John Shiau, MD | Founder

bio-pictureDr. 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.

Having immigrated to the United States from Taiwan at three years old, Dr. Shiau was challenged with earning himself a place in society as an Asian – American. His parents struggled but prevailed in giving him the best opportunities available, moving the family to Manhattan and later New Jersey. Surpassing educational and extracurricular requirements at an early age, Dr. Shiau earned early acceptance into Harvard Medical School, The Julliard School of Music and ultimately his alma-mater, The University of Michigan. Selected out of only ten students Nationwide to attend University of Michigan’s Seven Year Medical Program in 1983, Dr. Shiau was confident that his dreams of becoming a neurosurgeon were a tangible reality. He continued to excel in his academic pursuit throughout college and medical school, all while being named captain of his college crew team and supporting himself  by working two jobs. Upon graduation from University Of Michigan in 1990, Dr. Shiau decided to escape the blistery cold winters and make his way back home to NYC, where he was would spend one year researching spinal cord injury prior to accepting a position in Mount Sinai’s neurosurgical Residency Program.  With the rapidly evolving development of robotic, endoscopic and minimally invasive surgical techniques throughout the general and surgical subspecialties, Dr. Shiau knew that “Minimally Invasive Surgery” in the scope of Neurosurgery was lacking, and ultimately worth dedicating his life to. After graduation from Mount Sinai Residency Program in 1997, Dr. Shiau became impassioned with redefining the once feared practice of open and invasive spinal surgery. This led him to Mainz, Germany, where he would spend the next year becoming fellowship trained in Minimally Invasive and Endoscopic Neurosurgical Technique from Johannes Gutenberg University Hospital.

john-orWith an interest in advancing and perfecting minimally invasive spine surgery, Dr. Shiau began his career with an energetic and newfound sense of forward thinking by joining a multispecialty private practice group in Staten Island, New York.  High volumes of patients found Dr. Shiau the opportunity to transform minimally invasive technique, redefining the standards to which open spine surgery had previously been based upon. Due to increasing patient demand for this specialized spine surgery, Dr. Shiau has expanded his practice throughout New York and New Jersey, with six office locations – most recently including Manhattan. His hospital and surgical facility affiliations include Lennox Hill Hospital in New York City, Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, Union Spine Institute in New Jersey, New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, Staten Island University Hospital – an affiliate of the Long Island Jewish Hospital network, Richmond University Medical Hospital in Staten Island, and South Amboy Ambulatory Surgical Center in New Jersey. While Dr. Shiau actively continues to treat neurosurgical and spinal trauma patients throughout New York City, his focus has become the outpatient minimally invasive surgical correction of numerous spine and nerve related pathologies.

Gaining popularity among patients and colleagues over the past decade, Dr. Shiau has not only spent his practicing career dedicating to treating patients by the least invasive means possible, but he has continued his academic pursuit of improvement in this field as well. To date, Dr Shiau has been named faculty educator with numerous spinal device companies, teaching surgeons from across the globe his techniques in Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery. Dr Shiau is well published amongst some of the leading Neurosurgery Journals, and has been consulted by several of the world’s leading spine product development teams to aide in perfecting spinal surgical instrumentation.

When not in the office or operating room, Dr. Shiau enjoys life as a New Yorker, with a loving and supportive family to keep him grounded.  He has embraced the opportunity to travel the globe – thus far having been to Australia, Asia, South America, Spain and Europe to name a few. Dr. Shiau is avid about personal fitness and maintaining a healthy physique, even placing within the top ten finishers of a well known Military style “Mud Race” in 2012. As a certified PADI Scuba Diver, he has logged over 1,000 Dive’s worldwide.  Dr. Shiau is passionate about his Asian culture, maintaining strong roots in the Taiwanese community.  His cultural beliefs and ethical morality have shaped his compassionate outlook of patient care, as exemplified by his role in the gratis treatment of a wounded Afghanistan war veteran in 2012 (see publication below). Dr Shiau embodies the characteristics necessary to have helped lead the way in the Minimally Invasive Spine revolution, all while practicing humbly and in the best interest of his patients.


University of Michigan (B.S., 1986).
  • University of Michigan (M.D., 1990).
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center (Internship & Residency 1997).
  • Johannes Gutenberg University Hospital (Fellowship 1997).


  • Diplomat, Board Certified: American Board of Neurological Surgery (2004).
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (2005).

Professional Organizations

  • AANS (American Association of Neurological Surgeons)
  • CNS (Congress of Neurological Surgeons)
  • SMISS (Society for Advancement of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery )
  • ISASS (International Society for Advancement of Spine Surgery)
  • NASS (North American Spine Society)
  • Diplomat, Board Certified: American Board of Neurological Surgery (2004)