My decision to pursue a medical career was based on my desire to help others, my interest in the biological sciences, and encouragement from my family.
During my studies at NYU, I became fascinated with neuroscience and the human nervous system. In addition, I have always had an affinity for manual and dexterous activities. Neurosurgery as a career was an easy choice.
During my neurosurgical training, I gravitated toward spine surgery, given the complexity of the disease processes treated, the wide array of surgical options available, and the profound impact on a patient’s quality of life.
I see people aged 18 and older who have neurological, degenerative, oncologic, and traumatic disorders of the spine. These include painful conditions such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and spinal fractures. I have a particular interest in cervical spondylotic myelopathy, in which the spinal cord in the neck becomes compressed because of age-related changes. I also care for patients who suffer from pinched nerves of the spinal column, known as a radiculopathy. In addition, I manage tumors of the spine, spinal cord, and spinal nerves.
I perform all types of spinal procedures, including spinal decompression, complex reconstruction, spinal fusions, motion-preserving cervical spine surgery, and minimally invasive procedures.
I also have extensive experience helping patients navigate the logistics and challenges associated with spine surgery. I provide my patients with personalized care, compassion, and understanding to create a unique treatment plan.
Surgery should always be considered as a last resort, after less-invasive treatments have failed to restore a person’s quality of life. It is essential for people to understand their diagnosis and various treatment options. Involving patients in the decision-making helps to achieve the best outcomes.
Some of my numerous accolades include being named one of Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors for more than a decade. I am also a member of several academic organizations, including the Society of University Neurosurgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), and the AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. I serve on the editorial boards of several leading peer-reviewed neurosurgical journals.
I also participate in the American Spine Registry, a national data-collection platform focused on improving patient care and outcomes.
- Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery at NYU Grossman School of Medicine
- American Board of Neurological Surgery - Neurological Surgery, 2004
Education and Training
- Fellowship, Emory Clinic, Neurosurgery-Spine, 2001
- Residency, NewYork-Presbyterian, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Neurological Surgery, 2000
- MD from Yale University, 1994
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State of the union: a review of lumbar fusion indications and techniques for degenerative spine disease
Journal of neurosurgery. Spine. 2019 07 01; 31(1):1-14