Neurosurgical Spine Service

The Neurosurgical Spine Service at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston is dedicated to delivering the highest quality of care for our patients. Our team of surgeons, physician assist-ants and nurse practitioners work together to diagnose and treat the full spectrum of spinal disorders, ranging from herniated discs to complex spinal reconstruction for tumors and deformity.

We offer appointments at five locations: Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain, Brigham and Women’s/Mass General Health Care Center in Foxborough, Brigham and Women's Neurosurgery of South Weymouth and Brigham and Women’s Neurosurgery of Milford. For contact information and directions, click here

Conditions and Disorders

Conditions our surgeons commonly treat include:

  • Disc herniation
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal fractures and disorders
  • Spinal infections
  • Spinal and nerve tumors
  • Spinal vascular disease
  • Spinal deformity and scoliosis
  • Chiari malformation
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Failed back syndrome

Diagnosis and Treatment

Our surgeons are experts in a full range of treatment options for disorders of the spine. Surgical treatments for these conditions include: 

  • Spinal decompression (Laminectomy, Microdiscectomy)
  • Spinal fusion
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Arthroplasty/motion preserving surgery
  • Complex spinal reconstruction 
  • Multidisciplinary spinal tumor surgery and care

Our Surgeons

Michael Groff, MD

Michael Groff, MD

Director, Spinal Neurosurgery; Co-director Spine Service

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John Chi, MD, MPH

John Chi, MD, MPH

Director of Neurosurgical Spinal Oncology

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Yi Lu, MD, PhD

Yi Lu, MD, PhD


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Tracy Ansay, MD

Tracy Ansay, MD


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Timothy R. Smith, MD, MPH, PhD

Timothy R. Smith, MD, MPH, PhD


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