Richard C.E. Anderson, MD, FACS, FAAP

Pediatric Specialist

Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery

Dr. Anderson is one of the leading pediatric neurosurgeons in the Tri-State region. He specializes in the surgical treatment of pediatric brain and spinal tumors, complex spinal disorders (including tethered spinal cords, scoliosis, and instability), spasticity, Chiari I malformation, vascular disorders (including arteriovenous malformations and cavernous malformations), and general pediatric neurosurgery. Dr. Anderson extensively tests and utilizes the latest proven techniques in pediatric neurosurgery, including computer-guided surgical navigation, minimally invasive endoscopy, and microsurgery.

Dr. Anderson received his undergraduate degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude as the top student in his class. He then earned his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, graduating in the top 5% of the class. After completing his residency and chief residency in neurosurgery at The Neurological Institute of New York at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Anderson spent a year at the University of Utah-Primary Children’s Medical Center receiving advanced fellowship training in pediatric neurosurgery.

Dr. Anderson’s laboratory and clinical research efforts focus on brain tumor immunology and biomechanics of the pediatric cervical spine. He has published over 150 neurosurgical papers and book chapters for the Journal of Neurosurgery-Pediatrics, Neurosurgery, Clinical Immunology, Journal of Immunology, PloSOne, BMC Cancer, and others. He participates actively in organized pediatric neurosurgery efforts and is currently on the executive committee of the AANS/CNS Section of Pediatric Neurosurgery.

Dr. Anderson has been interviewed and featured in US News and World Report, 201 Magazine, New York Magazine, Wikipedia, and The Bergen Record as well as on television networks including CBS, ABC and NY1. He has received over one hundred invitations to lecture and teach courses at domestic and international academic institutions and conferences. Donating time and expertise to those in need has sent him across the country and the world including Italy, Spain, Brazil, Turkey, Morocco, and China. Dr. Anderson is consistently named one of America’s Top Doctors, America’s Top Surgeons, Top Doctors in New Jersey, Top Doctors New York Metro area, Top Doctors in New York Magazine, and annually receives the Patient’s Choice Award.

For the convenience of his patient’s families, Dr. Anderson can be seen in Manhattan, Ridgewood, Paterson, Livingston, and Stamford. If you would like to make an appointment, please call 212.305.0219.

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Dr. Anderson’s office is open from 9-5pm, Monday through Friday. To request an appointment by phone, please call his office at (212) 305-0219. His office coordinator, Ada Correa will take your call. You will be asked to fax (212) 305-3442 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. Anderson 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. Anderson 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. Anderson 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)
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Cigna
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (excluding Indemnity, Traditional, Medicare, Healthcare Exchange and Medicaid)
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield & Out of State (PPO plans covered under Blue Card Program only)
  • NY Medicaid
  • Oxford/United Healthcare (excluding Medicare, Healthcare Exchange and Medicaid)

Pediatric Specialties

Education & Certification

Board CertifiedAmerican Board of Neurological Surgery/American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery
Medical SchoolJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine, M.D., 1997
Residency TrainingColumbia University Neurological Institute of New York
Fellowship TrainingPrimary Childrens Medical Center, University of Utah School of Medicine

Honors, Awards & Leadership

America’s Top Doctors

America’s Top Surgeons

New York's Best Doctors

Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors

Top Doctors in New Jersey

Top Doctors: New York Metro Area

Top Doctors in New York Magazine

Vital's Patient's Choice Award

Associations & Memberships

Executive Committee, AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery

Executive Committee, AANS/CNS Joint Section on Tumors

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