Dr. Matthew B. Kern, Long Island Neurosurgeon
Matthew B. Kern, M.D. F.A.A.N.S., is a board certified neurosurgeon at Neurological Surgery P.C. in Port Jefferson Station on Long Island and has been in practice for more than 17 years. He is skilled in general neurosurgery and specializes in complex spinal procedures, surgical treatment of brain tumors, as well as the treatment of traumatic injuries to the brain, spine and spinal cord. He also performs dorsal column stimulation and peripheral nerve surgery such as carpal and cubital tunnel releases.
Dr. Kern has special expertise in artificial disc arthroplasty, a state-of-the-art procedure that received FDA approval several years ago for disc diseases of the neck and lumbar regions of the spine. “This surgical approach is a way to avoid spinal fusion surgery, while providing faster recovery for the patient,” said Dr. Kern. “It’s known as ‘motion sparing’ surgery because it results in a lower risk of requiring subsequent surgery above or below the level of the original surgery.”
Broad Spectrum Non-Surgical Neurological Care on Long Island, NY
Dr. Kern’s Long Island neurosurgery group sees a high volume of patients. As a result, he and his fellow neurosurgeons have extensive experience treating both common and rare neurological diseases with the latest minimally invasive techniques and nonsurgical alternatives.
Dr. Kern said that his patients are often surprised to hear that they don’t need surgery, even though they may have been in pain for a long time. “In fact, only one or two out 10 patients need surgery,” the Long Island neurosurgeon said. “The majority of patients can be treated successfully with nonsurgical treatments like injection therapy and physical therapy.”
Dr. Matthew B. Kern’s Neurosurgery Education and Experience
Dr. Kern received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, Clinton, NY, and his medical degree from the New Jersey Medical College, Newark, NJ. He then completed a surgical internship and one year of general surgery residency at NJ Medical College.
After a year on a research fellowship, Dr. Kern completed two years as a neurosurgical resident at NJ Medical College before moving to Albuquerque, NM, where he completed two years of neurosurgical residency and one year as the chief neurological surgery resident.
Dr. Kern was in private practice in Evansville, IN since 1997. He was instrumental in helping St. Mary’s Medical Center obtain a level II trauma status in 2004 and had served as the chief of adult/pediatric neurosurgery.
Dr. Kern spent 18 years in the U.S Army Reserve rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel and completed two overseas deployments since 2003. During that time, he performed many trauma neurosurgeries.
Dr. Kern has written articles on brain and spine trauma, including surgical treatments for significant spinal instability and traumatic syringomyelia.
Dr. Matthew B. Kern is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS).
Interview video with Matthew B. Kern, M.D., F.A.A.N.S.