New York City Herniated Disc Surgeons

The 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 Dr. Härtl.)

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 Dr. Elowitz.)

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. Fu.)

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. Kim.)

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 Dr. Baaj)

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.

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  • Individual Care Plans
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  • Thorough, Integrated Care
  • Access to World-Class Physicians
  • Comprehensive “One-Stop-Shop” Practice
  • Care for a Broad Range of Spinal Conditions