Dr. Cammisa’s patients rate him
4.98 out of 5 stars in skill and
4.85 stars in friendliness/courtesy.
Learn more about the HSS Patient Experience Survey and Ratings here.

Tufts University

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University

Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center (Residency)

The Hospital for Special Surgery (Orthopedic Surgery Residency)

The University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Medical Center and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis in the departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurological Surgery (Fellowship in Spinal Surgery)

Harvard Book Prize, Harvard Club of Southern Connecticut, 1974

Phi Beta Kappa, Delta of Massachusetts, 1977

Summa Cum Laude, Departments of Biology and Psychology, Tufts University, 1978

Tufts Psychology Society Research Award, Tufts University, 1978

Psi Chi National Honor Society for Psychology, Tufts University, 1978

Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, 1981

Resident Award Paper, The New York Academy of Medicine, Section of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1986

Lewis Clark Wagner Award, Resident’s Paper of the Year: “Respiratory Morbidity in One-Stage Bilateral Total Hip and Total Knee Arthroplasties: A Prospective Study” – Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, New York, 1986

Resident Award Paper, The New York Academy of Medicine, Section of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1987

Fellow Scholar Award, Eastern Orthopaedic Association, 1988

Spinal Research Award, Eastern Orthopaedic Association (with M.D. Brown, D.C. Holmes, E.C. Eckstein, L.L. Latta), 1989

North American Traveling Fellowship, American Orthopaedic Association, 1989

Outstanding Graduate Award,  John F. Kennedy High School, Waterbury, Connecticut, 1992

Official Citation of the General Assembly, State of Connecticut, 1992

Honorary Chairman, The New York Taxi Foundation Benefit Dinner, Award Presentations for Paraplegic Taxi Drivers, 2000

Best Doctors in New York, New York Magazine, 2000-present

Honorary Member, Argentine Association of Orthopaedics & Traumatology, 2001

Top Doctors: New York Metro Area, Castle Connolly Guide, 2001-present

America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Guide, 2002-present

Guide to America’s Top Surgeons, Consumer Research Council of America, 2002-present

Nancy Kane Bischoff Award for Teaching, Awarded for being a trusted guide and mentor, demonstrating consistent concern for the interest and welfare of the residents, HSS Orthopaedic Surgery Resident Class of 2006

Elected Member of the American Orthopaedic Association, 2006

Sofamor Danek Paper Award, International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine: “Surgical versus non-operative treatment for lumbar disc herniation: RCT and observational cohort outcomes from SPORT (Spine patient outcomes research trial” – (J Weinstein, J Lurie, T Tosteson, B Hanscom, A Tosteson, J Skinner, W Abdu, T Albert, S Boden, F Cammisa, J Fischgrund, H Herkowitz, A Hilibrand, R Deyo, Philadelphia, PA, Atlanta, GA, New York, NY, Royal Oak, MI, Seattle, WA, USA), 2006

BMA Medical Book Awards Competition, Commended in the Surgery category: “Dynamic Reconstruction of the Spine”  – Thieme Medical Publishers, Editors: DH Kim, FP Cammisa, RG Fessler, 2007

Whitecloud Award Finalist-Best Basic Science Paper, International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques, 2011

Founders’ Award, Eastern Orthopaedic Association, 2012

Spine Across the Sea, Best Poster Award, 2012

Cervical Spine Research Society – Asia Pacific Section, Best Podium Award, 2013

International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, Young Investigator’s Award, 2013

Cervical Spine Research Society – European Section, Best Poster Award, 2013

Outstanding Paper Award for Surgical Science, North American Spine Society, 2013

European Society of Anesthesiology, Best Abstract Award, 2013

Eastern Orthopaedic Association / Eastern Orthopaedic Educational Foundation, Resident/Fellow Paper Award, 2015

Spine Across the Sea, Best Papers Session, 2015

North American Spine Society Best Papers: Measurement of Surgical Outcomes, 2015

North American Spine Society, Value Award Nomination, 2015

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Best Poster: Spine, 2016

International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, Best Paper Awards Finalist, 2016

The Leading Physicians of the World, Publication, International Association of Orthopedic Surgeons (IAO), 2016

America’s Best Physicians, National Consumer Advisory Board, 2017

Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, Marquis Who’s Who, 2017

Lumbar Spine Research Society, Best Paper Award, 2018

Scoliosis Research Society, Hibbs Clinical Research Award Nominees, 2018

Il Leone di San Marco Award in Medicine, Italian Heritage and Culture Committee, 2019

Leon Wiltse Award for Best Overall Paper, Charles D. Ray Award for Best Clinical Paper, International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, 2020

Journal of the American Medical Association

The New England Journal of Medicine


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. Cammisa’s published research can be viewed here.

