Dr. Michael Cho, MD

Dr. Michael Cho, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 51
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. Michael Cho, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Poughkeepsie, NY. He is 51 years old and has been practicing for 25 years.

19 Baker Ave Ste 301

Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Contact Information

(845) 483-5305

Insurance Accepted

  • AARP
  • Affinity Insurance Services
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Fidelis Care
  • MVP Health Care
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • 2 More

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Top Care Areas


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Broken Neck
very high
more than 98% of peers
Spine Fractures, Traumatic
very high
more than 97% of peers
Spinal Stenosis
very high
more than 95% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Cho "To treat non-surgical patients without surgery, and to treat surgical patients with surgery."


  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • 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
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors


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  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Brain Surgery
  • Brain Tumor Surgery
  • Carotid Ultrasound
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Surgery
  • Stereotactic Surgery
  • Stereotaxis

Background Check

1 Malpractice Claim
  • Settlement : 2/17/2015
    Amount or Range: Average
    Nature of Complaint: Zip Code or County of Event: Dutchess County, NY
    State: 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.


  • Haverford College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1988
  • New York University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1992
  • Nyu Med Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1993
  • Nyu Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1999

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

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Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Korean

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Cho's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Cho to family and friends
based on 25 total reviews (17 with comments)
Dr. Cho's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • 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 (17)
in Hyde Park |
Dr Cho helped my husband become pain free. He could not walk, sit or stand without pain. His pain was constant. One week after surgery he is pain free.
in Newburgh, NY |
Dr. Cho is the real deal. A knowledgeable professional who is respected by his co-workers. During pre-op testing and during surgical prep, when people heard my surgeon was Dr. Cho, they smiled and said "don't worry, Dr. Cho is the best." They weren't lying. I had serious lower back surgery. All my options were explained to me in simple, easy to understand terms. The surgery went great and my recovery is going great to. Dr. Cho is the best. Highly Recommended.
in Montgomery, NY |
I am 6 days post op from a microdiscectomy on the L4-L5 performed by Dr.Cho. Besides incision pain I am completely pain free. I am so happy!
in New York |
Dr Cho is an excellent physician. He is professional, smart and direct. He has a way of making you feel comfortable when you are in his presence. He is thorough, always follows up and makes himself available when you need to talk to him. As long as Dr Cho is practicing I will continue to go to him!
in Poughkeepsie, NY |
I first met Dr. Cho on January 25,2017. My preexisting condition was sciatic nerve pain in my right leg. I explained my condition to Dr. Cho and he looked at my MRI and said my pain was caused by a synovial cyst in my L4-L5 Lumbar region. He said he would operate on Friday Feb. 3,2017. The operation lasted about 2-3 hours. It was sameday surgery but I went home the next day on Saturday Feb. 4,2017. I saw him on Feb. 14,2017 and my pain was gone. I highly recommend him if you have sciatic pain.
in Fishkill, NY 12524 |
In choosing a doctor for my spinal surgery I was very fortunate that Dr. Michael Cho was recommended..... His manner, knowledge,& the way he explained my spinal problem to my husband & me was done with care , concern & in a way that it was understandable to us. I am 2 months into recovery from surgery, & am free of my previous pain. I could not be more happy with the surgery results. I would recommend Dr.Cho highly to anyone in need of a neurosurgeon.
in Poughkeepsie, NY |
Dr. Cho is one of those doctors rare doctors who is an excellent neurosurgeon. He has compassion, listens and understands his patients. He takes time to focus on the patient which is rare today. He took time to explaining the spinal fusion surgery necessary to return to my former lifestyle. It has been one year and I no longer have any sciatica pain. I highly recommend him.
in Poughkeepsie, NY |
I highly recommend Dr.Cho. I was suffering from trigeminal neuralgia for years. I decided to make an appointment with him. He explained the procedure, he gave me the confidence I need to go ahead. He performed a microvascular decompression on me, the surgery was a success, I'm now pain free. He gave me my life back!! Thank you Dr Cho for what you for me.
in Dover Plains, NY |
