NEIL KAHANOVITZ, MD

The Director of Spine Surgery at The Center for Orthopaedics, Dr. Kahanovitz is a true expert in both surgical and conservative care of patients with spine disorders.

His varied and distinguished background includes positions as Chief of Back Surgery at The Hospital for Joint Diseases in Manhattan, Director of Spine Surgery at the Washington Hospital Center, and President of the North American Spine Society, following ten years of service on the organization’s board of directors.

His acumen in spinal care has been highly requested and aptly recognized by the medical community at large. In addition to making more than 200 national and international presentations, he is the recipient of the Volvo Award for Low Back Pain Research as well as the International Society for the Study of Lumbar Spine Research Award.

Dr. Kahanovitz has published over 50 scientific articles, 12 book chapters and the book Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain. He is currently Deputy Editor of The Spine Journal and serves on the editorial boards of Spine, Orthopedics Today and Mosby spine surgery. At present, he is writing a book for the general public on the care and treatment of low back.

A native of Baltimore, Dr. Kahanovitz attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a fellowship in spinal surgery at The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery and a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Scoliosis Research Society, North American Spine Society and Orthopedic Research Society.

Out of growing concern for both the political and socioeconomic issues affecting quality patient care in the United States, he founded the nonprofit Center for Patient Advocacy in 1995. Since then, he was appointed to the Health Care Financing Administrative Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee, and has testified numerous times before the Senate and House Subcommittee hearings investigating a wide variety of health care issues. In 1994, he received commendation from the Office of the Attending Physician of the United States Congress for his support in caring for members of Congress and the Supreme Court.

Dr. Kahanovitz also was awarded the Order for Personal Courage in 1990— the highest civilian honor bestowed by the former Soviet Union—for his work in Russia and Armenia aiding victims of the Armenian earthquake. To continue the spirit of international medical cooperation, he formed an exchange program between Soviet and American physicians and organized the first American-Soviet spinal surgery course in Moscow in 1990.