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Minimally Invasive Microdiscectomy and What it Can Mean for You

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Dec 12, 2017

A serious back problem like a herniated or bulging disc can cause a great deal of suffering and interrupt your normal activities. Even though spine surgery may be an alarming prospect, Charla R. Fischer, MD at NYU Langone Medical Center is here to help you decide if it is the best way for you to [...]

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Dr. Fischer featured in Health.com Facebook Live

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Dec 08, 2017

Watch a discussion on the rise in back issues among millennials with Dr. Charla Fischer from NYU Langone Health. Click here to watch the video.

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Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Dec 05, 2017

Lumbar decompression is a surgery performed to lessen back pain due to pinched nerves. This common surgery takes pressure off certain spinal nerves to alleviate lower back and leg pain. A small part of bone over the nerve root or material under the root is removed to provide more space for the nerve root and [...]

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Exploring Robotic Assisted Spine Surgery

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Nov 28, 2017

A spinal operation is often a complex and scary procedure. As you can imagine, patients want their spinal surgery to be as accurate, safe and successful as possible. Robotic assisted spine surgery brings a promising new technology that provides patients with substantial benefits over traditional freehand surgical procedures. Charla R. Fischer, MD at NYU Langone [...]

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How to get a good night’s sleep when you’re away from home

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Nov 22, 2017

Staying with family over the holidays can be stressful for a multitude of reasons, but there’s one common issue that isn’t much discussed: the uncomfortable sleeping arrangements. We’re often relegated to sinking air mattresses, creaky sofa beds (if not just the couch itself) and rumpled sleeping bags on the floor. A recent survey from air [...]

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Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Explained

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Nov 21, 2017

Effective treatment options are the goal for almost everyone suffering from significant back pain, and the latest treatment of minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is sometimes the answer. If non-surgical methods are unsuccessful, then Dr. Charla Fischer at NYU Langone Center For Musculoskeletal Care in New York City may recommend MISS to give you the [...]

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Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Nov 14, 2017

MIS TLIF is an acronym for Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion surgery. This is a spinal fusion surgery that joins together two or more vertebrae, and is commonly performed to eliminate a degenerative disc and release pressure on nerves located along the lumbar spine. The minimally invasive approach is ideal because it involves a [...]

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What is Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion Surgery?

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Nov 07, 2017

Many patients with lower back pain can find relief through a common technique called lumbar fusion. It is the process of surgically mending two or more lumbar spine bones together next to the sides of the bone, placing bone graft along the spine, and ultimately causing it to fuse together. There are different ways this [...]

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Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery and the Surgeons Who Perform It

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Oct 22, 2017

If back pain is making you uncomfortable and causing you to seek medical treatment, it’s important to find a doctor who can give you the best options for success and recovery. Often surgery is recommended for patients with spinal problems that aren’t resolved through non-surgical methods like medications or physical therapy. When choosing a spinal [...]

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20 Easy Things to do when you are recovering from Spine Surgery

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Sep 13, 2017

Do you have a spine surgery scheduled? It might seem scary, but with little planning, exercising, rest and of course fun, you can get the best results. Let’s know about the top 20 things that can help for a speedy recovery: High fiber foods: Pain medications, anesthesia, inactivity, and stress can lead to constipation, so [...]

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What is Sciatica Pain and what are the causes

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Aug 29, 2017

Sciatica, defined as severe leg pain along the course of sciatic nerve. The pain often starts from the buttock down the thigh, into calf and foot. Pain can be accompanied by numbness, tingling or weakness. Sciatica is not a medical diagnosis, but it is a symptom which underlies a medical condition. Common back problems that [...]

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What is Minimally Invasive Surgery and benefits associated with it

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Aug 22, 2017

Minimally invasive spine surgery offers many benefits if compared to traditional open surgery methods. This is because they involve smaller incisions and faster recovery. In general, this technique is associated with less pain, fewer complications, and shorter hospital stay. During a minimally invasive surgery, specialists make small incisions in the skin, which are of a [...]

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What are the Causes of Lower Back Pain and how to prevent it

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Aug 09, 2017

Most people tend to ignore lower back pain, hoping it’s just due to exertion and will go away with rest. What we do not understand is that lower back pain is body’s indication to let us know something is wrong. Those who have an office job sit for around 8 hours in a day, and [...]

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Lumbar Spondylolisthesis: What are the symptoms and possible treatments

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Aug 02, 2017

Lumbar Spondylolisthesis is a condition where one bone in the back slides forward over the bone that is present below it. It occurs commonly in the lower spine area and in some cases, it can cause your spinal cord or nerve roots to squeeze. This can lead to severe back pain, weakness or numbness in [...]

