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The Spine Center of New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center is dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of patients suffering from disorders of the spine and spinal cord. Our team of dedicated clinical professionals responds to individual patient needs by providing innovative non-operative & operative treatments.

The Department of Neurosurgery is proud to be associated with The Spine Center, a multidisciplinary center that offers innovative non-operative and operative treatments, some of which have been developed and tested as part of our participation in ongoing clinical research. Our surgical team works closely with diverse Spine Center professionals, including physical therapists and nursing staff, to provide comprehensive care for patients suffering from spinal disorders. Our primary goal is to improve each patient’s function and quality of life.

Surgery is not recommended for all spinal conditions; it is only recommended when noninvasive measures have been tried and have failed. For example, surgery may be recommended for persistent back or neck pain. Surgery may also address conditions in which a nerve or the spinal cord is compressed and neurological function is compromised, or if the spine has become unstable due to disease.

Our surgical team offers the highest level of expertise in an array of sophisticated spinal procedures for the treatment of disk problems, stenosis, tumors, fractures, deformity, and instability. For example, our surgeons are highly trained in minimally invasive techniques including microsurgical and endovascular options, such as decompression lumbar laminectomy; microdiscectomy; embolization of spinal arteriovenous malformations or hypervascular tumors; vertebroplasty; and kyphoplasty.

Research has consistently shown that experienced surgeons and practitioners at centers of excellence achieve the best possible patient outcomes.

Spine Center Main Phone Number:  212-305-9625

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Dr. Paul C. McCormick, Galen Professor of Neurological Surgery and Director of the Columbia University Spine Center, served as guest editor on a special video supplement just published online by the Journal of Neurosurgery and Neurosurgery Focus*.