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Patrick O’Leary/Hospital for Special Surgery

Dr. Patrick O’Leary is often called on by individuals needing high-level, sophisticated spine care. His patients include professional athletes. Sports stars from the Mets and the Knicks teams are among those who have sought Dr. O’Leary’s expert opinion, and surgery, if necessary.

A former chief of the Spine Service at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), in New York City, Dr. O’Leary currently serves as an associate attending spine surgeon at HSS.

Dr. O’Leary specializes in the surgical management of disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, and this has been his specialty for many years. His area of expertise encompasses complex spine surgery, including revision surgery. He also has a special interest in the areas of surgical technology and advances in surgical technique, collaborating with colleagues in Europe and the United States.

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, a fellow of the International College of Surgeons, and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the Cervical Spine Research Society, the Scoliosis Research Society and the North American Spinal Society.

Born in County Cork, O’Leary graduated from University College Cork Medical School in 1968. He did his internship in LDS Hospital Salt Lake City, and has held a number of leadership positions at top New York hospitals, including Lenox Hill, and Hospital for Joint Diseases (NYU). He has been at HSS from 1987 to present. In addition to being named to New York  magazine’s “Best Doctors,” Dr. O’Leary is listed in the Castle Connolly medical guide, How To Find The Best Doctors in New York. He is also listed in Castle Connolly’s “America’s Top Doctors.”

Dr. O’Leary has four older daughters from his first marriage to Susan, and three younger children with his present wife, Jill. His great-uncle Phil Sullivan was the captain of the Kerry football team that won the 1924 All Ireland Final. ♦