- ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR Orthopaedics
- ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR (PENDING) Neurosurgery
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
MD, Harvard Medical School
Internship, General Surgery
New England Deaconess Hospital
Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery
Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Program
Fellowship, Spinal Surgery
Emory Spine Center
Dr. Hecht is the Chief of Spine Surgery and Director of the Spine Center at Mount Sinai in the Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedics. Dr. Hecht is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Harvard Medical School as well as a trauma fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Hecht completed a Spine Surgery Fellowship at Emory University Spine Center. Dr. Hecht holds dual appointments in orthopaedic surgery and neurosurgery.
Dr. Hecht is the spine surgical consultant to the New York Jets, New York Islanders, and New York Dragons professional teams, as well as numerous collegiate teams at Hofstra University and Molloy College. Dr. Hecht is the Director of the NFL Spine Care Program for retired players at Mount Sinai (one of five sites across the country) and is the only orthopaedic spine surgeon in the northeast to be a part of this program. He also directs the acute spinal injury program for the NY jets. Dr. Hecht is only one of two orthopaedic surgeons of the NFL Brain and Spine Committee.
Dr. Hecht was selected for NY Magazine's Top Doctors. He was also selected by the prestigious Castle and Connolly's Top Doctors for the New York Metro Area for Orthopaedic Spine Surgery as well as Castle Connolly's "Top Doctors in America" for Orthopaedic Spine Surgery. In addition, he was selected as "Top Physician" for Spine Surgery by the Consumer Research Council of America. He was also elected to the NY Times Super Doctors as well as Best Doctors in America. Upon completing his spine fellowship at Emory University Spine Center, Dr. Hecht returned to Boston and joined the faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Most recently, he was the founder and Medical Co-Director of The Newton-Wellesley Spine Center and the Director of the Spine Surgery Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Hecht's clinical interests include cervical and lumbar spine surgery, the evaluation and surgical management of degenerative disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine (such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis), minimally invasive spine surgery, microsurgery, spine trauma and tumors. Dr. Hecht is a nationally recognized leader in spine surgery. He has authored numerous articles and contributed to numerous textbooks in the field of spine surgery. His research has been presented at numerous national meetings. He often serves on the faculty of courses to teach the newest surgical techniques to other spine surgeons. He also serves on the editorial review board of one of the most prestigious spine surgery journals. Dr. Hecht is a member of the North American Spine Society and the pretigious Cervical Spine Research Society.
In the News
Dr. Hecht discusses cervical spine disorders such as disc herniations and spinal stenosis and motion preservation. View the PDF.
Dr. Hecht discusses neck and lower back pain in The Daily News feature The Daily Check Up. View the PDF.
Dr. Hecht leads a team of specialists from Mount Sinai in a new program which treats retired NFL players. Read more.
When famed jockey Richard Migliore rebroke his neck, Dr. Andrew Hecht performed a stunning repair. Read about it on ESPN.
ResearchCervical and Lumbar Spine Surgery and Intervertebral Disc Biology.
Physicians and scientists on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai often interact with pharmaceutical, device and biotechnology companies to improve patient care, develop new therapies and achieve scientific breakthroughs. In order to promote an ethical and transparent environment for conducting research, providing clinical care and teaching, Mount Sinai requires that salaried faculty inform the School of their relationships with such companies.
Below are financial relationships with industry reported by Dr. Hecht during 2012 and/or 2013. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.
- Zimmer, Inc.
Industry-Sponsored Lectures: MSSM faculty occasionally give lectures at events sponsored by industry, but only if the events are free of any marketing purpose.
- DePuy Spine
Mount Sinai's faculty policies relating to faculty collaboration with industry are posted on our website at http://icahn.mssm.edu/about-us/services-and-resources/faculty-resources/handbooks-and-policies/faculty-handbook. Patients may wish to ask their physician about the activities they perform for companies.
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