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Ibrahim Hussain, MD

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Ibrahim Hussain, MD

Dr. Ibrahim Hussain is an accomplished neurosurgeon with advanced fellowship training in endoscopic, minimally invasive, and complex reconstructive spine surgery. He treats patients with the full spectrum of spinal disorders, including those with disc herniations, age-related degenerative arthritis, fractures, spinal cord injury, infections, primary and metastatic spinal cord tumors, congenital anomalies, and scoliosis. A significant portion of his practice is devoted to revision surgeries in those who have had prior spine surgery, and those with peripheral nerve problems such as tumors and compressive neuropathies. Having trained with pioneers of spine surgery at some of the top neurosurgical institutions in the world, Dr. Hussain uses and is involved in the development of state-of-the-art intraoperative technologies that aim to make surgeries safer and less invasive, including three-dimensional computer-assisted navigation, endoscopy, robotics, and augmented reality. He has special interest in performing outpatient and “awake” spine surgeries when appropriate for patients, which aim to get patients home faster and without the negative effects of general anesthesia. 

Dr. Hussain strives to provide compassionate and comprehensive care to his patients and works with them and their families to provide the optimal solution to their medical problems, both inside and outside the operating room. Leveraging the internationally recognized faculty at Weill Cornell-NewYork Presbyterian, he works within a multi-specialist team that includes pain management doctors, neurologists, rehab doctors, physical therapists, oncologists, endocrinologists, and nutritionists to provide a safe, timely, and focused treatment plan custom-designed for each patient. 

Dr. Hussain is also committed to advancing the field of spine surgery through other avenues. He is actively engaged in biomedical research (more below), and the surgical education and training of Weill Cornell Medical College students, residents, and international fellows. He has published more than 25 book chapters in neurosurgical textbooks used by trainees and surgeons around the world. Additionally, Dr. Hussain has partnered with a number of biotechnology companies, providing expertise for the innovation of next-generation molecular treatments and medical device engineering in spinal surgery.

Dr. Hussain received his BA from Rutgers University and his MD from Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society as one of the top medical students in his graduating class. He was awarded the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where he spent a year performing landmark studies on the genome sequencing of pediatric brain tumors in patients with neurofibromatosis. He completed his residency in neurological surgery at the combined program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. This was followed by a minimally invasive and complex spine fellowship at the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. During his time at Jackson Memorial Hospital, which is one of the busiest Level 1 trauma centers in North America, Dr. Hussain gained further expertise in the management of traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.

Dr. Hussain is prolific researcher with more than 160 peer-reviewed manuscript and abstract publications. He has been an invited speaker at more than 35 national and international conferences to present his findings, and he has won multiple awards from the American Association of Neurologic Surgeons (AANS) and Congress of Neurologic Surgeons Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. In 2022 he was named as one of four AO Spine North America Young Investigator Grant Award recipients, given to promising surgeons engaged in groundbreaking spine research.

His research areas include clinical outcomes from minimally invasive surgical techniques and technologies, including the identification of patient-centric and radiographic factors associated with surgical success and failures. As part of this, he works with Dr. Kai-Ming Fu and multi-center study groups to develop algorithms defining optimal patient selection. Dr. Hussain is also active in spinal oncology research, particularly in patients with metastatic spine disease to define scoring systems aiding in surgical decision making. Finally, Dr. Hussain collaborates with Dr. Roger Härtl and Dr. Larry Bonassar (a biomedical engineering professor at Cornell University in Ithaca) on acellular and stem-cell based therapies for disc regeneration and repair with cervical and lumbar disc disease, which have results in several high-impact publications, grants, and awards.