The University of Miami School of Medicine

The University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital Medical Center Orthopaedic Surgery (Residency)

The Hospital for Special Surgery/Weill Cornell Medical College, Surgery of Spinal Disorders and Deformities (Fellowship)

Henry King Stanford Scholarship in Academic Excellence, 1988-1991

4 Year Half Tuition Scholarship, University of Miami

Nu Kappa Tau chapter of Mortar Board Honor Society, 1990

Treasurer, University of Miami, 1991

Nominated, Student Leader of the Year, University of Miami, School of Medicine, 1991-1992

Sophomore Class Vice President, University of Miami, School of Medicine, 1992-1993

Class Fundraising Chairperson, Generating over $15,000 for Graduation

University of Miami, School of Medicine, 1992-1993

Milan Scholarship in Outstanding Achievement, 2 Year Full Tuition Scholarship, University of Miami, School of Medicine, 1993-1995

Medical School Representative, Board of Trustees, University of Miami, 1993-1995

Vice President’s Service Award, University of Miami, 1994-1995

Iron Arrow Honor Society, Highest Honor Attainable, University of Miami, 1994

Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, 1994

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 1997

National Orthopaedic Surgery Fellows Foundation Grant: “The Effect of Alendronate on Lumbar Spine Fusion in the Rat Model” – 2000

National Orthopaedic Surgery Fellows Foundation Award: “The Effect of Alendronate on Rat Intertransverse Spinal Fusion” – 2000

Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Research Award: “The Effect of Alendronate on Spine Fusion in the Rat Model” – 2000

National Orthopaedic Surgery Fellows Foundation Grant: “The Effect of Alendronate on Spine Pseudarthrosis in the Rat Model” – 2000

Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Grant, 2002

Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Grant: “The Effect of Alendronate on Spine Fusion in Oophorectomized Osteoporotic Rats” – Hospital for Special Surgery, 2002

Healthgrades Five Star Doctors, Healthlink, NY Newsday, 2010

America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Medical Guide, 2013

Best Doctors in New York, Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors Guide, New York Magazine, 2014

59 Great Orthopedic Surgeons Recommended by Healthcare Leaders, Becker’s Spine Review, 2015 

Best Doctors in New York, Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors Guide, New York Magazine, 2015

Top Doctors New York Metro Area, Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors Guide, 2016

Best Doctors in New York, Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors Guide, New York Magazine, 2016

Top Doctors New York Metro Area, Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors Guide, 2017

Best Doctors in New York, Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors Guide, New York Magazine, 2017

65 Orthopedic Surgeons Recommended by Other Orthopedic Surgeons, Becker’s Spine Review, 2017

New York Super Doctors, The New York Times Magazine, 2017

Top Doctors New York Metro Area, Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors Guide, 2018

Best Doctors in New York, Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors Guide, New York Magazine, 2018

New York Super Doctors, The New York Times Magazine, 2018

Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor, Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors Guide, 2019

New York Super Doctors, The New York Times Magazine, 2019

New York Magazine Top Doctor for 5 Years, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., 2019

Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor 2020, Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors Guide, 2020

Patients’ Choice Award 2020, Vitals | American Registry, 2020

Top Doctors New York Metro Area, Castle Connolly’s Top Doctor Guide, 2021

Spine

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. Sama’s published research can be viewed here.

Active Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Active Fellow, Scoliosis Research Society

Member, University of Miami Alumni Association

Member, Alpha Omega Alpha, Honor Medical Society

Member, University of Miami, School of Medicine,  Alumni Association

Member, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Orthopaedic Surgeon Alumni

Member, Alumni Association of Hospital for Special Surgery

Member, New York Presbyterian Hospital Alumni Association

Member, North American Spine Society

Member, HSS Spine Fellowship Alumni Association

Member, AO Spine North America

Member, Medical Society of the State of New York

Member, International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (Formerly Spinal Arthroplasty Society)

Member, NYS Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Member, Eastern Orthopaedic Association

Member, The American Orthopaedic Association

Member, EuroSpine

Member, South Carolina Spine Society

Active Fellow, Scoliosis Research Society

Most major insurance plans accepted.

For more details, please contact Dr. Sama’s insurance billing contact.
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(646) 714-6219

Andrew A. Sama, MD

Co-Chief, Spine Service, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Attending Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery and New York Presbyterian Hospital
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College

For over 20 years, Dr. Sama has specialized in the diagnosis and surgical management of all traumatic, degenerative and deformity-related spine conditions. He takes an integrated, personalized approach to spine care, delving into the individual cause of each patient’s condition. This allows Dr. Sama to specifically design a treatment plan based on a patient’s unique needs, leading to a superior level of care and the best possible outcomes.

Dr. Sama has received “Patients Choice” and “Compassionate Care” awards and has consecutively been listed as one of the “Best Orthopedic Doctors” among a select group of surgeons in New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors” issue since 2014. 

Dr. Sama’s clinical interests include complex spine surgery, minimally invasive lateral lumbar fusions, non-fusion and motion preservation technologies, and microsurgery. Dr. Sama also has a keen interest in disorders of the cervical spine and sports-related injuries. He is a spinal consultant with the medical staff of the United States Olympic Committee. He is also on the editorial board of Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine and serves as a reviewer for the journals, Spine and Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research. A complete list of Dr. Sama’s published research can be viewed here.

Dr. Sama is an active member of many spine societies, academic committees and editorial review boards, including the North American Spine Society, Scoliosis Research Society, the International Society for the Advancement of Spine, the Eastern Orthopaedic Society and AOA Spine North America. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

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

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