Dr. Andrew Sama specializes in the evaluation and surgical management of all traumatic, degenerative, and deformity-related conditions of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbosacral spine. Board certified in orthopedic surgery, he believes in a team approach to patient care.
Dr. Sama is an Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery and an Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery, Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He is involved in the resident and fellowship teaching curriculum and also mentors medical students throughout the academic year.
Dr. Sama is an active member of many spine societies, academic committees, and editorial review boards. He has lectured at scientific conferences both nationally and internationally. He is a member of the North American Spine Society, Scoliosis Research Society, the International Society for the Advancement of Spine, the Eastern Orthopaedic Society, the HSS Spine Fellowship Alumni Association, and AO Spine North America. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
His areas of interest include clinical and basic science research involving the biology and biomechanics of spine fusion and fusion alternatives. He has received a number of research grants, including funding from the National Institutes of Health for a study on surgical and nonsurgical approaches to the treatment of low back pain. He is involved in the STRIVE study, a worldwide clinical trial to see if an investigational vaccine given before spinal surgery can prevent infection.
Dr. Sama’s clinical interests include complex spine surgery, minimally invasive lateral lumbar fusions, non-fusion and motion preservation technologies, and microsurgery. Dr. Sama also has a keen interest in disorders of the cervical spine and sports-related injuries.
Dr. Sama is involved in product development and has helped design orthopedic implant devices used in spinal surgery. He engages in research that will benefit patients and has published articles in numerous peer-reviewed medical journals. He co-edited a textbook titled, Lateral Access Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery published in 2016, and has authored chapters in several other medical textbooks.
He is a spinal consultant with the medical staff of the United States Olympic Committee. He is also on the editorial board of Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine and serves as a reviewer for the journals Spine and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.
Dr. Sama has received “Patients Choice” and “Compassionate Care” awards, and is highly rated on web sites in which patients evaluate doctors. He has consecutively been listed as one of the Best Orthopedic Doctors among a select group of surgeons in New York Magazine’s Best Doctors since 2014. He is also named as a Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor from 2012 to present.
Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Assistant Clinician Investigator, Research Division, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, The NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Surgical management of all traumatic, degenerative, and deformity-related conditions of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbosacral spine
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2014-2019
Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor, 2012-2019
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2014-2019
Healthgrades Five Star Doctors, Healthlink - NY Newsday Advertising Section, 2010
Awarded National Orthopaedic Surgery Fellows Foundation Research Grant,"The Effect of Alendronate on Lumbar Spine Fusion in the Rat Model", 2000-2001
Alpha Omega Alpha Iron Arrow Honor Society, University of Miami
University of Miami Vice-President's Service Award, 1994-1995
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 if payments were received during the prior year, or if the HSS physician currently receives payment. 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.
Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Sama as of April 17, 2019.
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.
Patients should feel free to ask their HSS physicians questions about these relationships.
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
New York, Connecticut, Florida
Sama AA, Khan SN. (2001) Computerized Frameless, Stereotactic Image-guided Spinal Surgery. Orthopaedic Clinics of North America. Currently at press.
Khan SN, Sama AA, Sandhu HS. Bone Graft Substitutes in Spine Surgery. Current Opinions in Orthopaedics Vol 12, No. 3, June 2001. pp. 216-222.
Stricker SJ, Sama AA. Assessment of Angulation and Torsion of Lower Limbs in Children. International Pediatrics. Vol. 16, No. 3, 2001. pp. 138-143.
Sama AA, Girardi FP, Cammisa FP. Spine Tumors. eMedicine Orthopaedic Text Book. 2001.
Sama AA, Girardi FP, Cammisa FP. Cervical Spine Injuries in Sports. eMedicine Orthopaedic Text Book.
For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.
HSS, along with medical centers around the country, in Europe, Japan, and Canada, is taking part in a study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of an investigational vaccine when administered to adults undergoing a spinal fusion surgical procedure. The research is part of the HSS commitment to quality by continually striving to improve long-term outcomes.
The goal of the study is to investigate whether a single vaccination given 10-60 days before spinal surgery can prevent Staphylococcus aureus (staph) infections. Although rare, affecting only 1 to 3% of patients nationwide, an infection is always serious and any measure that could potentially prevent an infection could improve patient outcomes.
The safety and tolerability of the current investigational vaccine for Staphylococcus aureus have already been studied in healthy adult participants in four previous clinical trials.
The next step is to study the safety and efficacy of this investigational vaccine in patients planning a spinal fusion surgical procedure.
The study is open to adults 18 to 85 years of age meeting certain criteria. Please consult your physician for more information.
Current Research includes:
Biologic enhancement of spine fusion
The development of minimally invasive and computer-assisted techniques for spinal surgery
Please note that this study is now closed. For other opportunities to be involved in Dr. Sama's research, please call the office.
Spine Care Institute at Hospital for Special Surgery