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Robert F. Heary, M.D.

Co-Director, Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory
Director, Spine Center of New Jersey
Robert F. Heary, MD Professor and Co-Director, Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory

Dr. Robert Heary is the Director of the Spine Center of New Jersey and one of the premier physicians in comprehensive spine care providing a full range of conservative and surgical interventions for a wide range of spinal disorders.

Dr. Heary earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicineand completed a residency in Neurological Surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey. Following his residency, Dr. Heary completed a spine fellowship in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Heary has a passionate interest in spinal cord injury research and founded the Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory in 2006. He is scientific co-director of the lab.

Dr. Heary is also the Director of the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Units and a Professor of Neurosurgery at the New Jersey Medical School.  He is an attending neurosurgeon at Overlook Hospital in Summit and serves as a Consulting Medical Staff Physician at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, New Jersey.

Dr. Heary is on nine scientific editorial boards. He has authored 85 peer-reviewed journal articles, 95 abstracts, and 42 book chapters and has been on the faculty of over 250 instructional courses at national neurosurgery meetings. His major areas of research interest are spine and spinal cord injury, minimally invasive spinal surgery, spine and spinal cord tumors, and spinal deformity.

He is an active member of many societies, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine & Peripheral Nerves, Cervical Spine Research Society,Lumbar Spine Research Society, Scoliosis Research Society, Neurosurgical Society of America, and the Society of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Heary has been involved in many committees of these organizations, including serving as the Chairman of the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine & Peripheral Nerves. In addition, he has served as the Scientific Program Committee Chairman of the Cervical Spine Research Society, the Joint Spine Section, and the Lumbar Spine Research Society.