Dr. Starke is a member of the Division of Neurosurgery at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. He specializes in the treatment of cerebral vascular disease, including aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVM) and fistulas, cavernous malformations, Moyamoya disease, carotid and intracranial stenosis including bypass surgery, pseudotumor cerebri, and intracranial hypertension (ICH). He also treats all aspects of brain tumor and skull base surgery. He is one of the few dual-trained neurosurgeons in the country able to offer both surgical and minimally invasive endovascular solutions to complex cerebrovascular disease. The minimally invasive endovascular techniques allows for patients to be treated through a 1mm incision in the leg with no incisions in the head. He also practices in gamma knife radiosurgery adding a further component of minimal invasive treatment options.
Because of his multi-modality training, he is unbiased with regards to the treatment chosen. While most lesions can be treated endovascularly, some cases are safer with surgery or gamma knife radiosurgery. Dr. Starke is able to perform every procedure from the initial angiogram to the final embolization or surgery. Dr. Starke also has a busy brain tumor practice, with approximately 1/3 of his patients being referred for brain tumors. He is also a specialist in pediatric vascular disease such as aneurysms and tumors, with 1 dedicated day per week treating children with endovascular techniques.
Dr. Starke graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with distinction in neuroscience. He obtained his medical doctorate from Albert Einstein graduating with distinction in clinical and translational research. He also obtained a Masters degree with distinction in neuroscience research as part of the National Institute of Health Clinical Research Training Program. He also completed a cerebral vascular research fellowship at Columbia University.
Dr. Starke attended neurosurgery residency at the University of Virginia. He also completed endovascular fellowships at Thomas Jefferson University and University of Virginia and a cerebral vascular and skull base fellowship at Auckland University Hospital.
His laboratory research focuses on cerebral vascular pathophysiology including aneurysm, AVM, and stroke models. These avenues allow for the development of novel cellular, medical, radiographic, surgical, and endovascular techniques. As the Director of Neurovascular Research, he helps run numerous clinical trials for minimally invasive treatment of cerebral vascular disease and brain tumors.