Herniated Disc Surgeons in New York City
Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care is staffed with pain specialists, physiatrists, and other health care
providers who offer nonsurgical treatments for patients with herniated
discs. If surgery is required, our expert spine surgeons offer the latest
in minimally invasive surgical techniques using state-of-the-art equipment.
Patients recover faster, have less pain, and get back to their daily activities
sooner than they could with older surgical methods.
Our surgical faculty includes some of the very best world-renowned specialists:
Roger Härtl, M.D., named as one of the top 50 spine surgeons in the United States, is director
of the Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care, Director
of Spinal Surgery and Neurotrauma at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine
Center, and the official neurosurgeon for the New York Giants. Dr. Härtl
believes that surgery for herniated discs should be a part of a multidisciplinary
approach to treatment, and he works very closely with other specialists
in a team effort to achieve the best outcome for his patients. (Read more about
Eric Elowitz, M.D., is a board-certified neurosurgeon specializing in minimally invasive
spinal surgery, including TLIF. Routinely named to national lists of top
doctors, Dr. Elowitz is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art care with
individual attention to each patient’s unique needs. (Read more about
Kai-Ming Fu, M.D., Ph.D., obtained his undergraduate degrees from Stanford University and his medical
and graduate training in the MD/PhD program at Albert Einstein College
of Medicine. Dr. Fu specializes in minimal access surgery as well as having
advanced training in reconstructive, deformity, and oncological spine
surgery. (Read more about
Dr. Samuel C. Kim is a board-certified neurosurgeon who has been in practice for 10 years.
Dr. Kim, who has expertise in complex spinal surgery, sees patients at our
Lower Manhattan office. (Read more about
Dr. Ali 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. (Read more about
Pain Management Specialists: Advanced pain management techniques allow many patients to avoid surgery
altogether. Our specialists work with patients to develop an individual
treatment plan that can get them back to their daily lives, without pain
and without surgery. Pain management specialists can also help patients
recover more quickly, or with less pain, after surgery.
Physiatrists: These rehabilitation physicians specialize in treating injuries or illnesses
that affect movement, and manage non-surgical approaches to back pain,
including the pain of a herniated disc.
Physical Therapists: These specialists have expertise in a wide range of non-surgical techniques
to help prevent or overcome pain and build strength to help prevent future
injuries. A physical therapist may work with a patient as an alternative
to surgery, or after surgery to help rebuild strength.