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Stephen B. Tatter, M.D., Ph.D.

Stephen B. Tatter, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Neurosurgery

Clinical Specialties

Parkinson's Disease, Neurosurgery, Brain Tumors, Pituitary Tumors, Gamma Knife, Tremor

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Department: 336-716-4081

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Education & Training

  • B.S., University of Michigan/Ann Arbor, 1982
  • M.D., Cornell University Medical College, 1990
  • Ph.D., Rockefeller University, 1990
  • Residency, Surgery, Massachusetts Gen Hosp, 1996
  • Fellowship, Harvard Medical School, 1997

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery

NPI Number

  • 1831178151
Stephen B. Tatter, M.D., Ph.D.

Stephen B. Tatter, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Neurosurgery

Research Interests

Radiosurgery, Brain Neoplasms, Neoplasm Recurrence, Local, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Meningioma

Contact Information

Academic: 336-716-4047 | Department: 336-716-4081

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Recent Publications

Swan BD, Brocker DT, Hilliard JD, Tatter SB, Gross RE, Turner DA, Grill WM. Short pauses in thalamic deep brain stimulation promote tremor and neuronal bursting. Clin Neurophysiol. 2016;127(2):1551-1559.

Zheng ZL, Morykwas MJ, Tatter S, Gordon S, McGee M, Green H, Argenta LC. Ameliorating spinal cord injury in an animal model with mechanical tissue resuscitation. Neurosurgery. 2016;78(6):868-876.

Kishida KT, Saez I, Lohrenz T, Witcher MR, Laxton AW, Tatter SB, White JP, Ellis TL, Phillips PE, Montague PR.. Subsecond dopamine fluctuations in human striatum encode superposed error signals about actual and counterfactual reward. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016;113(1):200-205.

Strowd RE, Herco M, Passmore-Griffin L, Avery B, Haq I, Tatter SB, Tate J, Siddiqui MS. Association between subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation and weight gain: results of a case-control study. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2016;140():38-42.

McTyre E, Helis CA, Farris M, Wilkins L, Sloan D, Hinson WH, Bourland JD, Dezarn WA, Munley MT, Watabe K, Xing F, Laxton AW, Tatter SB, Chan MD. Emerging indications for fractionated gamma knife radiosurgery. Neurosurgery. 2016;():.

Mu F, Lucas JT Jr, Watts JM, Johnson AJ, Daniel Bourland J, Laxton AW, Chan MD, Tatter SB. Tumor resection with carmustine wafer placement as salvage therapy after local failure of radiosurgery for brain metastasis. J Clin Neurosci. 2015;22(3):561-565.

Liu A, Kuhn EN, Lucas JT Jr, Laxton AW, Tatter SB, Chan MD. Gamma Knife radiosurgery for meningiomas in patients with neurofibromatosis Type 2. J Neurosurg. 2015;122(3):536-542.

Lucas JT Jr, Huang AJ, Mott RT, Lesser GJ, Tatter SB, Chan MD. Anaplastic ganglioglioma: a report of three cases and review of the literature. J Neurooncol. 2015;123(1):171-177.

Lucas JT Jr, Colmer HG IV, White L, Fitzgerald N, Isom S, Bourland JD, Laxton AW, Tatter SB, Chan MD. Competing risk analysis of neurologic versus nonneurologic death in patients undergoing radiosurgical salvage after whole-brain radiation therapy failure: who actually dies of their brain metastases?. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2015;92(5):1008-1015.

Rodriguez A, Tatter SB. Neurosurgical management of brain metastases. Curr Probl Cancer. 2015;39(2):89-98.

Johnson AG, Ruiz J, Hughes R, Page BR, Isom S, Lucas JT, McTyre ER, Houseknecht KW, Ayala-Peacock DN, Bourland DJ, Hinson WH, Laxton AW, Tatter SB, Debinski W, Watabe K, Chan MD. Impact of systemic targeted agents on the clinical outcomes of patients with brain metastases. Oncotarget. 2015;6(22):18945-55.

