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About Charles B. Goodwin, M.D.

Dr. Charles Goodwin specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the cervical and lumbar spine. He works with rehabilitation specialists and pain management doctors, focusing on non-operative techniques such as physical therapy, spine injections and restorative medicine. If conservative treatment fails, he performs, when indicated, adult reconstructive cervical and lumbar spine surgery, emphasizing minimally invasive techniques.

Dr. Goodwin has performed arthroscopic surgery since the late 1970s. Since 1994, he has been certified in arthroscopic microdiscectomy. He developed the instrumentation for and performed the first endoscopic spine fusion in 2001 – noted in The Wall Street Journal. Since then, he has performed about 1,000 endoscopic and minimally invasive posterior fusions. Recently, he developed and patented an access system and implants for minimally invasive lateral lumbar fusions.

He was a team orthopedic physician for the New York Mets, the team physician for the New York Lizzards lacrosse team, the orthopedic physician for US Open Tennis, an orthopedic physician for US Open Golf and now head physician for the Tournament of Champion squash, the premier tournament in professional squash.

Dr. Goodwin has served as Chairman of the Professional Liability and Defense board for New York State. He is presently a consultant for the U.S. Department of Defense.

The Best Doctors in New York

- New York Magazine

New York State Medical Society
- Chairman of the Professional Liability & Defense Board (former)

Primary Speciality
Spine Surgery

Areas of Clinical Interest
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Education & Training

Harvard University, 1972, BA, Cum Laude

Medical School
University of Cincinnati, 1976, MD

St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center: General Surgery;
New York Orthopedic Hospital
-Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center: Orthopedic Surgery


Toronto East General & Orthopaedic Hospital, University of Toronto, Canada

Current Academic & Hospital Appointments

Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery

Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College

Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Participation in Insurance Plans

  • Aetna Blue
  • Cross Blue Shield PPO HMO POS
  • Cigna Connecticare (not through Access Health CT)
  • EmblemHealth GHI 
  • EmblemHealth HIP 
  • Medicare Part B
  • Oxford 
  • Oxford Medicare
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Compass 

If your insurance is not listed, please call our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. If you have out-of-network benefits, then your insurance may reimburse you for a portion of your office visit. We will work with you and your insurance to minimize your out-of-pocket costs. Financial assistance may be available for patients in need.

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