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John Houten, MD, Neurosurgery, Brooklyn, NY, Maimonides Medical Center

JohnKHoutenMDFAANS

Neurosurgery Brooklyn, NY

Neurosurgical Spine Surgery

Director of Spinal Neurosurgery, Maimonides Medical Center

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Summary

  • I am board-certified neurosurgeon with fellowship training in spinal surgery. My professional interests include advancing image-guided and minimally invasive techniques to more safely and accurately treat patients with conditions needing spinal surgery. After completing medical school, a neurosurgical residency, and a spinal surgery fellowship at New York University Medical Center, I spent more than a decade as the Chief of the Division of Spinal Neurosurgery at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine where I oversaw a tremendous expansion of the volume and sophistication of spinal neurosurgery procedures. Some of my notable accomplishments in New York included performing the first artificial disc replacement and the first minimally invasive fusion procedure in the Bronx; and for performing several difficult spinal operations that drew regional and national media coverage.
    In 2003, I devised and organized an annual CME course on diagnosis and management of degenerative spine disease with the goal of educating primary care and rehabilitation medicine physicians about the latest developments and technology available in spine care. The meeting proved enduringly popular and typically attracts 200 participants, making it the largest meeting of its kind in the tri-state area.
    After spending a year to create a spinal neurosurgery program at the Marcus Neuroscience Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, I returned to New York to lead the Spinal Neurosurgery service at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. In addition to seeing patients in the office and performing surgery, I am actively involved in a number of clinical research projects addressing a number of facets of spinal degenerative disease. I also serve as an ad hoc reviewer for a number of scientific journals including Neurosurgery and Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery. I live in Brooklyn with my wife, Gila Weinstein, a plastic surgeon in private practice.

Education & Training

  • NYU Grossman School of Medicine
    NYU Grossman School of MedicineResidency, Neurological Surgery, 1996 - 2002
  • NYU Grossman School of Medicine
    NYU Grossman School of MedicineInternship, Transitional Year, 1995 - 1996
  • NYU Grossman School of Medicine
    NYU Grossman School of MedicineClass of 1995

Certifications & Licensure

  • FL State Medical License
    FL State Medical License 2015 - 2023
  • NY State Medical License
    NY State Medical License 1996 - 2024
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery Neurological Surgery

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Fellow (FAANS) American Association of Neurological Surgeons

Publications & Presentations

PubMed

Journal Articles

  • Bilateral Paraspinal Muscle Flap Closure Technique for Reduction of Wound Complications from Posterior Thoracolumbar Spinal Fusion: Results of a Series of 716 Patients  
    John Houten, MD, Journal of Neurosurgery
  • Patterns of Neurological Deficits and Recovery of Postoperative C5 Nerve Palsy  
    John Houten, MD, Journal of Neurosurgery
  • An Unusual Presentation of Chronic Subdural Hematoma with Isolated Footdrop  
    John Houten, MD, World Neurosurgery
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Authored Content

  • Patterns of Neurological Deficits and Recovery of Postoperative C5 Nerve PalsyJuly 2020
  • Patterns of Neurological Deficits and Recovery of Postoperative C5 Nerve PalsyJuly 2020
  • An Unusual Presentation of Chronic Subdural Hematoma with Isolated FootdropOctober 2018

Press Mentions

  • Maimonides Medical Center Cuts Ribbon on New Spine Center: 3 Highlights Featured
    Maimonides Medical Center Cuts Ribbon on New Spine Center: 3 Highlights FeaturedMarch 9th, 2018
  • Maimonides Medical Center Appoints Dr. Afshin Razi Vice Chair of Orthopedics — 3 Notes
    Maimonides Medical Center Appoints Dr. Afshin Razi Vice Chair of Orthopedics — 3 NotesJune 27th, 2018
  • Maimonides Celebrates Grand Opening of Comprehensive Spine Center
    Maimonides Celebrates Grand Opening of Comprehensive Spine CenterMarch 16th, 2018
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