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Associate Professor & Program Director
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New Jersey Medical School Doctors Office Center 90 Bergen St, Suite 8100, Newark NJ 07103
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Ira Goldstein, MD

New Jersey Medical School

Associate Professor & Program Director, Department of Neurosurgery

Dr. Ira M. Goldstein is the Program Director for the Neurosurgery Residency at Rutgers. He was named the Program Director in 2018. Over the past two years, Dr. Goldstein helped establish a revised academic curriculum for the didactic program and has utilized surveys of the residents and evaluation forms for the faculty and residents to make further refinements to suit the needs of our trainees. His direction helped the program return to accreditation without warning. He worked with Drs. Hubschmann and Koziol to initiate clinical rotations for the New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) allopathic residents at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) and for the osteopathic residents at SBMC to begin clinical rotations at University Hospital. Subsequently, working with Drs. Nanda, Hubschmann, Koziol, and the GME Offices at NJMS, SBMC, and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Dr. Goldstein launched a successful bid for an increase in the size of our training program, and ultimately the unification of the residency programs of SBMC and NJMS.

Dr. Goldstein also serves as the Director of Neurotrauma at The University Hospital and is an Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He regularly performs surgery for the treatment of spinal deformity, spine tumor, and spinal trauma. The son of two former schoolteachers, he enjoys teaching the residents in the OR, the classroom, and in surgical simulation labs regularly. He also regularly acts as faculty for training courses locally and nationally for other surgeons. He has been involved in the development of spinal instrumentation for improving surgical outcomes and is an advocate for the use of advanced technology to enhance surgical performance and intraoperative education. In addition to spine surgery, Dr. Goldstein performs surgery for cranial trauma, cranial neoplasms, CSF diversion, and implantation of neural stimulators for the treatment of epilepsy in both children and adults. His research interests are in the areas of surgical education, spinal disorders, novel spinal materials and manufacturing, and minimally invasive techniques to address the spinal column. He was a pioneer in the use of motion-preservation techniques for spine reconstruction, as one of the first surgeons in the United States to perform dynamic lumbar stabilization surgery.

Dr. Goldstein graduated from Cornell University with honors. He received his doctorate of medicine from the University of Chicago Pritzer School of Medicine. He then went to the Albert Einstein School of Medicine – Montefiore Medical Center for neurosurgery residency. Thereafter, Dr. Goldstein completed fellowship training in complex spine surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He has been a member of the faculty of the New Jersey Medical School Department of Neurological Surgery since 2004.


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