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Charles B. Goodwin, MD

Spine Surgery

About Dr. Goodwin


Dr. Charles Goodwin specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the cervical and lumbar spine. He works with rehabilitation specialists and pain management doctors, focusing on non-operative techniques such as physical therapy, spine injections and restorative medicine. If conservative treatment fails, he performs, when indicated, adult reconstructive cervical and lumbar spine surgery, emphasizing minimally invasive techniques.

Dr. Goodwin has performed arthroscopic surgery since the late 1970s. Since 1994, he has been certified in arthroscopic microdiscectomy. He developed the instrumentation for and performed the first endoscopic spine fusion in 2001 – noted in The Wall Street Journal. Since then, he has performed about 1,000 endoscopic and minimally invasive posterior fusions. Recently, he developed and patented an access system and implants for minimally invasive lateral lumbar fusions.

He was a team orthopedic physician for the New York Mets, the team physician for the New York Lizzards lacrosse team, the orthopedic physician for US Open Tennis, an orthopedic physician for US Open Golf and now head physician for the Tournament of Champion squash, the premier tournament in professional squash.

Dr. Goodwin has served as Chairman of the Professional Liability and Defense board for New York State. He is presently a consultant for the U.S. Department of Defense.

In addition to his practice at New York Physicians, LLP, Dr. Goodwin has offices in Long Island to accommodate Long Island patients who can get pre- and post-op care locally, while having surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery.

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Special Expertise

Orthopedic spine surgery
Herniated disc: cervical and lumbar
Cervical and lumbar radiculopathy
Sports injuries
Spinal stenosis
Lumbar instability


Lumbar disc microsurgery
Endoscopic and minimally invasive decompression and fusion
Minimally invasive lateral lumbar interbody fusion
Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion

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Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
North American Spine Society
New York County Medical Society
New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons


BA, Cum Laude, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
MD, University of Cincinnati Medical School, Cincinnati, OH


St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, New York, NY


Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY


Toronto East General & Orthopaedic Hospital, University of Toronto, Canada

State Licensure



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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. Goodwin as of March 28, 2023.

  • Altus Spine - Consultant
  • Decision Sciences Medical Company LLC - Consultant
  • Durostat - Consultant

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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