Dr. Alan Mechanic, Long Island Neurosurgeon
Alan Mechanic, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a Board Certified Long Island Neurosurgeon who specializes in spinal surgery, brain tumors and trigeminal neuralgia. His professional interests include the surgical treatment of herniated lumbar and cervical discs, spinal stenosis, trigeminal neuralgia and brain tumors including gliomas, meningiomas and pituitary tumors. Dr. Mechanic is the Chief of Neurosurgery at Huntington Hospital in Huntington, Long Island and brings more than 20 years of neurosurgical experience to the practice.
Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialist
Dr. Mechanic has extensive experience with minimally invasive surgical techniques including minimal-access spinal surgery, microneurosurgery, stereotactic neurosurgery, endoscopic neurosurgery and stereotactic radiosurgery. He was the first neurosurgeon on Long Island to employ minimally invasive endoscopic techniques in the treatment of pituitary tumors.
5-Star Patient Reviews for Dr. Mechanic
Mark Braxton: When Long Island floral designer Mark Braxton developed intense facial pain that felt like electric shocks, his neurologist diagnosed him with trigeminal neuralgia. Attacks could last several seconds or longer and occur hundreds of times a day. Dr. Mechanic provided the welcome relief Braxton needed. “He guaranteed that he would get rid of my pain,” Braxton said, and Dr. Mechanic fulfilled his promise. “I trusted Dr. Mechanic from the beginning, and I would trust him with my life.”
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Thomas Rosina: When Smithtown resident Thomas Rosina injured his back at work, other orthopedic surgeons said he would never work again. Then neurosurgeon Dr. Mechanic looked at his MRI scan and said, “I can fix this.” And he did. Rosina’s pain was caused by a narrowing of the spinal column (stenosis) and a herniated disc. Dr. Mechanic performed a lumbar laminectomy that took care of the stenosis and a discectomy which removed the herniated disc material. “As far as I’m concerned, he’s the best doctor I’ve ever been to. I’ve sent four people to him, and every one of them is walking around and feeling great.”
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Rob Friedman: For Rob Friedman, going to Neurological Surgery, P.C., is a family tradition. When Friedman first met Dr. Mechanic about his back pain, the neurosurgeon remarked, “You look just like your father!” Dr. Mechanic had successfully operated on his father several years prior. In fact, all members of Friedman’s immediate family, except for his wife, had been treated by NSPC neurosurgeons including Dr. Mechanic, Stephen D. Burstein, MD, Artem Y. Vaynman, MD and Zachariah M. George, MD.
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World-Class Neurological Care
Dr. Mechanic and his fellow neurosurgeons at Neurological Surgery, P.C., provide world-class neurological care to a high volume of patients. As a result, the Long Island neurological group has extensive experience treating both common and rare neurological diseases with the latest minimally invasive techniques and nonsurgical alternatives.
Dr. Mechanic has been selected repeatedly as one of “America’s Top Doctors” from 2004 to 2014 by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. As a “top doctor,” he is in the top 1% of all physicians in the United States. The selection of “America’s Top Doctors” is based on peer nomination and extensive research by a physician-directed research team.
Dr. Mechanic was a co-recipient, along with the Hahnemann University Spinal Cord Injury Study Group, of the Volvo Award by the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies in 1985.
Dr. Alan Mechanic’s Neurosurgery Education
Mechanic received his undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Arts, from Columbia University and was a Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Texas Sensory Sciences Center in Houston, Texas. He received his Medical Degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Mechanic served as an Intern in Internal Medicine at Brown University in Providence, RI, and as a Surgical Resident at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. Dr. Mechanic completed a Neurosurgical Research Fellowship and Residency at the Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, and was appointed Chief Resident in his final year.
Dr. Mechanic is a Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. In 1995 he was appointed a Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the New York University School of Medicine.
Dr. Alan Mechanic: Lecturer and Author
As a nationally recognized neurosurgeon, Dr. Mechanic has frequently lectured at professional conferences on a variety of neurosurgical topics and has co-authored articles in peer reviewed medical journals on spine trauma, stereotactic neurosurgery and trigeminal neuralgia.
Dr. Mechanic is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Medical Association, New York State Neurosurgical Society, Medical Society of the State of New York, Nassau County Medical Society and the Nassau Academy of Medicine. Dr. Mechanic is the current Chairman of the Nassau Surgical Society Section of Neurosurgery.
Interview video with Alan Mechanic, M.D., F.A.C.S.