I LOVE Dr. Levine and Dr. Haines, but mostly Dr. Levine. They both have great bedside manner, great reputations, and much experience with AN's. They have been performing AN surgery together since 1985, and I would recommend them both 100%.
I agree with Kathy (obita) that the website you are referring to, is old. Dr. Levine talked to me about radiosurgery options along with my surgery options. I don't think he was pushy in anyway, and he did not talk poorly about radiosurgery. Thats the treatment I wanted, unfortunately, I was not a candidate due to the size of my tumor. I found them both to be open, and informative.
I have no complaints, even with my not so perfect outcome, which is due to my tumor size and how it was on my nerves, not a reflection on my drs. (my tumor was emeshed in my facial nerve like speghetti, and I had a blood vessel which was feeding it, and helping the little sucker grow). At time of my initial MRI tumor was 3.8 cm (4/5/05), at time of removal my tumor was 4+ cm (5/9/05).
I too would welcome any emails or questions from your stateside friend.