Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, MD

Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Chief Emeritus of the Scoliosis Service at HSS. He is an Associate Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon at both HSS and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. As Chief Emeritus of the Scoliosis Service at HSS, he has a special expertise in the treatment of scoliosis, kyphosis and spine reconstruction in both adult and pediatric patients.

Dr. Boachie-Adjei, was born in Kumasi, Ghana, on December 16, 1950. He emigrated to the United States in 1972 and completed undergraduate studies at Brooklyn College, where he received a Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude) in 1976. He received his Doctor of Medicine Degree from Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1980.

He was Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Minnesota (1987-1990); Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Southern California (1990-1994) and Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California College of Medicine, Irvine (1993-1994). His clinical appointments included the position of Associate Medical Director at the Southern California Complex Spine and Scoliosis Center in Whittier (1990-1994).

Dr. Boachie-Adjei has published and lectured extensively on Spine Surgery, with special emphasis on surgery to correct spine deformity. He is an inventor who holds several patents for devices used in spine surgery. As the founder and president of F.O.C.O.S. (Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine), he has helped provide orthopedic medical care to underserved populations in West Africa and other third world nations. In 2004, Dr. Boachie-Adjei received the Humanitarian Award from AAOS.  He was also elected President of the Scoliosis Research Society for the 2008-2009 year and was featured in the Discovery channel documentary entitled, "Surgery Saved My Life."


Chief Emeritus of the Scoliosis Service, Hospital for Special Surgery
Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center




Special Expertise

Spine reconstructive and deformity surgery in pediatric and adult patients


"Best Doctors in New York," New York magazine, 2009, 2010, 2011
Science and Peace Gold Medal (Humanitarian Award), Albert Schweitzer International University, Geneva, Switzerland, 2005
Wholeness of Life Award, Hospital for Special Surgery, presented by The HealthCare Chaplaincy, New York, 2004
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Humanitarian Award, 2004
Russell Hibbs Award/Best Clinical Research Paper, Scoliosis Research Society, 2002
Louis Goldstein Award/Best Clinical Poster, 1999, 2002
Philip D. Wilson Award/Outstanding Teacher, Hospital for Special Surgery, 1998


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Scoliosis Research Society, President 2009
North American Spine Society
Spine Society
American Medical Association

Specialized Centers

Insurances Accepted

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MD, Columbia University, New York


St. Vincent’s Hospital & Medical Center, General Surgery


Twin Cities Scoliosis Center and the Minnesota Spine Center, John H. Moe Spine Fellow


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

State Licensure

New York

Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, MD has contributed to the following articles on HSS.edu:

Selected Publications

Sarwahi V, Boachie-Adjei O, Backus SI, Taira G. Characterization of Gait Function in Patients with Post-surgical Sagittal (flatback) Deformity: A Prospective Study of 21 Patients. Spine. 27(21):2328-37, 2002, November 1.

Lebwohl NH, Cunningham BW, Dmitriev A, Shimamoto N, Gooch L, Devlin V, Boachie-Adjei O, Wagner TA. Biomechanical Comparison of Lumbosacral Fixation Techniques in a Calf Spine Model. Spine. 27(21):2312-20, 2002, November 1.

Shapiro GS, Boachie-Adjei O, Dhawlikar SH, Maier LS. The Use of Epoetin Alfa in Complex Spine Deformity Surgery. Spine. 2002, September:27(18):2067-2071.

Boachie-Adjei O, Do T, Rawlins BA. Partial Lumbosacral Kyphosis Reduction, Decompression and Posterior Lumbosacral Transfixation in High-grade Isthmic Spondylolisthesis: Clinical and Radiographic Results in Six Patients. Spine. 2002 March;27(6):E161.

Urban MK, Jules-Elysee K, Urquhart B, Cammisa FP, Boachie-Adjei O. Reduction in Postoperative Pain after Spinal Fusion with Instrumentation Using Intrathecal Morphine. Spine. 2002, March:27(5):535-537.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Research Interests

Clinical outcomes studies in scoliosis and other spine deformities in pediatric and adult patients
Gene therapy for spine fusion

Clinical Trials

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Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Contact Information

Office Locations

East River Professional Building
523 East 72nd Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1948

Mailing Address

Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, New York 10021

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