Tanvir Choudhri

Tanvir Choudhri, MD

  • ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR | Neurosurgery


Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery

Dr. Choudhri is a board-certified neurosurgeon and Co-Director of the Neurosurgery Spine Program in Mount Sinai's Department of Neurosurgery. After graduating with distinction (Alpha Omega Alpha) from the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, he completed his neurosurgery training at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center and NY Neurological Institute.  He then completed additional spine fellowship training at the Barrow Neurological Institute under Dr. Sonntag, an internationally-renowned spine surgeon.

Dr. Choudhri's chief clinical interests include:

  • Cervical spine disorders/surgery
  • Minimally-invasive spine surgery (cervical and lumbar)
  • Intradural spine tumor surgery
  • Sports neurosurgery, including concussion management

His overall practice covers a wide range of spinal disorders:

  • Minimally-invasive spine surgery: microscopic/endoscopic surgery
  • Craniovertebral junction disorders: chiari malformation, occipital-cervical instability
  • Cervical spine disorders: neck/arm pain, herniated disc, spinal stenosis, spondylosis
  • Thoracic spine disorders: herniated discs, tumors, paraspinal biopsies
  • Lumbosacral spine disorders: low back/leg pain, herniated discs, spinal stenosis
  • Spinal trauma and spinal cord injury
  • Spinal tumors: intramedullary, intradural, extradural, paraspinal
  • Spinal deformity: scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, spinal instability, post-op kyphosis repair
  • Congenital spine disease: diastematomyelia, dermal sinus, myelomeningocele
  • Peripheral nerve surgery: carpal tunnel, ulnar nerve, meralgia paresthetica and tumors

Dr. Choudhri frequently participates in educating other spine surgeons at national/international conferences.  He is active in leading Neurosurgical and Spine organizations and has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves and the Joint Section on Neurotrauma. He has served on national multispecialty committees that developed and published guidelines for lumbar and cervical spine surgery. Dr. Choudhri has co-edited a textbook, Fundamentals of Operative Techniques in Neurosurgery.

Dr. Choudhri has been selected for inclusion in numerous "best doctor" lists including Castle Connolly Top Doctors and NY Metro Top Doctors (2013-2017), Best Doctors in America (2007-2008), Montclair Who's Who in Healthcare (2008-2009), and New York Super Doctors (2009).

Dr. Choudhri's research interests focus on spinal injury, cervicalspinal disorders, minimally-invasive techniques, and improving outcome from spine surgery and diagnosis of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) including concussions and subconcusive injuries.

Dr. Choudhri is a collaborating consultant for Concussion Management of New York and a member of the Mount Sinai Play Safe Program, which provides multidisciplinary care to injured atheltes and technical assistance, as well as education to families and school personnel.

In the News
Dr. Tanvir Choudhri discusses how he performed rare spinal surgery on Broadway dancer, Giuseppe Bausilio

Dr. Tanvir Choudri discusses cervical spinal problems in The Daily News feature The Daily Check Up.


Neurological Surgery

Clinical Focus


MD, Columbia Univ. Col. of Phy. & Surg.

Internship, Surgery, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Ctr.

Residency, Neurosurgery, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Ctr.

Fellowship, Neurosurgery-Spine, Barrow Neurological Institute

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