Dr. Todd J. Albert
Orthopedic Surgeon in New York City
Surgeon-In-Chief and Medical Director, Hospital for Special Surgery
Dr. Todd Albert serves as the Surgeon in Chief and Medical Director and the Korein-Wilson Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the world renowned Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. In addition, Dr. Albert serves as the Chairman and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Albert sits on a variety of boards and is currently serving as the Vice President of the Scoliosis Research Society. Clinically, Dr. Albert specializes in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of spinal disorders. His areas of interest and expertise include surgery of the cervical spine, cervical deformity, lumbar disc herniation and lumbar spondylolisthesis. Dr. Albert is an expert in minimally invasive surgeries, motion preserving surgeries (such as cervical disc replacement) and traumatic injuries of the cervical and lumbar spine.
Prior to accepting his current position as the Surgeon in Chief, Dr. Albert served as the President of the prestigious Rothman Institute in Philadelphia. During his time there Dr. Albert served as the Richard H. Rothman Professor and Chairman of Orthopedic Surgery and the James Edwards Professor and Chairman of Orthopedics at Thomas Jefferson University.
Dr. Albert graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Neuroscience from Amherst College in 1983. He then went on to complete his medical training at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1987. Dr. Albert was chosen to complete an Internship in Surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital and then a Residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Finally, Dr. Albert completed his Fellowship training in spine surgery at the Minnesota Spine Center in 1993.
In addition to his clinical and administrative work Dr. Albert continues to be actively involved in many areas of research related to spine care. Dr. Albert’s research is primarily focused on conditions affecting the cervical spine. He is specifically interested in research looking to identify early indicators for surgical intervention, comparing the effect of different surgical techniques on patient quality of life, as well as developing interventions to prevent and reduce surgical complications. Dr. Albert was an investigator in a landmark trial comparing the surgical and nonsurgical approaches to lumbar disc herniation, lumbar spinal stenosis and lumbar spondylolisthesis. Dr. Albert has actively been involved in several clinical trials evaluating various models of Cervical Disc replacements, as well as evaluating their effectiveness and appropriate use compared to that of the traditional anterior cervical fusion surgery.
Dr. Albert has contributed to over two hundred and eighty peer-reviewed publications and seventy-seven non-peer reviewed publications. Dr. Albert has contributed to over eighty book chapters and has been a contributing author to nine books. Dr. Albert is an active and highly sought guest lecturer at institutions all over the world.