New York City's Scolliosis Doctors

Primary care physicians are often the first to see patients with symptoms of scoliosis; however, it is important to be evaluated at an advanced spine center as soon as possible, since early and expert intervention can keep the condition from getting worse.

The spine team at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center ─ expert spine surgeons along with their team of physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and pain management specialists ─ provide comprehensive, integrated care for patients with scoliosis and many other conditions of the spine. Patients receive a complete continuum of care, from diagnosis to treatment (nonsurgical as well as surgical, if needed) and recovery.

For patients who do need surgery, we offer advanced surgical techniques using state-of-the-art equipment. Patients recover faster, have less pain, and get back to their normal daily activities sooner than they could with older surgical methods.

At the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, patients with scoliosis may be seen by:

Physiatrists: These rehabilitation physicians specialize in treating injuries or illnesses that affect movement. Dr. Jaspar Singh, the physiatrist who co-directs the Weill Cornell Spine Center team with Dr. Roger Härtl, is a nationally known specialist in spine disorders who manages nonsurgical approaches to back pain, including the bracing for scoliosis.

Pain Management Specialists: Our specialists work with patients to develop an individual treatment plan that can get them back to their daily lives after surgery. Specialists use advanced pain management techniques to help patients recover more quickly with less pain, after surgery.

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.

Our surgical faculty includes some of the very best specialists in spinal reconstructive surgery:

Roger Härtl, M.D., named as one of the top 50 spine surgeons in the United States, is Co-director of the Weill Cornell Spine Center and Chief of Spinal Surgery and Neurotrauma at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center. He’s also the official neurosurgeon for the New York Giants. Dr. Härtl's clinical and research expertise is in simple and complex spine surgery, neurotrauma, and neurocritical care medicine. Dr. Härtl believes that surgery for scoliosis 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.)

Kai-Ming Fu, M.D., Ph.D., obtained his undergraduate degrees from Stanford University and his medical and graduate training in the M.D./Ph.D. 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.)

Ali Baaj, M.D., is a neurosurgeon who specializes in spinal surgery, with advanced training and expertise in complex reconstructive surgery for adult and pediatric spinal deformity. Dr. Baaj has completed advanced training in spinal tumor resection and reconstruction, as well as a fellowship in Paris studying advanced techniques for pediatric deformity and scoliosis, with an emphasis on neuromuscular and idiopathic scoliosis. (Read more about Dr. Baaj.)

The spine surgeons at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center are fortunate to be part of the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital team. The 2014-15 "America's Best Hospitals" ranking in US News and World Report placed NewYork-Presbyterian as the #1 hospital in New York, and our Neurology and Neurosurgery program ranks as the #1 program in New York. Together, the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center team is the best choice for your back.

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