Physicians

Andrew C. Hecht, MD, Co-director of Spine Surgery

Dr. Hecht is the Co-director of Spine Surgery at Mount Sinai in the Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedics. Dr. Hecht is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Harvard Medical School as well as a trauma fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr.Hecht completed a Spine Surgery Fellowship at Emory University Spine Center. Dr. Hecht holds dual appointments in orthopaedic surgery and neurosurgery.

Dr. Hecht is the spine surgical consultant to the New York Jets, New York Islanders, and New York Dragons professional teams, as well as numerous collegiate teams at Hofstra University and Molloy College. Dr. Hecht is the Director of the NFL Spine Care Program for retired players at Mount Sinai (one of five sites across the country) and is the only orthopaedic spine surgeon in the northeast to be a part of this program. He also directs the acute spinal injury program for the NY Jets.

Dr. Hecht was selected for NY Magazine's Top Doctors. He was also selected by the prestigious Castle and Connolly's Top Doctors for the New York Metro Area for Orthopaedic Spine Surgery as well as Castle Connolly's "Top Doctors in America" for Orthopaedic Spine Surgery. In addition, he was selected as "Top Physician" for Spine Surgery by the Consumer Research Council of America. He was also elected to the NY Times Super Doctors as well as Best Doctors in America. Upon completing his spine fellowship at Emory University Spine Center, Dr. Hecht returned to Boston and joined the faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Most recently, he was the founder and Medical Co-Director of The Newton-Wellesley Spine Center and the Director of the Spine Surgery Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Hecht's clinical interests include cervical and lumbar spine surgery, the evaluation and surgical management of degenerative disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine (such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis), minimally invasive spine surgery microsurgery, spine trauma and tumors. Dr. Hecht is a nationally recognized leader in spine surgery. He has authored numerous articles and contributed to numerous textbooks in the field of spine surgery. His research has been presented at numerous national meetings. He often serves on the faculty of courses to teach the newest surgical techniques to other spine surgeons. He also serves on the editorial review board of one of the most prestigious spine surgery journals. Dr. Hecht is a member of the North American Spine Society.


Sean E. McCance, MD, Co-director of Spine Surgery

Dr. McCance serves as Co-Director of Spine Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He is a graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. Dr. McCance completed a Spine Surgery Fellowship at the prestigious Minnesota Spine Center in Minneapolis, and is Board certified in both Orthopaedic Surgery and Spine Surgery.

Dr. McCance was recognized in a national survey of physicians as one of the "Best Doctors" for spine surgery in 2003. He has since been selected by numerous peer reviewed organizations including "America's Best Doctors", "New York Super Doctors", "America's Top Physicians" , and he has been the recipient of the “Patients’ Choice Award”. Dr McCance was noted as one of New York City’s “30 Top Doctors” by NY Resident Magazine.

Dr McCance has enjoyed practicing exclusively spine surgery in Manhattan for the last 14 years, and has personally performed over 3000 spine surgeries. He is the Director of “Spine Associates”, one of the busiest Spine Surgery practices in Manhattan. Dr McCance spends 3 to 4 days a week in the operating room. He has particular expertise in complex reconstructive spine surgery including revision cervical and lumbar surgery, scoliosis and spondylolisthesis. Conditions commmonly treated by Dr McCance include herniated disk of the cervical and lumbar spine, spinal stenosis, low back pain, scoliosis in children and adults, spondylolisthesis, spinal fracture, tumor and infection.

Dr. McCance has authored numerous articles in the field of spine surgery, on topics including cervical and lumbar surgery, scoliosis, and sports-related spine injuries. He has presented his research at both national and international meetings, and is a member of the North American Spine Society and the Scoliosis Research Society.


Sheeraz A. Qureshi, M.D., Assistant Professor, Orthopaedics

Dr. Sheeraz A. Qureshi is an Assistant Professor of Spinal Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in the Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He also serves as the Chief of Spinal Trauma at Elmhurst Hospital Center. Dr. Qureshi is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Icahn School of Medicine where he was selected by the Department to serve as Administrative Chief Resident in his final year. Dr. Qureshi completed a Spinal Surgery Fellowship at University Hospitals Case Medical Center under the direction of Dr. Henry Bohlman who has trained more leading academic spine surgeons than anyone else in the world.

Dr. Qureshi’s clinical interests include cervical and lumbar spinal surgery, the evaluation and surgical management of degenerative disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine (such as herniated discs and spinal stenosis), minimally invasive spine surgery, microsurgery, spinal trauma and spinal tumors. Dr. Qureshi is a nationally recognized leader in spinal surgery and has advanced expertise in motion sparing procedures of the cervical and lumbar spine including artificial disc replacement. He has authored numerous articles and contributed to numerous textbooks in the field of spinal surgery. His research has been presented at numerous national meetings. He often serves on the faculty of courses to teach the newest surgical techniques to other spinal surgeons.

His research interests include clinical outcomes after spinal surgery as well as biological and biomechanical effects of motion sparing spinal technology.


Samuel Cho, MD, Assistant Professor, Orthopaedics

Darryl Antonacci, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Orthopaedics

Andrew Merola, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Orthopaedics

Franco Cerabona, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Orthopaedics

Vikas Varma, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Orthopaedics


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Andrew C. Hecht, MD
Co-director of Spine Surgery
Tel: 212-241-8892

Sean E. McCance, MD
Co-director of Spine Surgery
Tel: 212-360-6500

Orthopaedic Spine Surgery
The Mount Sinai Hospital
5 East 98th Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10029