NYUHJD Spine Center Overview

The mission of the NYU HJD Spine Center is to provide the finest comprehensive and state-of-the-art care for patients with spine disorders, with the goal of restoring normal function and relieving spine-related pain. We are leaders in providing effective treatments, patient education, and advances through spinal research.

The Hospital for Joint Diseases Spine Center began in 1997, prompted by the need to provide coordinated, multidisciplinary care for patients with spinal disorders. The Spine Center brings together hospital physician experts in the fields of Orthopaedic and Neurological Surgery, Neurology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Rheumatology, and Pain Management with state-of-the-art facilities and expertise in diagnostic testing and physical therapy. This coordination of care among the different specialties helps speed up the diagnostic work-up and implementation of appropriate treatment, limiting periods of pain and disability and avoiding the need for surgical treatment in many cases. Weekly staff meetings discuss active interesting and difficult cases to provide input from various specialty perspectives. Other spine care specialists from outside the Spine Center also attend, presenting their difficult cases for additional expert opinion.

Research is a cornerstone of what we do at the Spine Center. Providing expert clinical care runs hand in hand with being a leader in both basic science and clinical research in spinal disorders. The Spine Center is a founding member of the National Spine Network, a national group of centers-of-excellence in spine care and research. We are a major site of a National Institute of Health (NIH) sponsored multicenter clinical study for the treatment of low back disorders in adults. Many other clinical and laboratory research studies are underway to better understand the processes of spinal dysfunction and their effective treatments. The experts from the HJD Spine Center lecture locally, nationally, and internationally on many aspects of spinal problems and their treatment.

The Spine Center combines many areas of clinical specialty with national prominence of the Hospital for Joint Diseases (HJD). The Hospital was founded in 1906, and it has a distinguished history of providing specialty care to New Yorkers and patients from throughout the world. Specializing in orthopaedics, rheumatology, neurology and rehabilitation medicine, the Hospital has long been a leader in patient care, research, and education. HJD is a member organization of New York University Medical Center and a teaching hospital of the New York University School of Medicine; this provides access to all of the resources of one of the world's largest and most highly-respected general hospitals and medical colleges. HJD has consistently been rated among America's best specialty hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.