Spine and Spinal Cord

We utilize the newest technology available today in spine care including total disc arthroplasty and minimally invasive procedures. Being a tertiary referral center we specialize in revision surgery and we often successfully treat the patients who are told “nothing else could be done” for them. The Spine Center at UI Health is extensively involved in the workers’ compensation arena and is dedicated to delivering specialized spine care and services.

Spinal Conditions Treated at UIC

Our team of experts provides a full spectrum of spine care including surgery for:

  • Deformity – scoliosis
  • Spine oncology – complex spinal and spinal cord tumors
  • degenerative conditions
  • vascular lesions

Our Spine Surgery Team

Sergey Neckrysh, MD

Sergey Neckrysh is a board-certified neurosurgeon and is the Chief of Spine Service at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System. He graduated from Moscow Sechenov Medical Academy with the highest honors and completed his residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2006. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Neckrysh was in academic practice in New York State where he worked with world-renowned neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons. In 2010 Dr. Neckrysh returned to UI Health to build a comprehensive spine program.

Ankit I. Mehta, MD, FAANS, FACS

Ankit Indravadan Mehta, MD, FAANS, FACS specializes in the surgical treatment of complex spinal conditions including tumors, degenerative, and spine diseases. Dr. Mehta received M.D. from Harvard Medical School and MIT in the Health Sciences and Technology pathway. He completed an internship in general surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a residency in neurological surgery at Duke University. During his residency training, Dr. Mehta completed an enfolded stereotactic radiosurgery fellowship. After his residency, Dr. Mehta completed a complex spine and spinal oncology fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Mehta’s research efforts focus on patients with complex spinal conditions, most notably spinal tumors, and spinal deformity. He is the Director of Spinal Oncology and directs a laboratory specifically examining animal models of spinal tumors, both primary and metastatic, to apply his findings to new treatments for patients. In addition, he leads a team focusing on spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. His work has resulted in him being named as the North American Spine Society, “20 Under 40” Leaders in Spine, and the ‘Rising Star’ Award from the College of Medicine at UIC.

His involvement with national and international study groups examining outcomes for patients with such conditions reflects his focus on patient care and his clinical concentration on treating patients with spinal tumors. Dr. Mehta’s contributions have earned him numerous awards, including the 21 Century research grant from the Cervical Spine Research Society, the journal Spine’s Young Investigator of the Year Award, and others. He has published more than 160 peer-reviewed articles, 7 book chapters, and has presented his research at national conferences.

Konstantin Slavin, MD

Board Certified, American Board of Neurological Surgery Konstantin Slavin is a specialist in the surgical treatment of chronic pain syndromes including failed back syndrome, chronic cancer pain, spasticity, and chronic leg pain. Krzysztof Siemionow, MD