American Medical Association (1980-present)

Member, Medical Society of the State of New York, 1980-2019

Member, Alumni Association, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, 1982-present

Member, Alumni Association of Hospital for Special Surgery, 1987-present

Member, Miami Spine Fellowship Alumni Association, 1988-present

Honorary Member, Scientific Research Team, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, 1998-present

Member, New York County Medical Society, 1989-present

Member, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1990-present

Member, Groupe International Cotrel-Dubousset (G.I.C.D.), 1992-2000

Member, Eastern Orthopaedic Association, 1993-2018

Member, New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1993-present

Member, North American Spine Society, 1994-present

Member, International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, 1994-2006

Member, Cervical Spine Research Society, 1994-present

Member, American Spinal Injury Association, 1994-2005

Member, Scoliosis Research Society, 1995-present

Member, Irish American Orthopaedic Society, 1995-present

Member, Scoliosis Association of Long Island, 1995-present

Member, National Scoliosis Association, 1995-present

Member, John Jones Surgical Society, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, 1997-present

Member, New York Weill Cornell Medical Center, Alumni Council, 1998-present

Member, Spine Arthroplasty Society, International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, 2001-present

Honorary Member, Argentine Association of Orthopaedics & Traumatology, 2001

Member, American Orthopaedic Association, 2006-present

Member, Society of Lateral Access Surgery, 2008-present

Founding Member, Lumbar Spine Research Society, 2008-present

Member, Society of Nucleus Arthroplasty, 2008-present

Member, NFL Physicians Society, 2014-present

Member, Biologic Association, 2020-present

Dr. Cammisa accepts the following insurances: UNH/Oxford, Aetna and WC & NF (NY and NJ only).

For more details, please contact Dr. Cammisa’s insurance billing contact.
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Frank P. Cammisa Jr., MD, F.A.C.S.

Frank P. Cammisa, Jr., MD, is Chief Emeritus of HSS Spine and a Professor of Clinical Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. He specializes in the surgical treatment of spinal disorders. His areas of expertise include spinal reconstructive surgery, minimally invasive surgery, athletic spinal injuries, and motion preservation techniques. He served as Chief of the HSS Spine Service for 22 years. Under his leadership, the service grew into a multidisciplinary spine program inspiring significant advances in patient care and substantial growth of our world-class spinal surgical educational program. During Dr. Cammisa’s leadership, the Spine Fellowship Program trained over 120 clinical fellows that are represented around the globe. In addition, he founded the Integrated Spine Research Program at HSS to bring research from concept to clinical driving innovation in spine care and providing opportunities for research fellows and students.

In addition to Dr. Cammisa’s active clinical practice, he conducts research to advance the treatment of complex spine conditions. He has received numerous prestigious research grants from various funding agencies, including the National Institutes of Health. He has been recognized by New York Magazine as one of “12 doctors who are reinventing medicine,” based on his research of artificial disc replacement to relieve debilitating back and neck pain. He is on the medical staff of the New York Giants and is a spinal surgery consultant to the National Hockey League Players Association.

Dr. Cammisa has published over 250 original scientific papers in prestigious medical journals and has made more than 500 scientific presentations at national and international meetings. He has co-authored more than 30 chapters in medical textbooks and edited a textbook titled “Dynamic Reconstruction of the Spine.” His numerous awards include the Lewis Clark Wagner Award, the AOA North American Traveling Fellowship, the Nancy Kane Bischoff Award for Teaching, EOA Spine Research Award and Founder’s Award, the NASS Outstanding Paper Award, the LSRS Best Paper Award, the ISSLS Best Paper Award, Best Paper and the Best Clinical Paper Awards at IMAST and the Outstanding Publication Award from the Austrian Society for Spine Surgery.

Dr. Cammisa graduated from Tufts University, summa cum laude with election to Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society. He completed his general surgery residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and his orthopedic surgery residency at Hospital for Special Surgery. His fellowship in spinal surgery was completed in the Departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurological Surgery at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Medical Center and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

Dr. Cammisa Receives Lifetime Achievement Award From HSS

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