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Harvinder S. Sandhu, MD, MBA

Spine Surgery

About Dr. Sandhu


Dr. Harvinder S. Sandhu is Co-Chief Emeritus of HSS Spine and is an Attending Surgeon at HSS specializing in minimally invasive spine surgery, robotic surgery, and the use of spinal biologics to enhance healing. He completed his spine training at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles and was subsequently Chief of the Spinal Surgery Service at UCLA until his recruitment to HSS. He is currently a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine and Medical Director and Chief of HSS Orthopedics with Stamford Health.

Dr. Sandhu is also actively engaged in researching and developing medical devices and instruments used in spinal surgery and holds several patents. In addition, he has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications and has received numerous awards from the North American Spine Society, the Orthopedic Research Society, and the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, including the prestigious Volvo Award in spinal research. Most recently, he received the HSS Andrew N. Swanson Memorial Spine Award for excellence in clinical innovation and spine education.

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Special Expertise

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Biologic Enhancement of Spinal Fusion

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


Spine Journal (advisory)
Electronic Journal of Orthopaedics


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Board of Spine Surgery


Scoliosis Research Society, Whitesides Award, 2019
Best Paper Award, Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, 2019
Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors, 2003-2019
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2003-2019, 2021, 2022
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2002-2008, 2021, 2022
New York Magazine Top Minimally Invasive Doctors, 2002
North American Spine Society, Outstanding Scientific Exhibit, 2002
Volvo Award for Lumbar Spine Research, International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, 2002
International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, Outstanding Scientific Exhibit, 1999
North American Spine Society Award for Outstanding Scientific Exhibit, 1996


MD, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
MBA, Columbia Univeristy, New York, NY
Residency: State University of New York , New York
Fellowship: University of California at Los Angeles, California

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For My Patients

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Surgical Locations

Dr. Sandhu performs surgery at the following locations:

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Directions to The Pavilion

My office is located at The Pavilion, 541 East 71st Street. 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.

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Videos and Animations

Spine Care Institute at Hospital for Special Surgery

Spine Animations

Publications by Dr. Sandhu

Selected Journal Articles

Sandhu HS, Kanim LEA, Kabo JM, Toth JM, Zeegan EN, Liu D, Seeger L, Dawson EG. Evaluation of rhBMP-2 with an OPLA Carrier in a Canine Posterolateral (Transverse Process) Spinal Fusion Model. Spine 20(24), 2669-2682, 1995.

Sandhu HS, Turner S, Kabo JM, Kanim LEA, Liu D, Nourparvar A, Delamarter RB, Dawson EG. Distractive Properties of a Threaded Interbody Fusion Device. Spine 21(10), 1201-1210, 1996.

Sandhu HS, Luppen CA, Kanim LEA. Spinal Applications for Recombinant Bone Morphogenetic Protein. Spine: State of the Art 10(2): 255-268, 1996.

Sandhu HS, Kanim LEA, Kabo JM, Toth JM, Zeegen EN, Liu D, Delamarter RB, Dawson EG. Effective Doses of Recombinant Human Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2 in Experimental Spinal Fusion. Spine 21(18):2115-2122, 1996.

Wang JC, Sandhu HS, Yu WD, Minchew JT, Delamarter RB. MRI Parameters for Imaging Titanium Spinal Instrumentation. Journal of Spinal Disorders, 10(1):27-52, 1997.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.


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.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Sandhu as of November 12, 2019.

  • Biorestorative Therapies - Advisory Board Member
  • NuVasive, Inc. - Honoraria
  • Paradigm Spine, LLC - Ownership interest
  • Prosidyan - Consultant; Ownership Interest
  • Providence Medical Technology, Inc. - Ownership interest
  • Seaspine - Honoraria
  • Spine Wave, Inc. - Inventor; Ownership interest

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.

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