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John Houten, MD

Director of Spinal Neurosurgery & Neurotrauma Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery


Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery - Neuro


English, Yiddish

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About Me

I am a 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 addition, I have served the greater New York Community in providing neurosurgical services at level-one trauma centers for two decades. After spending a year in Florida to create a spinal neurosurgery program at the Marcus Neuroscience Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, I returned to New York where I am a Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra Northwell and Director of Spinal Neurosurgery and Neurotrauma at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. In addition to seeing patients in the office and performing surgery, I am actively involved in bringing robotics to spinal surgery and am conducting clinical research of many of facets of spinal degenerative disease. I was awarded the 2020 Best Operative Spine Technique Award from the Congress of Neurological Sciences for my research abstract “Successful Reduction of Wound Complications from Posterior Thoracolumbar Spinal Fusion Using a Bilateral Paraspinal Muscle Flap Closure Technique: Results from a Series of 716 Patients.” I serve as an ad hoc reviewer for a number of scientific journals including Neurosurgery, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Journal of Neurological Sciences, British Journal of Neurosurgery, and World Neurosurgery. I am also a member of the Editorial Board of World Neurosurgery Journal, a leading publication in the field of neurosurgery. I live in Brooklyn with my wife, Gila Weinstein, a plastic surgeon in private practice.

Areas of Expertise

  • Brain & Spinal Tumor Care
  • Neurologic Care
  • 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


  • 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


Medical Degree

New York University School of Medicine


New York University School of Medicine


NYU Medical Center


NYU Medical Center


American Board of Neurological Surgery


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  • Aetna
  • Affinity
  • CCM Centerlight Health
  • Centers Plan
  • Cigna
  • ElderPlan
  • Emblem GHI PPO
  • Emblem HIP HMO
  • Empire BCBS
  • Empire BCBS/HealthPlus
  • Fidelis
  • HealthFirst
  • Humana Tricare
  • Local 1199
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • MetroPlus
  • MultiPlan
  • Oxford Freedom/Liberty
  • RR Medicare
  • UHC Empire Plan
  • United Healthcare
  • VNS Choice
  • Wellcare