Back in Action: Minimally Invasive and Traditional Treatment of Spine and Neck Disorders

Michael Kaiser

Michael Kaiser M.D. FACS

Associate Director, The Spine Center NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center Assistant Professor, Neurological SurgeryColumbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons http://nyp.org/FPHTML/physician/mgkaiser/ Dr. Kaiser is a board certified neurosurgeon and faculty member of the Neurosurgical Department at Columbia University with advanced subspecialty training in complex spinal surgery. Dr. Kaiser’s clinical interests include artificial cervical ... View full profile

Roger Hartl

Roger Hartl M.D.

Chief, Spinal SurgeryThe Brain and Spine CenterNewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical CenterLeonard and Fleur Harlan Clinical ScholarAssociate Professor, Neurological SurgeryWeill Cornell Medical College http://nyp.org/FPHTML/physician/rhartl/ Roger Härtl, MD is the Chief of Spinal Surgery here at Weill Cornell Medical College. He also serves as the Neurosurgeon for the New York Giants. Dr. Härtl is a Medical graduate from the Ludwig-Maximilians University ... View full profile

Alfred Ogden

Alfred Ogden M.D. MPH

Director, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, The Spine CenterNewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical CenterAssistant Professor, Neurological SurgeryColumbia University College of Physicians and Surgeonshttp://nyp.org/FPHTML/physician/atogden/ Dr. Ogden received a BS in biology from Yale University in 1993 and MD from Columbia University in 2000. Prior to medical school, he pursued basic research in developmental biology at New York University. He completed ... View full profile

Eric Elowitz

Eric Elowitz M.D.

Surgeon, The Brain and Spine CenterNewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center Assistant Professor, Neurological SurgeryWeill Cornell Medical College http://nyp.org/FPHTML/physician/eelowitz/ Eric Elowitz, MD is a board-certified neurosurgeon specializing in minimally invasive spinal surgery. In January 2010, Dr. Elowitz joined the nationally recognized Department of Neurological Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical ... View full profile

Peter Angevine

Peter Angevine M.D. MPH

Director, Spinal Deformity Surgery, The Spine CenterNewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical CenterAssistant Professor, Neurological SurgeryColumbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons http://nyp.org/FPHTML/physician/pdangevine/ Dr. Angevine is a member of the Spine Center at the Columbia University Medical Center. He has received specialized fellowship training in the evaluation and treatment of pediatric and adult spinal deformities.Dr. Angevine's ... View full profile

Athos Patsalides

Athos Patsalides M.D.

Radiologist, The Brain and Spine CenterNewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical CenterAssistant Professor, Radiology in Neurological SurgeryWeill Cornell Medical College http://nyp.org/FPHTML/physician/atpatsalides/ Dr. Patsalides is an Interventional Neuroradiologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College. He is board certified in Radiology and is an assistant professor of Radiology in Neurological Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. ... View full profile

Paul C. McCormick

Paul C. McCormick M.D. FACS MPH
Herbert & Linda Gallen Professor of Neurological Surgery Director, Spine Center

Dr. McCormick’s clinical practice and research have focused exclusively on the evaluation and management of patients with disorders of the spine and spinal cord. He is recognized as a world renowned expert on the microsurgical management of spinal tumors and vascular malformations. As Medical Director of the Columbia Presbyterian Spine Center Dr. McCormick is committed to the integration of a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to the evaluation and management ... View full profile

Jeffrey Radecki

Jeffrey Radecki M.D.
Physiatrist

Affiliation    NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell    NewYork-Presbyterian/ColumbiaPrimary Specialty    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Board Certified)Education/Training    Medical School - UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical SchoolAreas of expertise    Sports Injury    Spine Problems    Shoulder Problem    Sciatica    Radiculopathy    ... View full profile

Evan Johnson

Evan Johnson MS
Director of Physical Therapy at the Spine Center, Administrative Director of the Spine Center

Dr. Johnson is a faculty member at Columbia University’s College of Physician & Surgeons, Program in Physical Therapy and holds the title of Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy. He teaches Orthopedics and Therapeutic Exercise related to the spine and extremities to physical therapy doctoral and medical students. Dr. Johnson is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Hooked on Evidence Low Back Pain Panel and the Bottom Line Committee ... View full profile

Tracy S. Maltz

Tracy S. Maltz
Physical Therapist

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Learn more about the treatment of spine and neck disorders from the team of surgeons at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's Spine Centers during a premiere webcast on February 1, 2011, at 7:00pm EST.

About the Spine Center

The Spine Centers at NewYork-Presbyterian are comprised of physicians and surgeons from: NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center Spine Center and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center Brain and Spine Center. Each Center is comprised of neurosurgeons, neurologists, physiatrists, physical therapists, pain management physicians, nurse practitioners. Together, these clinicians collaborate to tailor a personalized plan of care for each patient.

Our Approach

Millions of people suffer from neck or back pain at some point in their lives. Sometimes this pain is related to trauma, spinal tumors, or infection. More often, the pain is chronic, progressive, and unrelenting, and requires multiple layers of care.

At NewYork-Presbyterian's Spine Centers, our clinicians employ a cautious approach. Surgery may not always be the best treatment for all spinal problems. In many cases, non-surgical options are the preferred first line of treatment. Our surgeons, for example, may work with our physicians in pain management, and our physical therapists to successfully treat patients and lead them to a full recovery.

Surgery is most often utilized for persistent back or neck pain; to address conditions in which a nerve or the spinal cord is compressed and neurological function is compromised; if the spine has become unstable due to disease; or with other conditions where non-surgical treatments have not delivered adequate pain relief.

Minimally Invasive Techniques

When surgery is determined to be the preferred course of care, our surgeons can frequently operate using minimally invasive techniques – some which have been developed in research and clinical trials here.

Minimally invasive techniques offer several significant advantages over traditional, open surgery. They require smaller incisions which reduce the risks associated with surgery, the pain from the operation, and the amount of time required for patients to recover

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