The neurosurgeons at the Weill Cornell Medicine Scoliosis and Deformity Program — along with their team of physicians, nurses, and physical therapists — provide comprehensive, integrated care for patients with scoliosis and other spinal deformities. Patients receive a complete continuum of care from diagnosis to treatment (nonsurgical as well as surgical, if needed) and recovery.
At Och Spine at NewYork-Presbyterian at the Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care, individuals with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis may be seen by:
Physiatrists: These rehabilitation physicians specialize in treating injuries or illnesses that affect movement. Dr. Jaspar Singh, the physiatrist who co-directs the Spine Center team with Dr. Roger Härtl, is a nationally known specialist in spine disorders who manages nonsurgical approaches to back pain, including the bracing for scoliosis.
Pain Management Specialists: Our specialists work with patients to develop an individual treatment plan that can get them back to their daily lives after surgery. Specialists use advanced pain management techniques to help patients recover more quickly with less pain, after surgery.
Physical Therapists: These specialists have expertise in a wide range of nonsurgical techniques to help prevent or overcome pain and build strength to help prevent future injuries. A physical therapist may work with a patient as an alternative to surgery, or after surgery to help rebuild strength.
Our surgical faculty includes some of the very best specialists in spinal reconstructive surgery:
Kai-Ming Fu, M.D., Ph.D., is the Director of Spinal Deformity and Scoliosis Program at Och Spine at NewYork-Presbyterian at the Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care. He obtained his undergraduate degrees from Stanford University and his medical and graduate training in the M.D./Ph.D. program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He has extensive fellowship training in orthopedic and neurosurgical deformity surgery in both the pediatric and adult populations. Dr. Fu specializes in minimal access surgery for deformity as well as having advanced training in open techniques. He is well published in the field of deformity and is an Active Fellow of the Scoliosis Research Society. (Read more about Dr. Fu.)
Michael Virk, M.D., Ph.D. is a widely published neurosurgeon with specialty training in minimally invasive and complex surgery for a wide variety of spine conditions. In addition to scoliosis, his specialties include herniated discs, spinal tumors, trauma, degenerative disease, radiculopathy, and spinal stenosis. Dr. Virk uses state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques with intraoperative, computer-assisted navigation as well as spinal endoscopy. He also uses fundamental, open surgical strategies in patients who will benefit most from these. (Read more about Dr. Virk)
The spine surgeons at the Spine Center are fortunate to be part of the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital team, ranked as the #1 hospital in New York by US News and World Report for 20 years in a row. Together, the NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine team is the best choice for your back.