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Todd J. Albert, MD

Spine Surgery

About Dr. Albert


Dr. Todd J. Albert is Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus at Hospital for Special Surgery. He is a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Albert specializes in the field of orthopedic spine surgery focusing on disorders of the cervical spine. He has an interest in minimally invasive surgical techniques and image-guided technologies in the management of spinal disorders.

He serves on the boards of several scholarly journals and is Past President of The Cervical Spine Research Society and President of the Scoliosis Research Society. Dr. Albert is the author of seven books and more than 40 book chapters, and has published over 375 peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed articles. He has presented his research both nationally and internationally, and served as chairman at numerous courses.

Previously, Dr. Albert was Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics and President of The Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He graduated from Amherst College, University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where he was named outstanding chief resident, and performed a fellowship in spinal surgery at the Minnesota Spine Center.

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Special Expertise

Cervical Deformity, Cervical Stenosis, Cervical HNP, Lumbar Degenerative isorders (Disc Herniation, Stenosis, Spondylolithesis) 


Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion, Laminoplasty, Posterior Cervical Laminectomy and Fusion, Posterior Cervical Laminoforaminotomy, Posterior Lumbar decompression, Lumbar Microdiscectomy, Posterior Laminectomy and Fusion, Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion

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Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus, Hospital for Special Surgery
Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital


Cervical Spine Research Society, Scoliosis Research Society, American Orthopedic Association


American Board of Orthopedic Surgery 1995-2005, 2006-2015, 2016-2025


Nicholas Andry Award of the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons (ABJS) for outstanding achievement in the field of orthopedic surgery, 2019
Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors, 2006-2020
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2016-2022
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2015-2022
Philadelphia Magazine, 2006-2014
John Wanamaker Award YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity, 2012
Sir John Charnley Award of Excellence, 2008


MD, University of Virginia, 1987


Pennsylvania Hospital Philadelphia, PA. 1988


Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 1992


Minnesota Spine Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1993

State Licensure



For My Patients

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Directions to The Pavilion

My office is located at The Pavilion, 541 East 71st St. The main entrance to The Pavilion is on the north side of 71st Street underneath the sky bridge that connects the main hospital to the Belaire Building.

Pavilion map Please see directions from other HSS locations:

  • From the Main Hospital (535 East 70th St):
    Enter the Hospital lobby and take the West elevators to the 2nd Floor. Upon exiting the elevator, turn right and continue down the hallway and over the sky bridge. Once across the sky bridge, you will see a set of elevators on your left. Take the elevator to my office.
  • From the Belaire Building Main Entrance (525 East 71st St):
    Enter the Belaire lobby and take the front elevators to the 2nd Floor. Upon exiting the elevator, turn left and follow the hallway around until you see another set of elevators on your right. Take the elevator to my office.
  • From the Belaire Building 72nd Street Entrance (524 East 72nd St):
    Enter the Belaire building and walk down the stairs. Follow the hallway around, past the first set of elevators on your left. Continue down the hall and past the windows until you see another set of elevators on your right. Take the elevator to my office.

Publications by Dr. Albert

Blog Posts

Editorial Appointments

Orthopedics Today
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

Selected Books/Chapters

Su BW, Albert, TJ: Cervical Myelopathy: Anterior versus Posterior approach (Controversies in Spine Surgery Chapter 12; pgs 95-104)

Patel AA, Donegan DJ, Albert TJ. Management of Posttraumatic Cervical Kyphosis Cervical Spine Trauma Chapter 27 pgs 431-441.

Degenerative Cervical Spondylosis: Clinical Syndromes, Pathogenesis and Management, AAOS Instructional Course Lectures, Volume 57, 2008- pgs 447-469

Albert, TJ, Edwards J, Jefferson T. Chapter-Cervical Stabilization: Simple and Complex Revisions, Complications pgs 187-191

Albert TJ, Chapter- Posterior Cervical Approaches for Radiculopathy and Myelopathy Spine Concepts 2007, pgs 43-48

Albert, TJ, Zeiller SC.  Postlaminectomy Kyphosis: Complications of Spine surgery, Treatment and Prevention. Pgs. 41-46, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2006

Selected Journal Articles

Grauer JN, Beiner JM, Albert TJ: Evaluation and Management of Cervical Spine Deformities. In: Adult and Pediatric Spine, 3rd edition.  Frynoyer wt al eds. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. In press

Rihn JA, Kane J, Albert TJ, Vaccaro AR, Hilibrand AS. What is the incidence and severity of dysphagia after Anterior Cervical surgery? Symposium: Current Concepts in Cervical Spine Surgery, Volume 469, Number 3, 658-665. DOI: 10.1007/s11999-010-1731-8.

Weinstein JN, Tosteson TD, Lurie JD, Tosteson A, Blood E, Herkowitz H, Cammisa F, Albert TJ, Boden SD, Hilibrand AS, Goldberg H, Berven S, An H.Surgical vs. non-operative treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis four year results of the spine patient outcomes research trial. (SPORT). Spine, Volume 35, Number 14, June 15, 2010- pgs. 1329-1338.

Harrop JS, Swetha N, Maltenfort, M, Anderson DG, Albert TJ, Ratliff JK, Ponnapan RK, Rihn JA, Smith HE, Hilibrand, AS, Sharan AD, Vaccaro AR. Cervical Myelopathy - A clinical and radiographic Evaluation and Correlation to Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy. Spine 2010

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.


Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

One of the goals of HSS is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.

As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Albert as of September 09, 2021.

  • Augmedics - Ownership Interest
  • Back Story LLC - Medical Director and Board Member of Back Forever, Golf Forever and Fit Forever; Ownership interest
  • Care Equity- Ownership Interest
  • CytoDyn, Inc. - Ownership Interest
  • DePuy Synthes, Inc. - Royalties - Designer of Expedium spine system, Swift and Eagle Anterior Cervical Fixation Systems
  • Elsevier, Inc. - Book royalties
  • HS2 LLC - Ownerhship interest, Board Member
  • Innovative Surgical Designs, Inc. - Ownership interest
  • InVivo Therapeutics- Ownership Interest
  • JP Medical Publishers - Book royalties
  • Morphogenesis - Ownership Interest
  • NuVasive, Inc. - Consultant
  • Orthopedics Today - Editorial Board
  • Paradigm Spine, LLC - Investment interest
  • Parvizi Surgical Innovations - Ownership interest
  • Physician Recommended Nutriceuticals - Ownership interest 
  • Precision Orthopedics - Ownership interest
  • Pulse Equity - Ownership Interest
  • Spine Universe - Editorial Board
  • Spinicity- Ownership Interest
  • Springer- Book royalties
  • Strathspey Crown- Ownership Interest
  • Surg.I.O LLC- Ownership Interest 
  • Thieme Medical Publishers - Book royalties
  • ZIMMER BIOMET - Inventor/design team for Solitaire cervical cage; Inventor with patent for Lineum Cervical System and Polaris Spinal System; Royalties

By disclosing the collaborations of HSS physicians with industry on this website, HSS and its physicians make this information available to their patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit physicians to collect royalties on products developed by him/her that are used on patients at HSS.

Patients should feel free to ask their HSS physicians questions about these relationships.

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