“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. 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.

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 complex cervical reconstruction and cervical decompression, as both are procedures that sparked his passion for neurosurgery. He focuses on spine conditions and neck operations because he appreciates the ability to cater to patients suffering from a neurological deficit.

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 60 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 and New York offices, Dr. Kaiser has the ability to treat and admit patients at the following area hospitals.

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Meet Dr. Michael G. Kaiser

Honors & Awards

See what Dr. Kaiser has accomplished over the years.

 Accomplishments

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

Awards

Best Doctors

Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors (2012-2019)
Castle Connolly Top Doctors: New York Metro Area (2011-2019)
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)

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    Patients' Choice

    This recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients.

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    Compassionate Doctor

    This honor is granted based on a physician’s overall and bedside manner scores.

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    On-Time + Promptness

    This recognizes doctors with consistent high ratings for timeliness of appointments.

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    Top 10 Doctor

    Nominated doctors are reviewed by a team of physicians and selected as the most outstanding healthcare providers to be Top Doctors.

 Accomplishments

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

Awards

Best Doctors

America’s Top Doctors (11th, 12th, 13th and 14th editions)
Top Doctors: New York Metro Area (14th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th editions)
New York Magazine Top Doctors (2014)
America’s 50 Best™ (2015, 2014, 2013)
Press Ganey Recognition (2015)

Patients’ Choice

This recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients.

Compassionate Doctor

This honor is granted based on a physician’s overall and bedside manner scores.

On-Time + Promptness

This recognizes doctors with consistent high ratings for timeliness of appointments.

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America’s Top Doctors

Nominated doctors are reviewed by a team of physicians and selected as the most outstanding healthcare providers to be Top Doctors.

Publications

See the research Dr. Michael G. Kaiser has had published.