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What Is Neurosurgery?

Neurosurgery provides specialized care of the nervous system which includes the spine, brain, and peripheral nerves. Our board-certified neurosurgeons, Dr. Andrea Douglas and Dr. C. Cory Rosenstein, manage a wide spectrum of brain and spine disorders with the best modern methods, including minimally invasive options.

Our team always takes an evidence-based approach, meaning the patient’s individual needs and specific condition are carefully and thoroughly reviewed no matter the course of treatment. We take a team approach and decide together, with the patient and their family, if surgery is the best course of action only after all other options are exhausted.

As a board-certified neurosurgeon with a generalized cranial and spinal neurosurgical practice, Dr. Douglas’s expertise lies within minimally invasive spinal decompression and fusion techniques for degenerative, scoliotic, traumatic, and neoplastic spinal disorders.

Dr. Rosenstein, former Stamford Hospital chief of neurosurgery, integrates his medical expertise with state-of-the-art technology such as microsurgical techniques and minimally invasive surgery.

What Sets Us Apart

Our team offers care for many disorders and conditions including brain tumors, Chiari malformation, spine tumors, herniated discs, degenerative scoliosis, and more.

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Columbia University Irving Medical Center’s skilled neurosurgeons perform both scheduled and emergency neurosurgery at Stamford Health.
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HSS, America’s No. 1 choice for back and neck care, strengthens its collaboration with Stamford Health to deliver the highest-quality multidisciplinary spine care in Connecticut, with better outcomes through specialization.
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Our team offers minimally invasive neurosurgery which includes robotic spine surgery, neurosurgical navigation for brain and spine conditions, and interventional radiology.

Finding Hope During A Health Crisis

Beth Flatley couldn’t have imagined that her life would take an unexpected turn with a health scare in February 2022. At Stamford Health, following surgery performed by Dr. Andrea Douglas, she underwent a monthslong rehabilitation to recover with the help of her team of caretakers. Watch the video to learn more about Beth’s story – and her inspiring recovery.

Meet Our Chief Of Neurosurgery, Dr. Andrea Douglas

As a board-certified neurosurgeon with a generalized cranial and spinal neurosurgical practice, Dr. Andrea Douglas specializes in minimally invasive spinal decompression and fusion techniques for degenerative, scoliotic, traumatic, and neoplastic spinal disorders of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. She has been on staff at Stamford Hospital since 2009 and was named chief of the division of neurosurgery in 2014.


Our Doctors

C. Cory Rosenstein
Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery

(203) 276-4884

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Max  Shutran

(203) 276-4884

Marc  Otten

(203) 869-1145

Avinash  Mohan
Pediatric Neurosurgery

(914) 345-8111

Alain  De Lotbiniere

(914) 948-0444

Paul J Apostolides

(203) 869-1145

Scott L. Simon
Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery

(203) 869-1145

Ezriel E Kornel

(914) 948-0444

Neurosurgery FAQs

  • When is neurosurgery recommended, and how do you know if it’s the right option?
    Neurosurgery is recommended based on a careful assessment of symptoms, diagnostic tests, and the severity of the neurological condition. We’ll guide you through the decision-making process, ensuring you have a clear understanding of when neurosurgery is the optimal choice for your specific situation.
  • Can you get a second opinion from a neurosurgeon at Stamford Health if you’ve seen another neurosurgeon elsewhere?
    Absolutely. Seeking a second opinion is not only common but highly encouraged. Your health is a top priority, and we support your decision to explore multiple perspectives to make informed choices about your neurosurgical care.
  • How does minimally invasive neurosurgery differ from traditional open surgery?
    During your initial consultations, our neurosurgeons will walk you through the differences and benefits of minimally invasive neurosurgery. There are many benefits of less invasive techniques that often result in quicker recovery, smaller incisions, and reduced postoperative discomfort.
  • How can you prepare for neurosurgery at Stamford Health?
    Preparing for neurosurgery involves a comprehensive approach. Our guidance includes preoperative preparations, necessary tests, medications, and lifestyle adjustments tailored to ensure you’re well-prepared for a successful neurosurgical procedure.
  • What should you expect on the day of surgery?
    On the day of your surgery, our team will ensure you are well prepared for your procedure. From check-in procedures to meeting with our experienced neurosurgical team, we’ll guide you through the process to ensure you feel confident and supported.
  • How long does the recovery process typically take after neurosurgery, and what can you expect during this period?
    Recovery times vary, but we’ll provide a general timeline and discuss potential challenges and expected progression during the recovery period after neurosurgical interventions. Explore more about our recovery programs here.
  • Are there rehabilitation exercises or therapies recommended after neurosurgery?
    Rehabilitation is key post-neurosurgery. We’ll recommend exercises and therapies to support your recovery, along with strategies to stay motivated and engaged. Our team is here to guide you through each step of the rehabilitation process.

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