Dr. Philip Stieg, MD

Dr. Philip Stieg, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
65 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Philip Stieg, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in New York, NY and has been practicing for 30 years. He graduated from Med Coll Of Wi in 1983 and specializes in neurosurgery, cerebrovascular disorders, and more.Read his story

Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center

525 E 68th St

New York, NY 10065
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Accepted insurance

  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • HIP Health Plan of New York
  • Medicaid

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Top Care Areas


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Brain Surgery
very high
more than 98% of peers
very high
more than 94% of peers
Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
very high
more than 94% of peers

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Dr. Stieg's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Stieg "Dr. Philip Stieg is a world-renowned neurosurgeon with expertise in cerebrovascular disorders and skull base surgery. He is the Chairman and founder of the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, the leading neuroscience patient care center in New York City. In 2010 Dr. Stieg launched the Weill Cornell Surgical Innovations Lab, the first global multimedia neurosurgical teaching facility in the world. Dr. Stieg is a widely published author and internationally known lecturer, and has been named by Castle Connolly Medical as one of the nation's Top Doctors for 16 years in a row. Dr. Stieg is frequently featured in the media for his expertise and commentary on breaking news in healthcare, and he was the creator and host of the successful NPR radio show "How to Save Your Life." Dr. Stieg is also one of the editors of the definitive textbook on AVMs, Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations. He is currently the president of the Brain Tumor Foundation, and president of the New York board of the American Heart Association. He is also a past Chairman of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (AANS/CNS) and former President of the Society of University Neurosurgeons in addition to serving as an advisor to the Defense Department on brain injury. Dr. Stieg is board-certified in Neurological Surgery. TRAINING Dr. Stieg received his B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison (1974), his Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neuroscience from Union University (1980), and his M.D. from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1983. He trained at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (Parkland Memorial Hospital) with Drs. Duke Samson and Hunt Batjer after completing a fellowship in cell transplantation for restorative neurological function at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr. Stieg joined the faculty of the Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Children's Hospital of Boston in 1989, after completing his postgraduate training. RESEARCH Dr. Stieg's research interests include cerebral protection as well as restorative function. He is also interested in neural transplantation and neuronal regeneration after stroke. His initial studies focused on understanding the mechanisms of injury in the central nervous system after trauma. His laboratory was one of the first to develop and characterize primary cultures of astroglial cells. Dr. Stieg's expertise in cerebrovascular disorders combines with his research interests in stem cell biology and cerebral transplantation for restoring neurological function. Dr. Stieg has implemented a multifaceted approach to the management of neurosurgical disorders such as carotid artery disease, vascular malformations, aneurysms, epilepsy, brain tumors, trauma, pediatric disorders, spinal cord problems, and functional diseases, including Parkinson's disease."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Stieg "After having earned my Ph.D. in Neuroscience, I became fascinated by the intricacies and processes of the central nervous system, and the role a neurosurgeon plays in tracing them. I realized that neurosurgeons are responsible for far more than surgical intervention. We play a critical role in getting our patients back to living normal lives, with healthy brain function. That's why I went on to earn an M.D. degree as well. 

I consider it an honor to treat patients with brain tumors and cerebrovascular disorders. The challenges are immense, but I get the daily satisfaction of helping patients get back to the families, and their lives."



  • Neurosurgery
  • Brain Aneurysms
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders
  • Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

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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.


  • University Of Wisconsin / Madison
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1974
  • Med Coll Of Wi
    Medical School | Graduated 1983
  • University Of Texas Southwestern Medical School
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1984
  • University Of Texas Southwestern Medical School
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1989
  • Karolinska Institute
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1988
  • Albany Medical College
    Other Education | Completed 1980

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Stieg has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Stieg's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Stieg to family and friends
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Likelihood to Recommend (27)

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Dr. Stieg's Performance

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Office & Staff Performance

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Average wait time
10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (10)

Dr. Stieg is not only a consummate professional (the same with his staff) with vast knowledge, and he sincerely cares about his patients. I would highly tecommend Dr. Stieg.
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in Roznovschi
A great experience. I leave in a better state of mind.
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in Bellport, NY
I've had a tumor growing on the right side of my brain for about 2 years. Didn't know it until I started having bad headaches & blurred vision. I was sent emergently to Brookhaven Memorial hospital and was told by a neurologist that I can sit in the hospital for 2 weeks with treatment until he...more
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in Bayside, NY
Dr. Steig did emergency brain surgery on me in February 2017 and I've been receiving therapy since. I'm convinced that his expertise contributed greatly to the excellent progress I've made in recovering from my stroke.
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in Lindenhurst, NY
He is amazing!
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