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Neurosurgery Spine Center

GutmanUnmatched Patient Care from the Regional Leader

People across Long Island know they can depend on Stony Brook Neurosurgery Spine Center for expert treatment of their back and neck conditions. What you may not know is that people from all over the country seek their care at Stony Brook Neurosurgery Spine Center.

As part of a tertiary care academic medical center, our center is the choice for patients whose complex cases go beyond the capabilities of other hospitals. We are also the first choice for second opinions and for patients in need of revision spinal surgery.

Whether you come from near or far, and whether your needs are complex or routine, we'll work with you to determine the best possible treatment path for your unique needs. 

Our Spine Specialist Team

Our team of exceptional neurosurgeons, physiatrists and physician assistants work together from your initial consultation to surgery or non-surgical care and follow up. Led by Dr. Raphael Davis, Dr. Frederick Gutman and Dr. Daniel Birk, our team uses the latest advances in surgical intervention to provide you with safe, proven and ethical care.

Our spine surgeons are skilled with minimally invasive and other complex surgical procedures. And we provide 24-hour a day, 7-days-a-week coverage at Stony Brook University Hospital to help facilitate pre- and post-operative care.

Our board-certified physiatrists, Dr. Jonathan Raanan or Dr. Donald Macron, will work with you on a non-surgical treatment plan that may include a physical therapy, an exercise regimen or fluoroscopically-guided steroid injections.

The Stony Brook Neurosurgery Spine Center is also the only practice in Suffolk County with two full-time pediatric neurosurgeons, Dr. David Chesler and Dr. Michael Egnor. 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 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, a receptionist will gather information so that a member of the neurosurgical team can review your case. After this free review, you will be offered an appointment with one of the members of our team.

Our Services

Our range of care for the spine and spinal cord includes:

  • Medical therapies
  • Customized physical therapy programs
  • Spinal injections
  • The latest in minimally invasive and open surgical techniques

Minimally invasive techniques are often preferred, as they typically reduce pain, complications, and infection risk. In balancing the best outcome with procedural risks, we will work with you to determine the most optimal care plan possible. For this reason, we are conservative with surgery and rely on other strategies first.

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
  • Bone morphogenic protein and biologics, which stimulate bone growth naturally during spinal fusion and reeneration procedures

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

Convenient Locations

Our offices are easy to get to and we welcome all spine patients who come through our doors. We have outpatient care offices in Commack, East Setauket and Riverhead. We perform procedures at Stony Brook University Hospital and other locations across Suffolk County.