Neurosurgeon in New York, New York (NY)

Michael Virk MD, PhD



  • Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care
    240 East 59th Street, Second Floor
    New York, New York, 10022 - United States
    Phone: (877) 728-0439

About Our Practice

Michael Virk, M.D., Ph.D. is an award-winning neurosurgeon specializing in minimally invasive and complex spine surgery. He is committed to a patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach to treat patients with spinal disorders that might include deformity, tumor, trauma, spinal cord injury, and degenerative disease. Dr. Virk uses state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques with intraoperative, computer-assisted navigation as well as spinal endoscopy. He also employs fundamental, open surgical strategies in patients who will benefit most from these.

Dr. Virk’s research interests are in spinal cord injury and pain, as well as in long-term outcomes following spinal surgery for deformity, tumors, and degenerative disease. As such, he follows his post-operative patients for long periods following surgery and continues to utilize a team-based approach during this period. Integrative care, of which surgery is but one component, is a cornerstone of his patient treatment philosophy. Dr. Virk’s ultimate treatment goal is to help patients regain function to the greatest extent possible with minimal pain and short hospital stays so that they can return to enjoying their lives.

At Weill Cornell Medicine, Dr. Virk specializes in:

·         Ankylosing Spondylitis

·         Back Pain

·         Basilar Invagination

·         Herniated Disc

·         Radiculopathy

·         Scoliosis

·         Spinal Compression Fractures

·         Spinal Cord Injuries

·         Spinal Stenosis

·         Spinal Tumors

·         Spondylolisthesis

Dr. Virk graduated from St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco, California, before traveling east to earn an undergraduate degree in Psychology with a concentration in Biopsychology at Cornell University. He continued on to the Medical Scientist Training Program at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, where he earned his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. He completed his residency in Neurological Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. During his residency, Dr. Virk completed a research fellowship at the Rockefeller University. Following his Chief Resident year, he returned to San Francisco to do a fellowship in minimally invasive and complex spine surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. He joined the faculty of the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center in 2017.

To make an appointment with Dr. Virk, please call 646-962-3388


Michael Virk, MD, PhD currently practices at the Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive SpineCare Group Practice. View all Spine Specialists as this Group.

  • Neurosurgeon
  • Fellowship Trained
Area of Focus
  • Degenerative Spine
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Trauma
  • Tumor / Infection
Hospital Affiliations
  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital
University Affiliations
  • Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
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