Dr. Ali Baaj, MD

Dr. Ali Baaj, MD

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Neurological Spine Surgery  ·  
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40 y/o
(49)

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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 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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Insurance Accepted

  • 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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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Baaj performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

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. "

3  Specialties

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

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

41  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
  • 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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19  Procedures

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

4.6
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Baaj to family and friends
49 total reviews (35 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (49)

  • 5
    (43)
  • 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 (35)

Great bedside and informative pre and post opp. They are great.
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Dr Baaj was knowledgeable in his field careful about recommendations for me had in depth knowledge of my cancer. He was also very accessible easy to talk to answered all my questions. I would highly recommend him.
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Dr. Baaj was very good at explaining procedures both before and after surgery. As a new patient it only took two weeks to have my surgery. Hoping now for great results.
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Dr. Ali Baaj is a superb surgeon. The operation on my cervical spine yielded a perfect result. He can be recommended without reserve and with the highest praise. His manner is thoroughly professional as well.......he is the ideal physician.
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Dr. Baaj is an excellent, skilled neuro/orthopedic surgeon, one of the best in the country, which is why I chose to come down 4 1/2 hours from Ithaca, NY where we do not have any neurosurgeons qualified in Adult Deformities. Dr. Baaj performed a fusion from L3-S1 and a long overdue laminectomy...more
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