Galal A. Elsayed, M.D.

Neurological Surgery

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Personal Statement

My primary goal is to alleviate your discomfort using the safest, minimally invasive techniques available. With over a decade of study and training, I am well equipped to assist you. Every day, I am humbled by the trust you place in me. Throughout our journey together, I am dedicated to offering you the same care and consideration I would give to my own family and close friends.

Biographical Info

Dr. Galal Elsayed is an award-winning neurosurgeon with advanced fellowship training in endoscopic, minimally invasive, and complex reconstructive spine surgery from Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Elsayed has training in the use of augmented reality and robotics and has pioneered surgical planning using virtual reality/spatial computing for minimally invasive spine surgery and complex spinal reconstructions. He practices at Och Spine at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens. Dr. Elsayed’s practice treats the full spectrum of spinal disorders, including disc herniations, age-related arthritis, infections, primary and metastatic spinal tumors, fractures, spinal cord injury, congenital anomalies, scoliosis, and kyphosis. Using cutting-edge technology, Dr. Elsayed personalizes his surgical approach with a focus on safety using three-dimensional planning in virtual reality. A significant portion of Dr. Elsayed’s practice is dedicated to revision surgeries for patients who have had prior spine surgery. Dr. Elsayed uses and is involved in the development of cutting-edge surgical technology such as intraoperative navigation, ultra-minimally invasive endoscopy, and the use of spatial computing platforms. Dr. Elsayed’s most prized focus is on patient education; he enjoys helping patients explore their own spine in virtual reality during clinic visits.

NEWS: Dr. Galal Elsayed Named a Rising Star in List of 2024 SuperDoctors

Dr. Elsayed is an Assistant Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine Neurological Surgery and an Assistant Attending Neurosurgeon at Och Spine at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, where he primarily sees patients at the Long Island City office.  



Dr. Elsayed has received numerous awards for his research, including the Griffith R. Harsh III Research Award and the Richard B. Morawetz Research Award (three years in a row), where he was also named the University of Alabama-Birmingham Clinical Research Buchalter Scholar in 2019. He has twice been awarded a Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS) Young Surgeon’s Grant and has received the Cervical Spine Research Society Scholarship. He has published dozens of peer-reviewed papers on neurological surgery and contributed a chapter to Dr. Ali Baaj’s recent edition of the Handbook of Spine Surgery. He has also authored a chapter in Dr. Nitin Agarwal’s Surviving Neurosurgery. Dr. Elsayed is also an entrepreneur who founded Neurite, an artificial intelligence company that has worked with the United States Department of Defense and the Advanced Regenerative Medicine Institute for pandemic relief during the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr. Elsayed has presented at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and has been invited to the United States White House to present his research to Health and Human Services.



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Honors and Awards

2023 Just-in-Time Core Funding Award, Washington University in St. Louis
2022 Cervical Spine Research Society National Meeting Scholarship
2022 Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS) Young Surgeon’s Grant
2022 Cervical Spine Research Society Scholarship
2021 Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS) Young Surgeon’s Grant
2020 United States White House Invitation
2019 Griffith R. Harsh, III Research Award
2019 Clinical Research Buchalter Scholar
2018 Richard B. Morawetz Research Award
2017 Richard B. Morawetz Research Award
2016 Richard B. Morawetz Research Award
2014 Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society Zeta Chapter - University of Central Florida
2013 Second Place – AAP Poster Presentation
2013 First Place – University of Central Florida FIRE Oral Presentation
2012 University of Central Florida College of Medicine Institutional Scholarship
2012 University of Central Florida College of Medicine Basic Science Research Grant

