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Dr. Park, Dr. Hartl, and Dr. Riew

In a new national ranking released today by Newsweek and Statista, John Park, MD, PhD; Roger Hartl, MD; and Daniel Riew, MD, all of Och Spine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, were named to the list of America’s Best Spine Surgeons 2024. Our colleague uptown at the Columbia campus of Och Spine at NewYork-Presbyterian, Peter D. Angevine...

WCM Research Technician Christopher Padilla with Dr. Philip Stieg

The Neurosurgery Outstanding Service Award spotlights members of the department who exemplify our core values. The winner this quarter is research technician Christopher Padilla, who works in the Children’s Brain Tumor Project laboratory.

Chris has been our designated tissue navigator since he joined the team as a new graduate of Notre Dame. In this role, Chris works with families to secure informed consent for tumor tissue donation...

Dr. Souweidane Named Winner of Dean's Award for Mentorship

Dr. Mark Souweidane has been named winner of the 2024 Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentorship. This prize, announced and bestowed at the commencement ceremony for the graduating class of Weill Cornell Medical College, recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to supporting colleagues to become academic leaders in clinical...

25 Weill Cornell Medicine Neurosurgical Faculty Named to NY 2024 SuperDoctors List

A record 25 faculty members from Weill Cornell Medicine Neurological Surgery have been named to the 2024 list of New York SuperDoctors. The list of outstanding physicians, published as a supplement to The New York Times Magazine on May 5, 2024, was assembled based on peer nomination, credentials, and achievement; it is an elite roster of physicians deemed the very best in their fields, including not just neurological surgery but also neuroradiology, neuro-endocrinology, and...

Dr. Roger Härtl

Dr. Roger Härtl has been recognized as one of the best spine surgeons in the United States by Newsweek magazine. Newsweek partnered with Statista to evaluate physician performance data, certifications, and professional reputation for American spine surgeons in 2024, resulting in the list of the top 150 in the country. Dr. Härtl is the Hansen-MacDonald Professor of...

Dr. Philip E. Stieg and Dr. Mark Souweidane at BTF Kids Tribute Dinner

Mark Souweidane, MD, has been named the first president of BTF Kids, a new pediatric arm of the Brain Tumor Foundation. At the annual Tribute Dinner on April 10, 2024, Dr. Philip E. Stieg, Chair of Neurosurgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and president emeritus of BTF, installed Dr. Nelson Oyesiku as the new president and Dr. Souweidane as president of BTF Kids.

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Dr. McGrath Performs First Endoscopic Spine Surgery in Tanzania

Last month, endoscopic spine surgery pioneer Dr. Lynn McGrath spent a week with Dr. Roger Hartl's Tanzania Neurosurgery Project, training local surgeons on the techniques. He led classroom sessions first, followed by hands-on training with high-tech spine models, then took the staff into the OR to perform two surgeries. These were the first-ever endoscopic spine procedures...

John Rivera and Dr. Mark Souweidane join host Antwan Lewis on Street Talk

John Rivera, founder of the Cristian Rivera Foundation, and Dr. Mark Souweidane were recently invited to appear on Good Day Street Talk with Antwan Lewis, to talk about DIPG, research that is creating hope for families, and the bossy little boy whose life was claimed far too soon.

Watch Dr. Souweidane and John Rivera on Good Day New York Street Talk

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Jessica Lee and Dr. Philip Stieg

The Neurosurgery Outstanding Service Award spotlights members of the department who exemplify our core values. The winner this quarter is practice supervisor Jessica Lee, MHA, who manages clinical operations at our offices at 1305 York Avenue and the 70th Street Starr Pavilion.


Jessica’s colleagues offer high praise, saying she has “gone above and beyond her role.” In times when we have been short-handed, her colleagues say, Jessica covered for surgical coordinators besides her...

Osama Kashlan, MD, MPH, Weill Cornell Medicine Neurosurgery

Neurosurgeon Osama Kashlan, MD, MPH, has joined the faculty of Weill Cornell Medicine Neurological Surgery, and will see patients at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist. Dr. Kashlan is an award-winning, board-certified neurosurgeon who is fellowship trained in spine surgery. His specialty is minimally invasive spine surgery, including innovative new endoscopic approaches to the spine. He will see patients at clinical offices in downtown Brooklyn, Sunset Park, and...

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