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Experts at NYU Langone’s Spine Center understand that neck pain and back pain can disrupt your entire life. It’s why more than 18,000 adults and children come to us each year for nonsurgical and surgical treatment of degenerative spine conditions such as herniated disc and spinal stenosis, and spinal deformities including scoliosis and kyphosis.

Our internationally known surgeons perform more than 2,700 procedures each year, but our team takes a conservative approach to every person’s care.

A Collaborative Approach to Care

During your first visit or phone call, you speak with one of our nurses, who determines what kind of doctor can best help you. Many people first meet with one of our rehabilitation medicine doctors, or physiatrists, to discuss nonsurgical spine treatment options such as physical therapy.

If spine surgery is recommended, our experienced orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons collaborate to create the best treatment plan for you. They often work together during the surgery itself, which gives you the expertise of both specialties.

“My doctor cares about me and my recovery. He knew playing music again was important to me, and it was a focus in my follow-up appointments.”

—Christos, Age 46

Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Themistocles Protopsaltis with Patient

Our orthopedic surgeons at the Spine Center, including Dr. Themistocles Protopsaltis, work closely with neurosurgeons to develop a treatment plan for patients.

Our Spine Center team also works closely with neurologists and rehabilitation medicine specialists who use nonsurgical approaches, including strengthening exercises, stretching, manual tissue manipulation, and pain medication, to treat spine conditions.

If you have been diagnosed with metastatic tumors of the spine, we work with medical oncologists and radiation oncologists to manage the tumor based on its location on the spine. This may involve surgery or, after initial treatment, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or both.

Leaders in Imaging, Safety, and Precision

Spine Center experts work closely with radiologists at our many convenient imaging services locations to make sure you receive the most accurate diagnosis. Our imaging technology is the most advanced available and includes digital X-rays, CT scans, myelography, MRI, and EOS® imaging, which produces highly detailed three-dimensional images while delivering a significantly lower dose of radiation. We can often provide same-day diagnostic imaging.

Our neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons have also developed some of the most advanced technologies to increase accuracy and safety. During all spinal procedures, our teams use technology such as spinal navigation, three-dimensional fluoroscopy, diffusion tensor imaging, and intraoperative CT scanning. These advanced devices and techniques provide surgeons with real-time or three-dimensional images that enable the highest degree of precision.

Our operating rooms are equipped with ExcelsiusGPS®, a robotic system that provides highly accurate guidance and navigation during surgery, reducing muscle damage and recovery time.


More About Our Spine Center

Our Team

Our skilled physicians offer personalized care to people with all types of conditions affecting the spine.

Meet Our Doctors

Our Leadership

  • Themistocles Protopsaltis, MD
    Co-Director | Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Surgery

    Dr. Protopsaltis is chief of the Division of Spine Surgery, associate professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, and associate professor in the Department of Neurosurgery. He specializes in treating children and adults who have major spinal deformities and degenerative spine conditions, and in minimally invasive spine surgery.

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  • Anthony K. Frempong-Boadu, MD
    Co-Director | Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery

    Dr. Frempong-Boadu is director of the Division of Spinal Neurosurgery and an associate professor in the Departments of Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery. He is board certified in neurological surgery. Dr. Frempong-Boadu is a noted specialist in the fields of minimally invasive and endoscopic spinal surgery, and speaks frequently on these topics at national and international meetings. He has a special interest in the surgical treatment of spinal cord and spinal column tumors. Dr. Frempong-Boadu’s research is focused on the application of advanced imaging techniques during surgery, including augmented and virtual reality to care for and treat patients with operative spinal disease.

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Plan Your Visit

Our Locations

Spine Center

550 First Avenue
Suite 8R
New York, NY 10016

NYU Langone Orthopedic Center

333 East 38th Street
New York, NY 10016

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