Dr. Zachariah M. George, Long Island Neurosurgeon


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Zachariah M. George, M.D., is a neurosurgeon at Neurological Surgery P.C. in Commack and West Islip, Long Island, NY. He specializes in revision surgery which is performed to correct the results of a previous spinal surgical procedure that had been inadequately or improperly performed.

With special training in orthopedic spine deformity, Dr. George treats pediatric and adult deformities such as scoliosis and kyphosis. The Long Island neurosurgeon’s extensive experience and training allow him to skillfully treat the breadth of spinal problems from a simple disc to complex intradural tumors.

Dr. George’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.

Dr. George uses cervical laminoplasty, total discarthroplasty (disc replacement) and dynamic stabilization techniques as alternatives to spinal fusion. The Long Island neurosurgeon employs the latest technology in spinal interbody fusion via XLIF, DLIF and AXIA-LIF, in addition to other fusion techniques such as PLIF, TLIF and ALIF.

Dr. George is very passionate about minimally invasive techniques and uses tubular retraction systems to treat herniated discs, degenerative spinal disease and spinal tumors. Compared to open surgery, minimally invasive surgery results in very small incisions, faster recovery and shorter hospital stays.

Dr. George emphasizes that surgery isn’t the only treatment option for patients who consult with him. “We can offer effective alternatives to surgery,” he continues, “such as pain management, medication, injections and even acupuncture. There is a place for these alternatives in neurological patient care.” And he added, non-surgery options are a safer treatment option for the growing populations of the elderly and obese who often have other complicating conditions.

“When patients come to my office,” Dr. George says, “they will be seen in a timely fashion and treated with warmth and compassion. We respect the fact that they may be in pain and anxious about their diagnosis.”

Dr. Zachariah M. George Neurosurgery Education and Experience

Dr. George received his undergraduate B.S. in Biology degree, summa cum laude, from the University at Albany, Albany, N.Y. He obtained his medical degree from Upstate Medical University, College of Medicine Syracuse, N.Y., where he received the “excellence in scholarly research” award from Alpha Omega Alpha.

Dr. George completed his internship in the Department of Surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then served as resident and chief resident in the Department of Neurosurgery.  He subsequently obtained a fellowship in complex orthopedic spine surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center: Spine Institute of New York.

Dr. George conducted clinical research on the use of minimally invasive decompression techniques in spine tumor surgery. His findings were presented in 2011 at the 27th annual meeting of the AANS/CNS section on the disorders of spine and peripheral nerves in Phoenix, AZ.

His publications include:

  • "Neurobiologic Changes in the Hypothalamus Associated with Weight Loss after Gastric Bypass," Journal of the American College of Surgeons
  • "Neuro-Hormonal Pathways Regulating Food Intake and Changes after Bariatric Surgery," Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases
  •  "A Surgical Rat Model of Human Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass," Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery

Dr. George is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Interview video with Zachariah M. George, M.D.


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