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Sariah Khormaee, MD, PhD

Spine Surgery

About Dr. Khormaee


Dr. Sariah Khormaee is a spine surgeon with expertise treating adult and pediatric spine conditions. She cares deeply about the well-being and safety of her patients. She believes that maximizing mobility and preservation of lifestyle are best achieved through careful planning and meticulous surgical technique. In her practice, she treats a continuum of spine diagnoses from adolescent scoliosis to adult arthritic spinal cord compression. Prior to recommending surgery, she will consider all treatment approaches in order to optimize short and long term outcomes. These may include minimally invasive, computer-navigated and motion-preserving techniques when appropriate, in addition to the more traditional surgical methods.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Khormaee graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Washington as President's Medalist/Valedictorian. She then completed her MD at Harvard Medical School-MIT Health Sciences Technology with Honors. She earned her PhD from Cambridge University, United Kingdom in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, receiving the Danckwerts-Pergamon Prize for best PhD.

Completing her orthopedic residency at Hospital for Special Surgery, Dr. Khormaee received multiple awards including the Distinguished Housestaff Award by HSS faculty for best graduating resident. She then completed a specialized spine fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center, training with orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons to apply the most current, efficacious techniques from both fields.

Dr. Khormaee is committed to advancing global spine care research and education through bioengineering and translational science. In addition to her research and practice in the United States, she has traveled extensively to collaborate with spine specialists in Ghana, Myanmar and Vietnam. She leads nonprofit efforts to alleviate spine care inequalities and to engage young women with scoliosis in research.

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Special Expertise

Atlantoaxial and occipitocervical pathology
Atlantoaxial instability
Balance problems from myelopathy/spinal cord compression
Cervical structural conditions (including after fracture)
Cervical myelopathy
Cervical radiculopathy
Cervical spondylosis
Degenerative disc disease
Degenerative spondylolisthesis (slipped vertebrae)
Facet arthropathy/arthritis
Fractures of the spine
Herniated disc in the cervical spine
Herniated disc in the lumbar spine
Leg pain from nerve compression
Scheuermann's kyphosis
Scoliosis (Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, Adult degenerative scoliosis)
Spinal stenosis
Spine fractures/trauma
Spondylolysis/Pars Fractures


Anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion
Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion 
Atlantoaxial fusion (C1-2 Fusion)
Cervical disc replacement/cervical disc arthroplasty
Cervical foraminotomy
Cervical fusion
Cervical laminoplasty
Lumbar discogram
Lumbar fusions including via anterior, lateral and posterior approaches
Microdiscectomy - removal of disc herniation
Scoliosis surgery

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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.



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


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
Research Society (ORS)
North American Spine Society (NASS)
Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Osteosynthesefragen (AO)
Spine Consortium for Orthopedic Academic Traumatologists (COACT)


Weill Cornell Medical Center/HSS Distinguished Housestaff Award
Hospital for Special Surgery Russell Wilson Resident Research Award
Hospital for Special Surgery Thomas Sculco Resident Award
Rudin Family Foundation Basic Science Research Grant
ORS/OREF Resident Research Award
Andrew Swanson, MD Alumni Traveling Fellowship
Health Volunteers Overseas Resident Fellowship
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) Clinician Scientist Training Program
Cambridge University Danckwerts-Pergamon Prize
NIH F30 Ruth L Kirschstein National Research Service Award Grant
Marshall Scholar University of Washington President's Medalist


MD, Harvard Medical School
PhD, Cambridge University


Hospital for Special Surgery 


Hospital for Special Surgery


Stanford University Medical Center

State Licensure



For My Patients

For more information about Dr. Khormaee and her practice, please visit www.SKspineMD.com

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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.

Publications by Dr. Khormaee

Patient Education

Selected Journal Articles

Held MFG, Laubscher M, Graham SM, Learning Innovation via Orthopaedic Networks LION Group (Khormaee S). Topics, Skills, and Cases for an Undergraduate Musculoskeletal Curriculum in Southern Africa: A Consensus from Local and International Experts. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2020;102(3):e10.

Khormaee S, Nguyen A, Bartlett E, Lwin M, Chang P, Ilcisin M. Myanmar is ready to engage mHealth applications for improved postoperative care. Journal MTM. 2019 Jun;8(1):29-36.

Sheha ED, Salzmann SN, Khormaee S, Yang J, Girardi FP, Cammisa FP, Sama AA, Lyman S, Hughes AP. Patient Factors Affecting Emergency Department Utilization and Hospital Readmission Rates After Primary Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion: A Review of 41,813 cases. Spine. 2019 Aug 1;44(15):1078-1086.

