Learn more about the medical practice of Ali Baaj, MD

Dr. Baaj is a board-certified neurosurgeon who specializes in spinal surgery, with advanced training and expertise in spinal oncology and complex reconstructive surgery for spinal deformity.

He performs both minimally invasive spinal surgery and open complex spine surgery, and is trained in both orthopedic and neurosurgical spine surgery. He is on the faculty of Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care in New York City.

Dr. Baaj has written extensively on spine-related issue, and is the lead editor of the Handbook of Spine Surgery, now in its second edition.


  • Bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Boston University
  • Doctor of medicine degree from the Boston University College of Medicine in 2004.
  • General surgery internship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
  • Neurosurgical residency at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
  • Research Fellow at the Spinal Biomechanics Laboratory at St. Joseph’s Hospital/Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.
  • Complex Spine Fellow at Johns Hopkins, with an emphasis on advanced techniques in spinal tumor resection and spinal reconstruction.
  • Pediatric scoliosis fellowship, Necker's Children Hospital, Paris, 2015.


  • Neurosurgery faculty recipient of the Humanism in Neurosurgery award in both 2014 and 2015 while at the University of Arizona.
  • Faculty Teacher of the Year at Weill Cornell Neurosurgery in 2016.

Clinic Information:

Ali Baaj, MD
Weill Cornell Medicine Spine Center
240 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022