Rodriguez A, Tatter SB, Debinski W. Neurosurgical techniques for disruption of the blood-brain barrier for glioblastoma treatment. Pharmaceutics. 2015;7(3):175-187.

Helis CA, Lucas JT Jr, Bourland JD, Chan MD, Tatter SB, Laxton AW. Repeat radiosurgery for trigeminal neuralgia. Neurosurgery. 2015;77(5):755-761.

Strowd RE, Russell G, Harmon M, Carter AF, Chan MD, Tatter SB, Laxton AW, High K, Lesser G. Immunologic response to high-dose influenza vaccination in patients with primary central nervous system malignancy (PCNSM) [abstract]. J Clin Oncol. 2015;33(15 Suppl):e20669.

Black PJ, Page BR, Lucas JT Jr, Hughes RT, Laxton AW, Tatter SB, Munley MT, Chan MD. Factors that determine local control with gamma knife radiosurgery: the role of primary histology. J Radiosurg SBRT. 2015;3(4):281-286.

Holmes JA, Paulsson AK, Page BR, Miller LD, Liu W, Xu J, Hinson WH, Lesser GJ, Laxton AW, Tatter SB, Debinski W, Chan MD. Genomic predictors of patterns of progression in glioblastoma and possible influences on radiation field design. J Neurooncol. 2015;124(3):447-453.

Smith CA, McTyre E, Isom S, Kennedy VE, Luo G, Morales-Paliza M, Hinson W, Cmelak AJ, Tatter SB, Chan MD, Attia A. A multi-institutional analysis of patients treated with stereotactic radiosurgery for brain metastases from radioresistant histologies [abstract]. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2015;93(3):E87-E88.

McTyre E, Johnson A, Ruiz J, Isom S, Lucas JT Jr, Hinson W, Watabe K, Laxton AW, Tatter SB, Chan MD. A competing risks analysis assessing predictors of neurologic and non-neurologic death in patients with brain metastasis initially treated with upfront stereotactic radiosurgery without whole-brain radiation therapy [abstract]. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2015;93(3 Suppl):S176.

McTyre E, Lucas JT Jr, Helis C, Farris M, Houseknecht K, Mott R, Laxton AW, Tatter SB, Lesser GJ, Chan MD. Outcomes for anaplastic glioma treated with radiation therapy with or without concurrent temozolomide [abstract]. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2015;93(3 Suppl):E108.

Houseknecht K, Taksler GB, Johnson A, Page BR, Hinson W, Laxton AW, Tatter SB, Weaver KE, Chan MD, Ruiz J. Impact of socioeconomic status on brain metastasis outcomes at a large academic radiosurgery center [abstract]. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2015;93(3 Suppl):E366.

Triffo WJ, Bourland JD, Couture DE, McMullen KP, Tatter SB, Morris PP. Definitive treatment of vein of Galen aneurysmal malformation with stereotactic radiosurgery. J Neurosurg. 2014;120(1):120-125.

Lester SC, Taksler GB, Kuremsky JG, Lucas JT Jr, Ayala-Peacock DN, Randolph DM II, Bourland JD, Laxton AW, Tatter SB, Chan MD. Clinical and economic outcomes of patients with brain metastases based on symptoms: an argument for routine brain screening of those treated with upfront radiosurgery. Cancer. 2014;120(3):433-441.

Kilburn JM, Ellis TL [deceased], Lovato JF, Urbanic JJ, Bourland JD, Munley MT, Deguzman AF, McMullen KP, Shaw EG, Tatter SB, Chan MD. Local control and toxicity outcomes in brainstem metastases treated with single fraction radiosurgery: is there a volume threshold for toxicity?. J Neurooncol. 2014;117(1):167-174.

Weller M, Marshall K, Lovato JF, Bourland JD, deGuzman AF, Munley MT, Shaw EG, Tatter SB, Chan MD. Single-institution retrospective series of gamma knife radiosurgery in the treatment of multiple sclerosis-related trigeminal neuralgia: factors that predict efficacy. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 2014;92(1):53-58.

