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Todd J. Albert, MD

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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 Top Doctor - 15 Years
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



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Publications by Dr. Albert

Selected Journal Articles

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


Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

HSS has a long history of supporting appropriate relationships with industry because they advance HSS's mission to provide the highest quality patient care, improve patient mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all, and to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Albert as of April 15, 2024.

  • Augmedics - Ownership Interest
  • Back Story LLC - Ownership interest
  • Care Equity - Ownership Interest
  • CytoDyn, Inc. - Ownership Interest
  • DePuy Synthes, Inc. - Received Royalties
  • DermQ - Ownership Interest
  • HS2 LLC - Ownership Interest
  • HSS ASC Development Network, LLC - Ownership Interest
  • Innovative Surgical Designs, Inc. - Ownership Interest
  • InVivo Therapeutics - Ownership Interest
  • Morphogenesis - Ownership Interest
  • NuVasive, Inc. - Consultant
  • Paradigm Spine, LLC - Ownership Interest
  • Parvizi Surgical Innovation, LLC - Ownership Interest
  • Physician Recommended Nutriceuticals - Ownership Interest 
  • Precision Orthopedics - Ownership Interest
  • Pulse Equity - Ownership Interest
  • See All Surgical, Inc. - Advisory Services; Board Member; Ownership Interest
  • Socrates Health Solutions - Ownership Interest
  • Spine Stabilization Technologies - Ownership Interest
  • Spinicity - Ownership Interest
  • Strathspey Crown - Ownership Interest
  • Surg.IO LLC - Ownership Interest 
  • ZIMMER BIOMET - Received Royalties

HSS and its physicians make this information available to patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest and Commitment Policy prohibits physicians from collecting royalties on products they develop that are used on patients at HSS.

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

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