September 08, 2020

Mountainside Medical Center Appoints Robert F. Heary, M.D. as Medical Director of Spine Program

Robert F. Heary, M.D.

MONTCLAIR, New Jersey (September 8, 2020) – Mountainside Medical Center has announced that Robert. F. Heary will take on the new role as Medical Director of the Spine Program. In this new role, Dr. Heary will oversee the Montclair Spine Center at Mountainside Medical Center to ensure the organization and delivery of excellent, timely, evidence-based care.

“We are committed to serving the full spectrum of our patients’ needs by providing comprehensive care,” says Tim O’Brien, chief executive officer. “Dr. Heary is a recognized leader in the field of neurosurgery and his appointment will further advance the quality of care for those treated for a spine condition.”

Dr. Heary earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine and completed a residency in neurological surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark. Following his neurosurgical residency, he completed an orthopedic spine fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Board certified in neurological surgery, Dr. Heary specializes in revision spine surgery, spine and spinal cord injury, spine and spinal cord tumors, and spinal deformity.

Dr. Heary recently served as the Vice President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). He also serves on several other nationally recognized boards and committees.  He is the only neurosurgeon in the U.S. who has been the president of both the Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS) and the Lumbar Spine Research Society (LSRS).  He has been the chair of the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine & Peripheral Nerves.  He has authored 165 peer-reviewed journal articles, over 100 abstracts, 70 book chapters, and his 4th textbook will be published in 2020.  He has been on the faculty for over 300 instructional courses at national neurosurgery meetings and has strong academic credentials.


About the Montclair Spine Center


The Montclair Spine Center encompasses a multidisciplinary team that provides exemplary and comprehensive care for a myriad of spine related conditions. The center’s goal is to educate and involve patients in treatments, guided by fellowship trained and board-certified surgeons. The surgeons sub-specialize in spine treatments and are experienced in a full scope of surgery including minimally invasive, simple, complex and revision procedures. Opened with enhanced safety protocols, the Montclair Spine Center offers comprehensive strategies related to pain control including physical therapy, steroid injections, non-opioid medications and other alternatives to fit individual needs.

Learn more about the Montclair Spine Center here. Please call 973-429-6000 to schedule an appointment. 


About Mountainside Medical Center

Mountainside Medical Center has been serving Montclair and its surrounding New Jersey communities since 1891. The hospital provides patients immediate access to innovative and effective treatment alternatives at specialized centers within the hospital that focus on imaging, women’s health, cancer care, surgery, obesity, stroke and chronic kidney disease. Mountainside Medical Center is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the NJ State Department of Health and Senior Services and is one of only a few community hospitals licensed by the State to perform emergency cardiac angioplasty. To learn more about Mountainside Medical Center visit

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