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Nancy Epstein MD Chief of Neurosurgical Spine and Education Joins Full Time Faculty at Winthrop

June 16, 2015

Nancy Epstein, MD, Chief of Neurosurgical Spine & Education, has joined the faculty of Winthrop-University Hospital full-time. She has operated exclusively at the Hospital since 2002.

Dr. Epstein, a skilled spine surgeon, has helped countless patients over the years find relief from debilitating spine-related conditions. She specializes in surgery to address disease of the spine and spinal cord, with a unique interest in cervical and lumbar (back) degenerative disease.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Epstein to Winthrop’s growing full-time faculty,” said John F. Collins, President and CEO. “With so many members of the community being affected by spine-related conditions, I am confident that Dr. Epstein’s expertise in cervical, thoracic and lumbar spinal disorders will serve them well in finding the care they need at Winthrop.”

Dr. Epstein received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Barnard College and her Medical Degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she graduated as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Dr. Epstein was the first female resident trained in neurosurgery at New York University Medical Center from 1976 – 1981. Prior to joining Winthrop, Dr. Epstein served as Chief of Neurosurgery at North Shore University Hospital from 1993 to 2001. She was a member of Long Island Neurosurgical Associates from 1982 to 2014.

Dr. Epstein’s post-graduate training includes a residency in Neurosurgery at Bellevue Medical Center in New York, where she also completed an internship in Surgery. From 2000 to 2011, Dr. Epstein was a Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY. Dr. Epstein is a Diplomate of The American Board of Neurological Surgeons.

She has published over 300 professional peer-reviewed papers in journals, as well as chapters in major neurosurgical and orthopedic surgical textbooks. She is a member of several professional societies, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS), the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the North American Spine Society. Dr. Epstein was president of the CSRS in 2001. Dr. Epstein is presently on seven editorial boards of major neurosurgical and orthopedic spine journals. They include Spine, Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques, The Spine Journal, Surgical Neurology, Spinal Cord (England), Spinal Surgery (Japan) and Surgical Neurology International. Dr. Epstein is the editor of Surgical Neurology International Spine.

Dr. Epstein is seeing patients at her Winthrop office located at 200 Old Country Road, Suite 485 in Mineola, NY. For an appointment, call (516) 663-4822. To learn more about Neurosurgery at Winthrop, call 1-866-WINTHROP or visit

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Nancy Epstein, MD, Chief of Neurosurgical Spine & Education, has joined Winthrop-University Hospital’s full-time faculty.