Our Physicians

Shakil Ahmed, MD

Dr. Shakil Ahmed, assistant professor of clinical anesthesiology, is the director of the Tri-Institutional Pain Fellowship Program. Board-certified in Anesthesiology, Dr. Ahmed specializes in the management of cancer pain, as well as chronic and acute non-cancer pain. He is expert at performing diagnostic and therapeutic spinal injections, discography, percutaneous discectomy, vertebroplasty, cryotherapy, implantation of spinal cord stimulators and intrathecal pumps, and pulsed and thermal radiofrequency neurolysis.

Dr. Ahmed joined the Anesthesiology Department of Weill Cornell Medicine in 2002. He completed his Anesthesia residency training at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital at Columbia University; received his MBBS from Khyber Medical College in Peshawar, Pakistan; and completed his surgical training in the UK where he was awarded the Fellowship of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. Read More.

Ali Baaj, MD

Dr. Baaj is a board-certified neurosurgeon who specializes in spinal surgery, with advanced training and expertise in spinal oncology and complex reconstructive surgery for spinal deformity. He is accomplished in both minimally invasive spinal surgery and open complex spine surgery, having had formal training in both orthopedic and neurosurgical spine surgery. He has advanced training in spinal tumor resection and spinal reconstruction as well as pediatric deformity and scoliosis. Read More.

Bridget Carey, MD

Dr. Bridget T. Carey, Assistant Professor of Neurology. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and Weill Cornell Medical College, she completed her residency in neurology and an internship in internal medicine at Weill Cornell-NewYork Presbyterian Hospital. She completed a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology, electromyography, and neuromuscular disease at the Hospital for Special Surgery and Weill Cornell Medicine. She specializes in the care of patients with disorders of the spine, peripheral nerves, and neuromuscular system. Read More.

Eric Elowitz, MD

Dr. Elowitz is a board-certified neurosurgeon specializing in minimally invasive spinal surgery. His primary focus is on the surgical treatment of degenerative spinal disorders, including disc herniation, lumbar spondylolisthesis, and cervical myelopathy. Dr. Elowitz obtained his medical degree from SUNY/Downstate Brooklyn in 1986, graduating summa cum laude. Following completion of his neurosurgical residency and chief residency at SUNY/Downstate, Dr. Elowitz joined Beth Israel Medical Center, where he later served as Director of Neurosurgery. Read More.

Naomi Feuer, MD

Dr. Feuer sees patients with general neurological disorders but has a particular interest in neuromuscular diseases and EMG. Dr. Feuer specializes in the evaluation and management of patients with back and neck pain, muscle weakness, peripheral neuropathy, radiculopathy, spine disorders, nerve injury and headache. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a member of the American Academy of Neurology. Read More.

Kai-Ming Fu, MD, Ph.D

Kai-Ming Fu, is an award-winning neurosurgeon who combines surgical expertise with advanced training in state-of-the-art techniques to provide patients with effective, minimally invasive treatments for conditions of the spine. Dr. Fu specializes in scoliosis, disc herniation, spinal stenosis, and tumors of the spinal cord. He is widely published and has presented lectures on his research internationally. Read More.

Roger Härtl, MD

Weill Cornell Medicine is excited to name Dr. Roger Härtl, Professor of Neurological Surgery, as the Center for Comprehensive Spine Care’s first Director. A graduate of the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, Dr. Härtl completed his neurosurgery residency at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. After finishing a fellowship in complex spine surgery at the Barrow’s Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ, he re-joined the Department of Neurosurgery’s faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Härtl is recognized as an international leader in minimally invasive spinal surgery and spinal 3D navigation surgery. His research is focused on creating an “artificial spine” using biological disc repair, regeneration, and replacement. Dr. Härtl’s clinical expertise, coupled with his scientific work, has led him to work with fellow medical practitioners across multiple disciplines to find the best avenue of care for his patients. Read More.

Jatin Joshi, MD

Dr. Jatin Joshi, assistant professor of anesthesiology, is a board certified anesthesiologist and interventional pain management physician specializing in treating a range of chronic and acute pain issues, including back, neck and joint pain; sciatica; spinal stenosis; and musculoskeletal pain. His clinical focus is on spinal cord stimulation and other minimally invasive procedures to treat spinal problems, joint and neuropathic pain, and complex regional pain syndrome/reflex sympathetic dystrophy.

Dr. Joshi completed his residency training in Anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and pursued a fellowship in Interventional Pain Medicine at Weill Cornell, Hospital for Special Surgery, and Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He obtained his MD and degree in Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill as a Distinguished Medical Scholar. He is also a Harry S. Truman Scholar, a distinguished fellowship given by the US government to individuals showing exemplary public service. Read More.

Neel Mehta, MD

Dr. Neel Mehta, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Medical Director of Pain Medicine. Dr. Mehta obtained his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine; he completed his residency at Weill Cornell–NewYork Presbyterian Hospital. He was a Tri-Institutional Interventional Pain Medicine Fellow, gaining experience at Weill Cornell, Hospital for Special Surgery, and Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. His focus is on musculoskeletal pain of the back, neck, and joints, neuropathic disorders, and cancer pain. He conducts research on Spinal Cord Stimulation. Read More.

Vincent Miccio, MD

Dr. Vincent Miccio joins Weill Cornell Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine. Dr. Miccio is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and in Pain Medicine. He specializes in providing comprehensive, patient-centered care for a wide range of complex conditions of the spine, joints, muscles, and nerves using minimally invasive techniques such as fluoroscopically-guided spine procedures, ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks, and neuromodulation. He completed a fellowship in Pain Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center and completed his residency training program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Columbia University Medical Center, where he served as Chief Resident. Read More

Mohammad Piracha, MD

Dr. Piracha, instructor in anesthesiology, specializes in spinal cord stimulation for the treatment of chronic pain and inpatient pain control outcomes. His areas of expertise include general anesthesiology, acute pain management, chronic pain management, and interventional pain procedures. Dr. Piracha completed his Pain Medicine fellowship at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center Tri-Institute Fellowship Program, and completed his Anesthesiology residency at NewYork-Presbyterian/ Weill Cornell Medical Center. Read More.

Michael Saulle, D.O.

Dr. Saulle is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine. He completed his fellowships in Sports Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Columbia University Medical Center. He treats a wide range of musculoskeletal, sports, and spine injuries, with a non-operative, patient-centered approach. His goal is to restore proper movement and optimize quality of life through a comprehensive treatment plan including personalized therapy prescriptions, nutrition, exercise, medications, injections and education. Read More.

Michael Sein, MD

Dr. Michael T. Sein is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine. He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Interventional Pain Management. He provides comprehensive musculoskeletal and rehabilitative care for a wide-range of painful conditions related to joint, muscle and nerve dysfunction utilizing a multidisciplinary approach to treat pain by integrating physical therapy and interventional techniques. Dr. Sein individualizes his treatment plan with a focus on functional restoration through the use of minimally invasive, fluoroscopic-guided spine procedures, peripheral nerve blocks, and musculoskeletal ultrasound. Read More.

Sadiah Siddiqui, MD

Dr. Sadiah Siddiqui, instructor in anesthesiology, is a board certified anesthesiologist specializing in interventional pain medicine. She specializes in the evaluation and management of neuropathic pain, post-surgical pain, cancer pain, complex regional pain syndrome, musculoskeletal pain, and spine-related pain stemming from spinal stenosis, herniated discs, failed back surgeries, facet arthropathy and degenerative joint disease.

Dr. Siddiqui completed her Pain Medicine fellowship at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Tri-Institute Fellowship Program, and completed her Anesthesiology residency at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School. Read More.

Jaspal Ricky Singh, MD

Dr. Jaspal Ricky Singh is the Medical Director of Rehabilitation Medicine and Co-Director of the Center for Comprehensive Spine Care. He is a triple-board certified physician specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine and Pain Medicine. Dr. Singh specializes in a multidisciplinary approach to treat pain by integrating physical therapy and interventional techniques his care, such as minimally invasive, fluoroscopic-guided spine procedures, peripheral nerve blocks, electrodiagnostics and musculoskeletal ultrasound. Read More.

Mary So, MD

Dr. Mary So, instructor in anesthesiology, is a board certified anesthesiologist specializing in interventional pain medicine. Her expertise is in treating a range of chronic and acute pain issues, including low back pain, sciatica, spinal stenosis, leg and joint pain, sports injuries, arthritis and musculoskeletal pain. She strives to improve quality of life for her patients with comprehensive, evidence-based care. Dr. So completed her Pain Medicine fellowship at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center Tri-Institute Fellowship Program, and completed her Anesthesiology residency at NewYork-Presbyterian/ Weill Cornell Medical Center. Read More.

Michael Virk, MD, Ph.D

Dr. Michael Virk is an award-winning neurosurgeon specializing in minimally invasive and complex spine surgery. He is committed to a patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach to treat patients with spinal disorders that might include deformity, tumor, trauma, spinal cord injury, and degenerative disease. Dr. Virk uses state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques with intraoperative, computer-assisted navigation as well as spinal endoscopy. He also employs fundamental, open surgical strategies in patients who will benefit most from these. Read More.

Lisa Witkin, MD

Dr. Lisa R. Witkin is a double-board certified physician, in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, who specializes in interventional pain management. Dr. Witkin is the site director of Pain Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital and is Site Director at Weill Cornell for the Tri-Institutional Pain Medicine Fellowship. Committed to patient care, Dr. Witkin's clinical interests encompass a wide range of pain conditions and she utilizes a multi-modal approach customized to each patient to alleviate pain and suffering in order to improve functioning as well as overall quality of life. This may include initiating and optimizing medications, physical and occupational therapy, behavioral medicine techniques, and minimally-invasive fluoroscopic and ultrasound-guided interventional therapies. More advanced interventions including spinal cord stimulation and intrathecal pump therapy may also be offered when indicated. Read More.

Edward Butler, NP

Edward Butler is an Adult Nurse Practitioner on Dr. Eric Elowitz’s team, where he works with patients before and after cervical and lumbar spine surgery. Mr. Butler has been a nurse practitioner since 1997 and has worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. Since 2008 he has specialized in caring for patients with spine problems including degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, and spinal stenosis. His knowledge and experience ensures patients are well cared for and well informed as they proceed through their consultation, scheduling of surgery, and recovery.

Amanda Fazio, NP

Amanda Fazio is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner in Dr. Kai-Ming Fu's practice, which specializes in scoliosis, disc herniation, spinal stenosis, and tumors of the spinal cord. Amanda received her MSN from the Columbia University School of Nursing and received her BSN from Boston College. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, Amanda spent five years at Danbury Hospital, where she worked as a Registered Nurse on an Orthopedics, Neurosurgery and Trauma Unit, as well as in General Medicine..

Samantha Izat, NP

Samantha Izat is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner on Dr. Ali Baaj’s team, focusing on the treatment of patients with spinal pathology. Samantha joined the Weill Cornell Spine Center team in September 2012 as Spine Center Coordinator while also working towards her Master’s degree. Prior to working in neurosurgery, Samantha had experience as a registered nurse on the Telemetry Unit at University Medical Center in Princeton, New Jersey.

Chelsie McCarthy, NP

Chelsie McCarthy is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner on Dr. Roger Härtl's team. She received her master’s degree in nursing from Columbia University and has experience as a Nurse Practitioner in general surgery. Chelsie previously worked as a Registered Nurse in telemetry and ICU settings in North Carolina, then in travel medicine in New York.

Cara Oslager, RN; Spine Coordinator

Cara Oslager, our Spine Center Coordinator, is a registered nurse who graduated from the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in May 2015. Cara received her first bachelor’s of science degree from the George Washington University in Exercise Science and has practiced as a personal trainer on eastern Long Island.

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