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K. Daniel  Riew, MD

K. Daniel Riew, MD

Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center

Co-Chief, Spine Division

Director, Cervical Spine Surgery

Co-Director, Adult and Pediatric Comprehensive Spine Fellowship


Office: 212-932-5100



Dr. K. Daniel Riew is world renowned for cervical spine surgery, and his practice is exclusively limited to the operative treatment of the cervical spine, a rarity among spine surgeons. In his practice at Washington University Orthopedics, he performed between 250 and 300 cervical spine operations each year, ranging from minimally invasive microsurgical outpatient procedures, to the most complex “chin-on-chest” or “ear-on-shoulder” deformities. He has a particular interest in cervical artificial disc replacements and other motion-sparing procedures such as laminoplasties.  A doctor’s doctor, over 100 physicians have been operated on by Dr. Riew, including several spine surgeons. 

Dr. Riew graduated from Harvard College and then received his MD from Case Western Reserve University Medical School, and completed residencies in Internal Medicine at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and in Orthopaedic Surgery at George Washington University Medical Center. He went on to complete a fellowship in Orthopedic Spine Surgery under the training of world-renowned cervical spine surgeon, Dr. Henry Bohlman.

Patients from around the world, including numerous professional athletes, and a number of spine surgeons, have sought out Dr. Riew’s expertise, and he has consistently been recognized in the lists of America’s Top Doctors, and Best Doctors in America since 2001.  He has served as the President of the Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS), which is the most well-respected society for the treatment of the cervical spine.  In addition, he currently serves as Chairman of the International Board of AO Spine,  the largest organization of spine surgeons, with over 6,000 members.  He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally, improving the treatment of these disorders in other portions of the globe.  Dr. Riew has been a Visiting Professor, Key or Named Lecturer over 110 times in 20 countries. He has published over 230 peer-reviewed papers, and over 70 chapters and other manuscripts.

Click here to visit Dr. Riew's website and learn more about his practice.

(note: cervicalspinedr.com, is a website owned by K. Daniel Riew, MD, and is a completely independent and separate entity from Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian)


Education

1976-1980A.B. (General Studies)
Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1980-1984Doctor of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio

Postdoctoral Training

1984-1985Intern in Medicine
New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, New York, New York
1985-1987Resident in Medicine
New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, New York, New York
1987-1988Cardiology Research Fellow
New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, New York, New York
1988-1989Research Fellow, Division of Biomechanics
Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, New York
1989-1990Resident in General Surgery
Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, New York
1990-1994Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery
George Washington University Hospital, Washington, D.C.
1994-1995Fellow in Spine Surgery
University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio

Board Certification

  •    Diplomate of the Board, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
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