You are here

Ira M. Goldstein, M.D.

Director of Neurotrauma
Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery
Ira M. Goldstein, MD

Dr. Ira M. Goldstein is an Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery at Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School.

Dr. Goldstein is the Director of Neurotrauma at University Hospital and leads the Spinal Cord Injury Care team.  He also provides support for the state-of-the-art Peripheral Nerve Center and is active in neuromodulation surgery for the treatment of epilepsy and pain.

Dr. Goldstein has achieved particular expertise in minimally invasive surgery of the spine.  These procedures are used for lumbar fusion for treatment of low back pain, resection of tumors, and correction of spinal deformities.  These less invasive procedures allow for a faster patient recovery and return to active lifestyles. 

He is among the leaders in the country in utilizing novel materials for spinal fusion, to enhance the rates of successful healing without significant bone removal from the patient and without the need for cadaveric bone during surgery.  He is also among the pioneers in the use of posterior non-fusion stabilization technologies. 

His research interests are in utilizing advanced optics and endoscopy for performing less invasive surgery.  He is pioneering the use of porous metal cages for various spinal applications.  He is utilizing bone augmentation procedures in concert with traditional spinal instrumentation for reconstructive surgery in osteoporotic patients.

Dr. Goldstein graduated from the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine.  He underwent residency training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and completed advanced fellowship training in spinal surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine.  He joined the faculty at New Jersey Medical School in 2004.