I had GK with Dr. Kondziolka in 2009 at UMPC. I had such a positive experience with him and his team there. He is a wonderful doctor, even though he was no longer treating me I was sad to see him go, and im happy hes still treating AN patients in NY or NJ for the time being.
I have also heard wonderful things about Dr. Lunsford at UPMC. Get a few consults if you feel comfortable with that, and pick the doctor that makes you feel the most comfortable.
For me, Dr. K. worked closely with my previous boyfriend's brother who is the trainer for the Pittsburg Penguins, therefore we "knew" him at the time and he was able to get me scheduled for GK 2 days after my initial consult. We were also so very close to Pittsburgh, that it was a no brainer for me.
My results were not typical, as I did have regrowth, and eventually had to have my tumor removed in 2011. But this is a low chance, and no one should be discouraged from my experience. I would have GK again if I was in the situation I was in back in 2009, with no questions asked. My tumor was 2.2 at that time, and then later grew to 2.5 before having it removed after GK.
I went back to UPMC with Dr. Paul Gardner to have the surgery, and although I am deaf on that side, and have some daily discomfort around the mesh area, Im happy with my decision and my life has moved forward in such a positive way.