Andrew K Chan, MD

Specialties:
Neurological Spine Surgery, Neurological Surgery
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Overview

Dr. Andrew Chan serves as Co-Director of Minimally Invasive Scoliosis Surgery and Director of Neurosurgical Spine Research. 

In patient care, Dr. Chan specializes in surgeries for a variety of conditions, including spinal deformities such as scoliosis and kyphosis, spinal tumors, and degenerative spinal disease (affecting the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine). His surgical techniques range from minimally invasive to complex. 

Dr. Chan earned his medical degree at Columbia University's Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his residency in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. His additional training includes a fellowship in spinal deformity and minimally invasive complex spine surgery at Duke University.

Dr. Chan is focused on improving spine surgical care via his research. He has won multiple awards for his research including: The Neurosurgery Top Spine Paper of the Year with the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS); the Stewart Dunsker Award for Best Clinical Spine Abstract at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS); and the Journalistic and Academic Neurosurgical Excellence (J.A.N.E.) and Mayfield Clinical Science Awards at the AANS/CNS Joint Section Meeting on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. He also prides himself on his patient care, having received the prestigious Howard Naffziger Award for Outstanding Clinical Service while at UCSF.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Abscess Drainage
  • Achondroplasia
  • Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Adult Scoliosis Surgery
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arachnoid Cyst
  • Arthritis of Spine
  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Astrocytoma
  • Back Injuries
  • Back Pain
  • Bulging Disc
  • Cavernous Malformation
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Conditions
  • Cervical and Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Cervical Fusion
  • Cervical Neck Pain
  • Cervical Spinal Disorders
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Congenital Anomalies of Spine
  • Congenital Spinal Malformation
  • Degenerative Spine Disease
  • Disc Herniations
  • Failed Back Surgical Syndrome
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Juvenile Scoliosis
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Kyphosis
  • Laminectomy
  • Low Back and Neck Pain
  • Lumbar Decompression
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microsurgery of the Spine
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Neuromuscular Scoliosis
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Reconstructive Spine Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Second Opinion
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Spinal Disease
  • Spinal Fusions
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Vascular Malformation
  • Spine (all aspects)
  • Spine Cancer
  • Spine Deformity
  • Spine Disorder
  • Spine Fusion Surgery
  • Spine Injuries
  • Spine Pain
  • Spondylisthesis
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Tethered Cord Syndrome
  • Traumatic Spine Stabilization
  • Vertebroplasty

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery

Administrative Titles

  • Co-Director of Minimally Invasive Scoliosis Surgery
  • Director of Neurosurgical Spine Research

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Languages

  • English

Gender

  • Male

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Insurance Accepted

Aetna

  • Aetna Signature Administrators
  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • NY Signature
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Student Health

Affinity Health Plan

  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

AgeWell

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Special Needs

Amida Care

  • Special Needs

Cigna

  • EPO
  • Great West (National)
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO

Emblem/GHI

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Emblem/HIP

  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield

  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Fidelis Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Healthfirst

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Leaf (Exchange)
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Local 1199

  • NYP Employee Plan

MagnaCare (National)

  • MagnaCare

Medicare

  • Railroad
  • Traditional Medicare

Multiplan

  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty

RiverSpring

  • Special Needs

UnitedHealthcare

  • Compass (Exchange)
  • Empire Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO

VNSNY CHOICE

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • SelectHealth
  • Special Needs

WellCare

  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Internship: University of California, San Francisco
  • Residency: University of California, San Francisco
  • Fellowship: Duke University

Honors & Awards

2022 Mayfield Clinical Science Award - AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves

2022, 2020, 2019, and 2016 Charlie Kuntz Scholar Award - AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves

2021 Reviewer of the Month - Journal of Spine Surgery

2021 CNS/Neurosurgery Top Spine Paper of the Year - Congress of Neurological Surgeons

2021 Howard Naffziger Award for Outstanding Clinical Service - University of California, San Francisco

2021 AANS Stewart Dunsker Award for Best Clinical Spine Abstract - American Association of Neurological Surgeons

2020 Best Basic Science Research Award - UCSF Department of Neurological Surgery

2019 Best Senior Research Paper Award - UCSF Department of Neurological Surgery

2019 Harold Rosegay, PhD, MD Award - San Francisco Neurological Surgery

2019 AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves Journalistic and Academic Neurosurgical Excellence (J.A.N.E.) Award - AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves

2018 Donald O. Quest, MD, FAANS(L) Resident Clinical Science Award - American Association of Neurological Surgeons

2018 Top Abstract Presentation Award - AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves

2017 Academy Scholar - American Academy of Neurological Surgeons

2013 First Place, Clinical Science Oral Presentation - Eastern-Atlantic Student Research Forum

2012 Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship - Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

