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Sravisht Iyer, MD

Spine Surgeon
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About Dr. Iyer


Dr. Sravisht Iyer is a spine surgeon specializing in the application of minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat and manage spinal conditions involving the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spines. Dr. Iyer believes strongly in working with his patients to identify and deploy surgical techniques that provide a durable long-term outcome while minimizing postoperative pain and optimizing recovery time.

Dr. Iyer completed his undergraduate training in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University where he was inducted into the Tau Beta Pi honor society. He subsequently attended Harvard Medical School receiving an MD with honors (Magna Cum Laude) and a specialized degree in Health Sciences in Technology with coursework at Harvard and MIT. He completed his orthopedic residency at HSS followed by fellowship at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Iyer has also had the opportunity to travel internationally to learn specialized techniques in spinal surgery including time spent with Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei at the FOCOS Orthopedic Hospital in Accra, Ghana.

Dr. Iyer strongly believes in advancing the field of spine surgery. His research interest in spine surgery began in medical school where he published and presented award-winning research on the biomechanics of spine. Dr. Iyer has since completed a research fellowship at HSS, spending a year in the lab to improve patient outcomes and pain control following spinal procedures. His work has been presented and honored at several national and international conferences and has since appeared in the pages of prestigious peer-reviewed journals including Spine, Neurosurgery and the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 

At HSS, he has received several honors, including: the HSS Academic Achievement Award, the Weill Cornell Medical Center Distinguished Housestaff Award, the Eduardo A. Salvati Resident Research Grant and the Lewis Clark Wagner Resident Research Award.

Dr. Iyer currently sees patients in New York City and Westchester. He feels honored to participate in the care of every patient he sees. Please do not hesitate to contact his office with any questions or inquiries.

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Special Expertise

Specific conditions treated include:
Arm pain due to pinched nerve in the neck
Back Pain
Balance Problems (Myelopathy)
Cervical Spondylosis
Degenerative Disc Disease 
Degenerative Spondylolisthesis (Slipped Vertebrae)
Facet Arthropathy (Spine Arthritis)
Fractures/Spinal Trauma
Herniated disc in the cervical spine
Herniated disc in the lumbar spine
Leg Pain
Neck Pain
Spinal Stenosis 
Slipped disc


Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)
Cervical Disc Replacement
Cervical Foraminotomy 
Cervical Fusion
Cervical Laminoplasty
Microdiscectomy - Removal of Lumbar disc herniation
Lumbar Fusions
Lateral lumbar fusions
Anterior lumbar fusions
Scoliosis Surgery and Deformity correction
Thoracic disc herniation


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If your insurance is not listed, 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.



Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Research Director, Spine Service, Hospital for Special Surgery
Co-Director, HSS Athletes Spine Program
Assistant Professor in Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital



American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


Best E-Poster, 2nd Place, 2019
Best Paper Award (Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV), 2019
Whitecloud Award, Best Clinical Paper (International Meeting on Advanced Spinal Techniques, Amsterdam, Netherlands), 2019
Mario Boni Award Nominee, Best Clinical Paper (Cervical Spine Research Society - European Section, Rome, Italy), 2019
Rush University Golden Apple Award (Teacher of the Year), 2018
Whitecloud Award Finalist, Best Basic Science Paper (International Meeting on Advanced Spinal Techniques, Cape Town, South Africa), 2017
Lewis Clark Wagner, MD Resident Research Award, 2017
Hospital for Special Surgery Academic Achievement Award, 2017
Andrew Swanson, MD Alumni Travelling Fellowship (One month traveling fellowship with Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei), 2016
Weill-Cornell Medical Center Distinguished Housestaff Award, 2016
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) Clinician Scientist Training Progam, 2016
American Orthopedic Association (AOA) Resident Leadership Forum, 2016
Whitecloud Award Finalist, Best Clinical Paper (International Meeting on Advanced Spinal Techniques, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), 2015
Eastern Orthopedics Association/Eastern Orthopedic Education Foundation Resident/Fellow Travel Grant, 2015
USA Today Academic All-American Honorable Mention, 2008
Tau Beta Pi, 2005


Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA


Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY


Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

State Licensure



For My Patients

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Directions to The Pavilion

My office is located at The Pavilion, 541 East 71st Street. 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.

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Publications by Dr. Iyer

Patient Education

Selected Journal Articles

Selected Books/Chapters

Bao H., Iyer S., Schwab F.J. (2018) Sagittal Plane Deformity Surgery: Pedicle Subtraction Osteotomy (PSO) Complication. In: Mummaneni P., Park P., Crawford III C., Kanter A., Glassman S. (eds) Spinal Deformity. Springer, Cham. 

Iyer S, Albert TJ. (2017) Lower Extremity Manifestations of Spine Disease. In: Positano RG, DiGiovanni CW, Borer JS, Trepal MJ. (eds). Systemic Manifestations in the Foot, Ankle and Lower Extremity. Wolters Kluwer. 

