What Our Spine Patients Say

Navigating Away From Back Pain: Denise Bruist (as seen on WABC's "Medical Marvels")

Danny Jacobs


You Don't Play at Boxing: Danny Jacobs

With a malignant tumor poised to crush his spine, Danny Jacobs thought he'd never walk again, let alone box. Dr. Härtl got him back on his feet, and back into the ring. In August 2014, Danny Jacobs became the middleweight champion of the world. 

Health Beat: Tag team takes on tricky back trouble (From WFMZ 69News, Allentown, Pennsylvania)

 ~~~~~~~~~~

What our Patients Say

Imagine being a young, healthy, active woman, a Manhattanite who runs half marathons, travels the world, and spends holidays indulging a passion for boating and kayaking. The occasional twinge of back pain is merely a nuisance. Until, one day, you...
When business owner and consultant Dawn Pirthauer first came to the Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care, she thought her back pain would be a fairly straightforward case. Life intervened to make things unexpectedly complicated...
Ser una figura pública tiene sus ventajas y privilegios, y la periodista de investigación ganadora del Emmy Alicia Ortega siempre los había apreciado. Sin embargo, cuando necesitó una cirugía en la columna vertebral, descubrió que la fama...
There are perks and privileges that come with being a public figure, and Emmy award-winning investigative journalist Alicia Ortega had always appreciated them. But as she discovered when she needed spine surgery, fame has its down sides as well.
Matilde Anacoreta moved to New York from Portugal at age 7 with her parents, Maria and Miguel, and her brother, Mateus. By middle school Matilde was a typical American girl, enjoying skiing and surfing. But at age 13, Matilde had to take a break...
Alex Hornig, of Ridgefield, Connecticut, is no slouch. He’s a professional firefighter for the nearby Milford Fire Department as well as a flight paramedic for North Country Life Flight in Saranac Lake, New York, and a per diem paramedic with...
Before 2012 Dr. Jeff Linden was leading a glamorous life as one of the premier endodontists in New York City. A leading expert in his field, Jeff cared for his patients, mentored young dentistry residents at top teaching hospitals, and was often...
Joyce Carpati knew as soon as it happened that this was no ordinary fall. Of course, she is no ordinary 85-year-old, either: Beauty maven, fashionista, singer, longtime staffer at Cosmopolitan magazine and friend of Helen Gurley Brown, Joyce had...
The first time Joan Lazarou, 60, felt an odd tingling sensation in her feet she figured it was due to the cold January weather and just put on an extra pair of socks. But over the next few weeks the tingling got worse, and soon it was accompanied by...
Elle Aviv admits that she used to take her health for granted. A year ago the 36-year-old New Yorker, the former host of a jewelry shopping channel, was a successful entrepreneur and graduate student who enjoyed an energetic and active life. She...
By Alfred Tosto I know I’m a pretty complicated case – I had a liver transplant in 2008 after being diagnosed with cancer and I take a basketful of drugs every day, immunosuppressants, prednisone, a lot of meds. But I’m a project manager and I treat...
A new 3D navigation system allowed Dr. Härtl to get Kathy back on her feet -- and back to her life -- in record time
Pearl Staller, known to everyone as “Freddie,” started having pain in her left leg and her lower back — at 90. An active woman and an avid skier who spent most of her winters on the slopes near her second home in Snowbird, Freddie was not about to...
Sara Kearns had always loved to travel, and she built her career around it. So when back pain interrupted her ability to travel, she knew she needed help. Dr. Hartl was there to get her back to her travels.
By Stefano Kaslowski Mountain climbing is a hobby I inherited first from my Grandmother Cici and later from my mother — they both grew up in Torino near the Alps. I was born in Italy but live now in Istanbul, in Turkey, and I have been trekking and...
I'm a 45-year-old woman in Ecuador, South America — I live alone and enjoy my work as General Manager of a medium-size manufacturing company. I have a busy schedule and I travel extensively, both within and outside of Ecuador.

Weill Cornell Medicine Brain & Spine Center 525 East 68 Street, Box 99 New York, NY 10065 Phone: 866-426-7787