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A Note on Lumbar Disc Herniation and Treatment

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jul 19, 2017

Lumbar disc herniation can be a common cause of lower back and leg pain and the symptoms of this condition are muscle cramping, dull or sharp pain, sciatica and loss of leg function. The pain gets intensified when one cough, sneezes, bends or twists. In rare condition, one may experience loss of bladder and bowel [...]

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Cervical Myelopathy: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jul 12, 2017

Cervical myelopathy refers to the symptoms which are a result of spinal cord compression in the neck. The symptoms in most cases of cervical myelopathy can be subtle; hence it is difficult to diagnose the condition. People usually consider it as a normal sign of aging process. Though cervical myelopathy is a stepwise progression, whose [...]

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Slipped Disc: What It Is And How To Diagnose The Condition

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jun 27, 2017

Discs are shock-absorbing pads between the bones of vertebrae (spine). Spinal discs are also known as an intervertebral disc, they do not usually slip but due to some conditions may tend to split, bulge or rupture. This can cause a nearby tissue or disc cartilage to herniate, which will allow the inner gel like a [...]

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Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: How effective it is

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jun 14, 2017

There are several back surgery procedures but one technique may not always be effective for everyone. Different types of surgeries are available these days and it is good to familiarize yourself with the different procedures and spinal products brought to use. Your symptoms and diagnosis by a specialist will determine which surgical procedure will be [...]

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What Is Slipped Disc And How Can It Be Treated

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jun 06, 2017

A slipped disc occurs when a soft gel-like inner portion of the disc leaks out to the outer tissues. The symptoms of a slipped disc may vary depending on the location where the slipped disc has occurred and if it compresses any of the spinal nerves which cause excessive and unbearable pain. The condition is [...]

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​5 Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Back Pain

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jun 05, 2017

Dr. Charla R. Fischer was recently featured in Women’s Health Magazine discussing signs that back pain may be more serious and worth a visit to a specialist.

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What is Lumbar Disc Herniation and the Risk Factors attached to it

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • May 23, 2017

Lumbar ruptured or herniated disc is the common cause of lower back and leg pain. The symptoms of herniated disc include low or sharp pain, cramping, muscle spasm, sciatica, weakness or loss of leg function is some cases. Conditions such as coughing, sneezing or bending forth or backward can intensify the problems. In some cases, [...]

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All You Must Know About Sciatica Pain

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • May 16, 2017

Sciatica is the name given to excessive pain caused due to the sciatic nerve irritation. Anything that irritates sciatic nerve causes pain and the severity can vary from mild to severe. Usually, it is caused due to the compression of a nerve root in the lumbar spine. People often confuse sciatica pain with back pain, [...]

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What Steps Should Be Taken For Maintaining Bone Health

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • May 03, 2017

Protecting your bone health is much easier than you think, but you need to understand what impact your physical activity, diet, and lifestyle can have on the bone mass. Bones provide structure to the body, anchor muscles and store calcium. It is important to have good bone health as it will keep you strong and [...]

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Best and Worst Shoes for Ankylosing Spondylitis

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Apr 27, 2017

Dr. Fischer was recently interviewed by Everyday Health about to choose the suitable shoes for people with Ankylosing Spondylitis..

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7 Driving Tips for Ankylosing Spondylitis

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Apr 26, 2017

Dr. Fischer was recently interviewed by Everyday Health about how to live comfortably with ankylosing spondylitis..

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What is Anterior Cervical Decompression and Spine Fusion

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Apr 25, 2017

Anterior Cervical Decompression and Spine Fusion is a kind of neck surgery, where damaged disc is removed to relieve the spinal cord or nerve root pressure. This helps in reducing pain, tingling sensation and numbness caused otherwise. Discectomy is a kind of surgical decompression and this is the reason that procedure is called as anterior [...]

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Now seeing patients at the NYU Westchester location

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Apr 21, 2017

Dr. Fischer is now seeing patients at the NYU Westchester location.  Click here to

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Simple Tips To Keep Your Spine Healthy As You Age

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Apr 10, 2017

Strained muscles, spinal stenosis, and herniated disc can take some time for diagnosis and treatment. There are millions of people who are affected by the back pain and this condition can hinder their quality of life to a great extent. To prevent yourself from back pain or to keep your spine healthy, you need not [...]

