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John Galeno, MD

John Galeno, MD

Get to know Dr. Galeno.

Dr. John Galeno is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in Spinal Surgery and General Orthopedics. He is also an Assistant Professor of Orthopedics at New York Medical College.


He received his undergraduate degree from Fordham University and a medical degree from the University of Bologna School of Medicine. His residency in Orthopedic Surgery was completed at New York Medical College.


After residency training, he completed a fellowship in spinal surgery with Dr. John Kostuik at the University of Toronto. In the field of spinal surgery, Dr. Galeno performs complex surgical procedures for spinal deformities such as scoliosis and kyphosis; he also specializes in spinal trauma and degenerative problems involving the spine. He is trained in minimally invasive spinal techniques, as well as artificial disc replacement. He has also trained in the robotic navigation technique to improve accuracy during spine instrumentation surgery.


Dr. Galeno has presented at the International Scoliosis Research Society Meeting and has been a guest lecturer on topics involving the Spine and General Orthopedics.


“Although I perform many General Orthopedic procedures, including arthroscopic surgeries, total joint replacements, and minor hand and foot surgeries, my main area of expertise is the Spine,” says Dr. Galeno. “Most degenerative problems of the spine can be treated conservatively, with physical therapy, pain management, and rest.”


Dr. Galeno also stated that he spends a significant amount of time discussing treatment options with his patients, carefully explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each.


“Only after non-operative treatment is exhausted do we consider surgery to correct the problem,” he said. “My patients are directly involved in the decision-making process. In my mind, it is of the utmost importance for my patients to understand their problem and how we embark on a treatment plan for any orthopedic problem.”

Hospital Appointments


  • Orthopedic Surgery and Spine Surgery


  • Fordham University, Bachelor of Science (Major in Biology)
  • University of Bologna, School of Medicine & Surgery,
    Doctor of Medicine, Bologna, Italy
  • The Methodist Hospital (Affiliated with the State University of NY at Downstate Medical Center), Supervised Clinical Clerkship
    Certification, Brooklyn, New York

Residency Training

  • New York Medical College (Westchester County Medical Center; Metropolitan Hospital), General Surgery 1979-1980
  • New York Medical College, (Westchester County Medical; Metropolitan Hospital; Lincoln Hospital), Orthopedic Surgery 1980-1984

Fellowship Training

  • University of Toronto, Canada (Toronto General Hospital),
    Spinal Surgery (Orthopedic Surgery) 1984-1985


  • New York State License to practice Medicine and Surgery, 1981
  • Federal Licensing Examination, 1981
  • Licensed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, Canada, 1984

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, 1987
  • Recertification by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, 1998, 2008
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, 1989

Academic Appointments

  • New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York
    –  Instructor – Department of Orthopedic Surgery
    –  Assistant Professor – Department of Orthopedic Surgery
    –  Clinical Assistant Professor – Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Professional Society Memberships

  • National Honor Society
  • New York Surgical Society
  • American Medical Association
  • Orthopedic Society of New York Medical College
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
  • Westchester County Medical Society
  • New York Spine Club
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Contact us today to make an appointment with Dr. Galeno.