We’re pleased to announce that Becker’s Spine Review recently featured Columbia neurosurgeon Dr. Peter Angevine as a “Spine Surgeon Leader to Know.” Of course the honor doesn’t surprise us, as we’ve been watching him rise since he was a resident here at Columbia almost 20 years ago.
After Dr. Angevine completed his neurosurgical residency he completed a fellowship in spine surgery at the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. He was the first neurosurgeon to complete this particular spine fellowship and remains one of the few neurosurgeons in the world to have received this kind of dual training.
By having a deep understanding of two complementary disciplines, he’s able to approach complex spine conditions in a more holistic manner.
Since completing his training, Dr. Angevine has played an active role here at Columbia, where he was recently promoted to Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery. He is also part of the neurosurgery team at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital in Westchester County, and he recently joined the surgical team at The Daniel and Jane Och Spine Hospital at NewYork-Presbyterian. The Och Hospital is a premier facility on a mission to become a global leader in spine care.
Dr. Angevine’s unique training and comprehensive expertise make him a frequent speaker and participant at national and international conferences. Just recently, he moderated a lecture at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2018 Annual Meeting. Neurosurgeons attend this meeting each year to learn the latest in neurosurgery.
His session was about spinal deformity, one of Dr. Angevine’s specialties. Here at the Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute, he often works with our team of physical therapists to help patients manage spinal deformities conservatively, without surgery. Only when conservative treatments fail does he recommend surgery.
If surgery is the best option for a patient, Dr. Angevine has many surgical techniques in his toolbox, including minimally invasive surgery. This involves the use of specialized instruments and techniques, allowing smaller incisions, shorter hospital stays and a faster recovery.