Spine & Peripheral Nerve Surgery

We Understand Your Problem

The Department of Neurosurgery’s Spine Program at Yale treats patients from Connecticut and across the Northeast for spine problems such as spinal cord and nerve compression, spinal deformities, spinal tumors, neck and back pain, sciatica, and other conditions of the spine. We offer a full range of treatments including minimally invasive and non-surgical choices, along with complex surgical care beyond what is available with your community surgeons. Spinal injuries and diseases are among the most complex and difficult of ailments found in modern life. Millions suffer from the broad range of disease processes that can affect the spine, which include degenerative conditions such as lumbar and cervical disk diseases and rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord and vertebral tumors, spinal cord malformations, trauma and infections. Patients with serious acute or chronic spinal disease can benefit from the advanced, personalized care available at the Department of Neurosurgery’s Spine Program at Yale. Accurate diagnosis and successful treatment require a complex blend of art and science. Specialized experience, advanced technology, sophisticated diagnostic expertise and outstanding surgical skills combine to ensure patients the best chances of a successful outcome. 

Why Choose Yale?

Many physicians and surgeons struggle with how to help patients with complex back or neck pain. This is especially true with patients who have had little improvement with prior spinal surgery or failed medical treatments for diseases such as scoliosis or degenerative disc disease. The Yale Neurosurgery Spine Program is part of the Yale Spine Center, which brings many specialists together in one place to work together and create a personalized care plan for each patient based on accurate diagnosis and available treatment options. We understand that no one wants to wait when they are in pain or with nerve compression, and patients can begin their care at the Yale Spine Program with one of our non-surgical spine specialists. They will review all previous reports and studies with our team, and help the patient see one of our surgical specialists in neurosurgery or orthopaedics for surgical options such as minimally invasive or motion preserving spine surgery, or in to see our medical specialists such as physiatry or pain management for options such as injections, medication and physical therapy.

Outcomes Matter

We look at the whole picture in your care, as it is not about performing surgery or providing physical therapy, but rather to help the patient overcome the disability which they come in to seek help for. Our Yale Spine Program provides comprehensive diagnostic services for patients whose conditions have not been definitely identified as well as those who had unsuccessful treatments including previous surgeries. Unlike other spine practices and centers in the region, our Yale Spine Program hosts a registry of outcomes that tracks how our patients are doing, to improve how we care for patients every day.

Spine Neurosurgeons

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Khalid Abbed, MD


Professor of Neurosurgery

Chief, Neurosurgery Spine

Director, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Director, Spine Tumor Surgery

Co-Director, YNHH Spine Center

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Juan Bartolomei, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery


Yale Neurosurgery, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital - New London

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Arianne Boylan, MD, BA

Assistant Professor

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Patrick Doherty, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery

Chief of Neurosurgery, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital - New London

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Jonathan Grauer, MD

Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation and Professor of Pediatrics

Interim Chair and Director of Orthopaedic Spine Service of Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Yale School of Medicine

Interim Chief of Orthopaedics and Co-Director of Spine Center at Yale New Haven Hospital

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Luis Kolb, MD, BS

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery

Neurosurgery Spine

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Maxwell Laurans, MD, MBA, FAANS

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Chief and Director, Perioperative Services

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Arya Varthi, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery

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Peter Whang, MD, FACS

Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation

Special Programs

While our spine neurosurgeons have vast experience and expertise, practicing solely in a highly focused and specific area, we offer Special Programs with special attention.

Back and Neck Pain

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Deformity Correction Surgery

Spinal Tumors

Nerve Disorders

Conditions We Treat

Herniated/Buldging Discs Spinal Stenosis
Scoliosis Spine and Nerve Tumors
Cauda Equina Syndrome Spondylolisthesis


Many patients are directed to Yale by their neurosurgeons because their problem is unusual or extremely complicated. Patients may also refer themselves. Patients are seen quickly usually within two weeks of calling the department. All patients referred to Yale benefit from the multi-disciplinary team approach that is an essential feature of our practice. Our surgeons maintain a close working relationship with many area neurosurgeons and welcome referrals. Care is taken to ensure the referring physician is kept current on diagnostic findings and treatment recommendations.