Physician Profile

Pankaj K. (“P.K.”) Agarwalla, MD

Pankaj K. (“P.K.”) Agarwalla, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Contact Information

To schedule a new patient appointment, please contact: 973-972-3488 or 844-CANCERNJ (844-226-2376)

About Me

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.

I 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.



Dr. Agarwalla sees patients at Rutgers Cancer Institute and Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.

Clinical Expertise

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


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  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup
  • Cigna
  • Consumer Health Plan
  • Horizon BCBS
  • Horizon NJ Health
  • Magnacare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • Oxford Health
  • Qualcare HMO
  • Qualcare PPO
  • United Community
  • United Healthcare
  • United Medicare
  • WellCare