• At A Glance
  • Bio

    Specializing in brain tumors, skull base, and cerebrovascular, my focus is providing high-level complex cranial neurosurgical care in the context of a multidisciplinary team with the latest treatments and clinical trials. I see patients with all cranial conditions and tumors including gliomas, metastatic tumors, skull base tumors (meningiomas, pituitary tumors, acoustic neuromas/vestibular schwannomas, craniopharyngiomas, chordomas, and jugular foramen lesions). Because I also specialize in radiosurgery with both CyberKnife and Gamma Knife modalities, we will always consider non-surgical options in a patient’s treatment plan.

    As one of the co-founders of the Brain and Spine Tumor Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey at University Hospital, I work closely with the entire multi-disciplinary program to provide the most advanced and appropriate care for each patient with attention to each individual’s unique case. As a surgeon, I know that surgery is often only one part of a larger answer; for example, targeted therapies, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or radiation therapy can be just as important. This multi-disciplinary approach is central for patients with brain and spine tumors.

    Clinical research has been an important passion of mine, and we are developing protocols for tissue/blood collection to study the biology of tumors in the laboratory. We also have a growing clinical trial presence including a targeted therapy trial for papillary craniopharyngiomas, for which I am the site lead investigator.

    Dr. Agarwalla received my undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University. During my neurosurgical residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital, I worked on an immunotherapy trial for glioblastoma and performed research on the genomics of skull base tumors at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Broad Institute. After residency, I completed a fellowship in skull base and cerebrovascular neurosurgery at the University of South Florida.

    Clinical Interests

    Dr. PK Agarwalla specializes in cranial neurosurgery. He sees patients with all cranial conditions including brain tumors, metastatic tumors, skull base lesions (meningiomas, pituitary tumors, acoustic neuromas/vestibular schwannomas, craniopharygiomas, chordomas), and vascular lesions including aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), moyamoya disease, and carotid stenosis. He also manages peripheral nerve sheath tumors and patients with cerebrospinal fluid disorders. Dr. Agarwalla utilizes innovative surgical techniques including endoscope-assisted neurosurgery and cerebrovascular bypass. His research emphasis is on clinical trials in neurosurgical oncology and functional genomics of brain tumors.

    Glioblastomas, Oligodendroglioma, Astrocytoma, Metastatic Brain Tumors, Skull base tumors including acoustic neuromas, pituitary tumors, meningiomas, clival lesions, and jugular foramen lesions