“The real challenge is determining whether surgery should be performed, what type of surgery is best for a given situation and navigating the patient and their family through the stresses associated with an operation.”

Dr. Michael G. Kaiser

About Dr. Kaiser

Dr. Kaiser is a nationally recognized spine surgeon and has been at the Neurological Institute of New York at Columbia University Medical Center for over 2 decades where he also serves as Associate Director of the Spine Center. In addition, he is an integral part of the development and continued success of Neurosurgeons of New Jersey. He is a board certified spine doctor in NJ who specializes in the surgical treatment of cervical spondylotic myelopathy, cervical and lumbar degenerative disease, minimally invasive spine surgery, spine and spinal cord tumors and complex spinal reconstructions.

Dr. Kaiser received his undergraduate degree in Biology in 3 years from New York University. He then obtained his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He completed his neurosurgical residency and chief residency training at the Neurological Institute of New York at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons followed by a post-graduate fellowship in advanced complex spinal surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Kaiser’s efforts in improving the field of neurosurgery has led him to participate in and direct the development of nationally recognized clinical guidelines for the treatment of cervical degenerative disease and lumbar fusion surgery. Since 2000, he has regularly participated as faculty and director of numerous spine surgery courses at major neurosurgical meetings. He is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, one of the leading peer-reviewed spine surgery journals and serves as an ad hoc reviewer for two additional journals.

As Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery at Columbia University, Dr. Kaiser teaches medical students and neurosurgery residents at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where his research interests include clinical guideline development, evidence based treatment algorithms and clinical outcome analysis. He has had over 75 publications accepted as peer reviewed clinical articles, book chapters and meeting abstracts.

Dr. Kaiser is an active member of numerous professional organizations including the American Association of Neurological Surgery (AANS), the Congress of Neurological Surgery (CNS), the AANS Joint Section on Spine & Peripheral Nerve and the American College of Surgeons. He has also served as a guest examiner for the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

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Honors & Awards

Take a look at what Dr. Kaiser has accomplished over the years.

  • America’s Top Doctors (11th, 12th, 13th and 14th editions)
  • Top Doctors: New York Metro Area (14th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th editions)
  • New York Magazine Top Doctors (2014)
  • America’s 50 Best™ (2015, 2014, 2013)
  • Press Ganey Recognition (2015)

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