Dr. Rachid Assina, MD

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Dr. Rachid Assina, MD
Dr. Rachid Assina is an Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He joined the Department of Neurological Surgery at the Rutgers Neurological Institute of New Jersey in July 2015. Dr. Assina specializes in complex and minimally invasive spine surgery with a special focuse in the treatment of spinal tumors and scoliosis. Dr. Assina's practice approach centers on a comprehensive integrated approach to the development and implementation of a plan of care for the full range of spine conditions. He provides state-of-the-art treatment, restoring back health and enabling patients to lead full lives. As an orthopedic fellowship trained spine surgeon, Dr. Assina performs the most innovative surgical techniques, including minimally invasive endoscopic surgery, artificial disc replacement, image-guided scoliosis correction, and laser-assisted tumor surgery to achieve the best results for his patients. Dr. Assina is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine and completed his neurosurgical residency at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School where he performed more than 1500 procedures. He completed a fellowship in Orthopedic Spine Surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine's Spine Institute of New York and Beth Israel Medical Center performing more than 350 spine surgeries. Prior to his medical training, Dr. Assina received his Bachelors in Pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and was a practicing Pharmacist before he left to pursue medical school. He has been actively involved in research and has 14 academic manuscripts, two book chapters and 10 abstracts to his credit. Dr. Assina is fluent in Arabic and French, and is committed to providing outstanding, expedient, compassionate and technologically sophisticated care and expertise to his patients.


90 Bergen St Ste 8100

Newark, NJ 07103

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Dr. Rachid Assina, MD

Dr. Rachid Assina, MD

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  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • UPMC
  • Worker's Compensation

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Care Philosophy

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Dr. Assina's Experience

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  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Neurosurgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery

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Conditions Treated

  • Acrodysplasia Scoliosis
  • Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Adult Scoliosis
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Cavernous Malformation of Spine
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Chordoma
  • Complex Fractures
  • Compound Fracture
  • Compression Fracture
  • Craniospinal Trauma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
  • Glioma
  • Gliomatosis Cerebri
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hydrocephalus Due to Congenital Stenosis of Aqueduct of Sylvius
  • Hydrocephalus, Adult
  • Kyphosis
  • Lordosis
  • Low Back Pain
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Neuritis
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Obstructive Hydrocephalus
  • Occult Spinal Dysraphism
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteoporotic Spine Fractures
  • Osteoporotic Vertebral Fracture
  • Pathologic Fracture
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Radiation-Induced Meningioma
  • Radiculitis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Scoliosis With Unilateral Unsegmented Bar
  • Scoliosis as Part of Neurofibromatosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Dislocation
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Split Spinal Cord Malformation
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Vertebral Fracture


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  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Brain Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spinal Deformity Correction
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Craniectomy
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Craniotomy
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Endoscopic Spinal Surgery
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Image-Guided Spine Surgery
  • Implantable Peripheral Neurostimulator
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Kyphosis Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Laminotomy
  • Lower Spine Surgery
  • Lumbar Disc Replacement
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microsurgical Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Pediatric Spine Surgery
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Cord Surgery
  • Spinal Discectomy
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Internal Fixation
  • Spinal Reconstruction
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Tumor Surgery
  • Spine Surgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
  • Stereotaxis
  • Total Disc Replacement
  • Vertebroplasty


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New Jersey.

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.


  • Massachusetts College Of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1998
  • Ross University / School Of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2008
  • Umdnj-University Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2009
  • Rutgers Med Sch
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2015
  • The Mount Sinai Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2013

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

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Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Arabic
  • French

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Dr. Assina's Reviews

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based on 10 total reviews (6 with comments)
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Dr. Assina's Performance
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  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
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  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (6)
Union, NJ |
DR Assina take time to explain your illness he is very understanding. I will be recommending anyone planing to have a back surgery.
in Clifton, NJ |
Dr Assina is excellent Dr he's always on time he did my malformation surgery last year perfectly he's kindles and honest .Happy to have this Dr
in Newark, NJ |
Besides being an excellent doctor who comes highly recommended, Dr Assina has a special way of making a patient feel comfortable and without fear. Dealing with the spine is a scary thing for most people and spinal surgery is frightening. I felt like Dr Assina cared and had a personal investment in my recovery and success. I could not have had a better outcome and I owe it all to Dr Assina. I am beyond grateful.
in West New York NJ |
My over all experience was excellent, staff and doctor very polite and knowledgeable.
in Newark, NJ |
Life is a gift and sometime we are reminded how precious it is That happened to me when I found out I had a large brain tumor My world was turned upside down I am a firefighter so I'm used to helping others but this time I needed help So in other words I was scared In this time Dr. Assina came to me with care and confidence Removed the brain tumor and saved my life Me and my family we love you Doc and your team Thank You God for answering my prayer and this gift of LIFE I'm smililing .
in Newark, NJ |
We love Dr. Assina. He's a very good and kind doctor. He saved my husband's life.
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  • UPMC
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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Ave
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Saint Mary's Hospital
350 Boulevard
Passaic, NJ 07055
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University Hospital
150 Bergen St
Newark, NJ 07103
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