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Dr. Gary Gonya

Orthopedic Spine Surgery
New York, NY
23 years experience male

Locations

Manhattan Orthopedic Spine, PLLC

New York, NY

Address

215 East 77th Street, Ground Floor, New York, NY
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My office hours

Wednesday: Closed
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Fax

(212) 744-8407

About

Bio

Gary A. Gonya, MD is a fellowship trained orthopaedic spine surgeon. His expertise and sole professional focus is on the diagnosis and treatment of neck, back and spine related pain. As an experienced clinician, Dr. Gonya places an emphasis on careful observation and listening to patients’ concerns. Accurately diagnosing spine related pain demands a comprehensive evaluation. The multifactorial nature of spine and nerve pain is best addressed with a balanced approach. Equal emphasis should be placed on a detailed history taking, physical examination and psychosocial effects of the pain and complemented with the latest technology in imaging and diagnostic testing. Dr. Gonya trained as an orthopaedic spine fellow at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. At Johns Hopkins, he was introduced to the fundamentals of surgical management of complex disorders of spinal pathology and honed his surgical skills in adult deformity and complex spinal reconstructive procedures. During his multi-specialty training in spinal surgery at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Gonya worked along side recognized leaders in neurosurgical, pediatric orthopaedic, and adult spine surgery. Dr. Gonya received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1998. He went on to train as an orthopaedic resident at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt completing his Chief Resident year in 2004. During his residency, Dr. Gonya completed subspecialty training in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at Dupont Childrens Hospital in Wilmington, DE and orthopaedic oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City. Dr. Gonya has great respect for the unique challenge and responsibility that comes with determining whether surgical intervention for spinal pain is necessary. Many of the patients Dr. Gonya evaluates in the office do not need urgent surgical intervention to treat their pain. Often, a detailed, focused and clear explanation and education on their diagnosis, the natural history of the pathology and preventive techniques is often the first step in creating an individualized treatment plan for definitive and lasting resolution of spine and nerve related pain. Undergraduate degree: Amherst College 1994 Medical School: Mount Sinai School of Medicine 1998 Surgical Internship: Montefiore Medical Center 1999 Orthopaedic Residency: St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital 2004 Orthopaedic Spine Fellowship: Johns Hopkins Hospital 2005

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Orthopedic Spine Surgery

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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Gonya
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 23 years experience
Compensatory muscle: Having long standing pain in low back is frustrating and limiting. While the disc changes you have in of themselves to not necessarily cause pain, they may be forcing other structures (facets, muscle, ligaments) to compensate and pick up where the discs aren't working as optimally as we may want them to be. So in your case, daily postural stretching, breathing techniques and meditation are crucial.
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Gonya
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 23 years experience
Sympathetic nerves: While these symptoms are very disconcerting and frustrating, unlikely they suggest a serious abnormality. The autonomic nervous system is made up of a sympathetic and parasympathetic coordination which regulates our organ systems without our conscious control. These systems can become out of balance and create symptoms like yours. Breathing techniques and meditation have both been shown to help.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Gonya
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 23 years experience
Viral with muscular: Given your generalized symptoms, high suspicion and concern for a viral upper respiratory/sinus process with secondary muscular tightness. If symptoms continue during the day, fever present, loss appetite and energy more suggestion toward systemic viral origin. Even thought back pain can be severe at times, fact that not constant, nor radiating pain, less likely originating from the spine.
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Gonya is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Gonya is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY
Graduated 1998MD

Residency

St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital
Completed 2004

Affiliations

Lenox Hill Hospital
Winthrop University Hospital
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