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Pediatric Surgery and Pediatric Trauma
520 East 70th Street , L-718
New York, NY 10021
(212) 746-3884
(646) 962-2599
Pediatric Surgery and Pediatric Trauma
26-19 Francis Lewis Blvd.
Bayside, NY 11358
(718) 670-2468
Pediatric Surgery and Pediatric Trauma-Queens
26-19 Francis Lewis Blvd.
Bayside, NY 11358
Pediatric Surgery and Pediatric Trauma-Upper East Side
520 East 70th Street , L-718
New York, NY 10021

Personal Statement

Dr. Spigland is chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery and Chief of Pediatric Trauma. She is a Professor of Clinical Surgery in the Department of Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and an Attending Surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian/ Weill Cornell Medical Center. She is also the Associate Director of medical student education for the Department of Surgery. Dr. Spigland is board certified in both General Surgery and Pediatric Surgery. Dr. Spigland specializes in neonatal congenital malformations, pediatric thoracic surgery, pediatric surgical oncology and advanced minimal access surgery. Dr. Spigland maintains a busy clinical practice, and has a strong interest in clinical pediatric surgical research. She has authored or co-authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, and serves as a reviewer for the American Journal of Perinatology, the Journal of Pediatric Surgery and the Annals of Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Spigland has been repeatedly recognized by Castle Connolly as one of "America's Top Doctors" and "America's Top Doctors for Cancer," by New York Magazine as one of New York's "Best Doctors," by US News and World Report as "America's Top Doctors", in the top 1% of all physicians in the country, and as a "New York SuperDoctor", an honor given to just 5% of all New York physicians. In addition, Dr. Spigland is in Marquis Who's Who in America, and received a Compassionate Doctors Award, an honor accorded to just 3% of doctors in America. 

Dr. Spigland is a fellow of American College of Surgeons, a member of the American Pediatric Surgical Associations, the Canadian Pediatric Surgical Association, the New York Surgical Society and the Children's Cancer Study Group.


 Thanks to Dr. Spigland, Khelani Cain's first year of life has been nothing short of miraculous, read the full story here

Dr. Nitsana Spigland, chief of pediatric surgery, removes large tumor from infant:

Super Alex's amazing journey

Read infant Abbey's full story here

Click here to see ABC-TV story about Dr. Spigland removing large tumor from infant 

 Dr. Nitsana Spigland was called in to do emergency surgery on Jake's crumbling body. Here's his story:

Click here to read the NY Daily News article about Dr. Spigland's complex emergency surgery which saved the life of a 4-year old boy with e-coli infection
For Dr. Spigland's publications, click here 

 Here, Dr. Spigland discusses minimally invasive pediatric surgery:

Specialties & Expertise


  • Pediatric Surgical Oncology
  • Neonatal Surgery
  • Pediatric Thoracic Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery


  • Pediatric Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Malignancy
  • Complex Anorectal Malformation
  • Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Imperforate Anus
  • Choledochal Cyst
  • Intestinal Atresia
  • Tracheoesophageal Fistula
  • Esophageal Atresia
  • Hirschsprungs Disease
  • Pediatric Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery Consult
  • Pediatric Minimal Access Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery

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
  • Amida Care
  • 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 - Medicare
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care - Community Plan
  • WellCare Health Plans
  • WellCare Health Plans
  • WellCare Health Plans


Board Certifications

  • Surgery
  • Surgery, Pediatric

Clinical & Academic Positions

Professor of Clinical Surgery (Pediatric Surgery)
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Attending Surgeon
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Adjunct Associate Professor of Surgery
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Education & Training

  • M.D., New York Medical College, 1982

Honors & Awards

New York Magazine 2013-present "Best Doctors in NYC"

Castle Connolly 2011-present, "America's Top Doctors"

2011-present,  New York SuperDoctor, an honor awarded just 5% of New York physicians


Dr. Spigland received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her M.D. degree from New York Medical College. She completed her General surgery residency at the Lenox Hill Hospital in New York and her Pediatric surgical fellowship at St. Justine Children's Hospital in Montreal, Canada in 1989. She subsequently joined the surgical faculty of the UMDNJ -Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey. In 1995, she relocated to New York City and joined the surgical staff of the New York Presbyterian Hospital - Cornell Campus.