Iyer S, Kim HJ, Riew KD. (2017) Surgical Management of Cervical Degenerative Diseases. In: Chapman, MW, Chapman MA (eds). Chapman's Comprehensive Orthopaedic Surgery. 4th Edition. Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers.

Louie PK, Iyer S, Hirsch BM, DeWald CJ, An HS. A 16-year-old female patient with progressively worsening back pain and deformity. Orthopedics Today, November 2017.

Selected Presentations

Iyer S, Lovecchio F, Elysee JC, Lafage R, Schwab F, Lafage V, Kim HJ. Isolated Posterior Ligamentous Reinforcement does not Decrease Proximal Junctional Kyphosis in Adult Spinal Deformity. Podium Presentation: Annual Meeting of the North American Spine Society, Orlando, FL, October 2017

Iyer S, Lovecchio F, Elysee JC, Lafage R, Schwab F, Lafage V, Kim HJ. Isolated Posterior Ligamentous Reinforcement does not Decrease Proximal Junctional Kyphosis in Adult Spinal Deformity. Podium Presentation: Annual Meeting of the Scoliosis Research Society, Philadelphia, PA, September 2017

Iyer S, Donnelly PE, Young KY, Spaniel GN, Frawley R, Goldstein MA, Cunningham ME. Locally Applied Simvastatin as an Adjunct to Promote Spinal Fusion in Rats. Whitecloud Award Finalist; Podium Presentation: International Meeting for Advanced Spinal Techniques, Cape Town, South Africa, July 2017

Iyer S, Kim HJ, Bao H, Smith JS, Kelly MP, Gupta MC, Albert TJ, Mundis GM, Passias PG, Neuman B, Klineberg EO, Lafage VL, Ames CP, ISSG. Cervical Deformity Surgery Does Not Result in Post-operative Dysphagia: A Prospective Cohort Study. Podium Presentation: Annual Meeting of the Cervical Spine Research Society, Toronto, Canada, December 1-3, 2016

Iyer S, Lenke LG, Nemani VM, Albert TJ, Sides BA, Metz LN, Cunningham ME, Kim HJ. "Variations in Sagittal Alignment Parameters based on Age: A Prospective Study of Normal Patients using EOS Imaging." Annual Meeting of the Cervical Spine Research Society, San Diego, USA, December 3-5 2015

Iyer S, Derman PB, Sandhu HS. "Orthopedics and the Sunshine Act: An Examination of Payments to Orthopedic Surgeons in the Open Payments Database." Annual Meeting of the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, Portland, Oregon, July 8-11, 2015

Kim HJ, Iyer S, Zebala LP, Kelly MP, Sciubba D, Protopsaltis TS, Gupta M, Neuman BJ, Mundis GM, Ames CP, Smith J, Hart R, Burton D, Kleinberg E, International Spine Study Group. "Neurologic Complications in Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery: Incidence, Risk factors and Outcomes in 558 patients." Whitecloud Award Nominee. International Meeting of Advanced Spine Techniques, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 8-11, 2015

Iyer S, Christiansen BA, Roberts BJ, Valentine M, Manoharan R, Bouxsein ML. A biomechanical model for estimating loads on thoracic and lumbar vertebrae. American Society of Mechanical Engineering Summer Bioengineering Conference 2009.

Iyer S, Steinhaus M, Stein D, Ross T, Yang J, Sandhu HS, Huang R, Lebl DR, Rawlins BA, Lafage V, Albert TJ, Kim HJ. Validation of the NIH PROMIS Computer Adaptive Test in Cervical Spine Patients: Preliminary Results. ePoster. Annual Meeting of the Cervical Spine Research Society, Hollywood, Florida, December 2017.

Iyer S, Boachie-Adjei O, Mahmud R, Wulff I, Duah HO, Tutu HO, Yankey KP, Predictors of a Poor Response to Halo Gravity Traction in Severe Spine Deformity. ePoster. Annual Meeting of the Scoliosis Research Society, Philadelphia, PA, September 2017

Iyer S, Boachie-Adjei O, Mahmud R, Wulff I, Duah HO, Tutu HO, Yankey KP, The Use of Halo Gravity Traction in the Treatment of Severe Early Onset Scoliosis. ePoster. Annual Meeting of the Scoliosis Research Society, Philadelphia, PA, September 2017


Dr. Iyer's clinical research interests are centered on the design of prospective, randomized clinical trials. Dr. Iyer has had the opportunity to begin two large prospective trials - one examining clinical outcome measures in spine surgery and another double-blinded randomized control trial designed to test the efficacy of acetaminophen (tylenol) and ketorolac (toradol) at reducing post-operative opioid use. Dr. Iyer's basic science interests are centered on spine fusion and he has spent time developing and characterizing nanoparticles that may be used to enhance spinal fusion.

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. Iyer as of May 27, 2024.

  • Globus Medical, Inc. - Consultant; Speakers' Bureau
  • HS2, LLC - Ownership Interest
  • Innovasis - Consultant; Research Support
  • Intrinsic Therapeutics - Consultant
  • Joint Effort Administrative Services - Ownership Interest
  • SpineGuard, Inc. - 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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