Doctors Who Treat Spinal Deformity

Our Spinal Deformity and Scoliosis Program includes some of the very best world-renowned neurosurgeons for correcting spinal deformities.

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 as well as chief of neurosurgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital. He obtained his undergraduate degrees from Stanford University and his medical and graduate training in the MD/PhD 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.)

Dr. Michael Virk is a widely published neurosurgeon with specialty training in minimally invasive and complex surgery for a wide variety of spine conditions. His specialties include scoliosis, spinal tumors, trauma, degenerative disease, radiculopathy, herniated discs, facet syndrome, 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)

At Och Spine at NewYork-Presbyterian at the Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care, patients with spinal deformities may also be seen by:

Physiatrists: These rehabilitation physicians specialize in treating injuries or illnesses that affect movement.  They manage non-surgical approaches to back pain, including the pain of spinal deformities.  

Pain Management Specialists: Advanced pain management techniques allow many patients to avoid surgery altogether. Our specialists work with patients to develop an individual treatment plan that can get them back to their daily lives, without pain and without surgery. Pain management specialists can also help patients recover more quickly, or with less pain, after surgery.

Physical Therapists: These specialists have expertise in a wide range of non-surgical 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.

The spine surgeons at Och Spine at NewYork-Presbyterian at the Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care are fortunate to be part of NewYork-Presbyterian, which is routinely named one of the top hospitals in the United States.  

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Our Care Team

  • Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery, Spinal Surgery
  • Co-Director, Spinal Deformity and Scoliosis Program
Phone: 212-746-2260
  • Hansen-MacDonald Professor of Neurological Surgery
  • Director of Spinal Surgery
Phone: 212-746-2152
  • Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Phone: 646-962-3388
  • Clinical Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Attending Neurosurgeon
Phone: 888-922-2257
  • Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery 
Phone: (888) 922-2257
  • Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Phone: 866-426-7787 (Manhattan) / 646-967-2020 (Brooklyn)
  • Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery, Spine Surgery
Phone: 718-670-1837 (Queens) / 888-922-2257 (Manhattan)
  • Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Phone: (718) 670-1837
  • Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery, Spine Surgery
Phone: 718-780-3070

Weill Cornell Medicine Neurological Surgery 525 East 68 Street, Box 99 New York, NY 10065 Phone: 866-426-7787