Michael G. Kaiser, MD, FACS, FAANS

Associate Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery

Associate Director, The Spine Hospital at The Neurological Institute

Dr. Kaiser is a nationally recognized spine surgeon and has been at the Neurological Institute of New York at Columbia University Irving Medical Center for over 2 decades where he also serves as Associate Director of The Spine Hospital at The Neurological Institute of New York. He is a board certified neurosurgeon who specializes in the surgical treatment of cervical spondylotic myelopathy, cervical and lumbar degenerative disease, minimally invasive spine surgery, spine and spinal cord tumors, and complex spinal reconstructions.

Dr. Kaiser received his undergraduate degree in Biology in 3 years from New York University. He then obtained his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He completed his neurosurgical residency and chief residency training at the Neurological Institute of New York at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons followed by a post-graduate fellowship in advanced complex spinal surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Kaiser’s efforts in improving the field of neurosurgery has led him to participate in and direct the development of nationally recognized clinical guidelines for the treatment of cervical degenerative disease and lumbar fusion surgery. Since 2000, he has regularly participated as faculty and director of numerous spine surgery courses at major neurosurgical meetings. He is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, one of the leading peer-reviewed spine surgery journals, and serves as an ad hoc reviewer for two additional journals.

As Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery at Columbia University, Dr. Kaiser teaches medical students and neurosurgery residents at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons where his research interests include clinical guideline development, evidence based treatment algorithms, and clinical outcome analysis. He has had over 75 publications accepted as peer reviewed clinical articles, book chapters, and meeting abstracts.

In addition, Dr. Kaiser is the Director of the Valley Hospital Spine Center in New Jersey where he was integral in its development and its continued success. He is an active member of numerous professional organizations including the American Association of Neurological Surgery (AANS), the Congress of Neurological Surgery (CNS), the AANS Joint Section on Spine & Peripheral Nerve, and the American College of Surgeons. He has also served as a guest examiner for the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

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Dr. Kaiser’s office is open from 9-5pm, Monday through Friday. To request an appointment by phone, please call his office at (212) 305-0378.  You will be asked to fax (212) 305-4108 or mail your recent imaging (MRI, CAT scan) reports to our office for his review. It is also helpful to include a brief summary of your history and symptoms. Any question regarding insurance or coverage can be answered at that time.

Dr. Kaiser will review your reports within 24 hours and you will be contacted for an appointment or appropriate referral. Depending on the urgency of your condition, an appointment with Dr. Kaiser can be made within a few days. To assure that all patients receive a thorough evaluation and the best care in a timely manner, the patient should complete forms regarding their medical history and condition. The forms are available online here Patient Forms or will be provided on the day of your appointment.

Dr. Kaiser currently participates in the following health insurance networks. If your insurance does not appear on the list, you may still be eligible for significant coverage. Please contact our insurance specialist to learn more about your eligibility. For more information, please see our Insurance Information page.

  • Aetna (excluding Medicare and Medicaid)
  • Cigna
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield & Out of State (PPO plans covered under Blue Card Program only)
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (excluding Indemnity, Traditional, Medicare, Healthcare Exchange and Medicaid)
  • Oxford/United Healthcare (excluding for Medicare, Healthcare Exchange and Medicaid)


Education & Certification

Board CertifiedAmerican Board of Neurological Surgery
Medical SchoolYale University School of Medicine, M.D. 1993
Residency TrainingColumbia University Neurological Institute of New York
Fellowship TrainingNeurosurgical Spine Fellowship, The Emory Clinic, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Honors, Awards & Leadership

New York's Best Doctors

Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors

Top Doctors: New York Metro Area

Associations & Memberships

Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)

AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves

Editorial board for the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine

American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS)

American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)

American College of Surgeons

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