Vanderbilt University School of Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, B.E.
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, MD
University of California Los Angeles, Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
The Hospital for Special Surgery, Fellowship in Spinal Surgery
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society, Vanderbilt University, 1999
Star Award for Clinical Excellence; U.C.L.A. Medical Center, 2004, 2005
Spine Across the Sea Best Poster Presentation, July 2012
North American Spine Society Outstanding Paper Award for Surgical Science, May 2013
Cervical Spine Research Society – European Section Best Poster Award, May 2013
European Society of Anesthesiology Best Abstract Award, June 2013
The Spine Journal & NASS Outstanding Paper Award for Surgical Science, October 2013
North American Spine Society Best Papers: Measurement of Surgical Outcomes, October 2015
North American Spine Society Value Award Nominations, November 2015
Global Spine Congress Best Papers Finalist, May 2017
Lumbar Spine Research Society Best Paper Award, April 2018
HSS Surgeon-in-Chief Research Grant Award, July 2020
Journal of the North American Spine Society
The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
The Spine Journal
European Spine Journal
Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
Global Spine Journal
Asian Spine Journal
Journal of Orthopaedic Research
A complete list of Dr. Hughes’ published research can be viewed here.
Political Liaison Committee & Committee on Government Affairs, New York County Medical Society, 2011-present
Member, Society of Lateral Access Surgery (SOLAS), 2011-present
Member, International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS), 2012-present
Member/Faculty, AOSpine, 2012-present
Member, North American Spine Society (NASS), 2013-present
Candidate Member & Research Grant Committee, Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), 2013-2018
Member, Lumbar Spine Research Society (LSRS), 2014-present
Active Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), 2014-present
Member, Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS), 2014-present
Member, International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS), 2015-present
Membership Committee, Lumbar Spine Research Society (LSRS), 2017-present
Membership Committee, Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS), 2018-present
Active Fellow & Research Grant Committee, Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), 2018-present
Member, Biologic Association, 2020-present
Alexander P. Hughes, MD
Director, International Fellowship in Spine Surgery and Research, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Dr. Hughes uses his background in biomedical engineering to approach each patient as a unique individual and designs the most innovative and least invasive procedure for them whenever possible. Dr. Hughes believes that one of the most critical factors in spine surgery is “getting it right the first time” for maximum patient benefit and outcomes.
His areas of specialization include degenerative, deformity and trauma-related diseases of the cervical, thoracic and lumbosacral spine.
Dr. Hughes believes that being actively involved in research and critical thinking in spine surgery, as well as working in a collaborative environment, is the key to delivering the highest level of innovative care to each patient. Putting words into action, Dr. Hughes founded the International Fellowship in Spine Research at HSS and is active in many areas of spine related research, including minimally invasive lateral approaches to the spine, connective tissue disease and disc biology. A complete list of Dr. Hughes’ published research can be viewed here.
Dr. Hughes also founded the Multi-disciplinary Educational Conference at HSS, which brings together specialists in diverse spine related backgrounds (e.g., neurology, rheumatology, medicine, physiatry, anesthesia and pain management) to discuss challenging cases and arrive at the best possible care for the individual patient.