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Ezriel E. Kornel, MD, FACS, FAANS

Ezriel Kornel MD

Get to know Dr. Kornel.

A principal of Brain and Spine Surgeons of New York since 1990, Dr. Kornel is at the forefront of minimally invasive neurosurgery (MIS). MIS is used to minimize the trauma of surgery and increase the speed of recovery. Stemming from his interest in microsurgery, Dr. Kornel has become an expert in minimally invasive endoscopic surgery of the spine as well as minimally invasive approaches in the surgical treatment of brain tumors. Because of his particular interest in cervical spine surgery, he is one of the first neurosurgeons in the New York metropolitan area to replace damaged cervical discs with the newly introduced artificial discs.


Dr. Kornel was trained in Stockholm in the use of the Gamma Knife and, when indicated, utilizes this stereotactic radiosurgical technique for the treatment of brain tumors as well as for the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia. He is the director of the Institute for Neurosciences at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, NY and is affiliated with many of the leading hospitals in the area.


Dr. Kornel gained his initial expertise during his neurosurgical residency at the George Washington University Medical Center under the tutelage of Hugo Rizzoli, M.D., at the time one of the most renowned and respected neurosurgeons in the world. Dr. Kornel also has numerous mentions in the biography of James Brady, press secretary to President Reagan, because of his involvement in Mr. Brady’s care after his tragic gunshot injury. Highly personalized attention combined with the utmost dedication to the ultimate well-being of his patients is what motivates Dr. Kornel in his efforts to continue expanding and honing his expertise.

Hospital Appointments


  • M.D. Rush Medical College, Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital
  • A.B. Cornell University

Postgraduate Training and Fellowships

  • General Surgery, Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C., 1978-1979
  • Neurological Surgery, George Washington University Hospital, Washington, D.C., 1979-1984
  • Microneurosurgery Course — University of Vienna, Austria, July 1984

Specialty Certification

  • American Board of Neurological Surgeons, 1987

Leadership Positions

  • Chief of Neurosurgery, Metropolitan Hospital 1993-1997
  • Chief of Neurosurgery, Northern Westchester Hospital, Mount Kisco, NY 1999-2002
  • Director of Neurosurgical Trauma, Lincoln Hospital, Bronx, NY 1993-1997
  • Past President, The New York State Neurosurgical Society
  • Past Director, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Director, Institute for Neurosciences, Northern Westchester Hospital, 1999-2011
  • Director-At-Large, Orthopedic and Spine Institute, Northern Westchester Hospital, 2011-present

Honors, Awards & Societies

  • Member, Board of Directors, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Member, Board of Directors, Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company
  • President, New York State Neurosurgical Society, 2003-2005
  • President-Elect, New York State Neurosurgical Society, 2001-2003
  • Vice President, New York State Neurosurgical Society, 1999-2001
  • Secretary-Treasurer, New York State Neurosurgical Society, 1997-1999
  • Chairman, Young Neurosurgeons Committee, JCSNS, 1989
  • Delegate, Joint Council of State of Neurosurgical Societies, 1987-1992, 2003-present
  • Vice-Chairman, Young Neurosurgeons Committee, JCSNS, 1988
  • Member, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Member — Joint Section of Neurotrauma
  • Member — Joint Section on Spine
  • Founding Board Member, Gilda’s Club, Manhattan, New York
  • Director, “Winterfest”, Gilda’s Club, 1997,1998
  • Member, Congress of Neurological Surgery
  • Founder & Director for Center for Neurochiropractic Education
  • Member, Westchester County Medical Society
  • Member, Peer Review Committee, Westchester County Medical Society
  • Member, Medical Society of the State of New York
  • Member, New England Neurosurgical Society, 1984-1990
  • Member, Massachusetts Medical Society, 1984-1990
  • Founding Member of the Massachusetts Republican Physicians Committee

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery, New York Medical College, 1993-2000
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, Yale University School of Medicine, 2000-2004
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Columbia University School of Medicine, 2004-2012
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, Weill Cornell Medical College, 2013-Present

Hospital Affiliations

  • Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich, CT
  • Lawrence Hospital, Bronxville, NY
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital, Manhattan, NY
  • Northern Westchester Hospital Center, Mt Kisco, NY
  • Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY
  • White Plains Hospital, White Plains, NY

Insurance Plans Accepted

  • Workers Comp
  • No-Fault
  • Pomco
  • Corvel Workers Comp PPO
  • Aetna
  • Cigna

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