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

Neurological Surgery

Accepts New Patients
Gender: Male
Language: English
Insurance: 41 accepted  View

Locations and Appointments



  • Spine Surgery
  • Surgery
  • Neurological Surgery


  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Image Guided Neurosurgery
  • Scoliosis
  • Endoscopic Lumbar Microdiscectomy
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Radiculopathy
  • Myelopathy
  • Herniated Disc
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Laminectomy
  • Spinal Arthrodesis and Decompression
  • Compression Fracture of Spine
  • Endoscopic Discectomy of Spine
  • Endoscopic Laminoforaminotomy of Lumbar Spine
  • Foraminotomy
  • Spinal Cord Neoplasm
  • Microdiscectomy


Clinical & Academic Positions

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

Education & Training

  • M.D., Ph.D., Oregon Health Sciences University, College of Medicine, 2009
  • B.A., Cornell University, 1997


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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. 


Dr. Virk is a highly respected and widely published neurosurgeon with specialty training in minimally invasive and complex surgery for a wide variety of spine conditions. He specializes in 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. 


Insurance Plans Accepted

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

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

  • AETNA - Medicare
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell - POS
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Amida Care
  • Blue Priority Network
  • Emblem (HIP) Medicare Essential Network
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Pathway X Enhanced
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Pathway X
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI - CBP
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care - Medicare
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care - Community Plan
  • VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
  • WellCare Health Plans

Honors and Awards

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