Highly-Regarded Specialists in Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Spine Surgery Join Forces with Top Orthopaedic Practice

NEW YORK, NY, DECEMBER 11, 2019Rothman Orthopaedic Institute , an internationally-recognized leader in orthopaedic care, is pleased to announce the arrival of two new physicians to Rothman Orthopaedics New York:

  • Dr. Michael Smith—a Neurosurgeon specializing in the care and surgical management of spine conditions; and
  • Dr. Grigoriy Arutyunyan—an Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon specializing in a broad spectrum of spine conditions, including spine tumors.

Dr. Smith will see patients at Rothman Orthopaedics locations in Manhattan, NY while Dr. Arutyunyan will see patients both in Manhattan, NY and Harrison, NY. They will both perform surgeries at Lenox Hill Hospital and Lenox Health Greenwich Village Ambulatory Surgery Center.

“Dr. Smith and Dr. Arutyunyan are two of the very best in their respective areas in Greater New York, and we are thrilled that they are now a part of our team,” said Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD, PhD, MBA, President of Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, Richard H. Rothman Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics, and Professor of Neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals. “Their expertise and knowledge are almost unmatched and will allow us to continue to provide top-notch, innovative orthopaedic care to our patients in this region.

“Drs. Arutyunyan and Smith are both talented surgeons with many years of practice and training on their resumes,” says Anthony A. Romeo, MD, Chief of Orthopaedics for Rothman Orthopaedic Institute’s New York Division. “We are committed to elevating the level of care each patient receives and their additions to our expanding practice allows us to continue to do just that. We’re pleased that they’ve joined Rothman Orthopaedics in New York.”

Dr. Smith completed his neurosurgery training in the residency program at the University of Pennsylvania and his spine surgery fellowship at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, England. Dr. Smith specializes in the care and surgical management of spine conditions including degenerated discs and joints, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and spondylolisthesis. He has extensive experience with tumors of the spinal column and spinal canal, in addition to complex spinal deformity problems, including adult scoliosis, kyphosis, flat-back syndrome, and dropped-head syndrome. 

Dr. Arutyunyan completed his residency at the Mayo Clinic in the Department of Orthopaedics in Rochester, Minnesota and went on to complete a spine fellowship at the University of California. In addition to spine surgery, he is trained in orthopaedic oncology and completed an orthopaedic oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, New York.  He specializes in many malignant and benign conditions that may affect the spine, including Osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Ewings sarcoma, metastatic breast/lung/kidney/thyroid cancer, and multiple myeloma.

Dr. Smith and Dr. Arutyunyan, along with other Rothman Orthopaedic specialists, will regularly collaborate with each other on surgical and non-surgical care, to ensure that the best treatment options are determined for each individual patient.

Rothman Orthopaedic Institute orthopaedists treat patients at nearly 40 locations across New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania with high-quality, compassionate and affordable musculoskeletal care that is supported by the latest evidence-based medicine. To make an appointment, please call us at 888-636-7840 or through our website at

About Rothman Orthopaedic Institute

Rothman Orthopaedic Institute is a world-leader in the field of orthopaedics providing communities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York with high-quality, compassionate and affordable musculoskeletal care that is grounded in evidence-based medicine—the results of which will exceed expectations.

Rothman Orthopaedic Institute orthopaedists treat patients at nearly 40 office locations, two of which include orthopaedic urgent care clinics. Rothman also has surgical privileges at 58 facilities across the tristate region. With experts in nine orthopaedic sub-specialties including spine, hip and knee, foot and ankle, shoulder and elbow, hand and wrist, sports medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, orthopaedic oncology and trauma, Rothman Orthopaedic Institute is recognized for excellence in clinical treatment methods, research, education and technology.

Consistently recognized as national and regional “Top Docs,” Rothman Orthopaedic Institute is proud to be the official team physicians for the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, 76ers, the iconic Radio City Rockettes, The Big East Conference, as well as over 40 college and high school teams.

For more information about Rothman Orthopaedic Institute please call 1-800-321-9999 or visit

Josh Sandberg

Josh Sandberg is the President and CEO of Ortho Spine Partners and sits on several company and industry related Boards. He also is the Creator and Editor of OrthoSpineNews.

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