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Easing pain and restoring function
Our spine surgeons offer exceptional expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the back, neck and spine—so you can get back to an active, independent life.

At North Shore University Hospital, we understand that back and neck pain can reflect a wide variety of complex problems. That’s why our multidisciplinary team creates an individualized treatment plan for every patient, harnessing advanced diagnostic tools and a full range of surgical and nonsurgical approaches to ensure the right care.

Our neurosurgeons work with specialists in orthopedics, rehabilitation and physiatry, and meet weekly to review cases and devise a coordinated strategy customized for each patient’s condition and symptoms. Treatments may include physical and occupational therapy, pain management and medication, and, if needed, minimally invasive or traditional open surgery.

Research and clinical trials

At the Bioengineering Biomechanics Laboratory at Northwell Health's Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, our specialists are helping to advance the understanding of spine disease through research. A current focus is the role of inflammation and mechanical stress in disc degeneration, as well as stem cell behavior in the disc environment in both healthy and diseased states. Our scientists also use disc tissue obtained from surgery to understand the process of degeneration on a molecular level.

Our research also includes clinical trials. Recent examples include a study comparing Kypho-IORT (a type of radiation therapy delivered during surgery) to conventional imaging-guided surgery for spinal tumors; another investigated Oxiplex, a collagen-based gel that may prevent scarring and improve postoperative pain. For more information on our clinical trials, speak with one of our spine specialists.

Conditions we treat

We treat a wide array of spinal conditions, including:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Chordoma
  • Disc disorders (bulging, herniated or slipped disc) 
  • Discitis
  • Kyphosis
  • Myelitis
  • Osteoarthritis of the spine
  • Osteoporosis of the spine
  • Pinched nerve (cervical radiculopathy)
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal arteriovenous malformation
  • Spinal injury and trauma
  • Spinal malignancy
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis


Our treatments include:

  • 3D image-guided surgery
  • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion
  • Spinal decompression surgery (laminectomy)
  • Disc replacement
  • Endoscopic surgery
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Lumbar/cervical discectomy and microdiscectomy
  • Removal of spinal tumors
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Spinal fusion and reconstruction
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery

Heather Christenson learned she had spina bifida after the birth of her second son. A series of surgeries still didn’t fix the problem—until she went to North Shore University Hospital. There, she underwent vertebral column shortening surgery, and now she’s back to enjoying an active life with her …
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Donna Ford had suffered chronic body pain for years. Some days, just getting out of bed was a chore. That is, until a Northwell neurosurgeon implanted a spinal cord stimulator that changed her life.
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