New York spinal neurosurgeon uses advanced treatments for back and neck pain

Brand View: Dr. Baaj is a sought-after neurosurgeon for patients in the Middle East
Dr Ali Baaj, Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery at the Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care in New York.
Wed 14 Mar 2018 04:44 PM

Millions of individuals around the world experience back pain at some point in their lives. In fact, back pain is one of the most common complaints that lead to a doctor visit.

For many patients, back pain is due to muscle strain or another temporary condition and it resolves on its own after a few days or weeks of home care. For others, however, back pain is a signal of a more serious condition and requires medical intervention. Fortunately today there are a multitude of treatment options, many of them nonsurgical, for treating back pain.

When surgery is required, there are advanced surgical options available at leading academic centers that can relieve pain and get patients back to their lives quickly, with excellent outcomes.

For Dr. Ali Baaj, who is American board-certified in neurosurgery, nothing is more gratifying than being able to relieve a patient’s pain.  Dr. Baaj is an Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery at the Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care in New York, where he sees patients from around the world who come to him for his expertise and surgical skill. 

Dr. Baaj is accomplished at both complex reconstructive spine surgery and minimally invasive techniques that allow for greatly reduced recovery times and scarring.

He is especially known for his surgical ability with patients suffering from scoliosis, spinal stenosis, herniated disc, and spinal tumors.  He performs surgery at the world-famous NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, long ranked as the number 1 hospital in New York, with some of the best outcomes in the world for their patients.

One patient, who requested a second opinion after other doctors had been unable to help him, was at grave risk for paralysis when Dr. Baaj saw him. After successful surgery to repair a serious case of cervical spinal stenosis, the patient was up and walking within 24 hours of major surgery – and went on to a full recovery. A few months after surgery he went on a strenuous hiking trip.

“Dr. Baaj gave me the ability to live again,” he says of the trip. “I could barely walk upstairs before surgery, let alone do a vertical climb.”

Dr. Baaj earned his medical degree from the Boston University College of Medicine.  He completed neurosurgical training at the University of South Florida, and fellowships in spine surgery from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and Children’s Hospital in Paris. 

These world-class credentials have earned Dr. Baaj his place among the list of top international spine surgeons. He has been named to the list of Super Doctors in both Washington, DC, and New York, and he’s a frequent speaker at major national and international spine conferences.  He frequently visits the Middle East for training and educational workshops in spine surgery.

His international reputation for surgical skill and expertise, combined with a remarkable compassion for his patients, have made Dr. Baaj a sought-after neurosurgeon for patients.  His fluency in the Arabic language as well as sensitivity to cultural needs is especially appealing to patients from the Middle East.

For an appointment with Dr. Baaj or to obtain a second opinion, use the links below or email at alb9140@med.cornell.edu

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Last Updated: Wed 14 Mar 2018 05:01 PM GST

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