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
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
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
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
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.