Lucas JT Jr, Nida AM, Isom S, Marshall K, Bourland JD, Laxton AW, Tatter SB, Chan MD. Predictive nomogram for the durability of pain relief from gamma knife radiation surgery in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2014;89(1):120-126.

Paulsson AK, McMullen KP, Peiffer AM, Hinson WH, Kearns WT, Johnson AJ, Lesser GJ, Ellis TL, Tatter SB, Debinski W, Shaw EG, Chan MD. Limited margins using modern radiotherapy techniques does not increase marginal failure rate of glioblastoma. Am J Clin Oncol. 2014;37(2):177-181.

Strowd RE, Swett K, Harmon M, Carter AF, Pop-Vicas A, Chan M, Tatter SB, Ellis T [deceased], Blevins M, High K, Lesser GJ. Influenza vaccine immunogenicity in patients with primary central nervous system malignancy. Neuro Oncol. 2014;16(12):1639-1644.

Zheng ZL, Morykwas M, Campbell D, McGee M, Hollingsworth C, Adams F, Mays J, Tatter S, Argenta L. Mechanical tissue resuscitation at the site of traumatic brain injuries reduces the volume of injury and hemorrhage in a swine model. Neurosurgery. 2014;75(2):152-162.

Ayala-Peacock DN, Peiffer AM, Lucas JT, Isom S, Kuremsky JG, Urbanic JJ, Bourland JD, Laxton AW, Tatter SB, Shaw EG, Chan MD. A nomogram for predicting distant brain failure in patients treated with gamma knife stereotactic radiosurgery without whole brain radiotherapy. Neuro Oncol. 2014;16(9):1283-1288.

Neal MT, Chan MD, Lucas JT Jr, Loganathan A, Dillingham C, Pan E, Stewart JH IV, Bourland JD, Shaw EG, Tatter SB, Ellis TL. Predictors of survival, neurologic death, local failure, and distant failure after gamma knife radiosurgery for melanoma brain metastases. World Neurosurg. 2014;82(6):1250-1255.

Witcher M, Moran R, Tatter SB, Laxton AW. Neuronal oscillations in Parkinson's disease. Front Biosci (Landmark Ed). 2014;19():1291-1299.

Paulsson AK, Holmes JA, Peiffer AM, Miller LD, Liu W, Xu J, Hinson WH, Lesser GJ, Laxton AW, Tatter SB, Debinski W, Chan MD. Comparison of clinical outcomes and genomic characteristics of single focus and multifocal glioblastoma. J Neurooncol. 2014;119(2):429-435.

Huang AJ, Huang KE, Page BR, Ayala-Peacock DN, Lucas JT Jr, Lesser GJ, Laxton AW, Tatter SB, Chan MD. Risk factors for leptomeningeal carcinomatosis in patients with brain metastases who have previously undergone stereotactic radiosurgery. J Neurooncol. 2014;120(1):163-169.

Kuhn EN, Taksler GB, Dayton O, Loganathan A, Bourland D, Tatter SB, Laxton AW, Chan MD. Is there a tumor volume threshold for postradiosurgical symptoms? A single-institution analysis. Neurosurgery. 2014;75(5):536-545.

Page BR, Huang AJ, Huang KE, Laxton AW, Tatter SB, Chan MD. Leptomeningeal failure in patients with breast cancer receiving stereotactic radiosurgery for brain metastases [abstract]. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2014;90(Suppl 1):S245.

Randolph DM, Peiffer AM, Paulsson AK, Hinson W, Laxton AW, Tatter SB, Debinski W, Chan MD. Does delay of start of radiation affect clinical outcomes of glioblastoma [abstract]. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2014;90(Suppl 1):S295.

Holmes JA, Paulsson A, Peiffer AM, Miller LD, Xu J, Hinson WH, Lesser GJ, Tatter SB, Debinski W, Chan MD. Genomic predictors of infield and marginal failure for glioblastoma treated with concurrent radiation therapy and temozolomide: a step towards personalized radiation fields? [abstract]. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2014;90(Suppl 1):S291-S292.

