Neurosurgeon, Colorado Brain and Spine Institute
2019-2020 Fellow, Surgical Neuro-Oncology, Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center,
2018-2019 Chief resident, Department of Neurosurgery, Duke University
2013-2018 Resident physician, Department of Neurosurgery, Duke University
2008-2013 MD, University of Colorado School of Medicine
2004-2008 BA with Distinction, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology,
Neuro-oncology, with a focus on complex and eloquent tumor resection; awake craniotomy and brain mapping; keyhole, minimally-invasive, trans-sulcal and endoscope-assisted resection techniques; laser interstitial thermal therapy; and radiosurgery.
Clinical, translational, and collaborative approaches to treating primary and metastatic brain tumors, with a focus on immunotherapy, intratumoral drug delivery, novel radiosurgical paradigms and adjuncts, and laser interstitial thermal therapy.
Honors & Awards
2019 Resident Teaching Award, Department of Neurosurgery, Duke University
Playing, coaching and watching hockey; powerlifting, bodybuilding, road biking, camping, backpacking, hiking, snowboarding, skiing, snowshoeing, and cooking
H Kemeny, A Elsamadicy, HS Farber, C Champion, S Lorrey, P Chongsathidkiet, K Woroniecka, X Cui, S Shen, K Rhodin, V Tsvankin, J Everitt, L Sanchez-Perez, P Healy, R McLendon, P Codd, I Dunn, PE Fecci (Nov 2019). Targeting PD-L1 Instigates Effective Anti-Tumor Immunity in a Murine Model of Cushing’s Disease. Clin Cancer Res 18-3486: 1078-0432.
E Sankey, V Tsvankin, M Grabowski, G Nayar, K Batich, A Risman, C Champion, A Salama, CR Goodwin, PE Fecci (Sept 2019). Operative and Perioperative Considerations in the Management of Brain Metastasis. Cancer Medicine 8(16): 6809-6831.
V Tsvankin, R Hashizume, H Katagi, C Lascola, T Venkatraman, B Burrus, O Becher, E Thompson (Jun 2019). ABC Transporter Inhibition Plus Dexamethasone Enhances the Efficacy of Convection Enhanced Delivery In H3.3K27M Mutant Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. Neurosurgery: nyz212.
TY Wang, SC Harward II, V Tsvankin, H Bell, L Charalambous, S Adil, DJ Englot, CR Goodwin, IO Karikari, RE Isaacs, MD, MO Krucoff (Feb 2019). Neurological outcomes following surgical or conservative management of spontaneous spinal epidural abscesses: a systematic review and meta-analysis of data from 1980 through 2016. Clin Spine Surg 32(1):18-29.
SW Yoon, V Tsvankin, Z Shrock, B Meng, M Dewhirst, PE Fecci, J Adamson, M Oldham (Mar 2018). Enhancing Radiation Therapy through Cherenkov Light Activated Phototherapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 100(3):794-801.
V Tsvankin, C Lascola, T Venkatraman, B Burrus, O Becher, E Thompson (Nov 2017). Systemic and Convection-Enhanced Delivery of Dasatinib Extend Survival In Murine Histone H3.3K27M Mutant Brainstem Glioma. Neuro-Oncology 19(s6):vi191.
M.Oldham, SW Yoon, J Adamson, Z Shrock, V Tsvankin, PE Fecci, MW Dewhirst (Oct 2017). Enhancing Radiation Therapy Through Cherenkov Light-Activated Phototherapy from Clinical Megavoltage Treatment Beams. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 99(2):S229-230.
V Tsvankin, E Howell, PE Fecci (Jul 2017). Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy for Radiation Necrosis/Adverse Inflammatory Responses to SRS. J Neurol Stroke 7(2):233.
SH Farber, V Tsvankin, JL Narloch, GJ Kim, AK Salama, G Vlahovic, KL Blackwell, JP Kirkpatrick, PE Fecci (Jun 2016). Embracing rejection: Immunologic trends in brain metastasis. Oncoimmunology. 5(7): e1172153.
V Tsvankin, R Leung, B Amendolara, JS Sims, A Waziri, P Canoll, J Bruce. (Nov 2012) Targeting Regulatory T Cells By Intracranial Convection-Enhanced Delivery of Anti-CD25 Promotes Tumor Clearance in Murine Glioma. J Immunotherapy 35(9):783.
TR Sippel, J White, K Nag, V Tsvankin, MK Klaassen, BK Kleinschmidt-DeMasters, AE Waziri (Sept 2011). Neutrophil Degranulation and Immunosuppression in Patients with Glioblastoma: Restoration of Cellular Immune Function By Targeting Arginase I. Clin Cancer Res. 17(22): 6992-7002.