2010 Weinstein Research Fellowship - Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Research

Selected Publications

Chan AK, Shaffrey CI, Gottfried ON, Park C, Than KD, Bisson EF, Bydon M, Asher AL, Coric D, Potts EA, Foley KT, Wang MY, Fu KM, Virk MS, Knightly JJ, Meyer S, Park P, Upadhyaya C, Shaffrey ME, Buchholz AL, Tumialán LM, Turner JD, Michalopoulos GD, Sherrod BA, Agarwal N, Chou D, Haid RW, Mummaneni PV. Cervical spondylotic myelopathy with severe axial neck pain: is anterior or posterior approach better?J Neurosurg Spine. 2022 Aug 26;:1-14. doi: 10.3171/2022.6.SPINE22110. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 36029264. Chan AK, Shahrestani S, Ballatori AM, Orrico KO, Manley GT, Tarapore PE, Huang M, Dhall SS, Chou D, Mummaneni PV, DiGiorgio AM. Is the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hierarchical Condition Category Risk Adjustment Model Satisfactory for Quantifying Risk After Spine Surgery?Neurosurgery. 2022 Jul 1;91(1):123-131. doi: 10.1227/neu.0000000000001980. Epub 2022 May 16. PubMed PMID: 35550453. Chan AK, Eastlack RK, Fessler RG, Than KD, Chou D, Fu KM, Park P, Wang MY, Kanter AS, Okonkwo DO, Nunley PD, Anand N, Uribe JS, Mundis GM, Bess S, Shaffrey CI, Le VP, Mummaneni PV. Two- and three-year outcomes of minimally invasive and hybrid correction of adult spinal deformityJ Neurosurg Spine. 2022 Apr 1;36(4):595-608. doi: 10.3171/2021.7.SPINE21138. Print 2022 Apr 1. Review. PubMed PMID: 34740175. Chan AK, Wozny TA, Bisson EF, Pennicooke BH, Bydon M, Glassman SD, Foley KT, Shaffrey CI, Potts EA, Shaffrey ME, Coric D, Knightly JJ, Park P, Wang MY, Fu KM, Slotkin JR, Asher AL, Virk MS, Kerezoudis P, Alvi MA, Guan J, Haid RW, Mummaneni PV. Classifying Patients Operated for Spondylolisthesis: A K-Means Clustering Analysis of Clinical Presentation PhenotypesNeurosurgery. 2021 Nov 18;89(6):1033-1041. doi: 10.1093/neuros/nyab355. PubMed PMID: 34634113. Chan AK, Mummaneni PV, Burke JF, Mayer RR, Bisson EF, Rivera J, Pennicooke B, Fu KM, Park P, Bydon M, Glassman SD, Foley KT, Shaffrey CI, Potts EA, Shaffrey ME, Coric D, Knightly JJ, Wang MY, Slotkin JR, Asher AL, Virk MS, Kerezoudis P, Alvi MA, Guan J, Haid RW, Chou D. Does reduction of the Meyerding grade correlate with outcomes in patients undergoing decompression and fusion for grade I degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis?J Neurosurg Spine. 2021 Sep 17;:1-8. doi: 10.3171/2021.3.SPINE202059. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34534963. Chan AK, Ballatori A, Nyayapati P, Mummaneni NV, Coughlin D, Liebenberg E, Külling FA, Zhang N, Waldorff EI, Ryaby JT, Lotz JC. Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields Accelerate Sensorimotor Recovery Following Experimental Disc HerniationSpine (Phila Pa 1976). 2021 Feb 15;46(4):E222-E233. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000003762. PubMed PMID: 33475275. Chan AK, Bisson EF, Bydon M, Glassman SD, Foley KT, Shaffrey CI, Potts EA, Shaffrey ME, Coric D, Knightly JJ, Park P, Wang MY, Fu KM, Slotkin JR, Asher AL, Virk MS, Kerezoudis P, Alvi MA, Guan J, Haid RW, Mummaneni PV. Predictors of the Best Outcomes Following Minimally Invasive Surgery for Grade 1 Degenerative Lumbar SpondylolisthesisNeurosurgery. 2020 Nov 16;87(6):1130-1138. doi: 10.1093/neuros/nyaa206. PubMed PMID: 32497184. Chan AK, Santacatterina M, Pennicooke B, Shahrestani S, Ballatori AM, Orrico KO, Burke JF, Manley GT, Tarapore PE, Huang MC, Dhall SS, Chou D, Mummaneni PV, DiGiorgio AM. Does state malpractice environment affect outcomes following spinal fusions? A robust statistical and machine learning analysis of 549,775 discharges following spinal fusion surgery in the United StatesNeurosurg Focus. 2020 Nov;49(5):E18. doi: 10.3171/2020.8.FOCUS20610. PubMed PMID: 33130616. Chan AK, Badiee RK, Rivera J, Chang CC, Robinson LC, Mehra RN, Tan LA, Clark AJ, Dhall SS, Chou D, Mummaneni PV. Crossing the Cervicothoracic Junction During Posterior Cervical Fusion for Myelopathy Is Associated With Superior Radiographic Parameters But Similar Clinical OutcomesNeurosurgery. 2020 Oct 15;87(5):1016-1024. doi: 10.1093/neuros/nyaa241. PubMed PMID: 32577734. Chan AK, Lau D, Osorio JA, Yue JK, Berven SH, Burch S, Hu SS, Mummaneni PV, Deviren V, Ames CP. Asymmetric Pedicle Subtraction Osteotomy for Adult Spinal Deformity with Coronal Imbalance: Complications, Radiographic and Surgical OutcomesOper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2020 Feb 1;18(2):209-216. doi: 10.1093/ons/opz106. PubMed PMID: 31214712.