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Gender: Male
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Center for Comprehensive Spine Care
240 East 59th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10022
P: 646-962-3388 | F: (212) 746-8303
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Neurological Surgery
156 William Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10038

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. 

Specialties & Expertise


  • Spine Surgery
  • Surgery
  • Surgery, Neurological
  • Surgery, Spine
  • Spinal Cord Injury Medicine


  • 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
  • Herniated Disc, Cervical
  • Herniated Cervical Disc
  • Herniated Cervical Disc Without Myelopathy
  • Herniated Intervertebral Disc
  • Herniated Intervertebral Disc of Lumbar Spine
  • Herniated Lumbar Disc Without Myelopathy
  • Fusion, Spinal
  • Herniated Thoracic Disc Without Myelopathy
  • Herniated Vertebral Disc
  • Herniated Cervical Intervertebral Disc
  • Herniated Lumbar Intervertebral Disc
  • Acute Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • History of Herniated Intervertebral Disc
  • Cervical Disc Herniation
  • Herniated Thoracic Intervertebral Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Herniation
  • Lumbar Disc Herniation With Radiculopathy
  • Herniated Disc Repair
  • Repair of Herniated Intervertebral Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Spinal Stenosis at L4-L5 Level
  • Spinal Stenosis In Cervical Region
  • Spinal Stenosis of Cervical Region
  • Spinal Stenosis of Cervicothoracic Region
  • Spinal Stenosis of Lumbar Region
  • Spinal Stenosis of Lumbar Region at Multiple Levels
  • Spinal Stenosis of Lumbar Region With Neurogenic Claudication
  • Spinal Stenosis of Lumbar Region With Radiculopathy
  • Spinal Stenosis of Lumbar Region Without Neurogenic Claudication
  • Spinal Stenosis of Lumbosacral Region
  • Spinal Stenosis of Occipito-Atlanto-Axial Region
  • Spinal Stenosis of Sacral Region
  • Spinal Stenosis of Sacrococcygeal Region
  • Spinal Stenosis of Thoracic Region
  • Spinal Stenosis of Thoracolumbar Region
  • Spinal Stenosis, Cervical Region
  • Spinal Stenosis, Cervicothoracic Region
  • Spinal Stenosis, Lumbar
  • Spinal Stenosis, Lumbar Region
  • Spinal Stenosis, Thoracic
  • Degenerative Cervical Spinal Stenosis
  • Degenerative Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Nerve Pain Due to Spinal Stenosis
  • Stenosis of Lumbosacral Spine
  • Spinal Stenosis, Other Region
  • Spinal Stenosis Surgery
  • Post-Laminectomy Kyphosis
  • Laminectomy and Fusion of Lumbar Spine With Combined Anterior and Posterior Techniques Using Instrumentation
  • Laminectomy and Fusion of Lumbar Spine With Instrumentation
  • Laminectomy and Microdiscectomy, Lumbar
  • Laminectomy and Microdiscectomy, Spine, Lumbar
  • Laminectomy and Microdiscectomy, Spine, Thoracic or Lumbar
  • Laminectomy at Multiple Levels
  • TLIF, 1 Level
  • TLIF, Minimally Invasive
  • Spinal Fusion Failure
  • Failure of Spinal Fusion
  • History of Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Arthrodesis
  • Spinal Arthrodesis and Decompression
  • Cervical Spinal Fusion
  • Lumbar Spinal Fusion
  • Thoracic Spinal Fusion
  • Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusions
  • Compression Fracture
  • Compression Fracture of Cervical Spine
  • Compression Fracture of Cervical Vertebra
  • Compression Fracture of Lumbar Vertebra
  • Compression Fracture of Spine
  • Scoliosis (And Kyphoscoliosis), Idiopathic
  • Scoliosis After Radiation Therapy
  • Scoliosis Associated With Other Condition
  • Scoliosis Deformity of Spine
  • Scoliosis Due to Degenerative Disease of Spine In Adult Patient
  • Scoliosis Due to Radiation
  • Scoliosis of Cervical Spine
  • Scoliosis of Cervicothoracic Spine
  • Scoliosis of Lumbar Spine
  • Scoliosis of Lumbosacral Spine
  • Scoliosis of Thoracic Spine
  • Scoliosis, Radiation Induced
  • Scoliosis/Kyphoscoliosis
  • Surgical Correction of Scoliosis
  • Erect and Supine Scoliosis Series
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Scoliosis Fusion
  • Scoliosis Correction
  • Spinal Cord Injury, Thoracic Region
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Endoscopic Discectomy of Spine
  • Endoscopic Microdiscectomy of Spine
  • Endoscopic Discectomy of Cervical Spine
  • Endoscopic Discectomy of Lumbar Spine
  • Endoscopic Laminectomy of Cervical Spine
  • Endoscopic Laminoforaminotomy of Lumbar Spine
  • Endoscopic Microdiscectomy of Thoracic Spine
  • Minimally Invasive Fusion of Spine
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Foraminotomy of Cervical Spine
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Cord Neoplasm
  • Benign Tumor of Spinal Cord
  • Malignant Tumor of Spinal Cord
  • Decompression of Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Laminectomy For Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Surgical Removal of Neoplasm of Spinal Cord
  • Microdiscectomy, Spine, Thoracic, Endoscopic
  • Microdiscectomy, Spine, Cervical, Endoscopic
  • Computer Navigation Surgery
  • Computer-Assisted Navigation, For Spine Procedure
  • Image Guided Navigation (IGN)
  • Image Guided Surgery (IGS)
  • Lumbar Compression Fracture

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]
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Blue Priority Network
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • 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) [Medicaid]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Metro/Core/Charter]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care [Medicare]
  • United Health Care [Community Plan]
  • VNSNY CHOICE [Medicare]


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

Honors & 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


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.