Douglas Hardesty

Douglas Hardesty, MD

  • Neurological Surgery
  • Physician

Insurances We Accept


About Me

I am a neurological surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive surgery for benign and malignant brain tumors, especially tumors of the skull base. These include meningiomas, pituitary tumors, metastatic tumors, acoustic neuromas, chordomas and chondrosarcomas, among others. I am passionate about my career because I can make a difference in the lives of patients with these complex and rare diseases.

Our paradigm in skull base surgery here at The James is minimally invasive surgery. At times, only a large surgery is appropriate, but when we can, we utilize techniques such as the endoscopic endonasal technique for skull base brain tumors to avoid traditional open craniotomy approaches. We believe this allows for faster healing and leads to better outcomes to our patients. This also meshes nicely with one of my clinical and research interests, which is understanding and improving patient quality of life after brain tumor surgery.

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery, where I serve as the co-director of the Skull Base Surgery Fellowship. I am also co-director of the ALT-VISION surgical anatomy lab, which pursues novel surgical approaches and anatomic knowledge, and an elected member of the AANS Young Neurosurgeons Committee. I have also presented at national neurosurgical meetings, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the North American Skull Base Society. Additionally, I have co-authored many articles in well-respected publications such as Neurosurgery, Operative Neurosurgery and PNAS.

I love working at The James because every day I am able to provide the highest level of care to my patients alongside my multi-disciplinary colleagues in otolaryngology, radiation oncology, endocrinology and other specialties. At the same time, we can advance patient care with innovations in surgical techniques and our molecular understanding of these rare tumors in the hope of creating a cancer-free world.

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Brain Cancers
  • Pituitary Diseases
  • Skull Base Tumors
  • Pituitary Cancers
  • Pituitary Gland
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Meningioma
  • Primary Care
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Chordoma

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Education History

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

St. Joseph Hospital & Medical Center

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Barrow Neurological Institute

Academic Information

My Department

Neurological Surgery

Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 12/20/2018, Dr. Hardesty has reported no relationships with companies or entities.