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Themistocles Protopsaltis, MD

  • Specialties: Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Surgery
  • Languages: English, Greek, Spanish
  • Phone: 646-501-7200
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About Me

Growing up, I always knew that I wanted to be a doctor, particularly a surgeon. As a medical student, I was drawn to anatomy and neurology. I found the greatest satisfaction in orthopedics because it allows me to help patients move and regain function through innovative surgical techniques. Within orthopedics I gravitated toward spine surgery and microscopic peripheral nerve surgery, which combined my interests in neuroanatomy and orthopedics with my desire to optimize patient function. Along the way I have developed a national and international reputation in cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spinal surgery.

My clinical expertise includes major cervical and thoracolumbar spinal deformity in adults and children, degenerative spine conditions, and minimally invasive and robotic spine surgery. I have unique dual training in spine and peripheral nerve disorders, and I am also active in NYU Langone’s brachial plexus surgery program for adults and children.

I have been named one of the top spine surgeons at academic medical centers multiple times and have published many articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. I am active in clinical research as a member of the International Spine Study Group, which is composed of leading physicians in cervical and thoracolumbar spinal deformity surgery. I am also an active member of the Cervical Spine Research Society, North American Spine Society, Scoliosis Research Society, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

I believe a special bond needs to be cultivated between a doctor and a patient. I endeavor to treat every patient as I would want my own family treated, with compassion, dignity, and the highest level of care. As chief of NYU Langone’s Division of Spine Surgery, these are the principles that I pursue in all my patient interactions, and I encourage all our members to do the same. We are thankful for the opportunity to offer our patients the best in comprehensive spine care.

Conditions and Treatments

  • cervical myelopathy
  • spinal cord injury
  • cervical spine fracture
  • spinal narrowing
  • scoliosis
  • kyphosis
  • spine infection
  • ankylosing spondylitis
  • brachial plexus injury
  • spinal arthritis
  • spondylolisthesis
  • disc repair
  • minimally invasive surgery
  • spinal cord procedures
  • orthopedic procedure


  • Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
  • Chief, Division of Spine Surgery, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery - Orthopedic Surgery, 2011
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, New York University, Spine Surgery, 2009
  • Fellowship, Duke University, Hand Surgery, 2008
  • Residency, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, Orthopedics/Surgery, 2007
  • MD from Columbia University, 2001

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This provider accepts the following insurance plans.

  • Aetna
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    • BCBS EPO - Empire NYU Care (NYU Langone Employees)
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Locations and Appointments

NYU Langone Orthopedic Center

333 East 38th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10016



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NYU Langone Orthopedic Surgery Associates

433 Hackensack Ave, 2nd Floor
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Research My Research


cervical radiculopathy , double crush phenomenon, peripheral neuropathies, brachial plexus injuries, anterior cervical decompression and fusion , ACDF, cervical laminectomy and fusion , cervical foramenotomy , cervical disc replacement, cervical disc motion preservation , cervical spine deformity , neck pain, microscopic lumbar discectomy, lumbar laminectomy and decompression, thoracic and lumbar spine decompression and fusion, microsurgery, peripheral nerve decompression, neurolysis, vascularized free fibula transfer

Academic Contact

Academic office

301 East 17th Street

Fourth Floor

New York, NY 10003



Research Interests Timeline

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  • Protopsaltis, Themistocles S; Ramchandran, Subaraman; Tishelman, Jared C; Smith, Justin S; Neuman, Brian J; Mundis, Gregory M; Lafage, Renaud; Klineberg, Eric O; Hamilton, D Kojo; LaFage, Virginie; Gupta, Munish C; Hart, Robert A; Schwab, Frank J; Burton, Douglas C; Bess, Shay; Shaffrey, Christopher I; Ames, Christopher P

    Spine. 2020 Feb 01; 45(3):184-192

  • Passias, Peter G; Horn, Samantha R; Soroceanu, Alexandra; Oh, Cheongeun; Ailon, Tamir; Neuman, Brian J; Lafage, Virginie; Lafage, Renaud; Smith, Justin S; Line, Breton; Bortz, Cole A; Segreto, Frank A; Brown, Avery; Alas, Haddy; Pierce, Katherine E; Eastlack, Robert K; Sciubba, Daniel M; Protopsaltis, Themistocles S; Klineberg, Eric O; Burton, Douglas C; Hart, Robert A; Schwab, Frank J; Bess, Shay; Shaffrey, Christopher I; Ames, Christopher P

    Spine. 2020 Jan 15; 45(2):116-123

  • Passias, Peter G; Horn, Samantha R; Oh, Cheongeun; Lafage, Renaud; Lafage, Virginie; Smith, Justin S; Line, Breton; Protopsaltis, Themistocles S; Yagi, Mitsuru; Bortz, Cole A; Segreto, Frank A; Alas, Haddy; Diebo, Bassel G; Sciubba, Daniel M; Kelly, Michael P; Daniels, Alan H; Klineberg, Eric O; Burton, Douglas C; Hart, Robert A; Schwab, Frank J; Bess, Shay; Shaffrey, Christopher I; Ames, Christopher P

    Neurosurgery. 2020 Jan 01; 86(1):E38-E46

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