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Yoshihiro Katsuura, MD

Spine Surgery
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Yoshihiro Katsuura, MD

Spine Surgery

Dr. Yoshihiro Katsuura is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in complex adult and pediatric spine care. He believes in using surgery only when necessary and in maximizing the use of minimally invasive techniques.

After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley, Dr. Katsuura attended medical school at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin graduating with honors. He then underwent an orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine at Chattanooga - a level 1 trauma center. Dr. Katsuura later pursued a fellowship in spine surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery and Weill Cornell Medical College during which he focused on deformity, revision and minimally invasive surgery as well as spine oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Dr. Katsuura’s offices are conveniently located in Manhattan and Queens. He is committed to serving the community and to advancing spine care through innovation and research.

Patient Stories


Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Instructor, Weill Cornell Medical College


Special Expertise

Adolescent and adult idiopathic scoliosis
Adult degenerative scoliosis
Ankylosing spondylitis
Atlantoaxial instability
Back and neck pain
Cauda equine syndrome
Cervical and lumbar radiculopathy
Cervical myelopathy
Congenital spinal abnormalities
Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH)
Disc herniations
Early and late onset scoliosis
Failed spine surgery
Klippel - feil
Lumbar spondylolisthesis
Occipitocervical pathology
Os odontoideum
Pediatric spinal deformity
Scheuermann’s kyphosis
Spine fractures
Spinal infections (osteomyelitis and epidural abscess)
Spinal stenosis
Spine trauma
Spine tumors


Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion
Anterior Cervical Corpectomy and Fusion
Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy
Posterior Cervical Laminoplasty
Posterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion
Cervical Disc Arthroplasty
Atlantoaxial Fusion (C1-2 Fusion)
Occipitocervical Fusion
Vertebral Column Resection
Pedicle Subtraction Osteotomy
Smith-Peterson Osteotomy
Scoliosis Correction
Kyphosis Correction
Sagittal and Coronal Plane Deformity Corrections
Lumbar Decompression and Fusions


Program Directors Award for Academic Excellence, UT COM Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, May 2018
Resident Research Award: UT COM Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, May 2017
Program Directors Award for Academic Excellence, UT COM Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, May 2016


North American Spine Society
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Scoliosis Research Society


English, Japanese

Insurance Information

Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. You may have coverage subject to the availability of 'out-of-network' benefits.

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 December 18, 2019, Dr. Katsuura 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.


The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland


University of Tennessee College of Medicine at Chattanooga, TN


Spine Surgery Fellowship, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY

State Licensure

Selected Books by Dr. Katsuura

Katsuura Y, Kim HJ, Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy, The Fellows Manual: Techniques of Spine Surgery

Katsuura Y. Albert TJ, The HSS Spine Care Model, Challenges Risks and Opportunities in Today's Spine World, 2018.

Selected Publications

Katsuura Y, York PJ, Goto R, Yang J, Himo C, Qureshi S, Sagittal Reconstruction and Clinical Outcome Using Traditional ACDF, vs Stand-alone ACDF Vs TDR: A Systematic Review and Quantitative Analysis. Spine (2019)

Katsuura Y, Hill A, Dorizas JA, MRI Diagnosis of Suprascapular Neuropathy Using Spinoglenoid Notch Distension. Radiol Med, March 5 2018

Katsuura Y, Bruce J, Taylor S, Gulotta L, Kim HJ, Overlapping, Masquerading and Causative Cervical spine and Shoulder Pathology: A Review. Global Spine Journal, December 10, 2018

Katsuura Y, Kim HJ, Butterfly Vertebrae: A Systematic Review of the Literature and analysis. Global Spine Journal, September 18, 2018 

Katsuura Y, Chang E, Sabri A, Gardner W, Doty J. Anatomic Parameters for Instrumentation of the Sacrum and Pelvis: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Global Research and Reviews, June 21 2018. 

Katsuura Y, Lorenz E, Gardner W. Anatomic Parameters of the Sacral Lamina for Osteosynthesis in Transverse Sacral Fractures. Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy, Online 2017 December, In print 2018, May; 40(11):521-528

Katsuura Y, Lemons A, Lorenz E, Swafford R, Osborn J, Cason G. Radiographic Analysis of Cervical and Spinal Alignment in Multilevel ACDF with Lordotic Interbody Device. International Journal of Spine Surgery, 2017 April, 11(2): 91-98.

Katsuura Y. Cason G, Osborn J. The Epidemiology of Thoracolumbar Trauma: A Meta Analysis. J. Orthopaedics. 2016 Jul 13(14): 383-388. 

Katsuura Y, Taha S. Mu Opioid Receptor Antagonism in the Nucleus Accumbens Shell Blocks Consumption of a Preferred Sucrose Solution in an Anticipatory Contrast Paradigm. Neuroscience. 2014 Mar 7(261):144-52.

Katsuura Y, Taha SA, Modulation of feeding and locomotion through mu and delta opioid receptor signaling in the nucleus accumbens, Neuropeptides 2010 Jun;44(3):225-32. 

Taha S.A., Katsuura Y, Noorvash D, Seroussi A, H.L. Fields. Convergent, Not Serial, Striatal and Pallidal Circuits Regulate Opioid Induced Palatable Food Intake, Neuroscience, 2009 Jul 7;161(3):718-33.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Research Description

Currently Dr Katsuura has broad interests in both basic science, and clinical research in spine surgery. His focus has been in the alignment mechanics of the spine--how one area of the spine influences the others and how this impacts surgery. Furthermore he is interested in the use of advanced diagnostics and imaging modalities such as MRI and ultrasound to detect spine problems without the use of ionizing radiation. He is also very interested in anatomical research (discovering nuances of human anatomy never before understood) and translational research (how spine surgery relates to other disciplines in medicine).