Borimir J. Darakchiev MD, FAANS, FACS

Dr. Darakchiev is a board-certified neurosurgeon specializing in cranial, spinal and peripheral nerve disorders. His clinical expertise includes surgical treatment of brain tumors such as glioma, brain metastasis secondary to cancer, meningioma, as well as pituitary adenoma and acoustic neuroma.

He also specializes in the surgical treatment of intractable facial pain (trigeminal neuralgia) and hemi-facial spasm, as well as peripheral nerve entrapment disease (carpal tunnel syndrome and entrapped nerve at the elbow, to name a few).

Dr. Darakchiev is an experienced spine surgeon treating degenerative disc disease causing acute and chronic neck, back, arm and leg pain (pinched nerve from herniated lumbar disc, for example). He combines established, standard surgical methods with modern, minimally invasive spine techniques, thus accomplishing minimized postoperative pain and shortened hospital stay.

Dr. Darakchiev has a strong academic background receiving his medical degree from the Medical University in Varna, Bulgaria and completing his neurosurgical residencies at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, and the Medical Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria. He then obtained fellowship training in Neurosurgical Oncology and Spine at the University of Cincinnati and Neurotrauma and Stroke at Weill-Cornell College of Medicine in New York.

Dr. Darakchiev is widely published in leading neurosurgical journals on novel treatments for malignant brain and pituitary tumors, as well as on spine fractures and stroke, and is an Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at Weill-Cornell Medical Center.

Publications

Borimir J. Darakchiev, M.D., FACS , P.C., Ronald E. Warnick, MD , John C. Breneman, MD. Stereotactic radiosurgery for patients with solid brain metastases: Current status. 20th Anniversary special issue of Journal of Neuro-Oncology.
Vol.69, pp.125-137.

Chapters
Borimir J. Darakchiev, M.D., FACS , P.C., Ronald E. Warnick, MD , John C. Breneman, MD. Stereotactic radiosurgery for patients with solid brain metastases: Current status. 20th Anniversary special issue of Journal of Neuro-Oncology. Vol.69, pp.125-137.

Borimir J. Darakchiev, M.D., FACS , P.C., Ronald E. Warnick, MD, John M. Tew, MD. Role of 0.3 Tesla intraoperative MRI: Focus Pituitary Adenomas. Neurosurgery Clinics of North America.Jan 2005, pp. 155-165.

Siddiqi FA, Darakchiev BJ, Cohen SM, Hariri RJ, Fantini GA: Free Radicals, Antioxidants and Reperfusion Injury in the Central Nervous System. Aitkenhead AR, Benad H, Cousins MJ, Strunin L, Thomson DA, Aken Van H. (eds). In Balliere’s Clinical Anaesthesiology – International Practice and Research, Vol. 10/Number 3. Cambridge Press: 497-515, 1996.

Papers
Darakchiev BJ, Albright RE, Breneman JC, Warnick RE: Prolonged Survival in Patients with Recurrent Glioblastoma Multiforme Treated by Resection with Implantation of Permanent I-125 Seeds and BCNU-Impregnated Wafers. Accepted for publication in J Neurosurgery (September, 2007).

Darakchiev BJ, Pensak, M: CSF Dynamics in Skull Base Surgery. Current Opinion in Otolaryngology.Vol.12, No5, Oct.04, pp. 404-407.

Darakchiev BJ, Bulas R, Dunsker SB. Use of Calcitonin for the Treatment of Odontoid Fractures. Journal of Neurosurgery. July, 2000.

Kaplitt M, Darakchiev BJ: Prospects for Gene Therapy in Pediatric Neurosurgery: Pediatric Neurosurgery. 1998 Jan;28(1):3-14

Darakchiev BJ, Itkis M, Agajanova A, Itkis A, Hariri RJ: Changes of MPO activity and brain water accumulation in traumatic brain injury experiments. Acta Neurochirurgica, Suppl. 70: 98-101, 1997.

Cohen SM, Darakchiev BJ, Siddiqi FA, Fantini GA, Hariri RJ, Barie PS: Attenuation of acute lung injury due to hind-limb ischemia-reperfusion injury by g-butyrolactone anti-inflammatory agent FL 1003. The Journal of Trauma, Vol.43:2, 247-252, 1997.

Siddiqi FA, Darakchiev BJ, Hariri RJ, Fantini GA: Mechanisms of Cerebrovascular Dysfunction. Surgery International VI. Universal Medical Press Inc.: 295-299, 1997.

Cohen SM, Hariri RJ, Darakchiev BJ, Barie, PS: Changes in systemic vascular permeability and intravascular volume requirements following traumatic brain injury (TBI). Surgical Forum, Vol. XLVII: 566-568, 1996.

Fraser RAR, Darakchiev BJ et al: Who killed Abraham Lincoln (Documentary). Discovery Channel Productions. April 7th, 1996.

Darakchiev BJ, Darakchiev JB: Trauma of the spinal cord (data of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Medical University-Pleven). Neurology, Psychiatry and Neurosurgery (Bulgaria). 1994.

Darakchiev BJ, Vetzka P: Management of spinal injuries in the Department of Neurosurgery at St. Ann University Hospital, Sofia. Neurology, Psychiatry and Neurosurgery (Bulgaria). 1990.

Darakchiev BJ: Indications for late operative interventions in patients with traumatic injuries in the region of cauda equina. Neurology, Psychiatry and Neurosurgery (Bulgaria). 1989.

Darakchiev BJ: Angiographic findings in cerebral meningiomas. Neurology, Psychiatry and Neurosurgery (Bulgaria). 1984.