Spinal Trauma Doctors in New York

Spine trauma requires a large team of specialists, including spine surgeons, neurologists, pain management physicians, physical therapists, and others. At the Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care, patients receive a complete continuum of care, from diagnosis to treatment and recovery. Patients with spine trauma frequently need surgery; our neurosurgical faculty includes some of the very best world-renowned specialists in these injuries:

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, and Director of Spinal Surgery and Neurotrauma at the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center. He’s the official neurosurgeon for the New York Giants, and he made the news a few years back when he performed life-saving surgery on a firefighter who leapt from a burning building. Dr. Härtl's clinical and research expertise is in simple and complex spine surgery and neurotrauma. Dr. Härtl 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. 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. Dr. Elowitz has developed a special expertise in new XLIF (lateral-access) procedures. (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 has advanced training in reconstructive spine surgery. (Read more about Dr. Fu.)

Dr. Ali Baaj is a board-certified neurosurgeon who specializes in spinal surgery, with advanced training and expertise in complex reconstructive surgery. Dr. Baaj has had formal training in both orthopedic and neurosurgical spine surgery. (Read more about Dr. Baaj)

Our providers also include pain management specialists, rehabilitation specialists, and sports medicine specialists, working in partnership with a wide range of other specialists that may be needed to help a patient achieve the best possible outcome.

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