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HSS Spine Center

Does it really make a difference where you get treated? In a word, yes.

At the HSS Spine Center, the world’s best clinical team will come together to provide the best care for you. From comprehensive non-surgical treatments to complex and revision surgeries, our multidisciplinary team is dedicated to providing a personalized treatment plan for your condition, so that you can achieve optimal results.

Our commitment is reflected in our:

Expertise. Complex procedures are routine because everyone, from your surgeon to physical rehabilitation therapist, is a spine expert.

Precision. Our patients receive the highest level of personalization due to our direct translation of innovative research into customized care.

Results. We have pioneered less invasive procedures for the spine leading to less pain, quicker recovery, and superior long-term results.

Excellence. HSS tops the national lists for number of spinal procedures, nursing excellence, infection control and much more.

What We Treat

What We Treat

We handle a high volume of complex spinal problems – and higher volume leads to better expertise and results.

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Meet the Team

The Team

Our physicians lead a dedicated team of medical professionals to ensure a comprehensive approach to your care.

Why HSS Spine

Why Choose HSS

Go with the hospital that personalizes every part of your treatment and recovery. Our reputation is built upon your success.

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The Team

Spine Surgeons

Todd J. Albert, MD
Todd J. Albert, MD
Surgeon-in-Chief
Dr. Todd J. Albert specializes in orthopedic spine surgery focusing on disorders of the cervical spine. He is Surgeon-in-Chief at Hospital for Special Surgery.

Frank Schwab, MD
Frank Schwab, MD
Chief of Spine Service
Dr. Frank Schwab is Chief of Spine Service and specializes in complex spinal pathology, spine deformity, and revision reconstruction procedures.

John S. Blanco, MD
John S. Blanco, MD
Dr. John S. Blanco is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in pediatric spinal deformity, pediatric fractures and neuromuscular conditions such as cerebral palsy.

Frank P. Cammisa Jr., MD
Frank P. Cammisa Jr., MD
Dr. Frank P. Cammisa specializes in the surgical treatment of orthopedic spine conditions. He performs microsurgery and minimally invasive spinal surgery.

Matthew E. Cunningham, MD, PhD
Matthew E. Cunningham, MD, PhD
Dr. Matthew E. Cunningham is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in conditions of the spine, including scoliosis, kyphosis, spondylolisthesis, and degenerative disc disease.

James C. Farmer, MD
James C. Farmer, MD
Dr. James C. Farmer specializes in treating Orthopedic Spine Conditions and Orthopedic Trauma. He is an Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery.

Federico P. Girardi, MD
Federico P. Girardi, MD
Dr. Federico P. Girardi specializes in treating Orthopedic Ailments of the Spine, including Scoliosis, Kyphosis, Disc Herniations, Spinal Stenosis, and Spondylolisthesis.

Charles B. Goodwin, MD
Charles B. Goodwin, MD
Dr. Charles B. Goodwin is an Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery.

Russel C. Huang, MD
Russel C. Huang, MD
Dr. Russel Huang is Director of the Spine Surgery Clinic at Hospital for Special Surgery.

Alexander P. Hughes, MD
Alexander P. Hughes, MD
Dr. Alexander Hughes performs Orthopedic Spine Surgery on the Cervical Spine, Thoracic Spine, Lumbar Spine.

Han Jo Kim, MD
Han Jo Kim, MD
Dr. Han Jo Kim specializes in the surgical treatment of Orthopedic Spine Conditions specializing in Cervical Spine and Scoliosis Surgery.

Darren R. Lebl, MD, FAAOS
Darren R. Lebl, MD, FAAOS
Dr. Lebl is a spine and scoliosis surgeon who sees both pediatric and adult patients for care of the cervical spine, spinal deformities, and degenerative disorders

Patrick F. O'Leary, MD, FACS, PC
Patrick F. O'Leary, MD, FACS, PC
Dr. Patrick O'Leary is an Associate Attending Spine Surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery. His interests are Surgical Technology and Advances in Surgical Techniques.

Bernard A. Rawlins, MD
Bernard A. Rawlins, MD
Dr. Bernard A. Rawlins is an orthopedic spine surgeon specializing in adult and pediatric scoliosis, spinal fractures, neck and low back herniations, athletic injuries and spondylolysis.