Lucas JT, Ayala-Peacock DN, Piazza M, Kuremsky JG, Page BR, Randolph D, Fitzgerald N, Holmes JA, Soike M, Tatter SB, Chan MD. A propensity score adjusted analysis of patients receiving up-front SRS versus WBRT: does the use of upfront WBRT really affect neurologic death? [abstract]. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2014;90(Suppl 1):S315-S316.

Debinski W, Rodriguez A, Gibo D, Tatter SB, Mott R, Lively M, Miller L, Seals DF. Functional presence of M2 macrophage markers in GBM tumor cells [abstract]. Neuro Oncol. 2014;16(Suppl 3):.

Liu Y, Konrad PE, Neimat JS, Tatter SB, Yu H, Datteri RD, Landman BA, Noble JH, Pallavaram S, Dawant BM, D'Haese PF. Multisurgeon, multisite validation of a trajectory planning algorithm for deep brain stimulation procedures. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2014;61(9):2479-2487.

Mohammadi AM, Hawasli AH, Rodriguez A, Schroeder JL, Laxton AW, Elson P, Tatter SB, Barnett GH, Leuthardt EC. The role of laser interstitial thermal therapy in enhancing progression-free survival of difficult-to-access high-grade gliomas: a multicenter study. Cancer Med. 2014;3(4):971-979.

Strowd R, Russell G, Harmon M, Carter A, Chan M, Tatter S, Laxton A, High K, Lesser G. A pilot study of high-dose influenza vaccine immunogenicity in patients with primary central nervous system malignancy [abstract]. Neuro Oncol. 2014;16(Suppl 5):v207.

Brocker DT, Swan BD, Turner DA, Gross RE, Tatter SB, Koop MM, Bronte-Stewart H, Grill WM. Improved efficacy of temporally non-regular deep brain stimulation in Parkinson's disease. Exp Neurol. 2013;239():60-67.

Peiffer AM, Leyrer CM, Greene-Schloesser DM, Shing E, Kearns WT, Hinson WH, Tatter SB, Ip EH, Rapp SR, Robbins ME [deceased], Shaw EG, Chan MD. Neuroanatomical target theory as a predictive model for radiation-induced cognitive decline. Neurology. 2013;80(8):747-753.

Powers AK, Neal MT, Argenta LC, Wilson JA, DeFranzo AJ, Tatter SB. Vacuum-assisted closure for complex cranial wounds involving the loss of dura mater. J Neurosurg. 2013;118(2):302-308.

Chan MD, Shaw EG, Tatter SB. Radiosurgical management of trigeminal neuralgia. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2013;24(4):613-621.

Kuhn E, Taksler GB, Dayton O, Loganathan A, Bourland J, Ellis TL [deceased], Laxton AW, Shaw EG, Chan MD, Tatter SB. Adverse toxicity after stereotactic radiosurgery for treatment of meningiomas [abstract]. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2013;87(2 Suppl):S259.

Kuremsky JG, Lester SC, Lucas JT, Randolph DM, Tatter SB, Chan MD. Clinical and economic outcomes of patients with brain metastases based on whether metastases are symptomatic or not: an argument for routine brain screening [abstract]. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2013;87(2 Suppl):S178-S179.

Lucas JT, Colmer HG, White GL, Isom SP, Ellis TL [deceased], Urbanic JJ, Tatter SB, Chan MD. A competing risk analysis of neurologic versus nonneurologic death in patients undergoing radiosurgical salvage following whole brain radiation therapy failure (WBRT): who actually dies of their brain metastases? [abstract]. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2013;87(2 Suppl):S52.

Randolph D, Peiffer AM, Klepin H, Ayala-Peacock DN, Lester SC, Laxton AW, Tatter SB, Shaw EG, Chan MD. Impact of radiosurgical management of geriatric patients with brain metastases: clinical and quality of life outcomes [abstract]. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2013;87(2 Suppl):S609.

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Professor, Neurosurgery

Clinical Specialties

Parkinson's Disease, Neurosurgery, Brain Tumors, Pituitary Tumors, Gamma Knife, Tremor