Paul J. Park, MD, MMS

Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery

Dr. Paul Park is an accomplished orthopedic surgeon with advanced fellowship training in adult and pediatric spine surgery. He treats patients with a wide array of spinal disorders, including those with spinal deformity (both adult and adolescent), age-related degenerative arthritis, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, disc herniation, trauma, fractures, spinal cord injury, infections, as well as those patients requiring revision spinal surgeries. Dr. Park believes in a multi-disciplinary approach to spinal care, and at Och Spine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center he is able to work with world-class colleagues in various fields to help patients find the right treatment for each individual patient — whether or not surgery is involved.

Dr. Park has trained with thought leaders in the field of spine surgery throughout his residency and fellowship, allowing him to develop a comprehensive approach to the spine. His specialized training included complex spinal deformity (both idiopathic and those with multiple previous procedures) as well as complex cervical spine procedures, including cervical disc replacement. Throughout his training at Columbia University, Dr. Park also gained significant experience in pediatric and adolescent spinal surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Dr. Park believes strongly in the continued advancement and development of the field and has devoted much of his time to incorporating technology into his preoperative surgical planning as well as mastering spinal navigation and robotic techniques.

Dr. Park received his BA with honors in neuroscience from Dartmouth College. He then earned his Master’s Degree of Medical Science (MMS) in immunology while at Yonsei University School of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea. He went on to earn his MD from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where he was among the top of his class and elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. Park then stayed on to train with his mentors at the Och Spine Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, where he completed the Adult and Pediatric Comprehensive Spine Fellowship — a combined program of the departments of orthopedic and neurological surgery at Columbia University.

Dr. Park is a widely published researcher who has produced more than 90 peer-reviewed journal articles, reviews, and abstracts as well as multiple book chapters on topics ranging from cervical spine surgery to spinal deformity. Dr. Park was awarded the Frank E. Stinchfield Award for Excellence in Research from the Department of Orthopedic Surgery while at Columbia University. Dr. Park has participated in numerous society meetings and has presented his research throughout the United States as well as around the world such as in Cape Town, South Africa, and Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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