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 the Hospital for Special Surgery 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 Hospital for Special Surgery 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, Westchester and Connecticut. 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.
Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Instructor of Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Specific conditions treated include:
Arm pain due to pinched nerve in the neck
Balance Problems (Myelopathy)
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative Spondylolisthesis (Slipped Vertebrae)
Facet Arthropathy (Spine Arthritis)
Herniated disc in the cervical spine
Herniated disc in the lumbar spine
Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)
Cervical Disc Replacement
Microdiscectomy - Removal of Lumbar disc herniation
Lateral lumbar fusions
Anterior lumbar fusions
Scoliosis Surgery and Deformity correction
Thoracic disc herniation
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
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.
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As of September 24, 2018, Dr. Iyer reported no financial interest relationships with healthcare industry.
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Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA, 2011
Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY 2017
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, 2018
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
New York, Connecticut
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.
Nolte MT, Elboghdady IM, Iyer S. Anesthesia and postoperative pain control following spine surgery. Seminars in Spine Surgery. Available Online 10 August 2018, In Press
Iyer S, Sheha E, Fu MC, Varghese J, Cunningham ME, Albert TJ, Schwab FJ, Lafage VC, Kim HJ. Sagittal Spinal Alignment in Adult Spinal Deformity: An Overview of Current Concepts and a Critical Analysis Review. JBJS Rev. 2018 May;6(5):e2. PMID: 29738410
Iyer S, Hurlbert RJ, Albert TJ. Management of Odontoid Fractures in the Elderly: A Review of the Literature and an Evidence-Based Treatment Algorithm. Neurosurgery. 2017 Nov 18. PMID: 29165688.
Iyer S, Klineberg EO, Zebala LP, Kelly MP, Hart RA, Gupta MC, Hamilton DK, Mundis GM, Sciubba D, Ames CP, Smith JS, Lafage V, Burton D, Kim HG, ISSG. Dural Tears in Adult Deformity Surgery: Incidence, Risk Factors, and Outcomes. Global Spine J. Global Spine J. 2018 Feb;8(1):25-31. PMID: 29456912
Lovecchio F, Derman P, Stepan J, Iyer S, Christ A, Grimaldi P, Kumar K, Ranawat A, Taylor SA. Support for Safer Opioid Prescribing Practices: A Catalog of Published Use After Orthopaedic Surgery. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2017 Nov 15;99(22):1945-1955. PMID: 29135671
Iyer S, Kim HJ, Theologis AA, Nemani VM, Albert TJ, Lenke LG, Burch S, Boachie-Adjei O, Deviren V, Protopsaltis TS, Smith JS, Scheer JK, Mizutani J, Kleinberg EO, Ames CP. Outcomes of Fusions from the Cervical Spine to the Pelvis. Global Spine J. May 10 2018.
Iyer S, Kim HJ. Cervical Radiculopathy. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2016 Sep;9(3):272-80. PMID: 27250042
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 Asymptomatic Volunteers using Full-Body Radiographs. Spine. 2016 Dec 1;41(23):1826-1836. PMID: 27111763
Kim HJ, Iyer S. Proximal Junctional Kyphosis. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2016 May;24(5):318-26. PMID: 26982965
Iyer S, Christiansen BA, Roberts BJ, Valentine M, Manoharan R, Bouxsein ML. A biomechanical model for estimating loads on thoracic and lumbar vertebrae. Clinical Biomechanics. 2010 Nov;25(9):853-8. PMID: 20655634
For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.
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.