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Center for Comprehensive Spine Care
240 East 59th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10022
P: 888-922-2257 | F: (212) 746-8303
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Personal Statement

Back and neck pain are the second most common reasons people seek medical advice, but the care has been very fragmented. It’s long been my passion to bring together all the many disciplines required to provide comprehensive diagnosis, treatment, and care for back and neck disorders. Surgical intervention is really just a small part of what we do – but when surgery is required we always strive for the least invasive, most effective option to get our patients back to enjoying their lives.

Specialties & Expertise


  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurological Surgery
  • General Neurosurgery
  • Spine Surgery


  • Spinal Abscess
  • Epidural Abscess (Embolic) of Spinal Cord
  • Spinal Injury
  • Herniated Disc
  • Head Trauma
  • Spinal and Head Injuries
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Scoliosis
  • Minimally Invasive (Endoscopic) Neurosurgery
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Complex Spinal Surgery
  • Spinal Fracture
  • Microsurgery of the Spine
  • Spinal Disease
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Spinal Access Surgery
  • Computer Assisted Surgery
  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Prolapsed Cervical Intervertebral Disc
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Sports Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Global Health
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Spinal Stenosis 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 - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource


Board Certifications

  • Surgery, Neurological

Clinical & Academic Positions

Attending Neurological Surgeon
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Professor of Neurological Surgery
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education & Training

  • M.D., University of Munich School of Medicine (Germany), 1993

Honors & Awards

  • New York Magazine: Best Doctors, 2017
  • SuperDoctors, 5/2017
  • New Investigator Recognition Award (NIRA),  3/2014
    • “Annular Repair Using High Density Collagen Gel: In Vivo Study”, Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS)
  • Ronald Apfelbaum Research Award, 2/2014

o   “Annular Repair using High-Density Collagen Gel Seeded with Annular Fibroblasts: An In Vivo Study”, AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves

  • Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors, 2014
  • New York Magazine: Top Doctors, 2014
  • Best Basic Science Abstract Award, 2013
    • “Annular Repair Using High Density Collagen Gel: In Vivo Outcome In A Rodent” 4th Annual Minimally Invasive Neurosurgical Society Meeting (MINS)
  • Best Papers Award, 2013
    • “Vertebral Artery and the Cervical Pedicle: Morphometrical Analysis of a Critical Neighborhood”, 6th Annual Meeting of the Society for Progress & Innovation for the Near East
  • SuperDoctors, 2013
  • New York Magazine: Top Doctors, 2013
  • Best Doctors in America, 2013
  • Mayfield Basic Science Award, 2013

o   “Tissue-engineered Intervertebral Discs: Long Term Outcome in the Rodent Spine” , AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves

  • New York Magazine: Top Doctors, 2012
  • Best Doctors in America, 2012
  • Scientific Paper Award, 2011

o   “Tissue Engineered Total Disc Replacement. Final Outcomes of a Murine Caudal Disc Study” , AOSpine North America Fellows Forum, Banff, Canada

  • Hans-Joerg Wyss Award, 2010

o   “Biological Disc Replacement”, World Forum for Spine Research, Montreal Canada          

  • Poster Award,  2010

o   AOSpine International, World Forum For Spine Research, Montréal, Canada

  • 1st Place Poster Presentation, 2010

o   Annual Meeting of the American College of Spine Surgeons, Newport Beach, CA

  • Scientific Paper Award, 2010

o   “Biological Disc Replacement”, AOSpine North America Fellows Forum, Banff, Canada

  • Becker’s Orthopedic & Spine Review, 2010

o   “50 of the Best Spine Specialists in America”

  • Poster Award, 2010

o   “In vivo Model for Implantation of tissue Engineered Intervertebral Discs in the Rat Tail”, AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves

  • AOSpine Young Investigator Award, 2009

o   “Bio-tissue-engineering of intervertebral discs”

  • Honorary Medical Officer - Fire Department of New York, 2008
  • New York Magazine,   “Best Doctors 2006”
  • Leonard and Fleur Harlan Clinical Scholar in Neurological Surgery, 2006-2013

o   Weill Cornell Medical College

  • Research Award, 2005
           o   Cervical Spine Research Society, DTI Imaging of the Cervical Spine                            


Roger Härtl, M.D., is Professor of Neurological Surgery and Director of Spinal Surgery and Neurotrauma at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center in New York, and the Director of the new Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care. He also serves as the official neurosurgeon for the New York Giants Football Team.

Dr. Härtl's clinical interest focuses on simple and complex spine surgery, minimally invasive spinal surgery, and computer-assisted spinal navigation surgery. He is actively involved in improving neurosurgical care in developing countries as the leader of Weill Cornell's Global Health Neurosurgery Initiative in Tanzania.

In order to achieve the very best in patient outcomes, Dr. Härtl's practice emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to disease processes and he works very closely with other specialists such as neurologists, pain specialists, and physical therapists. He has been repeatedly named to the lists of New York Super Doctors, America's Top Surgeons, and America's Best Doctors, and has been included on the list of New York’s Best Doctors in New York magazine. He has authored more than 150 scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals and is the editor of a recent book on minimally invasive spinal surgery.

Dr. Härtl has provided commentary for numerous television shows on ABC, NBC, and CBS in addition to national radio shows. His expertise has been sought through interviews in the New York Times, The New York Post, The New York Daily News, and other media outlets. One of his patients, boxer Danny Jacobs, was recently featured in a TV ad from NewYork-Presbyterian;

Dr. Härtl received his M.D. from the Ludwig-Maximillians University in Munich, Germany. In 1994 Dr. Härtl came to the Weill Cornell Medical College as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Surgery and the Brain Trauma Foundation to pursue research in traumatic brain and spinal cord injury. He completed another fellowship in neurocritical care at the Charite Hospital of the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, followed by a surgical internship and residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He completed his neurosurgery residency at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, after which he pursued specialized training in complex spine surgery at the Barrow's Neurological Institute in Phoenix under Dr. Volker Sonntag. In 2004 Dr. Härtl returned to re-join the Department of Neurosurgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Härtl's scientific interest focuses on clinical and basic science research surrounding innovative and less invasive surgical and biological treatment strategies for degenerative diseases of the spine.

Together with the Biomedical Engineering Department at Cornell he is working on tissue-engineering techniques for the repair and regeneration of degenerated spinal discs, the most common cause of back and neck pain. Dr. Härtl has lectured and published extensively on the surgical treatment of spinal disorders, and neurotrauma. He is a leader in the application of evidence-based medicine to neurosurgery and worked with the Brain Trauma Foundation in New York on the development of treatment guidelines for the medical and surgical management of head injury that are now used worldwide.


Dr. Härtl sees patients at the Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care, at 240 East 59th Street, 2nd Floor.



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