Clinical Expertise
Spine Surgery
Spinal Decompression Surgery
Herniated Disc
Cervical Spinal Fusion
Nerve Pain Due to Spinal Stenosis
Degenerative Spinal Disorder
Complex Spinal Surgery
Herniated Disc Repair
Microsurgery of the Spine
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Herniated Disc Surgery
Herniated Intervertebral Disc
Herniated Intervertebral Disc of Lumbar Spine
Herniated Lumbar Disc Without Myelopathy
Lumbar Herniated Disc
Herniated Lumbar Intervertebral Disc
Herniated Thoracic Disc Without Myelopathy
Herniated Thoracic Intervertebral Disc
Herniated Vertebral Disc
Decompression of Spinal Cord Tumor
Repair of Herniated Intervertebral Disc
Acute Herniated Disc
Benign Tumor of Spinal Cord
Cervical Spinal Disorders
Cervical Spinal Stenosis
Degenerative Cervical Spinal Stenosis
Degenerative Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Epidural Abscess (Embolic) of Spinal Cord
Excision, Neoplasm, Spinal Cord
Failure of Spinal Fusion
Fusion, Spinal
History of Spinal Fusion
Laminectomy For Spinal Cord Tumor
Lumbar Spinal Cord Injury
Lumbar Spinal Disorders
Lumbar Spinal Fusion
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Malignant Tumor of Spinal Cord
Minimally Invasive Cervical Spinal Surgery
Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusions
Neuronal and Mixed Neuronal Glial Neoplasm of Spinal Cord
Spinal Abscess
Spinal Access Surgery
Spinal Cord Lesion
Spinal Cord Neoplasm
Endoscopic Laminectomy of Cervical Spine
Endoscopic Laminoforaminotomy of Lumbar Spine
Endoscopic Neurosurgery
Endoscopic Surgery
Microdiscectomy, Spine, Cervical, Endoscopic
Microdiscectomy, Spine, Thoracic, Endoscopic
Endoscopic Lumbar Microdiscectomy
Endoscopic Microdiscectomy of Cervical Spine
Endoscopic Microdiscectomy of Thoracic Spine
Endoscopic Microdiscectomy of Spine
Back Surgery
Cervical Spine Surgery
Cervical Spine Disease
Cancer of Spine
Cervical Spine Tumor
Compression Fracture of Cervical Spine
Compression Fracture of Spine
Computer-Assisted Navigation For Procedure of Spine
Computer-Assisted Navigation, For Spine Procedure
Degenerative Arthritis of Cervical Spine
Degenerative Arthritis of Lumbar Spine
Degenerative Spine Disease
Degenerative or Traumatic Spine Disorder
Disorder of Lumbar Spine
Endoscopic Discectomy of Spine
Healthy Back
Kyphoplasty of Lumbar Spine With Fluoroscopic Guidance, Single Level
Kyphoplasty of Lumbar Spine With Imaging Guidance
Kyphoplasty of Lumbar Spine With Imaging Guidance, Single Level
Kyphoplasty of Lumbar Spine at Single Level
Kyphosis Deformity of Spine
Laminectomy and Fusion of Lumbar Spine With Combined Anterior and Posterior Techniques Using Instrumentation
Laminectomy and Fusion of Spine With Placement of Interspinous Process Decompression Spacer
Laminectomy and Microdiscectomy, Spine, Lumbar
Laminectomy and Microdiscectomy, Spine, Thoracic or Lumbar
Lower Back (Region)
Spine Pain
Spine Injury
Spine Disorder
Spine Degeneration
Vertebroplasty of Cervical Spine
Vertebroplasty of Lumbar Spine
Vertebroplasty of Lumbar Spine at Five Levels
Vertebroplasty of Lumbar Spine at Four Levels
Vertebroplasty of Lumbar Spine at Single Level
Vertebroplasty of Lumbar Spine at Three Levels
Vertebroplasty of Lumbar Spine at Two Levels
Vertebroplasty of Thoracic Spine
Scoliosis Deformity of Spine
Scoliosis Due to Degenerative Disease of Spine In Adult Patient
Scoliosis of Cervical Spine
Scoliosis of Cervicothoracic Spine
Scoliosis of Lumbar Spine
Scoliosis of Lumbosacral Spine
Scoliosis of Thoracic Spine
Spinal Fracture
MRI of the Spine
MRI of the Lumbar Spine
CT Scan of the Spine
Arthritis of Spine
Central Spinal Cord Injury
Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak
Cervical Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal Cord
Radiofrequency Ablation, Nerve, Spinal, Lumbar
Removal, Neoplasm, Spinal Cord
Spinal Canal
Spinal Stenosis of Thoracolumbar Region
Spinal Stenosis, Cervical Region
Spinal Stenosis, Cervicothoracic Region
Spinal Stenosis, Lumbar
Spinal Stenosis of Thoracic Region
Spinal Stenosis of Sacrococcygeal Region
Spinal Stenosis of Sacral Region
Spinal Stenosis of Occipito-Atlanto-Axial Region
Spinal Stenosis of Lumbosacral Region
Spinal Stenosis of Lumbar Region
Spinal Stenosis of Cervicothoracic Region
Spinal Stenosis of Cervical Region
Spinal Stenosis at L4-L5 Level
Spinal Stenosis Surgery
Spinal Stenosis In Cervical Region
Spinal Stenosis
Spinal Nerves
TLIF, Minimally Invasive
Minimally Invasive Foraminotomy of Cervical Spine
Minimally Invasive (Endoscopic) Neurosurgery
Minimally Invasive Fusion of Spine
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Spinal Fusion for Scoliosis
Acute Neurosurgery
Image Guided Neurosurgery
Virtual Reality Therapy
Spine Tumors
Spinal Tumors
  • M.D.
    College of Medicine, University of Central Florida, Orlando
  • B.S.
    University of Central Florida, Orlando
  • Assistant Attending Neurological Surgeon
    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Assistant Attending Neurological Surgeon
    NewYork-Presbyterian Queens
  • Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

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Professional Services: 
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