Dr. Steven P. Leon is a board certified neurosurgeon with specialization in spinal surgery. He completed a spinal surgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurosurgery, a Neurological Surgery Residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital (Harvard Program) and graduated with honors from Harvard Medical School. He treats spinal tumors, trauma, infection, deformity and degenerative diseases. He offers both operative and non-operative treatments. Skills range from minimally-invasive surgery/treatment to complex spinal reconstruction. Dr. Leon also practices general neurosurgery. Dr. Leon has been seleted as Castle Connolly Top Doctor for the last six years as well as News Day Top Doctors Long Island and Top Doctors New York Metro Area.


Dr. Steven P. Leon received his Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry and Philosophy from Boston College in 1989 where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He then attended Harvard Medical School and received his MD degree in 1994 with honors for research in the field of brain tumors. Dr. Leon spent additional time during medical school performing research as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellow applying molecular genetic techniques to the study of pituitary tumors. After medical school, he went on to complete his residency in Neurological Surgery at the Harvard Program at Brigham & Women’s Hospital/The Children’s Hospital in Boston, MA. During this time, he developed an interest in the treatment of disorders of the spine and spinal cord. As a result he completed an additional year of specialized fellowship training in Spinal Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurosurgery.

Dr. Leon has authored original publications and chapters for medical textbooks. He has also conducted numerous presentations at national meetings. His work has appeared in journals of Spine, Cancer, Neurosurgery and Journal of Neuroscience. The topics of his writings have included image-guided (stereotactic) applications to spinal surgery, cervical spine fusion, central nervous system regeneration, and brain tumor biology.

Dr. Leon practices general neurosurgery with expertise in disorders of the spine and spinal cord requiring reconstructive surgery. He has expertise in spinal fusion and spinal instrumentation for reconstruction of the spine. He treats conditions including herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, degenerative disease, vertebral compression fractures, discitis osteomyelitis and deformity. He performs discectomy, laminectomy, fusion, instrumentation myoplasty, vertebroplasty, minimally invasive spine surgery and artificial disc replacement..


Medical Degree

Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

General Surgery Internship

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Neurosurgery Residency

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, The Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Spinal Surgery Fellowship

Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurosurgery, Cleveland, OH

Clinical Expertise

Spinal surgery and general neurosurgery

Academic Affiliation

Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery, Weill-Cornell Medical College, New York, NY

Professional Affiliations

  • American Board of Neurological Surgeons
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves

Hospital Affiliations

    Honors & Awards

    • Honors Thesis Harvard Medical School, Cum Laude – 1994
    • Listed in “Guide to America’s Top Surgeons,”
    • Castle Connolly “Top Doctors” 2012 – To Date
    • News Day “Top Doctors of Long Island” 2012 – To Date
    • Top Doctors: New York Metro Area 2012 – To Date