Dr. Ali Baaj, MD

Dr. Ali Baaj, MD

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Neurological Spine Surgery  |  
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39 y/o
(40)

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Dr. Ali Baaj, MD is a neurological spine surgery specialist in New York, NY and has been practicing for 9 years. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 2004 and specializes in neurological spine surgery, neurosurgery, and more.Read his story

Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care

240 E 59th St Fl 2

New York, NY 10022
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • EmblemHealth
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • HealthFirst
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Spinal Fusion
very high
more than 97% of peers
Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
very high
more than 93% of peers
Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
high
more than 81% of peers

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Dr. Baaj's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Baaj "Dr. Baaj is a board-certified neurosurgeon who specializes in spinal surgery, with advanced training and expertise in spinal oncology and complex reconstructive surgery for spinal deformity. He is accomplished in both minimally invasive spinal surgery and open complex spine surgery, having had formal training in both orthopedic and neurosurgical spine surgery. Before joining the faculty at Weill Cornell, Dr. Baaj served as the director of the Spinal Neurosurgery Program at the University of Arizona at Tucson, where he led the clinical program and founded the multidisciplinary spine conference and spinal research fellowship program. Dr. Baaj was the neurosurgery faculty recipient of the Humanism in Medicine award in both 2013 and 2014 while at the University of Arizona. His commitment to and excellence in training and education has earned him faculty positions in several national and international spine training workshops and conferences. TRAINING Dr. Baaj earned both Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Boston University before receiving his M.D. from the Boston University College of Medicine in 2004. He completed a general surgery internship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, followed by a neurosurgical residency at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Dr. Baaj received further training as a Research Fellow at the Spinal Biomechanics Laboratory at St. Joseph's Hospital/Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix and as a Complex Spine Fellow at Johns Hopkins, with an emphasis on advanced techniques in spinal tumor resection and spinal reconstruction. He also completed a two-month traveling fellowship in Paris studying advanced techniques for pediatric deformity and scoliosis, with an emphasis on neuromuscular and idiopathic scoliosis. RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS Dr. Baaj has authored more than 100 abstracts, manuscripts, and book chapters, with an emphasis on spinal anatomy, minimally invasive spine surgery, and advanced surgical techniques. His research interests include spinal biomechanics and clinical outcomes studies. He serves on the editorial boards of Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery and the Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques. He is a peer reviewer for these journals as well as for the European Spine Journal and the International Journal of Spine Surgery. Dr. Baaj is also the lead editor of the Handbook of Spine Surgery, now in its 2nd edition."

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Baaj "We are committed to delivering the best care and an exceptional patient experience. We are devoted to providing services that are patient-centered and compassionate, and care for you as a person. "
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Specialties

  • Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
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Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*
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Conditions Treated

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Compression Fracture
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Kyphosis
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Compression Fracture
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vertebral Column Tumors
  • Vertebral Fracture

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Procedures

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Paracentesis
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Tumor Surgery
  • Spine Fracture Treatment

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.

Education

  • Boston University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1998
  • Boston University School of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2004
  • Johns Hopkins University Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2005
  • University of South Florida Affiliated Hospitals
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2011
  • BARROW NEUROLOGICAL INSTITUTE
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2009
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2012
  • University of Paris / U.F.R. of Medicine Necker-Enfants Malades
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2015

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Baaj has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Baaj's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Baaj to family and friends
4.6
based on 40 total reviews (26 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (40)

  • 5
    (34)
  • 4
    (2)
  • 3
    (0)
  • 2
    (0)
  • 1
    (4)

Dr. Baaj's Performance

Trustworthiness
EXCELLENT
Explains condition(s) well
EXCELLENT
Answers Questions
EXCELLENT
Time well spent
EXCELLENT

Office & Staff Performance

Scheduling
EXCELLENT
Office environment
EXCELLENT
Staff friendliness
EXCELLENT
Average wait time
10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (26)

in Lake Huntington NY |
Dr Baaj is an excellent surgeon. He has great bedside manor and I would highly recommend him.
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in New York, NY |
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in Fair Lawn |
Dr. Baaj is a very professional and personable. I had 2 very difficult surgeries done by dr. Ali Baaj, and he did a great job, he was very detailed oriented before and after surgery. He helped me a lot with recovery process. I felt so safe with this doctor. I am very grateful!
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in Brooklyn, NY |
Dr. Baaj operated on my dad's spine due to bone cancer and both him and his staff was very professional. Dr. Baaj was very approachable and engaging all alone the way. I would certainly recommend Dr. Baaj to anyone.
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in Staten island |
Dr Baaj, was down to earth, and was easy going. I didn't feel any pressure to have surgery. Options were laid out for me, in a clear manner, for me to make a decision. Dr Baaj's staff was friendly and compatent, and responsive to my needs, and questions. I highly recommend Dr Baaj.and his...more
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Dr. Baaj accepts 9 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
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  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
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  • EmblemHealth
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  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
  • HealthFirst
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  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
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  • Oxford Health Plans
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  • UnitedHealthCare
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    Options PPO
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