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Christopher J. Winfree, MD, FACS

Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery



710 West 168 Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10032

Dr. Winfree's Bio

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”

Patient stories
“A New Way To Give an Old Vet Relief”
“Spinal Cord Bypass Surgery ‘Breathes’ New Life Into Man’s Legs”
“Sciatic Sleuths Present the Case of an Injured Boy”

Meet Dr. Chris Winfree

Certificates & Education

Board Certified
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery
Medical School
  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, M.D. 1996
Residency Training
  • Columbia University Medical Center
Fellowship Training
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center,
  • David G. Kline, M.D.
  • Functional and Stereotactic
  • Neurosurgery, Oregon Health and Science University, Kim J. Burchiel, M.D.
Professional Memberships
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • New York State Neurosurgical Society
  • North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS)
  • Neurosurgical Society of America (NSA)
  • New York Presbyterian Society of the Alumni
  • Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS) Boot Camp Committee
  • CNS Self-Assessment in Neurological Surgery (SANS) Editorial Board
  • President of the AANS / CNS Joint Section on Pain, 2011-2013

Insurance Participation

New York

  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Oxford/United Healthcare
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patient journey

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