Harvinder S. Sandhu, MD

Dr. Harvinder Sandhu specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery, endoscopic spine surgery, microsurgery, computer-assisted surgery, and the study and use of spinal biologics. He completed his training in spinal surgery at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California and was subsequently Chief of the Spinal Surgery Service at UCLA until 1997. At that time he was recruited to join the staff at Hospital for Special Surgery.

Dr. Sandhu has more than 75 peer reviewed scientific publications in areas such as biologic enhancement of spinal surgery and novel minimally invasive management of spinal disorders. He has received research awards from the North American Spine Society, the Orthopaedic Research Society, and the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, including the prestigious Volvo Award in Spinal Research.

In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Sandhu is actively engaged in the research, development, and invention of a variety of medical devices and instruments used in spinal surgery. He holds several patents involving the diagnosis and treatment of spinal disorders.


Associate Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Scientist, Research Division, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College


Special Expertise

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Biologic Enhancement of Spinal Fusion


North American Spine Society Award for Outstanding Scientific Exhibit, 1996


Spine Journal (advisory)
Electronic Journal of Orthopaedics

Insurances Accepted

Blue Cross HMO POS
Blue Cross PPO
Blue Cross Pathway
Blue Cross Pathway Enhanced
United Healthcare

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MD, Northwestern University, Illinois


State University of New York , New York


University of California at Los Angeles, California


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

American Board of Spine Surgery

State Licensure

New York

Harvinder S. Sandhu, MD has contributed to the following educational materials:

For Professionals - on HSS.edu

Selected Publications

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.

Research Description

Current Research:
Minimally invasive spine surgical techniques
Bone Morphogenetic Proteins for spinal fusion
Computer image guided surgery
Spinal surgery outcomes analysis (N.I.H. funded)

Clinical Trials

Dr. Harvinder Sandhu, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Contact Information

Office Locations

East River Professional Building
523 East 72nd Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1798
Fax: 212.774.2600

HSS Long Island
333 Earle Ovington Blvd
Suite 106
Uniondale, NY 11553

HSS Stamford
1 Blachley Road
Stamford, CT 06902

Mailing Address

Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, New York 10021
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