Dr. Patrick Roth
I have been practicing neurosurgery in northern New Jersey for twenty years. As my career has matured, I have come to recognize that my main interest in neurosurgery is the treatment of disorders of the spine. I have become particularly interested in how patients decide how to treat their back pain. Early in my career, I was focused on what is commonly referred to as minimally invasive surgery (although it is better described as minimal access surgery). More recently, I have allocated more time to teaching and writing. I have served as the director of the residency training program at Hackensack University Medical Center for the past 10 years. In addition, I have just completed a philosophical book on back pain and I am currently writing a book about the systemic difficulties patients face when trying to access the current health system.
I am now the Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Hackensack University Medical Center. As such, I am interested in making our department more patient-centric by pushing for sub specialization, transparency, and free and easy integration with other departments. Our department has received the HealthGrades Neurosurgery Excellence Award, as well as the HealthGrades Neuroscience Award, for the past two years.
I have been a perennial recipient of Castle and Connolly “Top Doctors” as well as New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors” and New Jersey Magazine’s “Top Doctors”, “Most Compassionate Doctor”, “America’s Top Surgeons” , “Patient’s Choice Award”, “Five Stars of Caring Award” , “America’s Top Surgeons”, and “Top Doctors” from Doctors Across America.
I have created this online platform in order to provide content for back pain sufferers. I believe that there is too much unnecessary treatment offered for back pain. It is essential that all specialists transform their natural biases (in my case, to operate) and provide patients with good options. Ultimately, I would like to develop a “back genome” which is a data base that connects individual presentations of back pain with individual treatments. The treatments would thus be based on what the patient actually has wrong rather than whom the patient sees.
Outside of my profession, I enjoy competitive tennis, fitness (particularly with kettlebells), and reading.