“I have been a registered nurse (and EMT) and have worked with physicians as a nurse and as a patient for over 35 years and my experience as a patient with Dr. Shiau must be said to have been one of the best I have ever had. From responding to an email, to looking at films, to making suggestions for additional studies, even prior to my office visit – I truly felt he was a physician willing to do what he could to help. He answered my questions clearly and with the degree of medical information I needed.”

E. Ray

“I shopped around for a spine surgeon who could help me using minimally invasive surgery. There were so many doctors in Manhattan that said they specialized in it but then said I wasn’t a candidate. Dr. Shiau was the only one who said I was. I’m so happy I chose him….”


“Dr.Shiau removed a swannoma tumor from my spine 8 months ago with minimally invasive surgery. I am totally cured and recommend him highly”

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“Dr. Shiau is an excellent Doctor.I would highly recommend him to anyone. He treated me like family and was very caring and attentive. Thanks to him I am enjoying my life again after not being able to walk for weeks”


“Dr. Shiau had a great personality and knows his business. He concurred with the 2 other doctors that surgery was not necessary. He recommended PT and pain management.”

Leonard A.ZocDoc.com

“Dr. Shiau did a wonderful job on my back. Dr. Shiau and his staff were very caring and made me feel very comfortable and safe. I definitely would recommend him to anyone who needs a good doctor because they are hard to find these days.”

Melissa K.Vitals.com

“Very good neurosurgeon. He operated on my back and I am now able to walk without pain.”

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Dr. John Shiau, Founder

Dr. John Shiau is a board certified Neurosurgeon, well recognized and respected nationally for his participation and contributions towards the advancement of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.  With over ten years of Neurosurgical practice within the New York tri-state region, his ever growing reputation and expertise in the field of minimally invasive neurosurgery have earned him consideration as one of New York’s leaders in the field.  Dr. Shiau prides himself in his accomplishments as such, and is passionate in providing his patients with the best and least invasive neurosurgical care possible.

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Our Mission

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Institute is a boutique neurosurgical practice in New York City, dedicated to providing each and every patient with the most skilled and least invasive neurosurgical care. At MISSI, we are committed to spending the time our patients deserve, in a compassionate and professional manner. Dr. Shiau has spent his career perfecting and advancing minimally invasive spine surgery, having educated hundreds of neuro and spine surgeons across the globe in his cutting edge techniques through the years. Here at Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Institute, we believe that surgery should only be considered once all “non operative” measures have been taken to try and treat your pathology.  Our goal is to ensure that each patient has an understanding of their diagnosis, and ultimately confidence in their decision, should it be surgery.

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