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Frank Schwab, MD, Named Chair of Orthopedic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital

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Frank Schwab, MD, has been appointed chair of orthopedic surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, system chief of orthopedic spine surgery at Northwell Health, and vice president of orthopedic surgery for the health system’s western region, which includes Manhattan, Staten Island, and Westchester County. Through these roles, Dr. Schwab will drive program development and volume growth efforts across all orthopedic subspecialties, while ensuring exceptional quality and patient experience outcomes. He’ll also play a key leadership role in the strategic expansion and enhancement of spine services at Northwell through innovative clinical, digital, academic and research initiatives.

Dr. Schwab will also continue to maintain an active clinical practice with a focus on treating patients affected by spinal problems using the latest innovations in the field. Dr. Schwab’s practice is located at 130 East 77th Street, Black Hall, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10075, and his practice can be reached at (212) 434-4160.

An internationally renowned spine surgeon, researcher and inventor, Dr. Schwab specializes in complex spinal pathology, adult and pediatric spinal deformity, and revision reconstruction procedures. He has pioneered various aspects of spinal care, including developing the first definitive classification of adult spinal deformity that has become the clinical standard worldwide. Dr. Schwab also founded Nemaris, Inc., a medical device company which produced Surgimap, a dedicated spine measurement and surgical planning software utilized by surgeons and researchers across the globe.

“At Northwell, we are deeply committed to recruiting the best and brightest in every clinical specialty, so we can offer our patients an exceptional level of care,” said Michael Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell Health. “As a preeminent spine surgery expert who has made significant contributions to his field, Dr. Frank Schwab will help greatly advance our progress in the critical areas of orthopedic surgery and spine care.”

Dr. Schwab joins Northwell after six years at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), where he most recently served as vice chair of innovation and led a team responsible for partnering with physicians to develop solutions in the areas of digital, device, care delivery and life sciences. He was also previously the chief of spine service at HSS and built a clinical program that performed more than 3,000 surgeries annually. Prior to that, Dr. Schwab was chief of the spinal deformity service at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases and director of the spine center at Maimonides Medical Center. He has also held academic appointments for the past two decades at the NYU School of Medicine and Weill Cornell Medical College.

A highly sought-after expert, Dr. Schwab has been invited to lecture and present at numerous national and international conferences hosted by distinguished scientific societies, including the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), the International Society for the Advancement in Spine Surgery (ISASS), the North American Spine Society (NASS), and EUROSPINE, the Spine Society of Europe. He has led several committees of the Scoliosis Research Society and serves as an executive committee member for the International Spine Study Group, which is dedicated to advancing treatment options for adults with spinal deformity.

Throughout his three-decades-long clinical career, Dr. Schwab has maintained a strong focus on research, specifically in the areas of adult scoliosis and spinal deformity. He has received nearly two dozen prestigious grants from federal agencies, medical institutions, and private foundations. He has authored and co-authored nearly 600 peer-reviewed papers, educational articles, book chapters and monographs. He also serves on the editorial board of the medical journal Spine Deformity.

Dr. Schwab received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and earned his medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. After medical school, he pursued a year-long postdoctoral fellowship sponsored by the National Science Foundation-NATO at Hospital Lariboisiere-St. Louis in Paris, France. He then completed a general surgery internship at New York Presbyterian (NYP) Medical Center, an orthopedic surgery residency at the New York Orthopedic Hospital at NYP, and an advanced spinal training fellowship at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Schwab is certified in orthopedic surgery by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

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