Dr. Robert Heary is the Director of the Spine Center and one of the premier
physicians in comprehensive spine care providing a full range of conservative
and surgical interventions for a wide range of spinal disorders. He is
also Director of the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit and Professor of
Neurosurgery. He is an attending neurosurgeon in area hospitals and serves
as a Consulting Medical Staff Physician at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation
in West Orange, New Jersey.
Dr. Heary is on the editorial boards of Neurosurgery and the Journal of
Spinal Disorders and Techniques. He has authored over 70 peer-reviewed
journal articles, 100 abstracts, and 35 book chapters and has been on
the faculty of over 160 instructional courses at national neurosurgery
meetings. His major areas of research interest are minimally invasive
spinal surgery, spine and spinal cord injury, spine and spinal cord tumors,
and spinal deformity.
He is an active member of many societies, including the American Association
of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS),
AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine & Peripheral Nerves,
Cervical Spine Research Society, North American Spine Society, Scoliosis
Research Society, Neurosurgical Society of America, and the Society of
Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Heary has been involved in many committees
of these organizations, including serving as the Chairman of the Scientific
Program Committee and the Education Committee for the AANS/CNS Joint Section
on Disorders of the Spine & Peripheral Nerves. He is currently the
Chairman of the Section. In addition, he has served as the Vice-Chairman
of the AANS Public Relations Committee and the Scientific Program Committee
Chairman of the Cervical Spine Research Society.
Dr. Heary earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh
School of Medicine and completed a residency in Neurological Surgery at
the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical
School in Newark, New Jersey. Following his residency, Dr. Heary completed
a spine fellowship in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson
University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.