Shay Bess, M.D.

Chief of Adult Spinal Deformity
NYU Langone Medical Center
New York, New York

I have always believed that it is an honor to practice medicine and provide treatment for people who trust me with their care and the care of their loved ones. The medical field is extremely fulfilling from an interpersonal standpoint—it allows for collaboration with others and provides physicians with the ability to find solutions for their patients, both clinically and through research efforts.

Understanding what our patients desire most from the treatment we provide is the most important aspect of care. It allows us to tailor our care to fit each individual’s needs. We want people to feel that their needs have been identified and met.

I provide care for children and adults with scoliosis at centers across NYU Langone, including at the Hospital for Joint Diseasesand Tisch Hospital. I also treat children and adults experiencing pain from pinched nerves and previously unsuccessful spine surgery.

At NYU Langone, I work with a large team of doctors, including pediatricians, cardiologists, and pulmonary specialists, as well as experts in neurology, anesthesiology, nursing, and social work. Together, we identify the safest and most effective ways to provide care to every person who comes to us for treatment. We aim to understand how our patients feel, identify their desired outcome, and ask about their needs. With this information, we strive to provide care that addresses each patient’s needs and formulate a treatment plan based on his or her goals for recovery.

A large portion of my career is devoted to research efforts to improve treatment for people with spine conditions. I am a member of the Scoliosis Research Society and the North American Spine Society.

I also serve as the president of the International Spine Study Group Foundation (ISSG), which is a nonprofit research foundation that uses collaborative efforts to investigate treatment outcomes for people with spinal deformities. The research we perform through the ISSG is aimed at discovering how scoliosis and spinal deformities impact people’s lives. We also strive to understand how and why people respond to different forms of treatment and which treatments are best for each person.

Since 2008, we have presented more than 700 abstracts at meetings and conferences throughout the world and published more than 90 peer reviewed manuscripts.