Dr. Ali Baaj, MD

Dr. Ali Baaj, MD

Neurosurgeon at Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care

Meet Dr. 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 is accomplished in both minimally invasive spinal surgery and open complex spine surgery, having had formal training in both orthopedic and neurosurgical spine surgery.

Before joining the faculty at Weill Cornell, Dr. Baaj served as the director of the Spinal Neurosurgery Program at the University of Arizona at Tucson, where he led the clinical program and founded the spinal research fellowship program. Dr. Baaj was the neurosurgery faculty recipient of the Humanism in Neurosurgery award in both 2014 and 2015 while at the University of Arizona. He was also 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.

Dr. Ali Baaj is a neurosurgeon with Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care.

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New York, NY

How Dr. Ali 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
  • Back Pain
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Complex Spinal Disorders
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spinal Conditions
  • Herniated Disc / Bulging Disc
  • Kyphosis
  • Lumbar Spine Disorders
  • Neck Pain
  • Osteoporosis / Spinal Fracture
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Sciatica / Radiculopathy / Leg Pain
  • Scoliosis and Deformity
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Spine Conditions
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Thoracic Spinal Disorders


  • ALIF: Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Anterior / Posterior Lumbar Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Corpectomy
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion
  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Bone Graft Substitutes
  • Disc Arthroplasty
  • Laminectomy / Decompression Surgery
  • Lumbar Corpectomy
  • Lumbar Spine Fusion Instrumentation
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neck / Cervical Spine Surgery
  • PLIF: Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Posterior Cervical Discectomy
  • Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Surgery
  • TLIF: Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • XLIF: Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion

What Patients are Saying About Dr. Ali 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 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"

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Office Information for Dr. Ali Baaj, MD

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

Visit Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care Website

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: July 7, 2016. This information was supplied by or on behalf of the provider.