Neurosurgery Spine Center

Unmatched Patient Care from the Regional Leader

The Neurosurgery Spine Center, with its three convenient outpatient locations in Commack, East Setauket and Riverhead, is the premier center on Long Island for back and neck spinal disease.  

As part of an academic medical center that offers advanced levels of medicine that are highly specialized and not widely accessible, we serve as the go-to spine center for community physicians and other specialists in our region who have complicated spine cases and seek advanced care for their patients. Whether your needs are complex or routine, we'll work with you to determine the best possible treatment path for your unique condition.

Led by the Chair of Neurosurgery, Dr. Raphael Davis, our team of exceptional neurosurgeons and physiatrists work together to create patient-guided treatment plans. We offer medical therapies, customized physical therapy programs, spinal injections and the latest minimally invasive and open surgical techniques and other advanced surgical intervention approaches to provide you with safe, proven and ethical care. Minimally invasive techniques are often preferred, as they typically reduce pain, complications, and infection risk. Our team of dedicated physicians will work with you each step of the way on an optimal therapeutic plan.

Adult Spine Surgery 

Our center has long had a reputation for expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of complex spine disease. This includes spinal stenosis, degenerative disease, tumors, trauma, revision surgery, deformity and scoliosis. In addition, we provide the latest minimally invasive techniques to improved patient care.


Raphael Davis, MD, Chair
Department of Neurosurgery

Harry Mushlin, MD, Director
Complex Spine and Deformity

Peripheral Nerve Disorders

Our center is also home to Long Island's only neurosurgeon who is fellowship-trained in peripheral nerve disorders. Her expertise and innovative procedures address conditions of the peripheral nerves including tumors, trauma, entrapment, neurofibromatosis/schwannomatosis and other nerve-tumor syndromes, as well as spasmodic torticolis/cervical dystonia.


Pediatric Neurosurgery

The Stony Brook Neurosurgery Spine Center is also the only practice in Suffolk County with two full-time pediatric neurosurgeons. For infants, children, and young adults with neurological disorders of the spine, our pediatric neurosurgeons will work with you and your child's pediatrician to help determine the most appropriate care for your child.



Our board-certified physiatrists (also known as physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians) will work with you on a non-surgical treatment plan when it's determined to be the best course of action to take. Your non-surgical treatment plan may include physical therapy, an exercise regimen or fluoroscopically-guided steroid injections.


Research and Education

Our team is also active with both research and education outreach to community physicians. If surgery is decided upon, our surgical schedulers and physician assistants will work with you to make your patient experience a safe and effective one.

What to Expect on Your First Phone Call

On your first phone call to Stony Brook Neurosurgery Spine Center, (631) 444-1213, a receptionist will gather information so that a member of the neurosurgical team can review your case. After this review, you'll be offered an appointment with one of the members of our team. 

Equipped With the Latest Technology

Our center is equipped with new, technologically advanced operating suites and a state-of-the-art digital imaging system that allow us to perform an array of highly advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques. These include:

  • Linear accelerator stereotactic radiosurgery (LINAC), which sends highly precise x-ray energy to a specific area for treatment for spinal tumors treatment for spinal tumors
  • Fluoro-navigation and intraoperative CT image guidance to enhance the accuracy and safety of the surgical procedure
  • Intraoperative monitoring of the spinal nerves to enhance surgical safety and accuracy

After treatment, we will continue to be available to you and will help arrange for physical therapy or rehabilitation services.