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HOUTEN, JOHN, MD

Director of Spinal Neurosurgery & Neurotrauma, Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery
Maimonides Physician
Phone: 718-283-7219
Maimonides Medical Center
948 48th Street, 2nd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11219

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Spine Surgery - Neuro
  • Neurologic Care
  • Brain & Spinal Tumor Care

Languages

  • English
  • Yiddish
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Biography

I am board-certified neurosurgeon with fellowship training in spinal surgery. My professional interests include advancing image-guided and minimally invasive techniques to more safely and accurately treat patients with conditions needing spinal surgery. After completing medical school, a neurosurgical residency, and a spinal surgery fellowship at New York University Medical Center, I spent more than a decade as the Chief of the Division of Spinal Neurosurgery at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where I oversaw a tremendous expansion of the volume and sophistication of spinal neurosurgery procedures. Some of my notable accomplishments in New York included performing the first artificial disc replacement and the first minimally-invasive fusion procedure in the Bronx; and for performing several difficult spinal operations that drew regional and national media coverage. In 2003, I devised and organized an annual CME course on diagnosis and management of degenerative spine disease with the goal of educating primary care and rehabilitation medicine physicians about the latest developments and technology available in spine care. The meeting proved enduringly popular and typically attracts 200 participants, making it the largest meeting of its kind in the tri-state area. After spending a year to create a spinal neurosurgery program at the Marcus Neuroscience Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, I returned to New York to lead the Spinal Neurosurgery service at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. In addition to seeing patients in the office and performing surgery, I am actively involved in a number of clinical research projects addressing a number of facets of spinal degenerative disease. I also serve as an ad hoc reviewer for a number of scientific journals including Neurosurgery and Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery. I live in Brooklyn with my wife, Gila Weinstein, a plastic surgeon in private practice.

Areas of Expertise

Neurosurgery
Spine Surgery-Neuro

Conditions Treated

AAtlantoaxial Instability
Back and Neck Pain
Cervical Spondylosis With Myelopathy
Cervical Stenosis
Chiari Malformation
Failed Back Syndrome
Kyphosis
Lumbar Stenosis
Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament (OPLL)
Spinal Trauma
Spinal Tumors
Spondylolisthesis
Spondylolysis
Thoracic Disc Herniation

Treatments

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)
Cervical Laminectomy and Fusion
Image-Guided Spine Surgery
Microdiscectomy
Minimally-Invasive Lumbar Fusion
Minimally-Invasive Neurosurgery
Minimally-Invasive Spine Surgery
Scoliosis Fusion
Spinal Neurosurgery
Total Disc Arthroplasty

Education

Residency

NYU Medical Center

Fellowship

NYU Medical Center

Board

American Board of Neurological Surgery

Locations
Maimonides Medical Center

948 48th Street, 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11219
Telephone: 718-283-7219
Fax: 718-635-7149
Insurance
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • CCM CenterLight Healthcare
  • Centers Plan
  • Cigna
  • ElderPlan
  • Emblem HIP HMO
  • Empire BlueCross BlueShield
  • Empire BlueCross BlueShield HealthPlus (Amerigroup)
  • Fidelis Care
  • First Health
  • Healthfirst
  • Humana Tricare (formerly Tricare Non Network)
  • Local 1199
  • Medicare
  • MetroPlus Health Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare (Commercial Plans)
  • VillageCare Max
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare
  • WellCare
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