Dr. Alfred Ogden, MD

Dr. Alfred Ogden, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
47 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Ogden received a BS in biology from Yale University in 1993 and MD from Columbia University in 2000. Prior to medical school, he pursued basic research in developmental biology at New York University. He completed an internship in General Surgery in 2001 and residency in Neurological Surgery at Columbia University and New York Presbyterian Hospital in 2007. He received additional fellowship training in minimally-invasive spine surgery under Dr. Richard G. Fessler at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University and is the only area neurosurgeon with this specific fellowship training. As a resident, Dr. Ogden pursued research in central nervous system tumor immunology and the relationship between neural stem cells and central nervous system tumors, for which he received the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons' annual award for research in 2006. In 2007, He received the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeon's Cloward Award to support research in computer modeling of spine biomechanics. Upon completion of his fellowship in 2008, Dr. Ogden joined the faculty of Columbia University to direct its program in minimally invasive spine surgery. His clinical interests include minimally invasive spine surgery, spinal tumors, complex spine, and spinal radiosurgery. His current research involves clinical trials of minimally-invasive spine surgery, development of new minimally invasive spine surgeries, study of the relationship between stem cells and spinal tumors, and comparisons of traditional and minimally invasive spine surgery using computer modeling

Columbia University Medical Center Department of Neurosurgery

710 W 168th St Fl 5

New York, NY 10032
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Medicaid
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Low Back Pain
very high
more than 92% of peers
Spinal Fusion
more than 83% of peers
Spine Disorders
more than 79% of peers

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  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

Conditions Treated

  • Arachnoid Cyst
  • Bone Cancer
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ependymoma
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal Cord Cancer
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis


  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Brain Surgery
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Image-Guided Spine Surgery
  • Laminectomy
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Columbia University College Of Physicians and Surgeons
    Medical School | Graduated 2000
  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital/ Columbia University Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2009
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2009

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Ogden has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Ogden's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Ogden to family and friends
based on 24 total reviews (3 with comments)
Dr. Ogden's Performance
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  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (3)
in Fair Lawn, NJ |
I spent the last 18 months going through a revolving door of cervical epidural injections and physical therapy, which provided intermittent and varying levels of relief from the SEVERE radicular pain in my shoulder blade region. Feeling I needed a fresh view, I found Dr. Ogden in my in-network providers, and his credentials jumped off the page. In one visit he confidently determined an appropriate surgical approach, executed it, and the 4 weeks since have been my best in 18 months. Life saver!
in West Orange, NJ |
From my appointment with Dr. Ogden, I found him to be Kind, caring, and a great listener. He spent quality time with me. Paid keen attention to details. No surprise that he is an expert in his field and extremely knowledgeable. This is so very important when you are truly needing the correct diagnosis. He's excellent!
in Lodi, NJ |
Please consider a second opinion...misdiagnosis!!
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  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Medicaid
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UnitedHealthCare
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