Kai-Ming Fu, M.D., Ph.D.
Neurological Surgery
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Kai-Ming Fu, M.D., Ph.D.

Neurological Surgery

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Accepts New Patients
Gender: Male
Language: English


Specialties and Expertise


  • Spine Surgery
  • Spinal Neurosurgery
  • Neurological Surgery
  • General Neurosurgery


  • Benign Tumor of Spinal Cord
  • Malignant Tumor of Spinal Cord
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Stenosis Surgery
  • Degenerative Cervical Spinal Stenosis
  • Cervical Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Disc Herniation
  • Herniated Lumbar Intervertebral Disc
  • Herniated Cervical Disc
  • Herniated Disc, Cervical
  • Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Disc Herniation
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Scoliosis
  • Deformity
  • Spondylisthesis
  • Stenosis
  • Laminectomy
  • Spinal Surgery


Kai-Ming Fu, MD, PhD, is a board-certified neurosurgeon at the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center and the chief of neurosurgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital. His specialty is advanced surgical procedures for spinal deformity, reconstruction, and oncology; sacroiliac joint conditions; and low back pain, especially pain caused by previously undetected and under-diagnosed conditions. He has been at the forefront of the surgical progression toward less invasive techniques, using neuro-navigation, image guidance, and other advanced technologies that reduce recovery times for his patients. 

Dr. Fu obtained his undergraduate degrees from Stanford University and his medical and graduate training in the MD/PhD program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After completing his residency and chief residency in neurosurgery at the University of Virginia, Dr. Fu completed a combined neurosurgical/orthopedic spine fellowship at the University of Virginia under Dr. Christopher Shaffrey, where he received advanced training in deformity, reconstructive, and oncological spine surgery.

Dr. Fu combines his clinical interests in deformity, reconstructive, revision, and tumor surgery with active research in clinical outcomes. His work has been presented at multiple national and international meetings and been published in journals such as Spine, Journal of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, Journal of Neurophysiology, and Journal of Neuroscience. He has been nominated for and won multiple awards at meetings such as the Scoliosis Research Society Annual Meeting and the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. His work has been featured in the Journal of Neurosurgery Spine, Spine Deformity, Spinal News and Orthopedics Today

Dr. Fu sees patients at the Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care: 240 East 59th Street, 2nd floor (at Second Avenue), New York, NY 10022, as well as at our Lower Manhattan spine center located at 156 William Street, New York, NY 10038.

For more information about the Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care, please visit https://comprehensivespine.weillcornell.org

To request an appointment with Dr. Fu, please visit weillcornellbrainandspine.org or call 212-746-2260.



Board Certifications

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Associate Attending Neurological Surgeon - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • M.D., Ph.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, 2004
  • M.S., Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, 2001
  • B.A., B.S., Stanford University, 1997


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this doctor. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the doctor’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this doctor is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA - Medicare
  • Aetna Weill Cornell Employee Managed Care Plan
  • Aetna Weill Cornell Employee PPO Plan
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Amida Care
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Access
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Connection
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI - CBP
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • United Empire
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare - Community Plan
  • United Healthcare - Medicare
  • United Healthcare Compass
  • VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
  • WellCare of NY
  • WorldWide Medical

Locations and Appointments

External Relationships

External Relationships

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