Ibrahim Hussain, M.D.

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Ibrahim Hussain, MD

Ibrahim Hussain was born and raised in North Plainfield, New Jersey. He completed his undergraduate studies at Rutgers University and received his M.D. from Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School. In addition to being named to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society as one of the top medical students in his class, Dr. Hussain was the recipient of the prestigious Doris Duke Research Fellowship Award. For this fellowship, he performed one year of research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where he was part of the team that completed the first whole-genome sequence analysis of low-grade brain tumors from patients with Neurofibromatosis-1 in the world.

During his residency, Dr. Hussain has worked in the collaborative labs of Dr. Roger Härtl at Weill Cornell Medical College and Dr. Larry Bonassar of Cornell University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering in Ithaca. He performed pioneering surgeries in sheep, testing a novel stem cell-augmented high-density collagen biogel for the prevention of recurrent lumbar disc herniations with the goal of transitioning to humans in the future. He has also published extensively on the surgical management of craniocervical junction pathologies, degenerative spinal interbody fusions, and metastatic spinal tumors.

Dr. Hussain has received numerous accolades for his work. He is the first resident in history of the department to be awarded the Charlie Kuntz Scholar Award in back-to-back years (in 2017 and 2018); the award is given for top research abstracts submitted to the AANS/CNS Joint Spine Section. He was also the recipient of the 2018 Stewart B. Dunker award, given to the resident with the best spinal research abstract presented at the AANS Annual Scientific Research meeting. He has been invited to give talks around the world at various conferences, including in Italy and Singapore.

Currently Dr. Hussain is one of the chief residents of the neurosurgical service at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He has specialized surgical interests in neurosurgical oncology, traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, and minimally invasive and complex spinal reconstruction.

Dr. Hussain has also authored and co-authored more than 15 textbook chapters, including those in  Neuroendoscopic SurgerySurgery of the Thoracic Spine, Neurobiology of Disease, Complications in Neurosurgery, and Surgical Atlas of Spinal Operations.


Dr. Hussain in the news:
Dr. Hussain Named a 2017 Winner of the Charlie Kuntz Scholar Award
Dr. Hussain Wins 2018 Charlie Kuntz Scholar Award
Dr. Ramakrishna and Dr. Hussain Honored at AANS 2018
New PLIF-CBT Procedure Makes Fusion Surgery Less Invasive