Dr. Cho explained the choices he determined from his review of the MRI of my spine. The decision I made was for him to operate on my spine that was done in June 2016. The result is wonderful, returning me to my former activities. I am no longer in pain and not needing to walk with the help of a cane. I praise Dr. Cho for the time he spent while I was attempting to make a decision for surgery. In addition he looked in on me every day of my hospital stay. Every day I feel lucky he was my surgeon.
in New York, NY |
My mom has a tumor that is located in her ear that effects her central nervous system. We went to NYC but needed a follow up Dr's local he was a pleasure to meet. Very friendly and very informative about her condition. I would recommend him to anyone that need his professional opinion.
in Newburgh, NY |
I had a degenerative problem in my c-spine that was causing pain and numbness from shoulder to toes on my left side. After the surgery I found myself needing very little pain medication and stopped it the day after surgery and was comfortable. I was also able to walk and move around the day after. Recovery at home was smooth and fast with few limitations and the pain I had before was gone. I've regained most of the feeling in one of my two numb fingers. I can't praise Dr. Cho's abilities enough!
in Amenia, NY |
I would highly recommend Dr. Cho, he was honest and straight forward with me from day one. I was in a bad spot and he preformed a four disc spinal fusion with plating last December. The recovery time was exactly as he said, I had moments of doubt but I pushed through the bad days and was back to work in less than 3 months. This Dude is a rockstar!! I can run, jump and play with my daughter again something I though was gone. Thank you so much Dr. Cho for everything you and your staff did for me.
in Hopewell jct. |
I was hit by a car and brought to Mid Hudson Regional Hospital where I underwent surgery from Doctor Cho. My spine was fractured and I had damage to the spinal chord. It wasn't a surprise that most doctors I talked to never thought I walk again. The surgery lasted 7 hours and Dr. Cho gave me my life back. My spine has fully healed and I'm able to walk on my own now and get better each day. Every doctor or professional has said I was unbelievably lucky and how great a job he did.
in Hopewell Junction, NY |
There's a reason he's working in the middle of nowhere. Unprofessional and unprepared. He was yawning the entire appointment, which lasted about 7 minutes. He barely let me speak, and was not aware of the latest research on the condition, which contradicted his opinions that he learned a decade ago. Dismissed my symptoms and told me not to worry about a rapidly growing 8 cm lesion in my brain.
We are deeply sorrow for any patients that we may offend. That is certainly not the goal of our practice. The goal of our practice is to give sensible and well-intentioned treatment recommendations. In every case our recommendations are based on what we would do for ourselves or our family members. So we stand by our recommendations. We also recognize that there are many potentially different treatment options for any given condition. So we encourage second opinions.
in Westchester, NY |
I went to see Dr. Cho as a follow-up to my craniotomy. Dr. Cho took the time to explain my films and answer all of my questions. Dr. Cho was very knowledgable and explained things clearly. Most importantly, he was very reassuring and he calmed the anxiety I had regarding my condition. I was recommended to Dr. Cho through another patient and I would do the same without hesitation.
in Hopewell Junction, NY |
Can't say enough. Lots of folks (nurses, MRI techs etc.) said he was a great doctor. It's validated. I was scheduled for surgery. I'd lost left-arm usage due to cervical disk issues. I felt reassured about Dr. Cho given all the verbal accolades. On surgery day I was prepped, IV inserted, ready to go. Dr. Cho walked in, checked my arm, and saw that some function had returned. He cancelled surgery right there, on the spot. Sent me home. Take THAT, Obamacare! A doctor of integrity!
in Middletown NY |
Working with doctors is my profession. I was reluctant to see someone I did not know. After meeting Dr Cho for the first time I knew immediately I was in good hands. He performed my back surgery which was needed to remove a cyst from my spine which was causing numbness & terrible pain in my low back & left leg preventing me from being able to walk. The care that I received from office staff, O.R. staff, & hospital staff was phenomenal. Dr Cho is truly an exceptionial experienced 5 star surgeon!
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Dr. Cho accepts 11 insurance carriers
  • AARP
  • Affinity Insurance Services
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
    Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Fidelis Care
    Fidelis Care HMO
  • MVP Health Care
    MVP Health Care PPO
    MVP Preferred EPO
  • Oxford Health Plans
    Freedom Plan
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare
  • WellCare
    WellCare PPO
  • Worker's Compensation
    Worker's Compensation WC

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HealthAlliance Hospital - Broadway Campus
396 Broadway
Kingston, NY 12401
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St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital
70 Dubois St
Newburgh, NY 12550
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Vassar Brothers Medical Center
45 Reade Pl
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
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