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Exceptional spine care expertise
Our team of specialists provides thorough diagnoses and personalized treatment plans for your specific disorder, using the broad array of medical and support services available across Northwell Health Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery.
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A skilled team, dedicated to you

Our team of experts—armed with our Spine Center’s innovative diagnostic tools and a range of surgical and nonsurgical treatment options—ensures you receive the care that’s right for you. From diagnosis to treatment, our Spine Center specialists are here for you every step of the way. Our dedicated multidisciplinary team meets weekly to review each patient’s care and come up with a coordinated, individualized approach to treatment.

Whether you need physical therapy, pain management, surgery, orthopedics or radiology—we can provide it all. Our doctors and surgeons are comfortable using the newest techniques as well as tried-and-true methods to diagnose and treat spinal conditions. We can offer conservative treatment options as well as advanced procedures, depending on each patient’s needs.

Conditions we treat

We treat a wide array of spinal conditions, including:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Chordomas
  • Herniated discs
  • Kyphosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal arteriovenous malformation
  • Spinal deformities
  • Spinal malignancies
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal tumors
  • Trauma of the spine

Advanced treatments

With the extensive experience of our specialists, we offer a full complement of treatments for spine issues. This includes:

  • Minimally invasive/endoscopic surgery
  • Tubular retraction
  • Laminectomy
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Spine fusion and reconstruction
  • Removal of spinal tumors
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Disc replacement
  • Decompression surgery

Research & clinical trials

The Bioengineering Biomechanics Laboratory at Northwell Health's Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research is working toward better understanding spine disease through research and clinical trials. The laboratory examines the role of inflammation and mechanical stress in disc degeneration and conducts research on stem cell behavior in the disc environment in both healthy and diseased states. Funded research is also being conducted using disc tissue obtained from surgery to analyze the molecular mechanisms and correlates of disc disease and to understand the process of degeneration on a molecular level.

Examples of recent clinical trials include studies on the use of Kypho-ioRT vs. conventional stereotactic surgery to treat spinal tumors, a staphylococcus aureus vaccine trial and a trial using a collagen-based gel called Oxyplex that is used to prevent scarring and improve postoperative pain.

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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Raj Narayan, MD, sits with Becker's for this Q-and-A.
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Robert Kerr, MD, was named a Becker's Hospital Review Top Doctor for 2018.
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