Pic-with-Patient Dr. Charla

Charla R. Fischer, MD, one of New York City’s top minimally invasive spine surgeons, specializes in lumbar disc herniations, lumbar spinal stenosis, lumbar degenerative disc disease, instability, and cervical spine degeneration.  She is an expert in endoscopic minimally invasive spine surgery techniques such as endoscopic microdiscetomy, MIS lumbar fusions, robotic-assisted spine surgery, and advanced MIS techniques.  Her advanced skill in MIS helps her deliver accelerated patient recovery times with the least possible post-operative pain. Dr. Fischer is committed to improving the care of all orthopedic patients as the Spine Division Director of Quality and Patient Safety for the Department of Orthopedics. 

Dr. Fischer is an Ivy League-trained orthopedic spine surgeon having completed her residency at Columbia after completing both medical school and undergraduate school on a full academic scholarship at University of Southern California.  She spent a year specializing in spine surgery at NYU-Langone Health. 

As an associate professor of spine surgery at NYU Langone Health, Dr. Fischer regularly teaches residents and medical students in the areas of compassionate patient care and minimally invasive spine surgery.  She has received grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF). The funding helps her pursue the advancement of minimally invasive surgical techniques, and quality of life improvements after spine surgery. She routinely publishes in the top peer-reviewed journals and presents her findings at internationally attended academic meetings.  



Bachelor of Science – Biochemistry – Magna Cum Laude

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA



Doctor of Medicine – AOA and Highest Distinction

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Postdoctoral Training


Internship in General Surgery

Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY


Residency in Orthopedic Surgery

Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY


Chief Resident in Orthopedic Surgery

Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY


Fellowship in Spine Surgery

New York University – Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York, NY


New York

New Jersey

Board Certification

Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons