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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Memorian-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.
Ethan Rand, MD
Dr. Ethan B. Rand is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation
Medicine for the Division of Rehabilitation Medicine. He is board certified
in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine. He treats
a wide range of musculoskeletal, sports, and spine injuries, with a non-operative,
patient-centered approach that focuses on maximizing function and optimizing
quality of life. He uses state-of-the-art tools such as high-resolution
musculoskeletal ultrasound and fluoroscopy for both diagnosis and precise
guidance of treatments.
Michael Sein, MD
Dr. Michael T. Sein is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation
Medicine for the Division of 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.
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.
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
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.
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.