Spine Center

The Comprehensive Spine Center at Montefiore uses a multidisciplinary approach to treat the full range of degenerative, traumatic, oncologic, vascular and congenital conditions of the spine. Our spine surgeons are technically versatile in all aspects of decompression surgery and reconstruction of the spine.

At the Center, patients are evaluated holistically by specialists in the fields of neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, rehabilitation medicine, and pain management, to ensure that the optimal and least invasive treatments are provided. This team approach is fundamental to ensuring the best patient outcomes and reducing the treatment time and stress on patients.

Each surgeon in our program has an area of specific sub-specialization, focus and interest within spine surgery. This includes nerve and spinal cord compression syndromes, peripheral nerve entrapment, intradural spine and nerve sheath tumors, tumors affecting the spinal column and scoliotic deformities of the spine.

Our Team

Team Leader: Reza Yassari, MD

Neurosurgery: Reza Yassari, MD, Merit D. Kinon, MD

Reza Yassari, MD

Neurological Surgery, Spine
Medical Education: Medical University of Vienna
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Merit D. Kinon, MD

Neurological Surgery, Spine
Medical Education: Indiana University School of Medicine
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Orthopedic Surgery: Andrew I. Gitkind, MD, Jonathan D. Krystal, MD

Andrew I. Gitkind, MD

Pain Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Title: Vice Chair for Clinical Operations, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Medical Director, Montefiore Spine Center
Medical Education: St. George's University
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Jonathan D. Krystal, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery
Medical Education: University of Connecticut
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Conditions Treated

Our team treats conditions that include:

  • Cancer pain
  • Cavernous malformation
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Congential malformations
  • Degenerative spine disease
  • Disk herniation
  • Ependymoma
  • Meningioma
  • Metastatic tumors
  • Muscle-related neck pain
  • Muscle-related lower back pain
  • Nerve entrapment syndromes
  • Neurofibroma
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Osteoarthritis of the spine and joints
  • Pelvic pain
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Sacroilitis
  • Schwannoma
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spina bifida
  • Spinal cord injury spasticity and pain
  • Spinal-dural AV fistula
  • Spine fractures
  • Spine tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Tethered spinal cord

Treatments Offered


We provide surgical treatments, including:

  • Decompression
  • Discectomy
  • Minimally-invasive spine surgery
  • Spinal cord stimulator
  • Spinal fusion
  • Spinal stabilization

We offer non-surgical procedures, including:

  • Caudal Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Cervical Facet Intra-articular Injections
  • Diagnostic Cervical and Lumbar Medial Branch Block
  • Epidural Adhesioloysis
  • Geniculate Nerve Block
  • Hip Steroid Injections
  • Lumbar Interlaminar Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Lumbar Facet Intra-articular Injections
  • Lumbar Sympathetic Blocks
  • Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Radiofrequency Ablations of Cervical and Lumbar Medial Branches
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injection
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator Trials
  • Stellate Ganglion Blocks
  • Sympathetic Nerve Block
  • Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Thoracic Facet Intra-articular Injections
  • Vertebroplasty