Dr. Hughes’ patients rate him
4.8 out of 5 stars in friendliness/courtesy and
4.9 out of 5 stars in skill.
Learn more about the HSS Patient Experience Survey and Ratings here.

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

Active Fellow, Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), 2013-present

Research Grant Committee, Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), 2013-present

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

Most major insurance plans accepted.

For more details, please contact Dr. Hughes’ insurance billing contact.
Click to email Lyanna Rodriguez
(917) 260-4032

Alexander P. Hughes, MD

Associate Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
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.

As per the respective State Board of Medical Examiners, Dr. Hughes is licensed to practice medicine in New York and New Jersey.

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