Meet the Neurosurgeons
Reza Yassari, MD
|Practice Specialty:||Neurological Surgery, Minimally-invasive Spine Surgery, Spinal Deformity, Spinal Tumors, Spine Disease|
|Medical Education:||Medical University of Vienna|
|Residency:||University of Chicago Hospital|
|Fellowship:||Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine|
|Academic Title:||Professor of Neurosurgery|
|Administrative Title:||Chief, Division of Spinal Neurosurgery; Director, Neurosurgery Residency|
Reza Yassari, MD, focuses his practice on complex spinal reconstruction and the radical surgical treatment of both primary and metastatic spinal tumors, sacral neoplasms and spinal cord tumors, including extradural, intradural and intramedullary lesions. He combines his training in minimally invasive surgery and complex spinal surgery and spinal oncology with the advanced, intraoperative image guidance technology at Montefiore to offer innovative, cutting-edge surgical treatment options to patients with all aspects of spine pathologies that include degenerative, deformity, traumatic and neoplastic spinal problems.
Dr. Yassari’s research focuses on surgical outcome research to optimize patient care and healthcare delivery, innovation in surgical education and global health. His research efforts have been presented at many national and international conferences and gatherings. He is the author of over 120 peer-reviewed publications, presentations, abstracts and book chapters.
Dr. Yassari earned his medical degree in 1997 from the Medical University of Vienna in Austria with a dissertation in neuropathology. He completed his basic surgical training (1997–1998) in England at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in Norwich, East Anglia, before relocating to the United States, where he received a master of science degree in experimental pathology at the University of Chicago. He completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of Chicago Hospital and was a fellow at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. Subsequently, he underwent fellowship training in spinal oncology and reconstructive and complex spine surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he was an instructor in neurosurgery in the Department of Neurosurgery.
He started his tenure as Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at Montefiore and our Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2010 and rose through the academic ranks to become Professor of Neurological Surgery in 2018. In 2012, Dr. Yassari was designated as Associate Program Director and then in 2014 as the Program Director of the Neurological Surgery Residency Program. He is a founding member and the Director of Surgical Services for the Montefiore Spine Center, a multidisciplinary center for the treatment of patients with spinal disease. In addition, he is a faculty member at our Albert Einstein Global Health Center and leads an annual neurosurgical mission to Mongolia.
Dr. Yassari is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, AOSpine, the American Medical Association and the New York Academy of Sciences.