Ira M. Goldstein, M.D.

Director of Neurotrauma
Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery


Dr. Ira M. Goldstein is an Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery at Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School.

Dr. Goldstein is the Director of Neurotrauma at University Hospital and leads the Spinal Cord Injury Care team.  He also provides support for the state-of-the-art Peripheral Nerve Center and is active in neuromodulation surgery for the treatment of epilepsy and pain.

Dr. Goldstein has achieved particular expertise in minimally invasive surgery of the spine.  These procedures are used for lumbar fusion for treatment of low back pain, resection of tumors, and correction of spinal deformities.  These less invasive procedures allow for a faster patient recovery and return to active lifestyles.

He is among the leaders in the country in utilizing novel materials for spinal fusion, to enhance the rates of successful healing without significant bone removal from the patient and without the need for cadaveric bone during surgery.  He is also among the pioneers in the use of posterior non-fusion stabilization technologies.

His research interests are in utilizing advanced optics and endoscopy for performing less invasive surgery.  He is pioneering the use of porous metal cages for various spinal applications.  He is utilizing bone augmentation procedures in concert with traditional spinal instrumentation for reconstructive surgery in osteoporotic patients.

Dr. Goldstein graduated from the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine.  He underwent residency training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and completed advanced fellowship training in spinal surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine.  He joined the faculty at New Jersey Medical School in 2004.

Related Publications

Meralgia Paresthetica After Spine Surgery on the Jackson Table.
Clinical Spine Surgery, November 2017.

Minimally manipulative extraction of polycystic cervical neurocysticercosis.
European Spine Journal,  May 2017.

Direct Midline Posterior Corpectomy and Fusion of a Lumbar Burst Fracture with Retrospondyloptosis.
World Neurosurgery, March 2017.

Prognostic Differences: Epstein-Barr Virus-Associated Primary Leiomyosarcoma of the Spine Versus Spinal Leiomyosarcoma Metastases.
World Neurosurgery,
  March 2017.

Purely endoscopic endonasal surgery of the craniovertebral junction: A systematic review.
International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology,  August 2015.

Optimal Timing of Whole-Brain Radiation Therapy Following Craniotomy for Cerebral Malignancies.
World Neurosurgery, August 2015.

Mucosal-sparing posterior septectomy for endoscopic endonasal approach to the craniocervical junction.
American Journal of Otolaryngology,  May-June 2015.

Endoscopic endonasal transclival transodontoid approach for ventral decompression of the craniovertebral junction: operative technique and nuances.
Neurosurgery Focus, April 2015.

Dynamic stabilization: a nidus for infection?
International Journal of Neuroscience, March 2015.

Solid radiographic fusion with a nonconstrained device 5 years after cervical arthroplasty.
Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine, December 2014.

A comparative analysis of minimally invasive and open spine surgery patient education resources.
Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine, September 2014.

Infection with bacteroides thetaiotaomicron during posterior decompression and dynamic stabilization of the lumbar spine: a case report and review of the literature.
International Journal of Neuroscience, August 2014.

Quality Assessment of Spinal Cord Injury Patient Education Resources.
Spine, April 2014.

Presentation of cauda equina syndrome due to an intradural extramedullary abscess: a case report.
The Spine Journal, February 2014.

Cortical blindness following posterior lumbar decompression and fusion.
Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, January 2014.

Ossified ligamentum flavum causing spinal cord compression in a patient with acromegaly.
Journal of Clinical Neuroscience,
 November 2013.

Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome in a patient with a Chiari I malformation.
Surgical Neurology International,  September 2013.

Quality assessment of online patient education resources for peripheral neuropathy.
Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System,  March 2013.

Reduction of displaced Hangman’s fracture by compression across crossed translaminar screws.
Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, April 2012.

Late prevertebral abscess after anterior cervical fusion.
Spine, May 2011.

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