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Dr. Ali A. Baaj, MD

Dr. Ali A. Baaj, MD

Neurosurgeon at Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care

Meet Dr. Ali A. Baaj, MD

Dr. Baaj is a board-certified neurosurgeon with Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care.

He specializes in spinal surgery, with particular expertise in spinal oncology and complex reconstructive surgery for spinal deformity.

Dr. Baaj at a Glance

  • Dr. Baaj is accomplished in both minimally invasive spinal surgery and open complex spine surgery, having had formal training in both orthopedic and neurosurgical spine surgery.
  • He was the recipient of the Faculty Teacher of the Year at Weill Cornell Neurosurgery in 2016. His commitment to and excellence in training and education has earned him faculty positions in several national and international spine training workshops and conferences.

If you are looking for an advanced and lasting solution for your spinal condition, talk to Dr. Baaj.

Dr. Baaj is a member of Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care.

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How Dr. Ali A. Baaj, MD Can Help You


  • Neurosurgeon

Years in Practice

  • 10 Years


  • B.A., Boston University, 1998
  • M.A., Boston University, 2000
  • M.D., Boston University School of Medicine, 2004


  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Brain Tumors
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Complex Spinal Disorders
  • Degenerative Spinal Conditions
  • Herniated Disc/Bulging Disc
  • Kyphosis
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Disorders
  • Neck Pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Sciatica/Radiculopathy/Leg Pain
  • Scoliosis and Deformity
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Spinal Fracture
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Spine Conditions
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Thoracic Spine Disorders
  • Upper Back Pain


  • Anterior Cervical Corpectomy
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)
  • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
  • Anterior/Posterior Lumbar Fusion
  • Bone Graft Substitutes
  • Disc Surgery/Replacement
  • Laminectomy
  • Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Lumbar Corpectomy
  • Lumbar Spine Fusion
  • Microdiscectomy/Microdecompression
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neck/Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Posterior Cervical Discectomy
  • Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy
  • Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Surgery
  • Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)

What Patients are Saying About Dr. Ali A. Baaj, MD

  • I was looking for a doctor I felt I could trust. As soon as I met with Dr. Baaj, I knew he was the best choice. He was calm, reassuring, and clear-headed about what needed to be done. Dr. Baaj gave me the ability to live again. I could barely walk upstairs before surgery, let alone do a vertical climb. You need to go to a place where you can sense the confidence and the care of the physicians and staff. I immediately felt comfortable with Dr. Baaj and his nurse practitioner, Samantha Izat. I can’t say enough good things about them.
    — Gary / Posterior Cervical Laminectomy and Fusion

Accolades for Dr. Ali A. Baaj, MD

Professional Distinctions

  • Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery, Spinal Surgery - Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, New York, NY

Professional Affiliations

  • AANS/CNS Joint Section on Spine
  • American Assoc of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)

Board Certifications

  • Board Certified, American Board of Neurological Surgery


  • Mayfield Award
  • Edward L. Spatz Award
  • GCRS Research Award
  • Caregiver of the Month UAMC
  • SuperDoctors "Rising Stars"

Office Information for Dr. Ali A. Baaj, MD

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240 East 59th Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10022
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Primary Location:

240 East 59th Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10022


Monday: 9:00 - 5:00
Tuesday: 9:00- 5:00
Wednesday: 9:00 - 5:00
Thursday: 9:00 - 5:00
Friday: 9:00 - 5:00

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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna (PPO, Medicare, HMO)
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell (POS)
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Blue Priority Network
  • Cigna
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield (PPO, HMO & EPO)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus [CHP]
  • Other insurances accepted – call for full list

Profile last updated: May 2, 2019. This information was supplied by or on behalf of the provider.