Andrew A. Sama, MD
Andrew A. Sama, MD
Dr. Andrew A. Sama is an orthopedic spine surgeon specializing in traumatic, degenerative, and deformity-related conditions of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbosacral spine.

Harvinder S. Sandhu, MD
Harvinder S. Sandhu, MD
Dr. Harvinder S. Sandhu is an orthopedic spine surgeon specializing in minimally invasive, endoscopic, and computer-assisted spine surgery; microsurgery; and spinal biologics.

Roger F. Widmann, MD
Roger F. Widmann, MD
Dr. Roger F. Widmann is Chief of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at HSS. He specializes in limb lengthening, scoliosis, hip dysplasia, and pediatric trauma.

Todd J. Albert, MD
Todd J. Albert, MD
Surgeon-in-Chief
Orthopedic Surgery, Spine
Dr. Todd J. Albert specializes in orthopedic spine surgery focusing on disorders of the cervical spine. He is Surgeon-in-Chief at Hospital for Special Surgery.
Frank Schwab, MD
Frank Schwab, MD
Chief of Spine Service
Orthopedic Surgery, Spine
Dr. Frank Schwab is Chief of Spine Service and specializes in complex spinal pathology, spine deformity, and revision reconstruction procedures.
John S. Blanco, MD
John S. Blanco, MD
Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatrics, Spine
Dr. John S. Blanco is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in pediatric spinal deformity, pediatric fractures and neuromuscular conditions such as cerebral palsy.
Frank P. Cammisa Jr., MD
Frank P. Cammisa Jr., MD
Orthopedic Surgery, Spine
Dr. Frank P. Cammisa specializes in the surgical treatment of orthopedic spine conditions. He performs microsurgery and minimally invasive spinal surgery.
Matthew E. Cunningham, MD, PhD
Matthew E. Cunningham, MD, PhD
Orthopedic Surgery, Spine
Dr. Matthew E. Cunningham is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in conditions of the spine, including scoliosis, kyphosis, spondylolisthesis, and degenerative disc disease.
James C. Farmer, MD
James C. Farmer, MD
Orthopedic Surgery, Spine
Dr. James C. Farmer specializes in treating Orthopedic Spine Conditions and Orthopedic Trauma. He is an Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery.
Federico P. Girardi, MD
Federico P. Girardi, MD
Orthopedic Surgery, Spine
Dr. Federico P. Girardi specializes in treating Orthopedic Ailments of the Spine, including Scoliosis, Kyphosis, Disc Herniations, Spinal Stenosis, and Spondylolisthesis.
Charles B. Goodwin, MD
Charles B. Goodwin, MD
Orthopedic Surgery, Spine
Dr. Charles B. Goodwin is an Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery.
Russel C. Huang, MD
Russel C. Huang, MD
Orthopedic Surgery, Spine
Dr. Russel Huang is Director of the Spine Surgery Clinic at Hospital for Special Surgery.
Alexander P. Hughes, MD
Alexander P. Hughes, MD
Orthopedic Surgery, Spine
Dr. Alexander Hughes performs Orthopedic Spine Surgery on the Cervical Spine, Thoracic Spine, Lumbar Spine.
Han Jo Kim, MD
Han Jo Kim, MD
Orthopedic Surgery, Spine
Dr. Han Jo Kim specializes in the surgical treatment of Orthopedic Spine Conditions specializing in Cervical Spine and Scoliosis Surgery.
Darren R. Lebl, MD, FAAOS
Darren R. Lebl, MD, FAAOS
Orthopedic Surgery, Spine
Dr. Lebl is a spine and scoliosis surgeon who sees both pediatric and adult patients for care of the cervical spine, spinal deformities, and degenerative disorders
Patrick F. O'Leary, MD, FACS, PC
Patrick F. O'Leary, MD, FACS, PC
Orthopedic Surgery, Spine
Dr. Patrick O'Leary is an Associate Attending Spine Surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery. His interests are Surgical Technology and Advances in Surgical Techniques.
Bernard A. Rawlins, MD
Bernard A. Rawlins, MD
Orthopedic Surgery, Spine
Dr. Bernard A. Rawlins is an orthopedic spine surgeon specializing in adult and pediatric scoliosis, spinal fractures, neck and low back herniations, athletic injuries and spondylolysis.
Andrew A. Sama, MD
Andrew A. Sama, MD
Orthopedic Surgery, Spine
Dr. Andrew A. Sama is an orthopedic spine surgeon specializing in traumatic, degenerative, and deformity-related conditions of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbosacral spine.
Harvinder S. Sandhu, MD
Harvinder S. Sandhu, MD
Orthopedic Surgery, Spine
Dr. Harvinder S. Sandhu is an orthopedic spine surgeon specializing in minimally invasive, endoscopic, and computer-assisted spine surgery; microsurgery; and spinal biologics.
Roger F. Widmann, MD
Roger F. Widmann, MD
Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatrics, Spine
Dr. Roger F. Widmann is Chief of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at HSS. He specializes in limb lengthening, scoliosis, hip dysplasia, and pediatric trauma.

