Dr. Michael G Kaiser, MD

Dr. Michael G Kaiser, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
50 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Michael G Kaiser, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in New York, NY. He is 50 years old and has been practicing for 23 years. Read his story

Columbia University Medical Center Department of Neurosurgery

710 W 168th St Fl 5

New York, NY 10032
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Accepted insurance

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

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Top Care Areas


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Cervical Spine Myelopathy
more than 54% of peers
Spinal Fusion
more than 54% of peers
Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
more than 51% of peers

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Dr. Kaiser's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Kaiser "Dr. Kaiser is a nationally recognized spine surgeon and has been at the Neurological Institute of New York at Columbia University Medical Center for over 2 decades where he also serves as Associate Director of The Spine Hospital at The Neurological Institute of New York. He is a board certified neurosurgeon who specializes in the surgical treatment of cervical spondylotic myelopathy, cervical and lumbar degenerative disease, minimally invasive spine surgery, spine and spinal cord tumors, and complex spinal reconstructions. For more information on Dr. Kaiser, please visit the Columbia Spine website."

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Kaiser "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. "


  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Arachnoid Cyst
  • Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Spine
  • Astrocytoma
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chordoma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spine Disorders
  • Dural Arteriovenous Fistulas
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Hemangioblastoma
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Neurogenic Claudication (NC)
  • Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament of the Spine
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Schwannoma
  • Schwannomatosis
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal Compression Fracture
  • Spinal Cord Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fracture              
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome
  • Torticollis
  • von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome


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  • Arthroplasty
  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Disc Replacement
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Microsurgical Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Surgery

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.


  • Yale University
    Medical School | Graduated 1994
  • New York Presbyterian Hosp Columbia Univ Medical Ctr
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1995
  • Newyork-Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2009
  • Emory University
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2009

