Shakil Ahmed, MD
Dr. Shakil Ahmed, assistant professor of clinical anesthesiology, is the director of the Tri-Institutional Pain Fellowship Program. Board-certified in Anesthesiology, Dr. Ahmed specializes in the management of cancer pain, as well as chronic and acute non-cancer pain. He is an expert at performing diagnostic and therapeutic spinal injections, discography, percutaneous discectomy, vertebroplasty, cryotherapy, implantation of spinal cord stimulators and intrathecal pumps, and pulsed and thermal radiofrequency neurolysis.
Dr. Ahmed joined the Anesthesiology Department of Weill Cornell Medicine in 2002. He completed his Anesthesia residency training at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital at Columbia University; received his MBBS from Khyber Medical College in Peshawar, Pakistan; and completed his surgical training in the UK where he was awarded the Fellowship of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Michelle Chi, MD
Dr. Michelle Chi is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College who is dual board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine. She specializes in treating a variety of pain conditions related to spinal disorders, including neck and back pain, as well as neurologic and musculoskeletal conditions, such as headaches, joint pains, and tendinopathies.
Eric Elowitz, MD
Dr. Elowitz is a board-certified neurosurgeon specializing in minimally invasive spinal surgery. His primary focus is on the surgical treatment of degenerative spinal disorders, including disc herniation, lumbar spondylolisthesis, and cervical myelopathy. Dr. Elowitz obtained his medical degree from SUNY/Downstate Brooklyn in 1986, graduating summa cum laude. Following completion of his neurosurgical residency and chief residency at SUNY/Downstate, Dr. Elowitz joined Beth Israel Medical Center, where he later served as Director of Neurosurgery.
Kai-Ming Fu, MD, Ph.D
Kai-Ming Fu, is an award-winning neurosurgeon who combines surgical expertise with advanced training in state-of-the-art techniques to provide patients with effective, minimally invasive treatments for conditions of the spine. Dr. Fu specializes in scoliosis, disc herniation, spinal stenosis, and tumors of the spinal cord. He is widely published and has presented lectures on his research internationally.
Roger Härtl, MD
Weill Cornell Medicine is excited to name Dr. Roger Härtl, Professor of Neurological Surgery, as the Center for Comprehensive Spine Care’s first Director. A graduate of the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, Dr. Härtl completed his neurosurgery residency at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. After finishing a fellowship in complex spine surgery at the Barrow’s Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ, he re-joined the Department of Neurosurgery’s faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Härtl is recognized as an international leader in minimally invasive spinal surgery and spinal 3D navigation surgery. His research is focused on creating an “artificial spine” using biological disc repair, regeneration, and replacement. Dr. Härtl’s clinical expertise, coupled with his scientific work, has led him to work with fellow medical practitioners across multiple disciplines to find the best avenue of care for his patients.
Jatin Joshi, MD
Dr. Jatin Joshi, assistant professor of anesthesiology, is a board certified anesthesiologist and interventional pain management physician specializing in treating a range of chronic and acute pain issues, including back, neck and joint pain; sciatica; spinal stenosis; and musculoskeletal pain. His clinical focus is on spinal cord stimulation and other minimally invasive procedures to treat spinal problems, joint and neuropathic pain, and complex regional pain syndrome/reflex sympathetic dystrophy.
Dr. Joshi completed his residency training in Anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and pursued a fellowship in Interventional Pain Medicine at Weill Cornell, Hospital for Special Surgery, and Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He obtained his MD and degree in Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill as a Distinguished Medical Scholar. He is also a Harry S. Truman Scholar, a distinguished fellowship given by the US government to individuals showing exemplary public service.
Neel Mehta, MD
Dr. Neel Mehta, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Medical Director of Pain Medicine. Dr. Mehta obtained his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine; he completed his residency at Weill Cornell–NewYork Presbyterian Hospital. He was a Tri-Institutional Interventional Pain Medicine Fellow, gaining experience at Weill Cornell, Hospital for Special Surgery, and Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. His focus is on musculoskeletal pain of the back, neck, and joints, neuropathic disorders, and cancer pain. He conducts research on Spinal Cord Stimulation.
Vincent Miccio, MD
Dr. Vincent Miccio joins Weill Cornell Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine. Dr. Miccio is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and in Pain Medicine. He specializes in providing comprehensive, patient-centered care for a wide range of complex conditions of the spine, joints, muscles, and nerves using minimally invasive techniques such as fluoroscopically-guided spine procedures, ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks, and neuromodulation. He completed a fellowship in Pain Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center and completed his residency training program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Columbia University Medical Center, where he served as Chief Resident.
Mike Mizrahi, DO
Dr. Mizrahi specializes in the care of painful conditions of the spine and musculoskeletal system, including performing fluoroscopically and ultrasound guided injections. He emphasizes the importance of establishing an accurate diagnosis before developing a treatment plan, and he is committed to empowering patients by fully exploring benefits and risks of each approach so they can make educated decisions about their care.
Daniel Pak, MD
Dr. Daniel Pak is a double-board certified physician in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine who specializes in Interventional Pain Management. His expertise is in the management of complex back/neck pain, sciatica, spinal stenosis, cancer pain, arthritis, and neuropathies. His clinical focus revolves around minimally invasive treatments, including injection therapies, spinal cord stimulation, dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation, intrathecal pump therapy, and the MILD© procedure (Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression). He has also published numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, and given national lectures on the topics of intrathecal pump therapy and neuromodulation.