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Featured in AAOSNow

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Apr 10, 2017

Dr. Fischer was recently featured in the magazine AAOS Now, the magazine of the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons. The article covers her research into understanding how to prevent bone loss as well as her enduring commitment to research.Click here to read full article

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Robotic Assisted Spine Surgery: A New Opinion for the Spine Surgeries

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Mar 29, 2017

There have been numerous advancements in the field of spine surgery in the past decade. This has been in the favor of patients who are enjoying the benefits of recently developed minimally invasive spine surgery techniques. Not only this, today’s highly sophisticated intra-operative imaging has enhanced visualization a great deal. Now reduced radiation and better [...]

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Steps to prepare to see an Orthopedic Surgeon

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Mar 22, 2017

People fear seeing an orthopedic surgeon because of the fear of surgery recommendation. They might think that an orthopedic surgeon might tell them they can’t return to the sports or running routine they loved. Though, some injuries are worth getting checked. Here are few tips that can help you have a better experience meeting the [...]

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What Are The Causes, Diagnosis and Treatments of Lumbar Disc Herniation

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Feb 15, 2017

One of the common causes of lower back and leg pain is a herniated disc or lumbar ruptured disc. Dull or sharp pain, muscle spasm, cramping, leg weakness, sciatica or losses of leg function are some symptoms of it. The pain gets unbearable due to sneezing, coughing or bending. In rare cases, patients, lose bladder [...]

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Joining the faculty at NYU Langone Medical Center

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Feb 13, 2017

January 23, 2017   Dear Valued Patient:   Effective March 31, 2017, I will be leaving the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center and joining the faculty at NYU Langone Medical Center. I value you as a patient, and am committed to making sure you continue to receive the best orthopedic spine [...]

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Lower Back Pain Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Feb 08, 2017

About 80 % adults experience low back pain at some point in their lives. And, if on time actions are not taken it can lead to chronic and unbearable pain. Dr. Charla Fischer is a top rated best in a class specialist, who routinely diagnoses and offers support for Low Back Pain Treatment NY. Lower [...]

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Detailed Note on Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jan 23, 2017

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery NYC is an option for those requiring surgical procedures for treating different spinal disorders such as spinal herniated disc and spinal stenosis. Some time back, spinal procedures were carried out only as open surgeries and it resulted in long incisions so that the surgeons can see a larger area of the [...]

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Best Orthopedic Treatment And Surgery NYC

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jan 09, 2017

Dr. Charla Fischer is one of the best orthopedic surgeons NYC who aims to provide top-class and evidence-based treatment for orthopedic disorders and various sports injuries. She combines her expertise in the areas of patient care and clinical research for making available highest level of specialized services to her patients. Her primary aim is non-invasive [...]

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Understanding Herniated Cervical Disc: Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Dec 23, 2016

Human backbone or spine is composed of a number of connected bones which are called as “vertebrae”, they surround the spinal cord and protects it from all kinds of damages. Nerves branch off the spinal cord and are spread across the body, which allows for the communication between your body and brain. Your brain can [...]

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Dr. Fischer featured in Bustle.com

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Dec 16, 2016

Dr. Fischer was featured in a Bustle.com article on surprising, yet common, causes for back and neck pain.

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Cervical Myelopathy Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Dec 13, 2016

What is Cervical Myelopathy? Cervical myelopathy is a common condition which is caused due to the narrowing of the spinal canal which leads to the cord dysfunction. The most common causes of this are degenerative stenosis and congenital stenosis which are caused by spondylosis. When this condition is caused due to spondylosis, it is referred [...]

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Dr. Fischer featured in Becker’s Spine

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Dec 12, 2016

Dr. Fischer was featured in an article in Becker’s Spine on techniques and approaches that are changing the way spine surgery is helping patients around the country.   Click here to read full article  

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Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease and Treatment

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Nov 22, 2016

Degenerative disc disease in the lower back or lumbar spine refers to the syndrome in which a disc that is compromised causes pain in the lower back. Although few of the cases of Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease can be due to the genetic component, but majorly the reasons are multi-factorial. It can be because of [...]

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Gerald Klein

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Nov 17, 2016

My wife Theresa suffered with daily pain in the hip area for 5 years, and in this time saw numerous doctors in Rockland County and always received epidurals in the hip area and had no relief. A friend recommended a doctor at Columbia Presbyterian and a different test was done and found the cause of [...]

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Robotic Assisted Spine Surgery

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Nov 04, 2016

The spinal surgery is carried to get the patient out of back pain so that he can return to his normal life again. As spinal surgery has evolved over the years, it lays more focus on minimizing he trauma that is caused to the body during surgery. It also accelerates healing process as only minimal [...]