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Kaiser has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Kaiser's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kaiser to family and friends
based on 34 total reviews (19 with comments)
Dr. Kaiser'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 (19)
Dr. Kaiser and his staff have been nothing but professional and delightful to deal with. He get's my highest recommendation.
in Oakland, NJ |
From the moment I spoke to my first contact, through scheduling and my hospital stay, I could not have asked for a better experience. Dr. Kaiser and his entire team (especially Vivian and Rosemary) were extremely friendly, helpful and courteous. The lumbar laminectomy to remove a tumor from my spine went extremely well and my recovery has gone better then I expected. During my 5 day hospital stay, all the doctor's assistants and care givers were very knowledgeable and professional.
in Ridgewood, NJ |
I had excruciating Sciatica Pain down my left leg. Dr. Kaiser diagnosed Spinal Stenosis. I had same day surgery at Valley Hospital. The next day the pain was completely gone! It feels like a miracle. Dr. Kaiser and staff are amazing, professional, caring... everything you want in a Medical Team. Thank you, Dr. Kaiser.
Was living with tremendous pain due to herniated cervical disc. Dr. Kaiser performed Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion (ACDF) at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood. Pain gone immediately. Only needed overnight stay at hospital. Great results!. Tremendous demeanor and staff is amazing.
in Croton on Hudson |
Dr. Kaiser came into the waiting room to invite me into his office - he asked me to describe in my OWN words what my symptoms were and what was happening. He listened to me, tested strength etc. and explained my condition and possible remedies - along with all risks and negatives, but in lay-mans understandable terms. Felt very comfortable. Had surgery last week, and it was a positive experience. I am home recovering and feeling that I found an excellent practitioner.
in Haworth NJ |
The last three years my low back pain and immobility became progressively worse. After exams and appointments with two other surgeons , I was recommended to Dr. Kaiser. I felt that I had found the right surgeon , and almost as important to me, the right staff. Dr.Kaiser recommended surgery after MRI and X-Ray review, and I did not think twice. I was bent over on the way into surgery, and walked out of the hospital straight,12 hours later. Hospital staff was remarkable. Truly miraculous.
in Middletown, NY |
Dr. Kaiser is an excellent surgeon and his staff, especially Vivian, his office Manager and Rosemary his head nurse, are spectacular! My husband and I were immediately at ease on our first consultation visit. I had a very delicate surgery. I had a walnut size cyst embedded inside my lower lumbar spinal cord area. The surgery was a success seven weeks ago and I am now back to work full time, hitting the treadmill for an hour at a time and enjoying my home life! THANK YOU!
New York, NY |
Dr. Kaiser performed two surgical procedures on me over a three year period and I have been very satisfied with the results and the quality of care. Dr. Kaiser took the time to patiently explain my medical condition and options, and to answer my questions in detail. On the day of each surgery, Dr. Kaiser explained the procedure and followed-up. Post-surgery, Dr. Kaiser's staff checked up on me daily and was extremely helpful. I would wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Kaiser.
in NJ |
BEST NEURO SURGEON I had ACDF C4/5/6/7 (4 level fusion) and woke up from the surgery feeling completely symptom free and thank god am still symptom free 7 months post op. His staff is always available and his lead nurse Rosemary is phenomenal -- always available to answer questions. I highly recommend Dr. Kaiser, his staff and Columbia U hospital. I would never go to another neuro surgeon. Look no further Dr. Kaiser is the best neuro surgeon and couldn't be happier he performed my surgery.
in Putnam Valley, NY |
His honest and confident approach to my spinal issue made it a lot easier to go forward with the procedure. Eight months later and I am doing well.
in New York, NY |
I had cervical spine surgery with Dr Kaiser a year ago. I was really terrified of having the surgery. Dr Kaiser was very professional and kind. After surgery he and/or Rosemary in his office were always available to answer questions or concerns. Now, I am very glad I did the surgery, and I highly recommend Dr. Kaiser.
in Hackensack, NJ |
After going to Hackensack hospital by ambulance their Dr's told me I'd need rods and screws and 3 months of re-hab. So I called an ambulance again at my expense to take me back home. Well I found Dr. Kaiser's number and called his office to explain that I could barely walk for the last 3 months. He amazingly saw my films and said I only needed an hour of surgery to repair my bulging disc. Well, he was right. I was walking the next morning. What a life saver!!!! Rick DePalma
in Huntington Station, NY |
Dr. Kaiser performed two surgeries on me one in 2002 on my lower back and once more on my neck in 2016 on both occasion the results were awesome. I can't say enough good things about Dr. Kaiser and his staff.
in Bronxville, NY |
Dr. Kaiser is a remarkably thorough, thoughtful, and understanding surgeon. He listened, and understood, and cared about my concerns, and I never doubted his recommendations for a second.
in Oceanside, NY |
I have had two successful surgeries performed by Dr. Kaiser in the past three years, a microdiscectomy and a lumbar decompression. He is a wonderful surgeon and a consummate professional. Not surprisingly, his staff is first rate as well.
in Clifton, NJ |
Dr. Kaiser was recommended to me by my primary doctor who had his back surgery done a few years back. What a better recommendation than from another doctor who had his back surgery done by Dr. Kaiser. When I met Dr. Kaiser he showed concern on my imbalance issue and back pain. He sent me to take a number of MRI scans and CT scans to assess my spinal issue. Upon review of the scans he showed me where my problems were and explained in detail how he was going to proceed with surgery. Excellent DR.
in New York, NY |
Dr Kaiser is extremely good at what he does, I recently had a spinal fusion of the C6-C7 area and the results were amazing. The second I woke up from surgery all the pain that I had in my arm was completely gone. I have had many surgery's in my life and it is rare to find a highly skilled surgeon with an amazing bedside manner. Dr Kaiser embodies both of these qualities and I would definitely recommend him to anyone needed spinal surgery. Sincerely, Justin Hoffman
in Chatham, NJ |
He worked with Dr. Sisti to remove a rare tumor from my back. Without them I would be in a wheel chair. They saved my life. I'm back to normal and playing tennis. They are miracle workers.
in Ridgewood, NJ |
Dr. Kaiser is a miracle man. I went to him for a second opinion and wound up be treated by him. For years and years and after two surgeries (one by an HSS rock star) I was a mess. I was impressed the second I met him. One year after a five hour surgery I am able to do anything i want. No more pain. The guy is brilliant. Don't go anywhere else, I am a back doctor expert! Great bedside manner, top notch staff (they actually care) and follow up too.
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