Physicians

Vincenzo Castellano, MD
Vincenzo Castellano, MD
Dr. Vincenzo Castellano specializes in treating Back, Neck, Joint, Muscle, and all Sports-related Injuries. He is an Assistant Attending Physiatrist and Medical Director of the Integrative Care Center at HSS.

Alice Chen, MD
Alice Chen, MD
Dr. Alice Chen is a dual board-certified and fellowship-trained physiatrist and interventional specialist in the non-operative management of spine and sports disorders.

Paul M. Cooke, MD
Paul M. Cooke, MD
Dr. Paul M. Cooke is a board certified physiatrist specializing in Spinal Injections, Lumbar Disc Herniations and other Spinal Conditions. He is an Assistant Attending Physiatrist at HSS.

Chad M. Craig, MD
Chad M. Craig, MD
Dr. Chad Craig partners closely with the spine surgeons to provide medical consultation for this complex surgical population. He is actively involved in research on perioperative care of spine suregy patients.

Stephen G. Geiger, MD
Stephen G. Geiger, MD
Dr. Stephen G. Geiger is a board-certified physiatrist specializing in sports medicine-related spine injuries, pain management and electromyography (EMG).

Robert S. Griffin, MD, PhD
Robert S. Griffin, MD, PhD
Robert S. Griffin, MD, PhD is a Anesthesiologist specializing in Pain Medicine at Hospital for Special Surgery.

Semih Gungor, MD
Semih Gungor, MD
Dr. Semih Gungor is an anesthesiologist and Director of Pain Medicine Research at HSS and specializes in comprehensive, pain-focused medical care.

Julia M. Kim, PhD
Julia M. Kim, PhD
Dr. Julia Kim is a Clinical Psychologist at Hospital for Special Surgery. She is the first Clinical Psychologist to formally work within the HSS family.

Jonathan S. Kirschner, MD, RMSK
Jonathan S. Kirschner, MD, RMSK
Jonathan Kirschner, MD is a Physiatrist at Hospital for Special Surgery. He specializes in interventional spine and sports medicine.

Vladimir N. Kramskiy, MD
Vladimir N. Kramskiy, MD
Dr. Vladimir Kramskiy is the director of the Ambulatory Recuperative Pain Medicine Program at the HSS. He specializes in interventional and medical pain management.

Christopher Lutz, MD
Christopher Lutz, MD
Dr. Christopher Lutz is an Assistant Attending Physiatrist at Hospital for Special Surgery.

Gregory E. Lutz, MD
Gregory E. Lutz, MD
Dr. Gregory Lutz is a Physiatrist at Hospital for Special Surgery.

C. Ronald MacKenzie, MD
C. Ronald MacKenzie, MD
Dr. C. Ronald MacKenzie is an Attending Physician at Hospital for Special Surgery.

Stephen J. Massimi, MD
Stephen J. Massimi, MD
Dr. Stephen Massimi is a board-certified physiatrist who specializes in the non-surgical treatment of spine, hip, and general musculoskeletal conditions.

Peter J. Moley, MD
Peter J. Moley, MD
Dr. Peter Moley is a physiatrist and sports medicine physician, specializing in the nonsurgical treatment of hip, lower back, and general joint injuries.

Jeffrey Y.F. Ngeow, MD
Jeffrey Y.F. Ngeow, MD
Dr. Jeffrey Y.F. Ngeow is an Associate Attending Anesthesiologist at Hospital for Special Surgery. He is also heavily involved in the Pain Management Department.

Cathleen L. Raggio, MD
Cathleen L. Raggio, MD
Dr. Cathleen L. Raggio is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in skeletal dysplasia, pediatric disorders, and various conditions and injuries.

