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Patrick F. O'Leary, MD, FACS, PC

Spine Surgery

About Dr. O'Leary


Consistently named a top doctor in New York magazine’s “Best Doctors” issue, Dr. Patrick O’Leary is often called on by individuals needing high-level, sophisticated spine care. His patients include professional athletes. Sports stars from the Mets and the Knicks teams are among those who have made an appointment with Dr. O’Leary for his expert opinion and for back surgery, if necessary.

A former chief of HSS Spine at Hospital for Special Surgery, Dr. O’Leary currently serves as an associate attending spine surgeon at HSS. He is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. O’Leary specializes in the surgical management of disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, and this has been his specialty for many years in New York City.  His area of expertise encompasses complex spine surgery, including revision surgery. He also has a special interest in the areas of surgical technology and advances in surgical technique, collaborating with colleagues in Europe and the United States.

Dr. O’Leary is a member of numerous prestigious professional organizations. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a fellow of the International College of Surgeons and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. O'Leary is also a member of the Cervical Spine Research Society, the Scoliosis Research Society and the North American Spinal Society.

In addition to New York magazine’s “Best Doctors” issue, Dr. O’Leary is named in the Castle Connolly Medical Guide, How To Find The Best Doctors in New York. He is also included in a select group of physicians named as one of America’s Top Doctors, in another book published by Castle Connolly.

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Associate Attending Orthopaedic 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 Orthopedic Surgeons
American College of Surgeons
International College of Surgeons
Cervical Spine Research Society
New York State Society of Orthopedic Surgeons


American Board of Orthopedic Surgery


Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2021, 2022
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2021, 2022
HSS Lifetime Achievement Award, 2012
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2009-2011


MD, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland


L.D.S. Hospital University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah


Roosevelt Hospital, General Surgical Residency, New York
Hospital for Special Surgery, Orthopedic Residency, New York


Toronto East General Orthopedic Hospital, Spine Surgery, Toronto, Canada

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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 14, 2019, Dr. O'Leary 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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