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Russel C. Huang, MD

Spine Surgery

About Dr. Huang


Dr. Russel C. Huang is an Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon and currently serves as Director of the HSS Spine Surgery Clinic. In addition to his surgical practice, Dr. Huang has published and lectured extensively on topics such as minimally invasive surgery, lumbar stenosis and disc herniation, cervical disc herniation, intervertebral disc replacement, spine fusion, and cervical myelopathy.

Dr. Huang was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard College, and the Yale School of Medicine. After completing his orthopaedic surgery residency at Hospital for Special Surgery, Dr. Huang completed his fellowship training in spine surgery under Dr. Henry H. Bohlman, who is considered by many to be the father of contemporary spine surgery.

Depending on the patient's condition, Dr. Huang performs spinal surgery using traditional techniques or using the latest, cutting edge surgical technologies. These include minimally invasive lumbar decompression and fusion, disc replacement, microsurgical lumbar laminoplasty, and XLIF. For certain types of spinal problems, these techniques can eliminate the need for spinal fusion.


Special Expertise

Minimally invasive surgical techniques
Lumbar stenosis and disc herniation
Cervical disc herniation and spinal cord compression
Scoliosis and spondylolisthesis
Disc replacement and nonfusion technologies

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Please call our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. If you have out of network benefits, then your insurance may reimburse you for a portion of your office visit. We will work with you and your insurance to minimize your out-of-pocket costs. Financial assistance may be available for patients in need.



Director of Spine Surgery Clinic, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Member
North American Spine Society, Member
Society of Lateral Access Surgery, Member


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2014-2022
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2014-2022
Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor, 2012-2020
US News & World Report Top Doctors, 2012-2013
Healthnetwork Foundation Service Excellence Award, 2013
Cervical Spine Research Society J. William Fielding Award
National Institutes of Health Cancer Education Grant
Cervical Spine Research Society Traveling Fellowship Award
Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Research Award
Campbell Prize for Academic Excellence, Yale School of Medicine


MD, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
BA, Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts


New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, New York


Hospital for Special Surgery, New York


Case Western Reserve University (Henry H. Bohlman), Cleveland, Ohio

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.
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Spine Care Institute at Hospital for Special Surgery

Publications by Dr. Huang

Selected Journal Articles

Tropiano P, Huang RC, Girardi FP, Cammisa FP Jr, Marnay T. "Lumbar Total Disc Replacement. Seven to Eleven-year Follow-up." J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2005 Mar;87-A(3):490-6.

Huang RC, Girardi FP, Poynton AR, Cammisa FP Jr. "Treatment of Multilevel Cervical Spondylotic Myeloradiculopathy with Posterior Decompression and Fusion with Lateral Mass Plate Fixation and Local Bone Graft."  J Spinal Disord Tech. 2003 Apr;16(2):123-9.

Fraser JF, Huang RC, Girardi FP, Cammisa FP Jr. "Pathogenesis, Presentation, and Treatment of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Associated with Coronal or Sagittal Spinal Deformities." Neurosurg Focus. 2003 Jan 15;14(1):e6.

Huang RC, Sandhu HS. "The Current Status of Lumbar Total Disc Replacement." Orthop Clin North Am. 2004 Jan;35(1):33-42.

Huang RC, Bertagnoli R (editors). Orthopedic Clinics of North America: Nonfusion Technology in Spinal Surgery. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company, July 2005.

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.

As of November 13, 2019, Dr. Huang reported no relationships with healthcare industry.

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.

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