Daniel I. Richman, MD
Daniel I. Richman, MD
Dr. Daniel Richman is a board-certified anesthesiologist at the HSS. He has specializes in Pain Management and Acupuncture.

Alexander C. Simotas, MD
Alexander C. Simotas, MD
Dr. Alexander Simotas is an Assistant Attending Physiatrist at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

Jennifer L. Solomon, MD
Jennifer L. Solomon, MD
Dr. Jennifer Solomon is an Assistant Attending Physiatrist at HSS. Among her many specialties are the Spine and Women's Sports Medicine.

Seth A. Waldman, MD
Seth A. Waldman, MD
Dr. Seth A. Waldman is Director of the Pain Management Division. He treats Neuropathic Pain Syndromes, Non-surgical Spinal Pain, Spinal Injections and Radiofrequency Ablation-Osteoid Osteomas.

David Y. Wang, MD
David Y. Wang, MD
Dr. David Wang is an Assistant Attending Anesthesiologist at HSS. He specializes in Pain Management, Regional Anesthesia and Interventional Pain Management.

James F. Wyss, MD, PT
James F. Wyss, MD, PT
Dr. James F. Wyss is a physiatrist specializing in the non-surgical management and rehabilitation of common musculoskeletal and sports injuries, primarily in the hip and spine.

Vincenzo Castellano, MD
Vincenzo Castellano, MD
Physiatry, Spine
Dr. Vincenzo Castellano specializes in treating Back, Neck, Joint, Muscle, and all Sports-related Injuries. He is an Assistant Attending Physiatrist and Medical Director of the Integrative Care Center at HSS.
Alice Chen, MD
Alice Chen, MD
Physiatry, Spine
Dr. Alice Chen is a dual board-certified and fellowship-trained physiatrist and interventional specialist in the non-operative management of spine and sports disorders.
Paul M. Cooke, MD
Paul M. Cooke, MD
Physiatry, Spine
Dr. Paul M. Cooke is a board certified physiatrist specializing in Spinal Injections, Lumbar Disc Herniations and other Spinal Conditions. He is an Assistant Attending Physiatrist at HSS.
Chad M. Craig, MD
Chad M. Craig, MD
Internal Medicine, Perioperative Medicine
Dr. Chad Craig partners closely with the spine surgeons to provide medical consultation for this complex surgical population. He is actively involved in research on perioperative care of spine suregy patients.
Stephen G. Geiger, MD
Stephen G. Geiger, MD
Physiatry, Spine
Dr. Stephen G. Geiger is a board-certified physiatrist specializing in sports medicine-related spine injuries, pain management and electromyography (EMG).
Robert S. Griffin, MD, PhD
Robert S. Griffin, MD, PhD
Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Robert S. Griffin, MD, PhD is a Anesthesiologist specializing in Pain Medicine at Hospital for Special Surgery.
Semih Gungor, MD
Semih Gungor, MD
Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. Semih Gungor is an anesthesiologist and Director of Pain Medicine Research at HSS and specializes in comprehensive, pain-focused medical care.
Julia M. Kim, PhD
Julia M. Kim, PhD
Psychology
Dr. Julia Kim is a Clinical Psychologist at Hospital for Special Surgery. She is the first Clinical Psychologist to formally work within the HSS family.
Jonathan S. Kirschner, MD, RMSK
Jonathan S. Kirschner, MD, RMSK
Physiatry, Spine
Jonathan Kirschner, MD is a Physiatrist at Hospital for Special Surgery. He specializes in interventional spine and sports medicine.
Vladimir N. Kramskiy, MD
Vladimir N. Kramskiy, MD
Neurology, Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. Vladimir Kramskiy is the director of the Ambulatory Recuperative Pain Medicine Program at the HSS. He specializes in interventional and medical pain management.
Christopher Lutz, MD
Christopher Lutz, MD
Physiatry, Spine
Dr. Christopher Lutz is an Assistant Attending Physiatrist at Hospital for Special Surgery.
Gregory E. Lutz, MD
Gregory E. Lutz, MD
Physiatry, Spine
Dr. Gregory Lutz is a Physiatrist at Hospital for Special Surgery.
C. Ronald MacKenzie, MD
C. Ronald MacKenzie, MD
Rheumatology, Internal Medicine, Perioperative Medicine
Dr. C. Ronald MacKenzie is an Attending Physician at Hospital for Special Surgery.
Stephen J. Massimi, MD
Stephen J. Massimi, MD
Physiatry, Spine, Sports Medicine
Dr. Stephen Massimi is a board-certified physiatrist who specializes in the non-surgical treatment of spine, hip, and general musculoskeletal conditions.
Peter J. Moley, MD
Peter J. Moley, MD
Physiatry, Sports Medicine, Spine, Hip Preservation
Dr. Peter Moley is a physiatrist and sports medicine physician, specializing in the nonsurgical treatment of hip, lower back, and general joint injuries.
Jeffrey Y.F. Ngeow, MD
Jeffrey Y.F. Ngeow, MD
Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. Jeffrey Y.F. Ngeow is an Associate Attending Anesthesiologist at Hospital for Special Surgery. He is also heavily involved in the Pain Management Department.
Cathleen L. Raggio, MD
Cathleen L. Raggio, MD
Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatrics
Dr. Cathleen L. Raggio is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in skeletal dysplasia, pediatric disorders, and various conditions and injuries.
Daniel I. Richman, MD
Daniel I. Richman, MD
Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. Daniel Richman is a board-certified anesthesiologist at the HSS. He has specializes in Pain Management and Acupuncture.
Alexander C. Simotas, MD
Alexander C. Simotas, MD
Physiatry, Spine
Dr. Alexander Simotas is an Assistant Attending Physiatrist at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
Jennifer L. Solomon, MD
Jennifer L. Solomon, MD
Physiatry, Sports Medicine, Spine
Dr. Jennifer Solomon is an Assistant Attending Physiatrist at HSS. Among her many specialties are the Spine and Women's Sports Medicine.
Seth A. Waldman, MD
Seth A. Waldman, MD
Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. Seth A. Waldman is Director of the Pain Management Division. He treats Neuropathic Pain Syndromes, Non-surgical Spinal Pain, Spinal Injections and Radiofrequency Ablation-Osteoid Osteomas.
David Y. Wang, MD
David Y. Wang, MD
Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. David Wang is an Assistant Attending Anesthesiologist at HSS. He specializes in Pain Management, Regional Anesthesia and Interventional Pain Management.
James F. Wyss, MD, PT
James F. Wyss, MD, PT
Physiatry, Sports Medicine, Spine
Dr. James F. Wyss is a physiatrist specializing in the non-surgical management and rehabilitation of common musculoskeletal and sports injuries, primarily in the hip and spine.

