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Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center Adds Three New Experts

Weill Cornell Medicine

We are proud to announce the appointments of three new faculty members, who expand our already considerable offerings in the treatment of brain and spine disorders.

Dr. Härtl and Dr. Bonassar Collaborate on New Book on Biologic Disc Repair

Biological Approaches to Spinal Disc Repair and Regeneration for Clinicians

The text is the first book to cover innovative tissue engineering and biological interventions as treatment options for degenerative disc disease.

Dr. Härtl Study on MIS Decompression Outcomes Named CNS Paper of the Year

Minimally invasive laminectory using “over the top” decompression with tubular retractor system (left) vs traditional open laminectomy technique.

The minimally invasive option resulted in lower reoperation and fusion rates, less slip progression, and greater patient satisfaction than open surgery.

Best Neurosurgeons in New York, 2017

New York Magazine, Top Doctors 2017

This year's list includes 8 of our faculty members

Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center Team Contribute to AANS/CNS Joint Section 2017

AANS/CNS Joint Section 2017

The experts of the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center made a significant contribution to this year’s meeting of the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, held last month in Las Vegas. Our faculty members directed and lectured at courses and moderated panel discussions, and several of our residents and a past fellow presented, spoke, and won awards for their work.

Dr. Härtl Makes Spine Surgery Easier on Patients With Advanced Intra-operative Navigation System

Dr Hartl uses advanced 3D intraoperative scanning and navigation to ensure precise placement of screws

The system allows a surgeon to navigate to and around a surgical site with an amazing level of precision

Dr. Härtl Wins AOSpine’s Regional Educator of the Year Award

Michael Grevitt presents the AOSpine Regional Educator of the Year Award to Dr. Roger Härtl in Davos, Switzerland.

Dr. Härtl was honored by the global spine society for his international leadership role in educating neurosurgeons in minimally invasive spinal surgery (MIS) techniques.

Edwynn Houk Gallery Hosts Elliott Erwitt KOLOR Preview to Benefit Spine Research

Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt

The first-ever exhibit of Erwitt’s color prints benefits Dr. Härtl's spine research

Dr. Hussain Wins Charlie Kuntz Scholar Award

Ibrahim Hussain, M.D.

Fourth-year resident Ibrahim Hussain, M.D., has been named one of 2017’s Charlie Kuntz Scholar Award winners.  This prestigious award is given each year to the top 30 neurosurgical residents or fellows for outstanding laboratory or clinical research on spinal disorders. Dr. Hussain won the award for his oral paper presentation, based on work he's done with Dr. Ilya Laufer and Dr.

Dr. Moussazadeh Wins Distinguished Housestaff Award

Dr. Nelson Moussazadeh

Dr. Nelson Moussazadeh, chief resident in neurological surgery, was honored with a 2016 Distinguished Housestaff Award by the NewYork Weill Cornell Medical Center Alumni Council. The award is presented to one member of each department for all-around excellence.

Comprehensive Spine Center Now Open

Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care

New facility is the only one in New York to offer fully integrated spine care

Major Work by Dr. Härtl Published in Neurosurgery

Ten-Step MIS Lumbar Decompression and Dural Repair through Tubular Retractors

“Ten-Step MIS Lumbar Decompression and Dural Repair through Tubular Retractors” documents the detailed steps of four MIS procedures with a review of clinical outcomes in 331 patients.

We Are #1 in New York, Again!

U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals issue 2016

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is the #1 hospital in New York for the 16th year in a row; Neurology/Neurosurgery is ranked #1 in New York and #3 in the nation

Dr. Stieg Hosts NYC Regional “Cancer Moonshot Summit”

Dr. Stieg hosted the NYC Regional Cancer Moonshot Summit in conjunction with Vice President Joe Biden's national meeting

Top oncology experts tackle the tough questions about accelerating progress

Weill Cornell Medical Student to Lend a Hand in Tanzania This Summer

Philip O'Donnell, Weill Cornell Medical College Class of 2019

Philip O'Donnell, who is between his first and second years of study, will work with Dr. Maria Santos collecting data on all patients admitted to Bugando Medical Center with a diagnosis of traumatic brain injury.

8 Weill Cornell Medicine Neurosurgeons Among Top Doctors in New York 2016

Weill Cornell neurosurgeons Best Doctors 2016

This week’s issue of New York magazine features the annual listing of “Best Doctors in New York,” and the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center is once again proud to have eight members of our team included on the list. This prestigious roster includes Dr. Philip E.

Dr. Pennicooke Wins at World Forum for Spine Research in Dubai

Brenton Pennicooke, MD

The fourth-year resident won Best Oral Presentation for “Annular Repair Using High-density Collagen Gel with Riboflavin Crosslinkage: Preliminary results in an in vivo ovine model”

Dr. Navarro-Ramirez Awarded Best Basic Research Oral Presentation at AO Spine Fellows Forum

Dr. Rodrigo Navarro-Ramirez (left) receives the award for Best Basic Research Oral Presentation from Dr. Michael Fehlings, president of AO Spine North America

The fellow won for his abstract on biological disc replacement in a canine model

Dr. Navarro-Ramirez Chosen to Present at AOSNA Fellows Forum

Dr. Rodrigo Navarro-Ramirez, Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center

Dr. Rodrigo Navarro-Ramirez, a research fellow on Dr. Roger Härtl’s team, has been invited to present his abstract, “Total disc replacement using tissue-engineered intervertebral discs: In vivo outcome in a canine model,” at the 2016 meeting of the AOSpine North America (AOSNA) Fellows Forum. The forum, Advancing Spine Care Worldwide, will be held in Banff Springs, Alberta, from March 31 to April 1, 2016.  The AOSNA Fellowship Committee scores each abstract submitted, and the 10 highest scoring abstracts are selected for podium presentations at the forum.


Dr. Navarro-Ramirez Wins Young Investigator Award

Dr. Rodrigo Navarro-Ramirez, Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center

Dr. Rodrigo Navarro-Ramirez, a research fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Roger Härtl, has been awarded a 2016 Young Investigator Award by the Society of Lateral Access Surgery (SOLAS). The award is given to the highest ranking abstracts presented; Dr. Navarro-Ramirez was honored for his abstract, entitled: “Radiological correlation of facet degeneration and indirect decompression after Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion.”


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