“Dedicated exclusively to the care of children, my clinical and research teams work tirelessly to facilitate and advance world class care and achieve the best possible outcomes for children with neurosurgical needs.”

– Dr. Richard C.E. Anderson

About Dr. Richard C.E. Anderson

Dr. Anderson is one of the leading pediatric neurosurgeons in the Tri-State region and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine.

He specializes in the surgical treatment of pediatric brain and spinal tumors, complex spinal disorders (including tethered spinal cords, scoliosis, and instability), spasticity, Chiari I malformation, vascular disorders (including arteriovenous malformations, cavernous malformations, and moyamoya disease), hydrocephalus, and general pediatric neurosurgery.

Dr. Anderson extensively tests and utilizes the latest proven techniques in pediatric neurosurgery, including computer-guided surgical navigation, minimally invasive endoscopy, and microsurgery.

Training & Education

Dr. Anderson received his undergraduate degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude as the top student in his class. He then earned his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, graduating in the top 5% of the class.

After completing his residency and chief residency in neurosurgery at The Neurological Institute of New York at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Anderson spent a year at the University of Utah-Primary Children’s Medical Center receiving advanced fellowship training in pediatric neurosurgery.

Dr. Anderson’s laboratory and clinical research efforts focus on brain tumor immunology and biomechanics of the pediatric cervical spine. He has published over 150 neurosurgical papers and book chapters for the Journal of Neurosurgery-Pediatrics, Neurosurgery, Clinical Immunology, Journal of Immunology, PloSOne, BMC Cancer, and others.

He participates actively in organized pediatric neurosurgery efforts and is currently on the executive committees of the AANS/CNS Section of Pediatric Neurosurgery and the Society of University Neurosurgeons.

Dr. Anderson has been interviewed and featured in US News and World Report, 201 Magazine, New York Magazine, Wikipedia, and The Bergen Record as well as on television networks including ABC and NY1.

He has received over one hundred invitations to lecture and teach courses at domestic and international academic institutions and conferences. Donating time and expertise to those in need has sent him across the country and the world, including Italy, Spain, Brazil, Turkey, Morocco, and China.

Dr. Anderson is consistently named one of America’s Top Doctors, America’s Top Surgeons, Top Doctors in New Jersey, Top Doctors New York Metro area, Top Doctors in New York Magazine, and annually receives the Patient’s Choice Award.

Areas of Excellence

  • Pediatric spinal disorders including Chiari malformation, scoliosis, instability, and tethered spinal cords
  • Pediatric spasticity including selective dorsal rhizotomy and intrathecal baclofen pumps
  • Pediatric craniofacial disorders including craniosynostosis
  • Pediatric brain and spinal cord tumors
  • Pediatric vascular malformations including arteriovenous malformations, cavernous malformations, and moya moya

Conditions Treated

  1. Chiari malformation
  2. Scoliosis
  3. Tethered spinal cord
  4. Selective dorsal rhizotomy
  5. Craniosynostosis
  6. Spondylolisthesis
  7. Brain and spinal cord tumors
  8. Arteriovenous malformations (AVM) and cavernous malformations
  9. Moya moya
  10. Hydrocephalus

Treatments Performed

  • Minimally invasive suboccipital decompression for Chiari malformation
  • Minimally invasive selective dorsal rhizotomy
  • Non-operative and operative correction of scoliosis and spondylolisthesis
  • Release of tethered spinal cord
  • Minimally invasive, endoscopic assisted repair of craniosynostosis
  • Resection of brain and spinal cord tumors
  • Resection and radiosurgical treatment of arteriovenous malformations and cavernous malformations
  • Bypass surgery for treatment of Moya moya syndrome

Hospital Privileges

In addition to working out of our Ridgewood, Livingston and Paterson offices, Dr. Anderson has the ability to treat and admit patients at the following area hospitals.

Valley Hospital Logo MainNYU Langone Health

Honors & Awards

See what Dr. Anderson has accomplished over the years.

Patient’s Choice Award (2009-2021)
America’s Top Doctor (2010-2021)
America’s Top Surgeons (2010-2012)
Castle Connolly’s New York Metro Top Doctor (2012-2021)
America’s Top Doctors for Cancer (2014)
Top Doctors Bergen County (2014-2021)
Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors (2015-2021)
201 Family’s Top Doctors (2016-2021)
Favorite Kid’s Doctors in NJ (2016-2021)
SuperDoctors, New York and Bergen County (2014-2021)

Valley Hospital Affiliate
Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award Recipient (2017)
Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Cranial Neurosurgery (2017)
Five-Star Recipient for Cranial Neurosurgery (2017)


Dr. Anderson is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the New York University Grossman School of Medicine. For further information about his research interests and extensive publications, please visit his NYU website page at the following link:



  • Aetna Medicare
  • Aetna Meritain & Assure
  • Aetna Signature (1199 & GEHA)
  • Aetna Whole Health
  • Americhoice/UHC Community Plan (Anderson & Altschul)
  • 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
  • Horizon NJ Health (Anderson, Appelboom, Bassani, Chancellor & Sattar) (In
  • Network)
  • 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
  • Wellcare Medicaid (Anderson & Altschul in network)
  • Worker’s Comp- NJ Only

Recent Videos

Idiopathic Adolescent Scoliosis – Dr. Richard Anderson

Dr. Richard Anderson provides in-depth information on the types of scoliosis, various treatment options, and the recovery following a surgical procedure.

Patient Video: Meet Gianna

Gianna was diagnosed with scoliosis when she was 11 years old. After a frustrating search for a doctor they could trust, Gianna’s family found Dr. Anderson, a specialist in pediatric scoliosis at Neurosurgeons of New Jersey. After being treated by Dr. Anderson, Gianna was able to make a remarkable return to competitive dance.

Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy : Kayden’s Journey

Kayden was born 17 weeks premature on Mother’s day 2012. After a bilateral brain hemorrhage and being diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, doctors told his family he may never walk, and if he did, it would be a great challenge. Kayden persevered and took his first steps at three years old.

In May 2018, Kayden and his family met Dr. Anderson of Neurosurgeons of New Jersey, where he was evaluated and a great candidate for Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy. After spending days in the hospital and having physical therapy, Kayden is expected to have full physical function in his lower extremities for the rest of his life.

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