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Traumatic Brain and Spine Injury Program

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Drs. Kai-Ming Fu, Roger Härtl, and Jeffrey Greenfield
The Brain and Spine Injury Program is lead by (l-r) Drs. Kai-Ming Fu, Roger Härtl, and Jeffrey Greenfield — but depending on the injury any one of our top neurosurgeons may participate in the treatment.

A traumatic injury can happen in the blink of an eye — in a fall or a car accident, after a misstep on the job or a collision on a playing field, even as the result of a gunshot. When the incident results in damage to the head, neck, or back, the Traumatic Brain and Spine Injury Program at the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center is ready to respond.

The program’s world-renowned neurosurgeons have treated some of the most high-profile injury cases in New York, including a window washer who survived a 47-story fall and a Brooklyn flight attendant who was airlifted home after breaking her spine in a three-story plunge from a hotel balcony in the Dominican Republic.  But most of our lifesaving work never makes the evening news: Every day in New York, our experts are ready to respond when an ambulance arrives or the phone rings — NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center is a Level 1 trauma center capable of providing expert medical treatment in emergencies.  Our neurosurgeons are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to participate in the emergency care of injuries to the brain and spine.

The Brain and Spine Injury Program also treats non-emergency cases, including those less severe injuries that nevertheless cause pain and affect quality of life – and some of New York’s top athletic teams, including the New York Giants, New York Jets, and New York Islanders, put their trust in the experts of the Brain and Spine Center to ensure their players are in top condition.

To achieve the best outcomes for our patients, our neurosurgeons take a multidisciplinary, personalized approach to each case and work with physiatrists, neurologists, pain specialists, and other experts to create a comprehensive treatment plan.

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