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We Believe a Neuro-Ortho
Spine Surgeon Team is Best

Two surgical specialists, Neurosurgeons and Orthopedic Surgeons, are qualified to perform spinal surgery.

Historically, Neurosurgeons have been consulted for operations involving the nerves while Orthopedic Spinal Surgeons were more involved with spinal fusions.

There are some subtle differences in the training for the two specialties. So for patients undergoing spinal surgery, we feel it’s best to have both a Neurosurgeon and an Orthopedic Surgeon present and working together. We call this the Neuro-Ortho Team. As our patient, your team is Dr. Neubardt and Dr. Stern.

Remember, when it comes to spinal surgery, spend time to pick the right spine surgeon. It may be the most important decision you ever make!

Meet the New York Spine Surgeon Team of Dr. Stern and Dr. Neubardt

Seth Neubardt, M.D. is a board certified Orthopedic Surgeon who completed a combined Orthopedic-Neurosurgical Fellowship in Spinal Surgery at New York’s prestigious NYU Hospital.

Jack Stern M.D., Ph.D. is a board certified Neurosurgeon who completed his spine training at New York’s Columbia University.

Dr. Stern and Dr. Neubardt are New York spine surgeons that have been working together for over 16 years, with a focus on complex spinal surgery. They perform over 200 spinal operations a year in a state of the art “spine safe” operating room. 100% of the surgery is done by Dr. Neubardt and Dr. Stern, without any involvement of residents, interns, medical students or physician’s assistants.

When dealing with the spine, is it better to have an ultra-specialist treat you?

Studies suggest that the answer is absolutely yes.

With something as technical and precise as spinal surgery, there is no doubt that you will want a team such as ours that specializes specifically in the spine.

What Makes Us Different —
Neubardt & Stern Spine Surgeon Team Qualifications

Here Are 11 Qualifications of the Neubardt / Stern Spine Team:

  • We are a team with over 53 years of combined experience treating the spine.

  • We are a team that does not treat any other part of the body. We are ultra-specialists and deal only with spinal problems.

  • We are a team that provides personal care. We live locally and are easy to reach. Our cell phone number is available to you. Our office phone is always answered by a person, never a machine. We recognize that the idea of spinal surgery can be fearful and we are therefore always available to spend as much time as needed to go over your condition, the alternatives to surgery and the recommended procedure with its associated risks.

  • We are a team that believes that “less is more” and will always use the most micro or minimal access surgery when possible. Our spine surgery expertise runs from “Band-Aid” percutaneous balloon spinal procedures to open fusions.

  • We are a team that makes your safety our number one priority. We will be there for every minute of your surgery to make sure you are safe and well cared for. We do 100% of the operations ourselves. Our team does not have medical students, residents, interns or physician’s assistants.

  • We are a team that will take care of you after the surgery. When you come back to the office for post-operative care, Dr. Stern and Dr. Neubardt are the only people you will see. We do not have nurse practitioners taking care of you. Even something as simple as removing staples or stitches is something we will do ourselves.

  • We are a team that encourages you to try non-surgical treatments first. Both of us have strong backgrounds in holistic medicine and are familiar with treatments from acupuncture to traction. In 1997 we co-founded the Center for Holistic Medicine at United Hospital, one of the nation’s first hospital based holistic health centers. If you don’t need surgery we won’t suggest surgery.

  • We are a team that stays on the cutting edge of technology. Dr. Neubardt has several patents on new spinal instruments that are currently in use in hundreds of hospitals worldwide.

  • We are a team that believes pain should always be minimized at the time of surgery. We have two physicians on our staff who are pain management specialists. They are available to work with you before surgery to develop a program for your post-operative care which will help minimize pain after surgery.

  • We are a team that works in a state of the art “Spine Safe Operating Room” to ensure that every technological advancement available is used to protect your spinal cord and nerves. As a safety precaution, all of our cases are scheduled with spinal cord monitoring. This monitoring consists of an electro physiologic computer which is operated by a technician who remains present throughout your entire surgery, monitoring the real-time function of your spinal cord and nerves.

  • We are a team that is available to you. The procedure for contacting your doctor in a city or teaching hospital requires several layers of communication. Dr. Stern and Neubardt remove these layers by being directly accessible to you. Living and working close by makes this superb service possible. We feel that getting in touch with your doctor is very important. Go ahead and call our office right now to test how easy it is to reach Ellen or Alison. When they answer, just tell them you are testing the phone and they will understand. In an emergency, they will be able to immediately put you in direct contact with Dr. Neubardt or Dr. Stern.