Dr. Kevin J. Mullins, MD, FACS, Neurosurgeon, West Islip, NY 11795

Dr. Kevin J. Mullins, MD, FAANS, FACS, West Islip, NY 11795

Dr. Kevin J. Mullins is a board certified neurosurgeon who specializes in the management of spinal and cranial disorders. In July 2013, Dr. Mullins was named the Chairman of the Neurosciences Service Line at Catholic Health Services (CHS) of Long Island, which is comprised of six acute care hospitals, three nursing homes, a regional home care and hospice network, and a community-based agency for persons with special needs. CHS has identified neuroscience as a critical service line, and Dr. Mullins leads the planning and implementation of strategic initiatives for this program.

Dr. Mullins is the Chief of Neurosurgery and Director of Neurosurgical Services at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, a position he has held since 2000. He previously served as the Chief of Neurosurgery for Southside Hospital from 2000-2010, and Director of the Harvey Cushing Neuroscience Institute at Southside Hospital from 2005-2010.

Since 2005, Dr. Mullins has been annually named one of the Best Doctors in America. He was also named Long Island’s Top Neurosurgeon by the Long Island Business News (2007), and received the "Patients’ Choice Award" in 2010. Dr. Mullins is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of numerous local and national medical and neurosurgical societies including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Dr. Mullins obtained his undergraduate degree from Bucknell University, where he graduated cum laude, and his medical degree with high honors from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery internship and residency in neurological surgery at the University of Rochester, and obtained advanced training in spine surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Mullins was a Clinical Associate in Neurological Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital prior to returning to Long Island where he grew up. In 2000, Dr. Mullins founded South Shore Brain and Spine Specialists.

Dr. Mullins has performed over 4,500 neurosurgical operations and specializes in the management of neck and back problems. Patients undergo a comprehensive evaluation, with most being managed with non-operative interventions such as physical therapy or pain management. For a minority of patients who require surgery, Dr. Mullins performs a full spectrum of surgical procedures that range from minimally invasive to complex spinal reconstruction. Dr. Mullins also has extensive experience in the surgical and radiosurgical management of primary and metastatic brain tumors.

Type of Spine Care Professional

  • Neurosurgeon

Areas of Expertise

Conditions
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arm Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Chiari Malformation
  • Coccydynia
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Foot Drop
  • Foot Pain
  • Fracture
  • Headache / Migraine
  • Herniated Disc / Bulging Disc
  • Joint Pain
  • Kyphosis
  • Leg Pain
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Muscle Pain / Muscle Strain
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Disorders
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Pain / Neuralgia
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Sciatica / Radiculopathy
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Tumors
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Whiplash
Treatments
  • ALIF (anterior lumbar interbody fusion)
  • Annulus Repair
  • Anterior / Posterior Lumbar Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Corpectomy
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy / Decompression
  • Anterior Cervical Fusion
  • Artificial Disc Replacement - Cervical
  • Back Surgery
  • Bone Graft Substitutes
  • Bracing
  • Cervical Spine Fusion Instrumentation
  • Discectomy
  • Dynamic lumbar stabilization
  • Endoscopic Microdiscectomy
  • Exercise
  • Interspinous process spacers
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Laminectomy / Decompression Surgery
  • Laminoplasty
  • Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Lumbar Corpectomy
  • Lumbar Spine Fusion Instrumentation
  • Microdiscectomy / Microdecompression
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neck Surgery
  • Nerve Testing
  • PLIF (posterior lumbar interbody fusion)
  • Posterior Cervical Decompression
  • Posterior Cervical Discectomy
  • Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy
  • Posterolateral Lumbar Fusion
  • Reconstructive / Revision Spine Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Surgery
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Spinal Fusion
  • TLIF (transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion)
  • Upper Back Surgery
  • Vertebroplasty

Certifications

  • Diplomate, American Board of Neurological Surgery

Professional Distinctions

  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Chief of Neurosurgery - Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Chief of Neurosurgery - Southside Hospital
  • Director of the Institute of Neuroscience - Southside Hospital

Professional Affiliations

  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Medical Association