“The real challenge is determining whether surgery should be performed, what type of surgery is best for a given situation and navigating the patient and their family through the stresses associated with an operation.”

Dr. Michael G. Kaiser

About Dr. Michael G. Kaiser

Dr. Michael Kaiser became a neurosurgeon due to his lifetime interest in neurological sciences. In medical school, he anticipated he would become a surgeon. After watching a cranial neurological procedure, he knew he wanted to pursue this interest.

On a daily basis, Dr. Kaiser is driven by the opportunity to engage in personal interactions with his patients and to provide them with peace of mind. He is motivated by improvements in the diagnostic process and the ability neurosurgeons have to serve as patient advocates. Dr. Kaiser understands not all candidates benefit from a surgical procedure. He takes pride in making this distinction for his patients.

Training & Education

Dr. Kaiser received his undergraduate degree from New York University, where he graduated summa cum laude as a Farr Scholar and Biology Representative for his class. He was class President and awarded his doctorate from the Yale University School of Medicine. At Yale, Dr. Kaiser was an American Heart Association Research Fellow. He also won The Peter F. Curran Thesis Award. He completed his internship in the Department of Surgery and his residency in the Department of Neurological Surgery at College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University. Dr. Kaiser also completed a comprehensive spine fellowship at Emory University.

Dr. Kaiser has been engaged in clinical research throughout his training. While at Yale medical school he received the American Heart Association Research grant to study cerebral blood flow physiology and was awarded the Peter F Curran thesis award. During his residency at Columbia University, he was engaged in novel treatments of brain tumors and authored several book chapters on spine surgery. During his spine fellowship at Emory University, he conducted cutting edge clinical research on patients undergoing both cervical and lumbar fusion procedures and published these results in leading peer reviewed journals. Dr. Kaiser specializes in treatments for cervical and lumbar degenerative disease, complex cervical spine reconstructions, spinal cord and nerve tumors, spine tumors, and minimally invasive spinal procedures. The ability to assist patients suffering from a neurological deficit has been a focus of his career.


Dr. Kaiser has been an active member of numerous national neurosurgical societies including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), Society of University Neurosurgeons (SUNS), and the AANS/CNS Joint Section of Spine and Peripheral Disorders. He routinely presents and moderates courses, teaching his fellow neurosurgeons, at annual meetings of the AANS and CNS. He has served on the editorial board for the AANS Journal of Neurosurgery:Spine, completing his 5 year term in 2017, and has served as a guest examiner for the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS). He has been an ad-hoc reviewer for other peer reviewed journals including Neurosurgery, The Spine Journal, and Neurosurgical Focus. He has also been a member of the medical advisory board for the Alan T. Brown Foundation to cure paralysis. His publications are numerous, having authored over 70 peer reviewed articles, 16 textbook chapters, and recently served as lead editor on a textbook describing the surgical care of patients with cervical degenerative disease. Finally, he has been a major participant in the development of national guidelines pertaining to cervical and lumbar degenerative disease and thoracolumbar trauma, providing his fellow neurosurgeons with a foundation to provide appropriate care for patients suffering from such conditions.

In addition to his work with Neurosurgeons of New Jersey, Dr. Kaiser is a former Associate Professor of Neurosurgery with the Department of the College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University.

Hospital Privileges

In addition to working out of our Ridgewood office, Dr. Kaiser has the ability to treat and admit patients at the following area hospitals.

Honors & Awards

See what Dr. Kaiser has accomplished over the years.


  • Served on the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine editorial board (2013-2018)


  • Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors (2012-2020)
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors: New York Metro Area (2011-2020)
  • New York Magazine: Top Doctors (2014, 2017-2019)
  • Vitals Patients’ Choice Award (2010, 2011, 2014-2018)
  • Vitals Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2010, 2014-2018)
  • Vitals on-time Doctor award (2014-2018)
  • Best Doctors in America ® (2009-2020)
  • America’s 50 Best ™ (2015, 2014, 2013)
  • Press Ganey Recognition (2015)


  • Aetna Medicare
  • Aetna Meritain & Assure
  • Aetna Signature (1199 & GEHA)
  • Aetna Whole Health
  • Cigna Mohawk Valley (PPO only thru Valley Cigna)
  • Clover Medicare – Case by Case exception
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (Blue Card/Suitcase/PPO)
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ (commercial)
  • Horizon Braven Health (PPO, HMO-POS)
  • Braven Medicare Choice PPO
  • Braven Medicare Freedom PPO
  • Braven Medicare Group HMO-POS
  • Braven Medicare Access group HMO-POS
  • Medicare (Part A and Part B)
  • No Fault- NJ only
  • Omnia (tier 1)
  • Oxford Garden State Health Plan
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • UHC under Empire/NYSHIP plan
  • United HealthCare (commercial, including All Savers) UMR
  • Worker’s Comp- NJ Only

Recent Videos

New Director of Spine at Valley Hospital: Dr Michael Kaiser

Spine Surgery Patient : Brian Teter

Brian Teter is an active father of two twin boys. He began to feel a tingling sensation in his left arm, which lasted up to 6 months.

He noticed this complication was preventing him from performing everyday activities. He met with Dr. Kaiser of Neurosurgeons of New Jersey, where he performed routine physical assessments, which led to an MRI. His nerve was being crushed between two vertebrae, which caused weakness in his left arm. He was then scheduled for surgery to fuse his neck. At eight months post-op, Brian has regained strength in his left arm and a sense of normalcy.

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