K Nag, J White, T Sippel, M Klaassen, V Tsvankin, AE Waziri (Nov 2010). Peripheral Immunosuppression in Patients with GBM is Mediated By Arginase 1-Secreting Granulocytes: Cellular Immunity Can Be Restored With Arginine Supplementation. Neuro-Oncology 12(s4):vi32.
V Tsvankin, J White, K Nag, M Graner, AE Waziri (Jan 2010). Rapid and Significant Induction of VEGF Expression in Human Meningioma Under Hypoxic Conditions. J Investigative Med. 58(1): 230-231.
SD Dyer, L Street, S Etzel, T Dennis, A Dienstfrey, V Tsvankin, W Tan (Jan 2007). Characterization Of Cell Samples From Measurements Of Spectroscopic Scattering Phase-Dispersion. Proc SPIE. 64469V:0V1-8.
V Tsvankin, D Belchenko, D Scott, W Tan (Jun 2007). Anisotropic Strain Effects On Vascular Smooth Muscle Physiology. Proc ASME. SBC2007-176284:805-6.
Abstracts, Talks, and Professional Publications
V Mehta, V Tsvankin. Cushing’s Disease: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Grand Rounds talk, Department of Neurosurgery, Duke University Medical Center. April 24, 2019: Durham, NC.
SC Harward, V Tsvankin. Posterior Circulation Fusiform Aneurysms: Surgical Approaches and Bypass Considerations. Grand Rounds talk, Department of Neurosurgery, Duke University Medical Center. Jan 16, 2019: Durham, NC.
V Tsvankin. Neurosurgery: A Consultant’s Perspective. Grand Rounds talk, Department of Emergency Medicine, Duke University Medical Center. Nov 1, 2018: Durham, NC.
V Tsvankin, E Sankey. Approach to Intramedullary Spinal Cord Tumors. Grand Rounds talk, Department of Neurosurgery, Duke University Medical Center. Sept 26, 2018: Durham, NC.
V Tsvankin, E Sankey. Operative Considerations in Subaxial Cervical Spine Trauma. Grand Rounds talk, Department of Neurosurgery, Duke University Medical Center. Aug 8, 2018: Durham, NC.
V Tsvankin, C Lascola, T Venkatraman, B Burrus, O Becher, E Thompson. ABC Transporter Inhibition Plus Vessel Permeability Reduction Enhances the Efficacy of CED in DIPG. AANS Tumor Section. April 2, 2018: New Orleans, LA.
TY Wang, SC Harward, V Tsvankin, H Bell, L Charalambous, S Adil, DJ Englot, CR Goodwin, IO Karikari, RE Isaacs, MO Krucoff.Neurological Outcomes Following Surgical or Conservative Management of Spontaneous Spinal Epidural Abscesses: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
SC Harward II, V Tsvankin. Cortical Dysplasia and Extratemporal Lobe Epilepsy: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Grand Rounds talk, Department of Neurosurgery, Duke University Medical Center. Sept 13, 2017: Durham, NC.
V Tsvankin, SC Harward. Thalamic Tumors: Anatomy and Approaches. Grand Rounds talk, Department of Neurosurgery, Duke University Medical Center. July 12, 2017: Durham, NC.
V Tsvankin. Infections of the Vertebral Column: Overview and Operative Considerations. Grand Rounds talk, Department of Neurosurgery, Duke University Medical Center. Jun 7, 2017: Durham, NC.
V Tsvankin. Brain Metastases: Overview and Operative Considerations. Grand Rounds talk, Department of Neurosurgery, Duke University Medical Center. Mar 30, 2016: Durham, NC.
T Ung, V Tsvankin, J White, K Nag, M Graner, AE Waziri. VEGF Expression in Human Meningioma Is Hypoxia-Induced and Abolished by Digoxin-Mediated HIF-1α Antagonism. 26th Annual UCHSC Graduate Research Forum. Dec 13, 2011: Aurora, CO.
V Tsvankin, M Rangel, A Reinhart. Quit and Win: Smoking Cessation Programs at the University of Minnesota and University of Colorado. BACCHUS Network 6th National Tobacco Symposium on Young Adults. Mar 22-23, 2007: Denver, CO.
V Tsvankin, C Rockne, D Scott, W Tan. Study of Cell Micro/Nano Mechanics With A Polymer MEMS-Based Device. 15th United States National Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics: Session on Cell and Molecular Mechanics. Jun 25-30, 2006: Boulder, CO
W Tan, V Tsvankin, D Scott, L Xiao, H Qi, R Shandas. Coordinated Behaviors of Tissue Structural Proteins. Gordon Research Conference: Signal Transduction By Engineered Extracellular Matrices. Jul 2-7 2006: New London, CT.