Division of Spinal Neurosurgery
As leaders in the education and training of neurosurgery residents, fellows, and clinicians, faculty in the Division of Spinal Neurosurgery, part of the Department of Neurosurgery at NYU Langone Health, offer an unparalleled curriculum of clinical and research training in a highly dynamic environment recognized for its world-renowned neurosurgeons.
Under the direction of Anthony K. Frempong-Boadu, MD, we provide minimally invasive, complex, and reconstructive spinal surgery for a wide range of conditions, including degenerative spine disease, oncological disease of the spinal cord and spinal column, and spine trauma.
Spinal Neurosurgery Education
Neurosurgery residents spend three to six months each year training in spinal neurosurgery, with a six-month rotation as chief resident in the final year. Half of our residents’ seven years of training is spent on the spinal neurosurgery service, which gives them a solid foundation in the field and fully equips them for a career as a spinal neurosurgeon. Many of our graduates also go on to pursue advanced clinical or research fellowship training in spinal neurosurgery.
At NYU Langone’s Spine Center, trainees have the opportunity to collaborate with surgeons from the Department of Orthopedic Surgery to treat patients who have degenerative spine conditions such as herniated disc and spinal stenosis; spinal deformities, including scoliosis and kyphosis; and spinal cord tumors. With a history of collaboration in complex spinal reconstruction, a multidisciplinary team of experts from the Departments of Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery takes innovative approaches to treating the most complex conditions of the spine. Every year, more than 18,000 adults and children come to the Spine Center for treatment, and our internationally known surgeons perform more than 2,700 procedures.
Trainees also gain experience using the latest in surgical technology, including a dedicated spinal navigation room in our neurosurgical suite at NYU Langone’s Kimmel Pavilion. Our spinal neurosurgeons have become leaders in the field of navigated functional spine surgery. The new setup brings advanced, real-time spinal navigation to the operating table, enabling imaging-enhanced approaches to procedures that were once guided by pre- and postoperative imaging alone.
We also host monthly spine conferences for residents, fellows, and faculty and a yearly spinal oncology conference.
Spinal Neurosurgery Research
Our division recently received a $1 million grant to explore and develop new functional imaging paradigms in spinal surgery. As part of this grant, we are also expanding the use of mixed reality—both augmented and virtual—in the treatment of operative spinal disease. We also collaborate on research projects with members of the Departments of Orthopedic Surgery, Radiology, and Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, among others. Current research projects include antibiotic prophylaxis with drains after surgery, swallowing dysfunction in neurosurgical patients, and developing new algorithms for intraoperative monitoring.
For more information about the Division of Spinal Neurosurgery, please contact Dr. Frempong-Boadu at email@example.com.