital.

Dr. Baskin currently serves as Neurosurgery Residency Program Director in the Houston Methodist Neurological Institute, the Vice Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, as well as Professor of Neurosurgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Research Professor at the University of Houston in both the Cullen College of Engineering's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the School of Pharmacy.

He performs many complex surgeries in the brain and spine to remove and treat pituitary tumors. He is a master pituitary surgeon, performing more transsphenoidal operations for removal of pituitary tumors than any other neurosurgeon in the country.

Clinical Interests

Brain Surgery
Brain Tumors
Endoscopy
Neuro-Oncology
Glioblastoma
Meningioma
Pituitary Surgery
Pituitary Tumor
Spinal tumors
Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Accepted Insurance Plans

AARP Medicare Complete
Aetna Affordable Health Choices
Aetna Choice POS / Open Choice
Aetna EPO
Aetna HMO
Aetna Health Network
Aetna International
Aetna Managed Choice / Elect Choice
Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO
Aetna Medicare Advantage PPO
Aetna Meritain Health
Aetna Open Access
Aetna POS
Aetna PPO
Aetna QPOS
Aetna Select
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Aetna Signature Administrators CoreSource
Aetna Student Health
Aetna TRS Active Care (excluding Whole Health)
Aetna Workers' Comp
All Saver/United Healthcare
Beech Street PPO
Best Doctors International
Blue Choice POS
Blue Choice PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield FEP Federal Employee Plan
Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Advantage HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Advantage PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Blue Edge
Blue Essentials
Blue Essentials Access
Care Improvement Plus Medicare Advantage
Cigna APWU
Cigna Allegiance
Cigna Allegiance Houston Methodist Employee Medical Plan
Cigna Choice Fund
Cigna EPO
Cigna Global Health Benefits (International)
Cigna Great West
Cigna HMO
Cigna Indemnity
Cigna LocalPlus
Cigna LocalPlus / Vantage
Cigna NALC
Cigna Network
Cigna Network Open Access
Cigna Open Access
Cigna Open Access Plus (OAP)
Cigna POS
Cigna PPO
Cigna Qualcare
Cigna Shared Administration OAP
Cigna Shared Administration PPO
Cigna SureFit
Community Health Choice Marketplace
Coventry PPO
Crown International
DEVOTED HEALTH GREATER HOUSTON HMO
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Erickson Advantage
Evolutions HealthCare PPO
First Health PPO
Galaxy Health Network PPO
GeoBlue
HAA Preferred Partners (International)
HMO Blue
HealthSmart Accel PPO
HealthSmart PPO
HealthSmart Payors Organization
Humana HMO / EPO
Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
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Humana Medicare Advantage HMO
Humana Medicare Advantage PPO
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Humana Natl POS Open Access
Humana POS & Preferred POS
Humana PPO & Preferred PPO
Humana TRS-Care Medicare Advantage PPO Plan
Humana/ChoiceCare Network PPO
Humana/ChoiceCare+ Network PPO
INTERPLAN
Imagine Health ABC Home
Imagine Health CVS Health
Imagine Health DCP Midstream
Imagine Health Leonard Holding Company
Imagine Health Walker Engineering
Independent Medical Systems PPO (IMS)
Interplan Health Group
Kelsey Seybold Affiliate Network
MDCR EFF DATE HARRIS: GROUP
MEDCORP
MEDICARE ADVANTAGE : COVENTRY/FIRST HEALTH ADVANTRA
Medicare (Harris)
Medicare Railroad
Medicus International
MultiPlan PPO
National Preferred Provider Network PPO (NPPN)
Olympus Managed Care (International)
Oscar Easy Care Medicare Advantage
PHCS Healthy Directions
PHCS PPO
PPO NEXT
Provider Select PPO
SmartCare PNM Resources
TexanPlus/Wellcare Medicare Advantage
Three Rivers Provider Network
UHC Medicare Chronic Complete
UHC Medicare Complete
UHC Medicare Solutions
UMR
US Family Health Plan
USA Managed Care PPO
United Health Integrated Services
United Healthcare Dual Complete
United Healthcare Medicare Advantage
United Healthcare Nexus ACO
United Healthcare Plan of the River Valley
UnitedHealthOne
UnitedHealthcare Choice
UnitedHealthcare ChoicePlus
UnitedHealthcare Core
UnitedHealthcare Core Plus
UnitedHealthcare EPO
UnitedHealthcare Golden Rule
UnitedHealthcare HMO
UnitedHealthcare Navigate
UnitedHealthcare Navigate Plus
UnitedHealthcare Options PPO
UnitedHealthcare Oxford
UnitedHealthcare POS
UnitedHealthcare PPO
UnitedHealthcare Select / ERS
UnitedHealthcare Student Resources
UnitedHealthcare West

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Credentials

BOARD CERTIFICATION
American Board of Neurological Surgery
MEDICAL SCHOOL
Mount Sinai School of Medicine of the CUNY | 1978
FELLOWSHIP
Research in Brain Endorphins-San Francisco,CA | 1984
Research in Neural Protection-Cape Town, South Africa | 1982
RESIDENCY
University of California, San Francisco - San Francisco, CA | 1984
INTERNSHIP
University of California, San Francisco - San Francisco, CA | 1978
AFFILIATED HOSPITALS
  • Houston Methodist Hospital
CENTER MEMBERSHIP
  • Houston Methodist Neurological Institute
  • Houston Methodist Cancer Center
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