Dr. Michael Virk, MD

Dr. Michael Virk, MD

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Dr. Michael Virk, MD is a neurological spine surgery specialist in New York, NY and has been practicing for 4 years. He specializes in neurological spine surgery and neurosurgery.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
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Cigna
  • EmblemHealth
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Fidelis Care
  • HealthFirst
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • POMCO Group
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Dr. Virk's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Virk "Michael Virk, M.D., Ph.D. is an award-winning neurosurgeon specializing in minimally invasive and complex spine surgery. He is committed to a patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach to treat patients with spinal disorders that might include deformity, tumor, trauma, spinal cord injury, and degenerative disease. Dr. Virk uses state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques with intraoperative, computer-assisted navigation as well as spinal endoscopy. He also employs fundamental, open surgical strategies in patients who will benefit most from these. Dr. Virk's extensive research background in neuronal signaling has provided him with a unique understanding of how the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves function in normal and pathological states. His research interests are in spinal cord injury and pain, as well as in long-term outcomes following spinal surgery for deformity, tumors, and degenerative disease. As such, he follows his post-operative patients for long periods following surgery and continues to utilize a team-based approach during this period. Integrative care, of which surgery is but one component, is a cornerstone of his patient treatment philosophy. Dr. Virk's ultimate treatment goal is to help patients regain function to the greatest extent possible with minimal pain and short hospital stays so that they can return to enjoying their lives. TRAINING Dr. Virk graduated from St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco, California, before traveling east to earn an undergraduate degree in Psychology with a concentration in Biopsychology at Cornell University. He continued on to the Medical Scientist Training Program at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, where he earned his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. He completed his residency in Neurological Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. During his residency, Dr. Virk completed a research fellowship at the Rockefeller University. Following his Chief Resident year, he returned to San Francisco to do a fellowship in minimally invasive and complex spine surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. RESEARCH Dr. Virk has extensive research experience that has resulted in several publications. His Ph.D. thesis work was completed in the lab of John Williams, Ph.D., at the Vollum Institute of Oregon Health and Science University. This work focused on neuronal signaling in response to opiates and the neuronal mechanisms underlying tolerance and addiction to these pain medications. He also completed a post-doctoral research fellowship with Nobel Laureate Paul Greengard, Ph.D., and Michael Kaplitt, M.D., Ph.D., at the Rockefeller University. His work here centered on basal ganglia circuitry associated with reward seeking, depression, and pain. He is currently interested in translational projects involving dysfunctional neuronal signaling and circuits, particularly those associated with pain and traumatic spinal cord injury. Dr. Virk is also highly involved in clinical outcomes research associated with spine surgery. These projects revolve around degenerative disease, spinal cord injury and minimally invasive, image-guided spine surgery. Dr. Virk's research has been published in Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery Focus, the Journal of Neurosurgery, and the Journal of Neuroscience, PNAS, and he co-authored multiple chapters including a chapter on minimally invasive spine surgery for the 7th edition of Youmans and Winn Neurological Surgery, a definitive neurosurgical reference."
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This content was provided by Dr. Virk "The cornerstone of my patient treatment philosophy is integrative care, of which surgery is but one component. I am committed to a patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach to spinal disorders that might include deformity, tumor, trauma, spinal cord injury, and degenerative disease, and I tailor treatment plans to individual patients for optimal outcomes. For patients who require surgery, I don't believe my role ends after the procedure. I am interested in long-term outcomes following spinal surgery, and to that end I follow my patients long after they leave the OR, and I continue to utilize a team-based approach during the post-operative period. "

2  Specialties

  • Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Neurosurgery

0  Board Certifications

Dr. Virk does not have any board certifications listed.

18  Conditions Treated

  • Back Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Kyphosis
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Myelopathy
  • Spinal Compression Fracture
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Vertebral Compression Fractures

27  Procedures

  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Disc Replacement
  • First MTP Arthrodesis
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Image-Guided Spine Surgery
  • Kyphosis Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Laminotomy
  • Lower Spine Surgery
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lumbar Microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microsurgical Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Decompression for Spinal Stenosis
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Percutaneous Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Surgery
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Spinal Discectomy
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstruction
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Spacer Procedure

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

  • Cornell University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1997
  • OR HLTH SCI UNIV SCH OF MED
    Medical School | Graduated 2005
  • Weill Cornell Med Ctr
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2010
  • Weill Cornell Medical College
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2016
  • Rockefeller University
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2014
  • University of California, San Francisco
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2017

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Awards & Honors

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Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Doctor Virk listens to the patient and goes the extra mile to help you in every way he can. He does excellent team work with other doctors to help the patient. He is a very caring, kind, and compassionate doctor.
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Maria Gerena in New York , NY – Aug 23, 2018
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Extremely pleased with Dr Virk and entire staff... Everyone at this facility treated me with professionalism, courtesy and compassion. The wait time from my initial call to my appointment was so fast. I highly recommend this office. The communication exceeded my expectations and told me what I had...Read More
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David in New York, NY – Aug 02, 2018
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The best spine surgeon in Manhattan.
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Susanee Ford in Mt Vernon , NY – Jul 27, 2018
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He’s an excellent physician. He was very patient and explained everything to me in layman’s terms. I completely trusted his opinion
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new york city, ny – Jun 29, 2018
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Very knowledgeable and answered all my questions and concerns. Am now at ease awaiting spine surgery.
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Peter in BROOKLYN – Jun 03, 2018
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