Mohammad Piracha, MD
Dr. Piracha, instructor in anesthesiology, specializes in spinal cord stimulation for the treatment of chronic pain and inpatient pain control outcomes. His areas of expertise include general anesthesiology, acute pain management, chronic pain management, and interventional pain procedures. Dr. Piracha completed his Pain Medicine fellowship at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center Tri-Institute Fellowship Program, and completed his Anesthesiology residency at NewYork-Presbyterian/ Weill Cornell Medical Center.
K. Daniel Riew, MD
Dr. Dan Riew is an internationally recognized expert in cervical spine disorders, and is one of only 2-3 spine surgeons in the world to limit his practice entirely to the cervical spine. His patient roster includes celebrities, athletes, world leaders, and, most notably, other physicians who seek the very best for disorders of the cervical spine. Dr. Riew has advanced skills in both minimally invasive procedures that can be performed on an outpatient basis and complex revision surgeries and deformity corrections, and he has performed more surgical procedures on the cervical spine than almost any other surgeon in the world. His expertise and experience on such a large number of patients combine to make him the go-to surgeon for cervical spine procedures.
Michael Saulle, DO
Dr. Saulle is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine. He completed his fellowships in Sports Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Columbia University Medical Center. He treats a wide range of musculoskeletal, sports, and spine injuries, with a non-operative, patient-centered approach. His goal is to restore proper movement and optimize quality of life through a comprehensive treatment plan including personalized therapy prescriptions, nutrition, exercise, medications, injections and education.
Jaspal Ricky Singh, MD
Dr. Jaspal Ricky Singh is the Medical Director of Rehabilitation Medicine and Co-Director of the Center for Comprehensive Spine Care. He is a triple-board certified physician specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine and Pain Medicine. Dr. Singh specializes in a multidisciplinary approach to treat pain by integrating physical therapy and interventional techniques his care, such as minimally invasive, fluoroscopic-guided spine procedures, peripheral nerve blocks, electrodiagnostics, and musculoskeletal ultrasound.
Ben Shin, MD
Dr. Ben Shin is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. He specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine. His clinical interest focuses on providing patient-centered care using individualized multidisciplinary team approach to treat a variety of painful musculoskeletal and neurological conditions related to neck, back, joints, nerves, tendons, and muscles. Dr. Shin offers his patients a comprehensive set of potential procedures to alleviate pain using minimally invasive techniques including, but not limited to: fluoroscopically-guided spine/joint procedures, ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks, regenerative medicine treatments, and neuromodulation.
Mary So, MD
Dr. Mary So, instructor in anesthesiology, is a board certified anesthesiologist specializing in interventional pain medicine. Her expertise is in treating a range of chronic and acute pain issues, including low back pain, sciatica, spinal stenosis, leg and joint pain, sports injuries, arthritis and musculoskeletal pain. She strives to improve quality of life for her patients with comprehensive, evidence-based care. Dr. So completed her Pain Medicine fellowship at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center Tri-Institute Fellowship Program, and completed her Anesthesiology residency at NewYork-Presbyterian/ Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Jennifer Soo Hoo, MD
Dr. Soo Hoo specializes in providing comprehensive non-operative sports medicine and musculoskeletal medicine care for patients of all levels of activity. She uses advanced image-guided procedures, including musculoskeletal ultrasound and fluoroscopy, to help diagnose and treat musculoskeletal and spine injuries. Dr. Soo Hoo has also been trained in regenerative medicine procedures, such as platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections. She is dual-board-certified in sports medicine and physical medicine & rehabilitation.
Vandana Sood, MD
Dr. Sood is a rehabilitation medicine physician who specializes in the nonsurgical treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, spine disorders, and acute sports injuries. She has expertise in image-guided injection techniques using both fluoroscopy and ultrasound to precisely target the spine, peripheral joints, or soft tissue (tendon, bursa, nerve, muscle). This includes specialized treatments such as hyaluronic acid or PRP injections, or nerve ablations to complement the treatment plan when appropriate.
Michael Virk, MD, Ph.D
Dr. Michael Virk is an award-winning neurosurgeon specializing in minimally invasive and complex spine surgery. He is committed to a patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach to treat patients with spinal disorders that might include deformity, tumor, trauma, spinal cord injury, and degenerative disease. Dr. Virk uses state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques with intraoperative, computer-assisted navigation as well as spinal endoscopy. He also employs fundamental, open surgical strategies in patients who will benefit most from these.
Joshua Weaver, MD
Dr. Weaver is co-director of the Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care, where he specializes in treating back pain, neck pain, spine disorders, and other neuromuscular disorders. He is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a member of the American Academy of Neurology. He is also board-certified by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine and is a member of the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.
Lisa Witkin, MD
Dr. Lisa R. Witkin is a double-board certified physician, in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, who specializes in interventional pain management. Dr. Witkin is the site director of Pain Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital and is Site Director at Weill Cornell for the Tri-Institutional Pain Medicine Fellowship. Committed to patient care, Dr. Witkin's clinical interests encompass a wide range of pain conditions and she utilizes a multi-modal approach customized to each patient to alleviate pain and suffering in order to improve functioning as well as overall quality of life. This may include initiating and optimizing medications, physical and occupational therapy, behavioral medicine techniques, and minimally-invasive fluoroscopic and ultrasound-guided interventional therapies. More advanced interventions including spinal cord stimulation and intrathecal pump therapy may also be offered when indicated.
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