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Spondylolisthesis and Lumbar Disc Herniation Treatment

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Oct 27, 2016

Spondylolisthesis refers to the anterior (forward) or retro (backward) displacement of a bone present in the vertebral column. This displacement can lead to the misalignment of vertebral bones, this is not like a herniated disc, but the condition can coexist. In spondylolisthesis, usually bony vertebra slips while in herniated disc, soft interior of the spinal [...]

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Anthony Baker

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Oct 18, 2016

I’m writing to you regarding one of your excellent doc Charla Fischer and her staff at the Allen Hospital. They treated me so good that I really didn’t want to home. D. Fischer is my first female surgeon and I am very pleased with her work. The staff was so considerate with me during my [...]

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Herniated Disc Treatment with Best Physical Therapy

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Oct 13, 2016

Physical therapy plays a vital role in herniated disc recovery; it not only offers immediate relief from pain but also teaches you how the body must be conditioned so that further injury can be prevented. There are a number of physical therapy techniques which consist of passive treatments such as hot and cold water therapy, [...]

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Featured in Becker Spine

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Sep 28, 2016

Dr. Fischer was featured in a recent Becker’s Spine article about moments that change a career. Click here to read article.

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Bill Northhacker

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Aug 30, 2016

In 1971, Lieutenant Colonel William H. Northhacker of Fleischmanns, NY, injured his hand and neck during an army parachute jump. As a result, he struggled with pain for most of his life. He tried various medications and several rounds of physical therapy over more than four decades. Nothing helped. “After 43 years of unrelenting back, [...]

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Skip Funt

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Aug 29, 2016

Skip Funt had certain members of the medical community scratching their heads. He wasn’t your typical case. Over a period of ten years, a number of doctors had treated the energetic, now-72-year-old from Midtown Manhattan for chronic pain in his right hip. The therapies they offered weren’t just ineffective . . . according to Skip, [...]

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Madeline

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Aug 19, 2016

I will be eternally grateful to Dr. Charla Fischer and the New York Presbyterian staff. For many years, I suffered from sporadic back pain which had been misdiagnosed as a pulled muscle. At the end of February 2013, the pain returned but this time it lasted for 6 long agonizing months. I tried every type [...]

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About Dr. Charla R. Fischer, MD

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Aug 17, 2016

Charla R. Fischer, MD, specializes in the operative treatment of spinal disorders in adolescents and adults, with a particular focus on the cervical spine. Dr. Fischer uses advanced clinical expertise in state-of-the-art, minimally invasive surgical techniques for the treatment of degenerative disc diseases of the cervical and lumbar spine, herniated discs, scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, trauma, and [...]

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Danielle Pizarro

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Aug 13, 2016

You’ve changed my life for the better. Thank you so much for your professionalism, compassion and bedside manner. But most of all, thank you for performing a successful surgery. My quality of life has improved 10 fold and it’s only been 2 months. I’m more confident with my body and can’t wait to show of [...]

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AKTNA FM Radio Interview

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Aug 06, 2016

On August 6, 2016, Dr. Fischer provided an in-depth and insightful interview on spinal problems that occur in a wide range of patients on local New York radio station WNYE 91.5-FM. She fielded a variety of questions from the host and the listening audience.

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iHeart Radio Interview

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jul 25, 2016

Dr.Charla Fischer Featured on iHeart Radio Discussing Ways to Protect Your Back This Summer Charla Fischer, MD, was recently featured as a guest on Fearless Fabulous You, a radio program on the Women 4 Women Network and iHeartRadio podcast network, to discuss protecting your back in the summer months. Dr. Fischer is an Assistant Professor [...]

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Hello world!

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jun 21, 2016

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing!

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Dr. Fischer Named to SuperDoctors

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jun 06, 2016

Each year The New York Times Magazine features the Super Doctors Rising Star List. This year Dr. Charla Fischer was named to this list for her excellence in spine surgery and patient care.

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Dr. Fischer Featured in Becker’s Spine Review

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Sep 16, 2015

Dr. Fischer was featured in an article in Becker’s Spine Review on September 16, 2015 on the value in minimally invasive spine surgery. Click here to read article.

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Dr. Fischer Featured in Allen Insider

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Sep 01, 2014

Dr. Fischer was featured in an article for Allen Insider, the publication of the NYP-Allen Hospital in September 2014. This article focused on Dr. Fischer’s expertise in minimally invasive spine surgery.

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AKTNA FM Radio Interview

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Dec 07, 2013

On December 7, 2013, Dr. Fischer provided an in-depth and insightful interview on spinal problems that occur in a wide range of patients on local New York radio station WNYE 91.5-FM. She fielded a variety of questions from the host and the listening audience. To listen to the interview, click here.

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