Edward A. Monaco III, MD, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

Edward A. Monaco III, MD, PhD, joined the Department of Neurological Surgery faculty as an assistant professor in June of 2013 after completing the University of Pittsburgh’s seven-year neurosurgery residency program.

Prior to coming to the university, Dr. Monaco earned a PhD in neuroscience and physiology at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse and his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, N.Y. He completed undergraduate degrees in biology and chemistry at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y.

Dr. Monaco was born in Charleston, S.C.

Specialized Areas of Interest

Brain tumors; Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery; minimally invasive spine surgery, pain neurosurgery..

Board Certifications

American Board of Neurological Surgery

Hospital Privileges

UPMC Altoona
UPMC Hamot Medical Center
UPMC Mercy
UPMC Passavant
UPMC Presbyterian
UPMC Shadyside
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, University Drive, Pittsburgh

Professional Organization Membership

Allegheny County Medical Society
AANS/CNS Spine and Peripheral Nerve Section Member
AANS/CNS Tumor Section Member
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
American Medical Association
American Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgeons
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society

Education & Training

  • PhD, Neuroscience, SUNY, 2004
  • MD, Columbia University, 2006
  • Internship, University of Pittsburgh, 2007
  • Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, 2012
  • Residency, University of Pittsburgh, 2013

Honors & Awards

  • Pittsburgh’s Best Doctors, Pittsburgh Magazine, 2016-18
  • Leksell Radiosurgery Award, 2012

Selected Publications

Stokes TB, Kondziolka D, Niranjan A, Kano H, Lunsford LD, Monaco EA 3rd.  White matter changes in breast cancer brain metastases patients who undergo radiosurgery alone compared to whole brain radiation therapy plus radiosurgery. J Neurooncol 121(3):583-90, 2015.

Bowden G, Kano H, Caparosa E, Tonetti D, Niranjan A, Monaco EA 3rd, Flickinger J, Arai Y, Lunsford LD.  Stereotactic radiosurgery for arteriovenous malformations of the postgeniculate visual pathway. J Neurosurg 122(2):433-40, 2015.

Harrison G, Lunsford LD, Monaco EA 3rd. Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery for trigeminal neuralgia caused by a developmental venous anomaly.  Stereotact Funct Neurosurg 93(2):110-113, 2015.

Park SH, Kano H, Niranjan A, Monaco EA 3rd, Flickinger JC, Lunsford LD.  Gamma Knife radiosurgery for meningiomas arising from the tentorium: a 22-year experience. J Neurooncol 121(1):129-34, 2015.

Bowden G, Kano H, Caparosa E, Tempel ZJ, Monaco EA 3rd, Niranjan A, Flickinger JC, Luketich JD, Lunsford LD (2014) Gamma knife radiosurgery for management of cerebral metastases from esophageal carcinoma. J Neurooncol 118(1):141-6, 2014.

Monaco EA 3rd,  Bhatnagar J,  Xu Y, Arai Y, Niranjan A,  Huq M, Lunsford LD.  Evaluation of Tumor Progression and Detection of New Tumors during Repeat Gamma Knife® Stereotactic Radiosurgery Utilizing the Co-Registration Tool in Leksell Gamma Plan®: Technical Note. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg 92(5):300-305, 2014. 

Tempel ZJ, Chivukula S, Monaco EA 3rd, Bowden G, Kano H, Niranjan A, Chang EF, Sneed PK, Kaufmann AM, Sheehan J, Mathieu D, Lunsford LD.  The results of a third Gamma Knife procedure for recurrent trigeminal neuralgia. J Neurosurg 122(1):169-79, 2014.

Monaco EA 3rd, Faraji AH, Berkowitz O, Parry PV, Hadelsberg U, Kano H, Niranjan A, Kondziolka D, Lunsford LD.  Leukoencephalopathy after whole-brain radiation therapy plus radiosurgery versus radiosurgery alone for metastatic lung cancer. Cancer 119(1):226-32, 2013.

Kano H, Kondziolka D, Flickinger JC, Park KJ, Iyer A, Yang H, Liu X, Monaco EA 3rd, Niranjan A, Lunsford LD.  Stereotactic radiosurgery for arteriovenous malformations after embolization: a case-control study. J Neurosurg 117:265-75, 2012.

Grandhi R, Kondziolka D, Panczykowski D, Monaco EA 3rd, Kano H, Niranjan A, Flickinger C, Lunsford LD.  Stereotactic radiosurgery using the Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion unit in the management of patients with ten or more brain metastases. J Neurosurg 117:237-45, 2012.

A complete list of Dr. Monaco's publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.