Khormaee S, Samuel AM, Schairer WW, Derman PB, McLawhorn AS, Fu MC, Albert TJ. Discharge to inpatient facilities after lumbar fusion surgery is associated with increased postoperative venous thromboembolism and readmissions. Spine J. 2019 Mar;19(3):430-436.

Miclau T, MacKechnie MC, Shearer DW; COACT group (Khormaee S). Consortium of Orthopaedic Academic Traumatologists: A Model for Collaboration in Orthopaedic Surgery. J Orthop Trauma. 2018 Oct;32 Suppl 7: S3-S7. Khormaee S, Choi Y, Shen MJ, Xu B, Wu H, Griffiths GL, Chen R, Slater NKH, Park JK. Endosomolytic anionic polymer for the cytoplasmic delivery of siRNAs in localized in vivo applications. Advanced Functional Materials. 2013 Feb: 23(5): 565–574.

Khormaee S, Ali OA, Chodosh J, Mooney DJ. Optimizing siRNA efficacy through alteration in the target cell-adhesion substrate interaction. J Biomed Mater Res A. 2012 Oct;100(10):2637-43.

Khormaee S, Chen R, Park JK, Slater NK. The influence of aromatic side-chains on the aqueous properties of pHsensitive poly(L-lysine iso-phthalamide) derivatives. J Biomater Sci Polym Ed. June 2010;21(12):1573-88.

Chen R, Khormaee S, Eccleston ME, Slater NK. Effect of L-leucine graft content on aqueous solution behavior and membrane-lytic activity of a pH-responsive pseudopeptide. Biomacromolecules. 2009 Sep 14;10(9):2601-8.

Chen R, Khormaee S, Eccleston ME, Slater NK. The role of hydrophobic amino acid grafts in the enhancement of membrane-disruptive activity of pH-responsive pseudo-peptides. Biomaterials. 2009 Apr: 30(10):1954-61.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Selected Presentations

Khormaee S, Chatterjee A, Chang P, Kamel H. Safety of tranexamic acid use in adult spinal fusion surgery patients. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Conference, 2019. Las Vegas, NV.

Khormaee S, Chatterjee A, Geiselmann M, Chang P, Kamel H. Safety of tranexamic acid use in pediatric spinal fusion surgery patients. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Conference, 2019. Las Vegas, NV.

Sheha ED, Salzmann S, Khormaee S, Yang J, Do H, Girardi FG, Cammisa F, Sama A, Lyman S. Patient factors affecting emergency department utilization and hospital readmission rates after primary anterior cervical discectomy and fusion: A review of 41,813 cases. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Conference, 2019. Las Vegas, NV.

Khormaee S, Christ A, Yallowitz A, Horowitz C, Xu R, Healey J, Greenblatt M. Schnurri-3 deficiency protects from osteolysis in a mouse model of metastatic breast cancer. Orthopedic Research Society Annual Meeting, 2017. San Diego, California.

Khormaee S, Choe J, Ruzbarsky JJ, Agarwal K, Blanco JB, Dodwell ER. Analysis of Fragility Index in Pediatric Orthopedic Randomized Controlled Trials: An Additional Metric to Explore the Robustness of Study Conclusions. EPOSNA 2017. Barcelona, Spain.

Khormaee S, Do H, Mayr Y. New onset perioperative atrial fibrillation during orthopedic surgery and incidence of ischemic stroke. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Conference, 2016. Orlando, Florida.

Khormaee S, Pollock NR, Colby D, McGray S, Rolland JP, Kumar S, Beattie PD, Jain S, Quang VM, Ryan US. A priceless diagnosis for pennies: A novel paper-based microfluidic liver function diagnostic for low resource settings. Whitaker Foundation Enrichment Seminar, 2012. Prague, Czech Republic.

Xu B, Khormaee S, Wu H, Cofiell S, Griffiths GL. Synthesis of fluorescently labeled and sulfhydryl-modified pH sensitive polymers for development as siRNA delivery agents. American Society of Nanomedicine, 2009. Rockville, Maryland.

Khormaee S, Chen R, Park JK, Slater NK. pH sensitive polymer enhancement of PEI mediated siRNA delivery. Biochemical Engineering Research Network Annual Showcase, 2008. Birmingham, United Kingdom.


Dr. Khormaee has an extensive background in biomaterials and clinical research. Her current research projects advance comparative spine implant evaluation, optimize biocompatibility of spine surgical techniques and extend high quality spine implant availability worldwide.

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 October 25, 2020, Dr. Khormaee 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.