A 1993 graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Prestigiacomo completed his residency in Neurological Surgery at The Neurological Institute of New York, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and subsequent fellowship in Endovascular Neurosurgery at Beth Israel Medical Center’s Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery in New York City.
Now Professor of Neurological Surgery, Radiology and Neurology & Neuroscience, Dr. Prestigiacomo joined the faculty of New Jersey Medical School’s Department of Neurological Surgery in 2001 and became a research professor at The New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2003. During this time, he has steadily helped in developing the specialty of vascular neurosurgery . In the last 10 years, Dr. Prestigiacomo has published more than 70 peer reviewed journal articles, 40 chapters, and is editor of an upcoming textbook in his specialty. As a founding Associate Editor of a new medical journal, Dr. Prestigiacomo has contributed to increasing the body of knowledge in the field of vascular and endovascular surgery.
Originally one of the few practicing neurosurgeons in the specialty of catheter-based vascular neurosurgery, Dr. Prestigiacomo cares for patients with complex vascular disease in the tri-state area and trains future practitioners of the field through his approved fellowship. His commitment to educating colleagues, residents and medical students has recently been recognized by New Jersey Medical School and the UMDNJ Foundation by being honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award.
In his second year as Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery and Program Director of the Residency Training Program in Neurological Surgery, Dr. Prestigiacomo continues to be one of the leaders in the many facets of organized neurosurgery and interventional neuroradiology at a local, national and international level, while also leading the department in its continued growth as the largest University-based practice in the state of New Jersey.
In addition to his clinical and basic science research interests in the treatment of cerebral aneurysms and ischemic stroke, Dr. Prestigiacomo continues to diligently work gon developing practice and training policies in the field of cerebrovascular disease in particular and in neurological surgery in general.