Dr. Christopher J. Winfree grew up in Jupiter, Florida, and attended Dartmouth College, where he graduated with high honors in chemistry. After completing medical school at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, he joined the Department of Neurological Surgery at Columbia University as a resident. Following residency, he completed a fellowship in peripheral nerve surgery in New Orleans, Louisiana, and then a second fellowship in functional and stereotactic neurosurgery in Portland, Oregon.
Currently, Dr. Winfree is an Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, where he specializes in peripheral nerve surgery, peripheral nerve cancer surgery, nerve and muscle biopsies, pain neurosurgery, and spasticity. His research interests include the use of peripheral nerve transfers to treat spinal cord injury, and the use of neurostimulation to treat chronic pain disorders.
He is a member of several different professional organizations, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the New York State Neurosurgical Society, the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), the Neurosurgical Society of America (NSA), and the NewYork-Presbyterian Society of the Alumni, and he serves on the Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS) Boot Camp Committee and the CNS Self-Assessment in Neurological Surgery (SANS) editorial board. He recently completed his term as President of the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pain.
Please do not hesitate to contact our office with questions or for screening in preparation for your appointment with Dr. Winfree. After calling the office, you will be contacted for screening to assess how Dr. Winfree can best help with your care. This will help you prepare for your visit to Dr. Winfree in the office. In the event that you have a condition that Dr. Winfree is unable to treat, we can make recommendations and referrals to other practitioners as needed. The screening process is important because it helps prevent unnecessary and unhelpful visits for conditions that may be best treated elsewhere, but this is not what typically happens. Most patients who get screened then come in for evaluation with Dr. Winfree, and many work with us to create a neurosurgical management strategy that can be dramatically life changing.
Articles featuring Dr. Winfree
“The Making of a Neurosurgeon: Dr. Christopher Winfree”
Two things can be said of neurosurgeon Christopher Winfree; he is focused, and he hates the word "no". “I know what I want and I am going to do it,” he says, “ I just systematically take steps to make it happen.” “As a kid,” Winfree says, “ I made a long list of things I wanted to do in my life and I have systematically gone through it.” These things included becoming a doctor and running a marathon. “I've checked all kinds of (things) off my life list,” says Dr. Winfree.Read full article
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