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What We Treat

Your situation is unique. This is our starting point.

Take comfort in knowing that the HSS team of spine specialists handles complicated spinal problems on a daily basis. Their accrued knowledge gives them unrivaled experience when it comes to your spinal condition.

Knowledge also empowers you as the patient. Familiarizing yourself with your condition and treatment options can help manage your concerns. At HSS, our team believes in educating our patients, so that you are able to understand and follow your physician’s recommended course of treatment.

 

Spine Conditions and Disorders

Cervical Spine

General Spine

 

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Why Choose HSS

Superior Outcomes in Spine Surgery

Best Hospitals - US News and World ReportAs the #1 orthopedic hospital in the nation and the leader in surgical volumes for many orthopedic specialties, patients expect superior outcomes from treatment at Hospital for Special Surgery. The HSS Spine Center delivers on these expectations through our specialization and relentless focus on quality.

Higher Surgical Volume Leads to Higher Quality

Research continues to demonstrate that the surgeons and hospitals that get the best results from spine surgeries tend to be the ones who perform those surgeries most often. Higher volume is correlated with lower rates of mortality, infection, pneumonia, and other complications. HSS performs more spine surgeries than other top national hospitals.



Note: Data from Hospital Compare. *Data Collection Period is October 1, 2012 - September 30, 2013. Excludes cases with major complications or comorbidities.

Outcomes Worth Talking About

'Likelihood to Recommend' is a key indicator of satisfaction with the outcome of treatment. Our most recent Press Ganey report shows that almost 88% of HSS inpatients are likely to recommend the hospital. We are proud that we have been in the 99th percentile for this measure for 31 consecutive quarters (nearly 8 years) when benchmarked against similar hospitals in the Press Ganey database.

Why choose the HSS Spine Center? Perhaps our patients say it best.