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Christopher P. Cifarelli, MD, PhD, MMM, FAANS, FACS

Director, Gamma Knife Program; Associate Professor

Contact Information

PO Box 9183
64 Medical Center Drive
Morgantown, WV 26506


  • Department of Neurosurgery
  • Department of Neuroscience
  • WVU Cancer Institute
  • Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute

Graduate Training

  • MD, Thomas Jefferson University, 2005
  • PhD, Thomas Jefferson University, 2003
  • MS, Rutgers University, 1998

Recent Publications

  1. Cifarelli CP, Brehmer S, Vargo JA, Hack JD, Kahl KH, Sarria-Vargas G, Giordano FA. Intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT) for surgically resected brain metastases:  outcome analysis of an international cooperative study. J Neurooncol. 2019 Oct 25. doi: 10.1007/s11060-019-03309-6. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31654248.
  2. Cifarelli CP, Kaptain G, Yen CP, Schlesinger D, Sheehan JP. Gamma knife radiosurgery for dural arteriovenous fistulas. Neurosurgery. 2010 Nov;67(5):1230-5; discussion 1235. doi: 10.1227/NEU.0b013e3181eff6f7. PubMed PMID: 20871448.
  3. Cifarelli CP, Schlesinger DJ, Sheehan JP. Cranial nerve dysfunction following Gamma Knife surgery for pituitary adenomas: long-term incidence and risk factors. J Neurosurg. 2012 Jun;116(6):1304-10. doi: 10.3171/2012.2.JNS111630. Epub 2012 Mar 16. PubMed PMID: 22424563.
  4. Ding D, Mehta GU, Patibandla MR, Lee CC, Liscak R, Kano H, Pai FY, Kosak M, Sisterson ND, Martinez-Alvarez R, Martinez-Moreno N, Mathieu D, Grills IS, Blas K, Lee K, Cifarelli CP, Katsevman GA, Lee JYK, McShane B, Kondziolka D, Lunsford  LD, Vance ML, Sheehan JP. Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Acromegaly: An International Multicenter Retrospective Cohort Study. Neurosurgery. 2019 Mar 1;84(3):717-725. doi: 10.1093/neuros/nyy178. Erratum in: Neurosurgery. 2018 Nov 1;83(5):1084. PubMed PMID: 29757421; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6505445.
  5. Cifarelli CP, Vargo JA, Tenenholz T, Hack JD, Guthrie G, Carpenter JS. Gamma Knife Radiosurgery for Arteriovenous Malformations Using a Four-Dimensional Dynamic Volume Computed Tomography Angiography Planning System as an Alternative to Traditional Catheter Angiogram. Cureus. 2018 Jun 11;10(6):e2788. doi:10.7759/cureus.2788. PubMed PMID: 30112264; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6089481.
  6. Vargo JA, Sparks KM, Singh R, Jacobson GM, Hack JD, Cifarelli CP. Feasibility of dose escalation using intraoperative radiotherapy following resection of large brain metastases compared to post-operative stereotactic radiosurgery. J Neurooncol. 2018 Nov; 140(2):413-420. doi: 10.1007/s11060-018-2968-4. Epub 2018 Aug 9. PubMed PMID: 30094718; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6368183.
  7. Cordeiro D, Xu Z, Mehta GU, Ding D, Vance ML, Kano H, Sisterson N, Yang HC, Kondziolka D, Lunsford LD, Mathieu D, Barnett GH, Chiang V, Lee J, Sneed P, Su YH, Lee CC, Krsek M, Liscak R, Nabeel AM, El-Shehaby A, Karim KA, Reda WA, Martinez-Moreno N, Martinez-Alvarez R, Blas K, Grills I, Lee KC, Kosak M, Cifarelli CP, Katsevman GA, Sheehan JP. Hypopituitarism after Gamma Knife radiosurgery for pituitary adenomas: a multicenter, international study. J Neurosurg. 2018 Nov 9. doi: 10.3171/2018.5.JNS18509. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31369225.
  8. Mohammed N, Hung YC, Chen CJ, Xu Z, Schlesinger D, Kano H, Chiang V, Hess J, Lee J, Mathieu D, Kaufmann AM, Grills IS, Cifarelli CP, Vargo JA, Chytka T, Janouskova L, Feliciano CE, Mercado RR, Lunsford LD, Sheehan JP. A Proposed Grading Scale for Predicting Outcomes After Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Dural Arteriovenous Fistulas. Neurosurgery. 2019 Oct 4. pii: nyz401. doi:10.1093/neuros/nyz401. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31584074.
  9. Cifarelli CP, Vargo JA, Fang W, Liscak R, Guseynova K, Warnick RE, Lee CC, Yang HC, Borghei-Razavi H, Maiti T, Siddiqui ZA, Yuan JC, Grills IS, Mathieu D, Touchette CJ, Cordeiro D, Chiang V, Hess J, Tien CJ, Faramand A, Kano H, Barnett  GH, Sheehan JP, Lunsford LD. Role of Gamma Knife Radiosurgery in Small Cell Lung Cancer: A Multi-Institutional Retrospective Study of the International Radiosurgery Research Foundation (IRRF). Neurosurgery. 2019 Oct 10. pii: nyz428. doi: 10.1093/neuros/nyz428. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31599324.
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