Dr. Gbolabo Sokunbi is a spine surgeon at HSS and an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. His areas of clinical interest include degenerative conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbo-sacral regions as well as deformity and traumatic spinal conditions. He employs a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to spine care across a broad age range from adolescents to the elderly. When appropriate, he utilizes cutting-edge, minimally invasive and motion preservation techniques while actively leveraging new technologies such as navigation and robotics.
Dr. Sokunbi has authored several peer-reviewed scientific articles as well as book chapters on various spine and orthopedic topics. He serves on the editorial review board of North American Spine Society Journal and Asian Spine Journal.
Dr. Sokunbi is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and also a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons. In addition, he is an active member of several national orthopedic societies. He was previously Network Chairman (Interim) of Orthopedic Surgery and Section Chief of Orthopedic Spine Surgery at St. Lukes Health Network, PA, and served as (adjunct) Clinical Professor of Orthopedic surgery at Temple University.
After graduating from Rutgers University/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey, Dr. Sokunbi completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. He completed his fellowship in spine surgery at HSS.
Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis
Atlantoaxial subluxation (C1-C2)
Cervical arthritis / cervical spondylosis
Congenital cervical spine anomalies
Forestier's disease / DISH
High cervical spine disorders
Minimally invasive spine surgery
Occipitocervical junction disorders
Pediatric (adolescent) spinal disorders
Rheumatoid cervical spine
Anterior cervical decompression and fusion (ACDF)
Atlantoaxial fusion (C1-C2)
Cervical corpectomy / cervical vertebrectomy
Lateral transpoas interbody fusion (LLIF / XLIF)
Minimally invasive cervical decompression
Minimally invasive cervical disk replacement
Minimally invasive lumbar decompression
Occipitocervical / craniovertebral junction fusion
Pedicle subtraction osteotomy
Sacroiliac joint fusion
Three column osteotomy
Vertebral column resection / vertebrectomy
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 - Fellow
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery - Diplomate
North American Spine Society
J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society
American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, 2013
North American Spine Society SpineLineTop 20 under 40, 2019
Physician Honoree Award SLHN 2016, 2017, 2018
Spine IEP award, 2012
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ, 2006
Internship: Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 2007
Residency: Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 2011
Fellowship: Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, 2012
What should I bring with me the day of my appointment?
- Relevant diagnostic images on a DVD/CD with corresponding Radiology reports
- Insurance card and Photo ID
- Primary Care Physician contact information
- If vaccinated, bring your vaccine card. If unvaccinated, bring proof of a negative PCR Covid test within 5 days of your scheduled consult.
What does the office need prior to my appointment?
Below describes imaging Dr.Sokunbi will need to review in order to best find a solution to your current spine concerns.
- Recent imaging discs ( MRI/CT/X-ray) of the spine region in question completed within the last 6-12 months. If you cannot upload your imaging to your MyHSS portal using this tipsheet or mail in your imaging disc to the office for uploading, please have the disc available at the time of your visit for review.
Below lists report(s) that Dr. Sokunbi will need to review in order to best find a solution to your current spine concerns. Please email or fax this information to our office.
- Radiology and imaging reports (CT, MRI, X-ray, EMG studies)
- Previous spine operative reports
- Previous injection/therapeutic management reports
Office email: SokunbiOffice@hss.edu
Office fax: 917.260.4565
Mailing Address: Attention Dr. Sokunbi : 535 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021
What portions of my care are covered under my current medical insurance plan?
- For insurance related guidance on Hospital and physician services, please contact our dedicated Insurance Advisor department by calling 212.774.2607.
Some insurance carriers (typically HMO plans or Cigna Liberty) require a referral to see a medical specialist. Please have all appropriate referrals sent into our office prior to your visit.
Prior to your appointment, you can also verify covered and non-covered benefits by contacting your insurance company using our practice identifiers:
- National Provider Identifier (NPI) #: 1992039044
- Tax ID#: 86-3826102
Rehman, S., Sokunbi, G.: Intramedullary Fixation of Forearm Fractures: Hand Clin. 2010 Aug;26(3):391-401, vii. Epub, 2010 Jun 11.
Malige A, Morton PN, Carolan GF, Sokunbi G. The operative treatment of shoulder pain in patients with a concurrent diagnosis of cervical spondylosis and shoulder dysfunction. Journal of Spine Surgery. 2019 Jun;5(2):207.
Malige A, Yuh R, Yellapu V, Lands V, Woods B, Sokunbi G: Spine Pathology Refferal Patters: A Survey based study on Primary Care Physician Beliefs and Behaviours. Clinics in Orthopedic Surgery CIOS-19-108
McGowan SM, Ramski DE, Homcha B, Sokunbi G: Are CT scans overutilized in the workup of Vertebral Compression Fractures? Clinical Spine Journal 2019 May; 32(4): 166-169
Malige A, Sokunbi G: Spinal Cord Stimulators: A Comparison of the Trial Period vs Permanent Outcomes. Spine (Phila PA 1976) 2018 Oct 25
Cho W, Faloon M, Essig D, Sokunbi G, Ross T, Cunningham M, Boachie-Adjei O: Additional Risk Factors for Adding-On After Selective Thoracic Fusion in AIS: Implication of Lowest Instrumented Vertebra Angle and Lumbosacral Takeoff. Spine Clinical Deformity. 2018 Mar-Apr; 6(2): 164-169Kancherla, V, Sokunbi G, McGowan, S, Puccio, S: Patient reported outcomes from Sacroiliac Joint Fusion. Asian Spine Journal, 2017 Feb ;11 (1): 120-126
Faloon MJ, Essig D, Cho W, Sokunbi G, Ross T, Cunningham ME, Rawlins BA, Boachie-Adjei O: Unplanned Reoperations Affect Long-term Outcomes in Adult Spinal Deformity Patients Undergoing Long Fusions to the Sacrum. Spine Deform. 2015 Jul; 3(4): 367-371.
Sokunbi G. Cahill, P. Pumberger, M.: Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis – Surgical Outcomes. European Musculoskeletal Review, 2012;7(1):54-7
Sokunbi G, Nwodim, E, Ilyas, A: Healing of Tibia Gunshot Fractures: A radiographic analysis of gunshot fractures and non-penetrating fractures Temple University Journal of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. 2009 Vol 4: 68-72
Sokunbi G, and Moorman, SJ: Changes in gravitational forces affect gene expression in developing organ systems at different developmental times. BMC Developmental Biology, 2005, 5;1
For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.
NMA spine case presentations (Virtual) Aug 01 2020.
Complex Case Presentation, NJ/PA Spine Summit Sept 06 2019.
Complex Case Presentation, NJ/PA Spine Summit Feb 09 2019.
Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy: Grand Rounds, SLUHN June 18 2018.
Eastern Orthopedic Society Meeting Podium presentation: Are CT scans over-utilized in the management of acute compression fractures?. March 22 2018.
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 18, 2021, Dr. Sokunbi 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.