Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Andrew C. Hecht of Mount Sinai Medical Center

Written by Laura Dyrda | August 19, 2010 | Print  |
As the spine surgical consultant for the New York Jets, the co-director of spine surgery and director of the NFL spine center program for retired players at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, Andrew C. Hecht, MD, is a busy, but effective, surgeon.

Dr. Hecht's clinical interests include cervical and lumbar spine surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, microsurgery, spine trauma and tumors. In a recent issue of The Daily News, Dr. Hecht spoke about another one of his clinical interests: the herniated disks. A new treatment method he discussed is the cervical artificial disc replacement. The physician replaces the disk with an implant made from titanium and polyethylene plastic instead of using small pieces of bone.

"What's nice about this is it preserves the motion of the disk, and that reduces the stress on surrounding disks," said Dr. Hecht in the article.

Among his recognitions, Dr. Hecht has been named one of Castle Connolly's Top Doctors for the New York metro area for orthopedic spin surgery from 2008 to 2010 as well as a top physician for spine surgery by the Consumer Research Council of America from 2008 to 2010. Additionally, he was elected to the New York Times Super Doctors for 2009 and 2010 list.

He remains at the forefront of spine surgery through his research projects which have been presented at numerous national meetings and through his position on the editorial review board for several spine journals. Dr. Hecht is the founder and co-director of the Newton-Wellesley spine center in Newton, Mass., and the director of the spine surgery fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Hecht received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston, where he also completed his orthopedic surgery residency. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery at Emory Spine Center in Atlanta.

Read other coverage on orthopedic and spine leaders:

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Gary Michelson of Los Angeles


- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Mark Flood of Celling Treatment Centers


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