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K Riew, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery, New York, NY, New York-Presbyterian Hospital


Orthopaedic Surgery New York, NY

Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Director of Cervical Spine Surgery, Co-Director, Spine Division, Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery, Columbia University

Overview of Dr. Riew

Orthopedic Cervical Spine Surgeon, specializing in the operative treatment of cervical spine disorders. The only person in the US and one of a handful in the world that has an exclusively cervical spine practice.

Clinical Expertise

  • Cervical disc disease, Cervical spine injury, Cervical spinal stenosis, Cervical radiculopathy, Cervical spondylolysis, Cervical dystonia, Cervical fractures, Cervical dislocations, Cervical myelopathy, Cervical spondylolisthesis, Cervical spina surgery, Traumatic cervical spine injury, Cervical spine tumor, Subaxial cervical spine trauma, Cervical spine surgery, Upper cervical spine trauma, Degenerative disease of the cervical spine, Teardrop compression fracture of the cervical spine, Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, Cervical disk herniation, Cervical disc replacement, Cervical Disc Arthroplasty, Cervical Laminoplasty, Cervical Corpectomy

Education & Training

  • Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
    Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical CenterFellowship, Bohlman Spine Fellowship, 1994 - 1995
  • George Washington University
    George Washington UniversityResidency, Orthopaedic Surgery, 1990 - 1994
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Beth Israel)
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Beth Israel)Residency, Surgery, 1989 - 1990
  • Hospital for Special Surgery
    Hospital for Special SurgeryBiomechanics Research Fellowship, 1988 - 1989
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell Campus)
    New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell Campus)Fellowship, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, 1987 - 1988
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell Campus)
    New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell Campus)Residency, Internal Medicine, 1984 - 1987
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
    Case Western Reserve University School of MedicineClass of 1984
  • Harvard University
    Harvard UniversityAB, General Studies

Certifications & Licensure

  • FL State Medical License
    FL State Medical License 2020 - Present
  • CA State Medical License
    CA State Medical License 2024 - 2026
  • VA State Medical License
    VA State Medical License 2023 - 2026
  • NJ State Medical License
    NJ State Medical License 2020 - 2025
  • MO State Medical License
    MO State Medical License 1995 - 2025
  • PA State Medical License
    PA State Medical License 2023 - 2024
  • NY State Medical License
    NY State Medical License 2015 - 2024
  • American Board of Internal Medicine Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Orthopaedic Surgery
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Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Outstanding Paper Award Cervical Spine Research Society
  • New York Super Doctor SuperDoctors, 2015-2020
  • Best Doctors in America Best Doctors, 2004-2020
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Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Optimal trajectory for the occipital condylar screw  
    Lee JO, Buchowski JM, Lee KM, Park KW, Chang BS, Lee CK, Riew KD, Yoem JS, Spine, 1/1/2013
  • Why are spine surgery patients lost to follow-up?  
    Daffner S, Hilibrand A, Riew KD, Global Spine J, 1/1/2013
  • Neck pain following cervical laminoplasty: does preservation of the C2 muscle attachments and/or C7 matter?  
    Riew KD, Heller JG, Raich AL, Dettori JR, Heller JG, Evid Based Spine Care J, 1/1/2013
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Press Mentions

  • 9 Risk Factors for Cervical Spine Surgery Dural Tears Featured
    9 Risk Factors for Cervical Spine Surgery Dural Tears FeaturedFebruary 13th, 2016

Professional Memberships

  • Cervical Spine Research Society
    President 2012-2013, Board 2000-2015
  • AOSpine International
    Chairman of Board 2015-2018, Chair of Research Commission 2012-2015
  • AOA
  • Interurban Orthopedic Society
  • Association of Bone & Joint Surgeons
  • Member
  • SRS

Hospital Affiliations

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Choice POS II
    Aetna HMO
    Anthem Blue Access Choice PPO
    Anthem Blue Access PPO
    BCBS Blue Card PPO
    BCBS Illinois PPO
    BCBS North Carolina BlueOptions PPO
    CIGNA Open Access
    Coventry Health Care PPO Platinum
    Coventry Missouri - HMO/POS
    First Choice
    First Health PPO
    Great West PPO
    Health Net Oregon PPO
    HealthLink PPO
    Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
    Multiplan PHCS PPO
    Multiplan PPO
    ODS Network
    Premera BCBS Heritage & Heritage Plus 1
    Providence Health System Personal Option
    Regence Washington - Preferred Provider Network
    United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS
    United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO
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