Elmhurst Hospital Center

The Department of Neurosurgery at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst offers comprehensive medical and surgical treatment for the complete range neurosurgical diseases. It is one of the busiest emergency departments in the nation and is one of the busiest trauma centers in New York City. Our neurosurgeons have particular expertise in managing traumatic brain and spine injuries, neurocritical care, brain tumors, and degenerative spine diseases. We provide care for the residents of Queens regardless of immigration status, insurance status, or ability to pay.

Our doctors are involved with multiple state and national neurosurgical and medical professional organizations. We also train promising young neurosurgeons, who rotate through our hospital. We provide community outreach, including educational programs geared to parents, teachers, coaches, and children about concussions.

Our Doctors

Our doctors are experienced neurosurgeons with sub-specialty expertise.

  • Zachary L. Hickman, MD
    Fellowship trained in Neurotrauma and Critical Care
    Specializes in neurotrauma (brain and spine), brain tumors, spine surgery, and general neurosurgery.
  • Hang S. Byun, MD
    Specializes in neurotrauma and general neurosurgery.

  • Hazem Shoirah, MD 
    Specializes in treatment of strokes, transient ischemic attacks, aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, and carotid stenosis.