Dr. Ali A. Baaj, MD

Dr. Ali A. Baaj, MD

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Neurological Spine Surgery | Male | 38 years old

Dr. Baaj is 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. 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. TRAININGDr. 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 & PUBLICATIONSDr. 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 theInternational Journal of Spine Surgery. Dr. Baaj is also the lead editor of the Handbook of Spine Surgery, now in its 2nd edition.Read more

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in Palm Beach, FL |
Dr. Baaj performed a micro discectomy on me five months ago. I was in and out of the hospital in one day. It is five months later and my pain had substantially subsided. His manner, staff, offices and professionalism were all equally excellent. I would recommend him to anyone and already have.
in Sunnyside, NY |
Excellent care.
in Jamaica, NY |
Dr. Ali Baaj performed a laminectomy and fusion on my spine, which was no longer allowing me the quality of life I had been accustomed to for many years. It was very difficult and depressing being in pain and not able to lead my very active life. Meeting Dr. Ali Baaj was the best thing that could of happened to my life! I am deeply grateful to Dr. Ali Baaj and his extraordinary team at Weil Cornell Brain & Spine. I would like to express my gratitude and thank you from the bottom of my heart!
in Jamaica, NY |
In January, 2016 Dr. Ali Baaj performed a laminectomy and fusion on my spine, which was no longer allowing me the quality of life. It was very difficult and depressing being in pain and not able to lead my very active life. Meeting Dr. Ali Baaj was the best thing that could of happened to my life! I am deeply grateful to Dr. Ali Baaj and his extraordinary team at Weil Cornell Brain & Spine. I would like to express my gratitude and thank you from the bottom of my heart!
in New York, NY |
Dr. Baaj performed surgery to remove a lesion from my thoracic spine on Decenber 7, 2015. From the outset I found him to be a personable man, sensitive and kind. He explained everything with great clarity and took his time answering my questions. He visited me 3 times during my 2-day hospital stay and stayed until all of my concerns were addressed. Dr. Baaj is a wonderful surgeon and a fine man who guided my wife and me through a very difficult period. We are extremely grateful.
in New York, NY |
Excellent explanation of problem, options, expected results. Ttoo difficult to schedule prompt follow-up appointment while in severe pain; little or no relief from regimen of potent pain-medication (Oxycontin). Could not get follow up apt in less than 3 weeks after visit with (Michael Sein, MD, notwithstanding unacceptable level of pain and inability to move around.Cannot stand, sit, lie down or walk. Use of crutch only minimally helpful. Staff not helpful in scheduling earlier appt.
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Specialties

  • Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Neurosurgery

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  • Neurosurgery

Conditions Treated

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Cancer
  • 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
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • 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
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vertebral Column Tumors
  • Vertebral Fracture

Procedures Performed

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

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Education

  • Medical School
    Boston University School of Medicine

    Graduated in 2004

  • Internship Hospital
    Johns Hopkins University Hospital

    Completed in 2005

  • Residency Hospital
    University of South Florida Affiliated Hospitals

    Completed in 2011

  • Fellowship Hospital
    BARROW NEUROLOGICAL INSTITUTE

    Completed in 2009

    Johns Hopkins Hospital

    Completed in 2012

    University Of Paris / U.F.R. Of Medicine Necker-Enfants Malades

    Completed in 2015

  • Undergraduate School
    Boston University

    Graduated in 1998

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Specializes in Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Board certified in Neurosurgery
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Dr. Baaj is 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. 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.

TRAININGDr. 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 & PUBLICATIONSDr. 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 theInternational Journal of Spine Surgery. Dr. Baaj is also the lead editor of the Handbook of Spine Surgery, now in its 2nd edition.