Robert Holtzman M.D.

About Dr Holtzman

Robert N. Holtzman, M.D. is board certified in neurosurgery as well as in psychiatry and neurology. His interests in neurosurgery include cranial, spinal and peripheral nerve surgery. They include microdiscectomies, spinal decompression with stabilization and fusions and many intracranial procedures for trauma, tumor, hemorrhages and blood vessel disorders.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Holtzman received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College studying biology and his medical degree at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. He finished an internship at Harlem Hospital Center and went on to complete his neurology residency and then his neurosurgery residency and training at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital’s New York Neurological Institute.

Dr. Holtzman has contributed chapters to textbooks of Neurosurgery concerning aneurysms of the brain caused by infection (mycotic aneurysms) and syringomyelia with and without the Chiari malformation. He has also contributed original articles to a number of different neurosurgical journals on a variety of topics. Dr. Holtzman performed neurosurgical procedures and operations for major brain and spinal injuries at Lenox Hill Hospital and Harlem Hospital. At Columbia University he served as Associate Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery.

He founded the Stonwin Medical Conference in 1983 with Mr. Ronald Winston. This conference served as a platform for inviting neurosurgeons from all over the world to New York. They came from Canada, Europe, the former Soviet Union, and the People’s Republic of China. With Mr. Winston he created traveling fellowships for neurosurgery residents through the Harry Winston Research Foundation. Five books were published based upon these conferences including the first, in 1985, “The Tethered Spinal Cord” and the last, “Endovascular Interventional Neuroradiology” which was the first book edited by neurosurgeons on this topic.

Dr. Holtzman serves as Secretary-Treasurer and Director of the Harry Winston Research Foundation and has also had an important relationship with the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. He currently serves as Chairman of the New York City Chapter of the Jackson Laboratory’s National Council. He has collaborated with Mr. Herbert Juli, Executive Director of the World Jewish Congress Foundation, to fund graduate student fellowships at the Laboratory for biological and genetic research.

His professional memberships include American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), New York Neurosurgical Society, Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY), and Nassau County Medical Society (NCMS).

Hospital Affiliations

Mercy Medical Center1000 North Village Ave, Rockville Centre, NY 11571
Mount Sinai South Nassau HospitalOne Healthy Way, Oceanside, NY 11572
St. Francis Hospital100 Port Washington Blvd, Roslyn, NY 11576
St. Joseph Hospital4295 Hempstead Turnpike, Bethpage, NY 11714
NYU Winthrop Hospital259 First Street, Mineola, NY 11501

Patient Testimonials

Retiree Mr. Jorma Kouki suffered from a subacute subdural hematoma in March 2015. After recovery from surgery by Dr. Robert Holtzman, he ran the ...


A patient recommended me to Dr. Holtzman, she was so grateful to him for finding out the cause of her illness. I went to him desperately to find help. I have no words to describe the experience I had with him. He is a complete gentleman. He is more than a great doctor, he is a great listener. Real doctors spend time to look beyond the medical reports to understand the pain and suffering that patients are going through. I am grateful Dr. Holtzman is one of them.

Edith P.

After several unsuccessful surgeries with other doctors, Dr. Holtzman performed a miraculous operation on my herniated disk, and completely restored my quality of life. I cannot recommend him highly enough! He's patient, he listens, and he treats all of his patients equally no matter where they're from. Thanks for all of your hard work, Doc!

Kate S.