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Michael S. Virk, M.D., Ph.D.

Neurological Surgery

Locations and Appointments

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Personal Statement

My patient treatment philosophy is focused on integrative care, of which surgery is but one component. I am committed to a patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach to spinal disorders that might include deformity, tumor, trauma, spinal cord injury, and degenerative disease. After diagnosing the problem, I develop treatment plans tailored to individual patients to optimize their outcome. When a patient requires surgical treatment, I employ cutting-edge technology and techniques that are research proven and outcomes driven. Among my research interests are long-term outcomes following spinal surgery, and to that end I continue to follow my patients long after they leave the OR, utilizing a team-based approach during the post-operative period. 

Biographical Info

Dr. Virk is a board-certified neurosurgeon with specialty training in minimally invasive and complex surgery for a wide variety of spine conditions. He practices at NewYork-Presbyterian Och Spine at the Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care. Dr. Virk’s specialties include advanced, state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques using intraoperative, computer-assisted navigation as well as spinal endoscopy, and in open surgical strategies for patients who will benefit most from these. 

Dr. Virk earned his MD and PhD degrees at Oregon Health Sciences University College of Medicine. He completed his residency in neurological surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Rockefeller University laboratory of Nobel laureate Dr. Paul Greengard. Dr. Virk then completed a Minimally Invasive and Complex Spine Fellowship at the University of California at San Francisco.

Dr. Virk's ultimate treatment goal is to help patients regain function to the greatest extent possible, with minimal pain and short hospital stays, so that they can return to enjoying their lives. 

Honors and Awards

American Association of South Asian Neurosurgeons Scholar 9/16

Distinguished Housestaff Award, Weill-Cornell Medical Center 2015

NRSA – NIH / NIDA, (Kirschtein National Research Service Award) 4/07 – 4/11

N.L. Tartar Research Fellow 4/04

Clinical Expertise
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Image Guided Neurosurgery
Endoscopic Lumbar Microdiscectomy
Spinal Tumors
Spinal Cord Injury
Herniated Disc
Spinal Stenosis
Spinal Fusion
Spinal Arthrodesis and Decompression
Compression Fracture of Spine
Endoscopic Discectomy of Spine
Endoscopic Laminoforaminotomy of Lumbar Spine
Spinal Cord Neoplasm
Cervical Spine Tumor
Spine Tumors
Spine Degeneration
Spine Disorder
Spine Injury
Spine Pain
  • M.D., Ph.D.
    Oregon Health Sciences University, College of Medicine
  • B.A.
    Cornell University
  • Assistant Attending Neurological Surgeon
    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Alvina and Willis Murphy Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

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