Spine Care

World-class spine care in Fairfield County for comprehensive spine and pain management.

As one of only six centers in the country to receive advanced certification in spine surgery from the Joint Commission, the spine program at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport is a  valuable resource for those seeking comprehensive spine and pain management.

A collaboration between the Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute and the Ayer Neuroscience Institute, the spine program at St. Vincent's Medical Center is uniquely staffed to address a broad range of back and spine-related conditions and offers the most advanced treatment options. Most surgeons will try to utilize conservative treatments first for most back and neck problems. For some problems, however, surgery is the best solution, and St. Vincent’s offers the clinical expertise and a wide variety of options for even the most difficult spine conditions.

Whether your surgeon is considering a laminectomy, discectomy, or spinal fusion, all of these procedures can be performed in the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar spine, or in a combination of more than one. Our board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeons will work with you to determine what treatment is the best for you and if surgery is needed, which option will help you get back to moving.

State-of-the-art expertise

Dr. Abbed KhalidKhalid Abbed, MD

Dr. Abbed is welcoming new patients. Call 203.332.3272 for an appointment or to make a referral.

Khalid M. Abbed, MD, one of New England’s leading neurosurgeons, is Co-Physician-in-Chief of the Ayer Neuroscience Institute. In addition to performing spine surgery at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Dr. Abbed serves as Chair of Neurosurgery. Dr. Abbed, a spine care specialist, is skilled in the minimally-invasive treatment of spine ailments, with a focus on patient care and developing less invasive, more intelligent medical technologies.

Dr. Abbed is nationally recognized as a spine care specialist and for his expertise in the minimally-invasive treatment of spine ailments to reduce pain and recovery times. He forges strong connections with patients undergoing complex new treatments.

Dr. Abbed leads the a world-class Spine Wellness Center in Westport offering comprehensive neurosurgical and pain management services to treat patients with all forms of spinal ailments, as well as services designed to help people be the best version of themselves physically and mentally.

Dr. Gerard GirasoleGerard Girasole, MD

Dr. Girasole is welcoming new patients. Call 203.268.2882 for an appointment or to make a referral.

Dr. Gerard Girasole is Director of Orthopaedic Spine Surgery and Co-Medical Director of Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute at St. Vincent’s Medical Center.

Dr. Girasole is a Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon who has completed his Spinal Fellowship at the Hospital for Joint Disease in New York City.

He has extensive experience in the treatment of lumbar disc disease, neck pain, scoliosis, herniated discs and spinal stenosis in both operative and non-operative techniques. Dr. Girasole is on the forefront of minimally-invasive surgical techniques for patients with low back pain and he is very active in the training of other surgeons in the various techniques.

Dr. Girasole is an Associate Professor at Quinnipiac University Medical School. He is working with Dr. Abbed in the world class spine center on the Westport campus and is planning a spinal deformity service line at St. Vincent's Medical Center.

Conditions we treat

  • Herniated Disc
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal Fracture
  • Spinal Compression
  • Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Spinal Disorders
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Spinal Deformity

Meet our Neurosurgeons

Name Specialties Location
Abbed, Khalid M., MD Abbed, Khalid M., MD
4.9 /5
230 surveys
203.332.3272
  • Neurosurgery
  • Spine Surgery
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  • Westport
Boylan, Arianne, MD Boylan, Arianne, MD
4.9 /5
39 surveys
203.332.4125
  • Neurosurgery
  • Spine Surgery
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  • Bridgeport
  • Westport
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Cavalcanti, Daniel, MD, PhD Cavalcanti, Daniel, MD, PhD 203.332.4125
  • Neurosurgery
  • Bridgeport
Coutinho, Pedro, MD Coutinho, Pedro, MD
4.8 /5
119 surveys
203.332.4125
  • Neurosurgery
  • Spine Surgery
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  • Bridgeport
Lipow, Kenneth Irwin, MD Lipow, Kenneth Irwin, MD 203.384.4500
  • Neurosurgery
  • Bridgeport
  • Fairfield
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Mintz, Abraham, MD Mintz, Abraham, MD 203.372.6460
  • Neurosurgery
  • Spine Surgery
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  • Shelton
Opalak, Michael Ernest, MD Opalak, Michael Ernest, MD 203.576.6000
  • Neurosurgery
  • Bridgeport
Shear, Perry Alan, MD Shear, Perry Alan, MD 203.337.2600
  • Neurosurgery
  • Fairfield
  • Stratford
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Yanamadala, Vijay, MD, FAANS Yanamadala, Vijay, MD, FAANS
4.9 /5
62 surveys
203.332.3272
  • Neurosurgery
  • Spine Surgery
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  • Westport
  • Milford
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Zimmerman, Gary, MD, FACS, FICS Zimmerman, Gary, MD, FACS, FICS 203.337.2600
  • Neurosurgery
  • Spine Surgery
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  • Fairfield
  • Shelton
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Meet our Orthopaedic Spine Surgeons

Name Specialties Location
Awad, John, MD Awad, John, MD 203.337.2600
  • Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
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  • Fairfield
  • Milford
  • Shelton
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Brady, Robert, MD Brady, Robert, MD 203.845.2200
  • Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
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  • Norwalk
  • Darien
  • Westport
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Girasole, Gerard, MD Girasole, Gerard, MD 203.268.2882
  • Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
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  • Trumbull
Russo, Glenn, MD Russo, Glenn, MD 203.407.3508
  • Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
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  • Hamden
  • Branford
  • Hamden
  • Milford
  • Shelton
  • Wallingford
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