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Federico P. Girardi, MD

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About Dr. Girardi


Dr. Federico Girardi is an Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at HSS and a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He specializes in the surgical treatment of spinal disorders, including but not limited to degenerative (disc herniation, degenerative disc disease, stenosis), deformity, (scoliosis, kyphosis, flat back), metabolic (osteoporosis), and fractures and tumors of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.

Dr. Girardi has extensive clinical research experience. His major areas of interest include minimally invasive surgery, clinical outcomes of different surgical procedures, and imaging modalities of the spine. He also conducts research to expand our core understanding of the basic science of bone, disc, and nerve tissue regeneration. Noteworthy is Dr. Girardi’s exploration of spinal fusion alternatives in the treatment of degenerative disc disease. He is a prolific author, and his work has appeared in multiple peer-reviewed professional journals. He has published more than 250 articles and textbook sections, along with 60+ book chapters.

Dr. Girardi has served the advance of medical knowledge over many years through his editorial appointments to multiple prestigious medical journals. This contribution has included acting as an Editorial Reviewer for SPINE, Journal of Orthopedic Research, British Medical Journal and European Spine Journal.

As an internationally renowned educator and lecturer, he has been invited to contribute to the training and knowledge of physicians in all stages of their medical careers; from resident to attending to private practice. He has delivered hundreds of lectures around the world on topics ranging from minimally invasive spinal surgery to complex revision surgery.

Dr. Girardi has demonstrated and taught advanced surgical techniques to surgical audiences in many countries including Argentina Australia, Austria, Brazil, Colombia, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, Dubai, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal , Spain, Sweden, and Uruguay. He has been at HSS since 1996 and has completed no less than three advanced, specialty fellowships in spinal surgery, deformity revision surgery and metabolic bone. He currently performs over 400 spinal surgeries per year. He and his medical team offer care in multiple languages including Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian.

For more information, visit www.federicogirardimd.com

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Specialized Centers

Computer Assisted Surgery Center

Special Expertise

Lumbar, Thoracic, and Cervical Spinal Disorders
Degenerative Conditions: Disc herniations, Degenerative Disc Disease, Spinal Stenosis, Spondylolisthesis
Spinal Deformities (Scoliosis, Kyphosis)
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Spine Non-fusion Surgery

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Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Associate Scientist, Research Division, Hospital for Special Surgery
Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital


Member, American Medical Association
Member, Hospital for Special Surgery Alumni Association
Member, Medical Society of the State of New York
Member, New York County Medical Society
Member, Scoliosis Association
Member, Argentine Association of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (AAOT)
Member Nucleus Arthroplasty Society (SONA)
Member, Society for the Lateral Access Surgery (SOLAS)
Member, North American Spine Society (NASS)
Member, Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)
Member, European Spine Society (ESS)
Member, International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS)
Member, Spine Arthroplasty Society (SAS)


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


Castle Connolly Top Doctor - 20 Years
Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors, 2018-2020
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2015-2022
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2018, 2021-2022
Young Investigator Award Winner, 2013
The Spine Journal and NASS Outstanding Paper Award 2013
Team Science Award, Translational Science (ACRT, AFMR, APOR, SCTS) Washington, DC, 2012
Best Resident Research Study, 1993


MD, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Rosario,  Argentina


Hospital de Clinicas “Jose de San Martin” Buenos Aires University, Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Hospital for Special Surgery, Spine & Scoliosis Surgery, New York

State Licensure


English, Spanish

For My Patients

Publications by Dr. Girardi

Patient Education

Selected Journal Articles

Editorial Appointments

2000, Present, Editorial Reviewer, SPINE Journal, Editor-in-Chief Dr. James N. Weinstein 
2001, Editorial Reviewer, Journal of Orthopaedic Research, Editor-in-Chief Timothy M. Wright, PhD
2002, Guest Editor, The Orthopedic Clinics of North America, Advances in Spine Surgery
2003, Editorial Reviewer, Journal Clinical Drug Investigation
2004, Editorial Reviewer, Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research
2005, Editorial Reviewer, British Medical Journal
2004, Editorial Reviewer, European Spine Journal
2007, Deputy Editor, Spine Arthroplasty Society Journal
2008 - Present, Contributing Author, Interactive Educational Program (IEP)  
2009 - Present, Editorial Review Board Minimally Invasive Surgery
2010 - 2014, Editorial Board, World Journal of Orthopaedics
2011, Review Panel, Interactive Educational Program (IEP) Awards
2012, Deputy Editor, International Journal of Spine Surgery


Current Research Includes:
Tissue Regeneration
Disc Replacement (Disc Prosthesis) and non-fusion technologies
Imaging of the spine
Clinical Outcomes
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Image Guided Stereotactic Surgery

Clinical Trials / Research Studies

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. Girardi as of July 10, 2023.

  • BICMD - Ownership Interest
  • Centinel Spine - Advisory Board; Ownership Interest
  • Healthpoint Capital Partners, LP - Advisory Board; Ownership Interest
  • LANX, Inc. - Consultant; Royalties for the Next Generation Spinous Process Fixation System
  • Ortho Development Corp. - Consultant; Royalties for design and consultation services for Pagoda Spine System

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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