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.