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Federico P. Girardi, MD

Spine Surgery

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.

As the Research Director of the Spine Service, 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

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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 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

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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

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. Girardi as of December 05, 2019.

  • Alphatec Holdings LLC - Ownership Interest
  • Bonovo Orthopedics, Inc. - Ownership Interest
  • Centinel Spine - Advisory Board; Ownership Interest
  • DePuy Synthes Spine – Consultant; Designer; Royalties for development of Lateral Access and Implant System
  • EIT Emerging Implant Technologies - Consultant; Advisory Board
  • Ethicon - Consultant 
  • Healthpoint Capital Partners, LP - Advisory Board; Investment interest
  • LANX, Inc. - Consultant; Designer; Royalties for the Next Generation Spinous Process Fixation System
  • MiMedx Group, Inc. – Research support
  • NuVasive, Inc. – Consultant; Designer; Royalties for the development of Osteoporotic Fixation Implants
  • Ortho Development Corp. - Consultant; Designer; Royalties for design and consultation services for Pagoda Spine System
  • Paradigm Spine, LLC - Advisory Board; Ownership interest
  • Tissue Differentiation Intelligence- Ownership Interest
  • Spinal Kinetics, Inc. - Advisory Board; Stock options
  • Spineart USA - Advisory Board; Consultant

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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