Comprehensive Spine Center

The Comprehensive Spine Center is a collaborative partnership between our specialists in neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, and physiatry (non-surgical spine treatment). As recognized experts, Stony Brook is often the destination for patients whose complex cases go beyond the capabilities of other hospitals -- or prior surgeries that need to be revisited. Unmatched patient care is our goal, from initial consultation to surgery or non-surgical care and follow-up. Our Center is active with both research and physician education and our exceptional team, led by Drs. Mark Stephen and Robert Galler, is dedicated to your care and recovery.

Stony Brook University Medical Center is the regional leader in experience and case volume. We are board-certified, have the only level one trauma center in Suffolk County, and have 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week coverage to help facilitate pre- and post-operative care. Our ability to provide excellence in elective procedures as well as emergent situations maintains a continuum of care -- we can address both types of needs under one roof. This unified organizational structure allows us to deliver the full scope of services to you and your family.

Dr. Gutman

We are skilled with both minimally invasive and traditional spine therapies and will work with you and your family to determine the best possible treatment path for your unique situation. We have the experience to know when a surgery will or will not benefit you, and after a thorough evaluation, we will refer you to the most appropriate specialist. Our range of care offerings includes medical therapies, customized physical therapy programs, spinal injections, and the latest in minimally invasive and open surgical techniques. Minimally invasive techniques are often preferred, as they typically reduce pain, complications, and infection risk. In balancing the best outcome with procedural risks, we prefer to advise the least invasive care plan possible. For this reason, we are conservative with surgery and rely on other strategies first.

Dr. Jonathan Raanan, Physiatry/Spine

Dr. Jonathan Raanan

You will meet with one of our physiatrists, such as Dr. Jonathan Raanan, who will work with you on a non-surgical treatment plan that may include a physical therapy or exercise regimen and steroid injections. After a period of time, if these therapies are not successful, you may be referred to a surgeon. If surgery is decided upon, our talented group of orthopedic and neurosurgeons will work together to improve the quality of the service you receive.

The Comprehensive Spine Center is also the only facility in the area with a full-time pediatric neurosurgeon. For infants, children, and young adults with neurological disorders of the spine, our pediatric neurosurgeon will work with you and your child's pediatrician to help determine the most appropriate care for your child's situation.

The Center is equipped with new, technologically advanced operation suites and a state-of-the-art digital imaging system that allows us to perform an array of highly advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques. We offer linear accelerator stereotactic radiosurgery (LINAC) treatment for spinal tumors, which sends highly precise x ray energy to a specific area, fluoro-navigation, intraoperative CT image guidance, and MEPs/SSCPs for intraoperative monitoring, which may be used during surgery for back and neck problems. During spinal fusion and regeneration procedures, we use bone morphogenic protein and biologics, which stimulate bone growth naturally. After treatment, we will continue to be available to you and will help arrange pain management and any physical therapy or rehabilitation services that are called for.

Although people come to us from all over the country and we have a case volume comparable to that of Manhattan hospitals, we are known and trusted in the community for our level of expertise and our accessibility. We are easy to get to and welcome all spine patients who come through our doors. Our hotline, (631) 444-SPIN(E) (7746), is a special resource for you to call with any questions or concerns.

Our services include:

Medical and Physical Therapy

  • Medication

  • Physical therapies including stretches, core strengthening exercises, and massage

Interventional Physiatry

  • Facet joint injections

  • Trigger point injections

  • Epidural steroid injections

  • Medial branch nerve blocks

  • Sacro-iliac joint injections

  • Diagnostic lumbar discography

Minimally Invasive Procedures

  • Radiofrequency ablation

  • Microdiskectomy

  • Rhizotomy

  • Kyphoplasty

  • Repair of herniated disk or vertebral fracture


  • Scoliosis repair

  • Spinal fusion

  • Laminectomy

  • Diskectomy

  • Bone graft

  • Spinal arthroplasty

  • Motion preservation surgery

  • Reconstruction for spinal deformity

  • Removal of benign and cancerous tumors

We offer our patients tomorrow's treatments today through our many clinical trials. Our patients may elect to participate in ongoing, cutting-edge, clinical research trials that are being conducted at our institution. Participation in a clinical trial can provide patients with access to new research treatments before they are widely available. Click on the following website links to access more information on the current clinical trials offered at Stony Brook University Medical Center:

Office of Clinical Trials:

General Clinical Research Center (GCRC):