- College: Emory University, Atlanta, GA
- Medical School: Rutgers Medical School, Newark, NJ
- Residency: Department of Neurosurgery, The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
- Fellowship: Spinal Surgery and Deformity, Shriners Hospital for Children, Philadelphia Unit, Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Simon is on staff at Greenwich and Stamford Hospitals and is the Neurosurgical Director of Cyberknife Radiosurgery for the Stamford Hospital CyberKnife team. The CyberKnife system, by Accuray Inc., is a noninvasive image-guided robotic surgery system that directs radiation beams into tumors from virtually unlimited directions with extreme accuracy to minimize damage to surrounding healthy tissue and vital organs.
Dr. Simon graduated from medical school at UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School. He completed his residency at The University of Pennsylvania Department of Neurosurgery, and his fellowship training in Spine Surgery and Scoliosis at The Schriners Hospital for Children, in Philadelphia.
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Consultant – Shriners Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA
Stamford Hospital Neurosurgical Director of Cyberknife Radiosurgery
Stamford Hospital Neurosurgical Trauma Director
Stamford Hospital ICU Committee
Stamford Hospital Peer Review Committee
Stamford Hospital OR Committee
American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
American Board of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
AANS Congress of Neurological Surgeons,
Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves
The Association for Ethics in Spine Surgery
The Cyberknife Society
American Board of Neurological Surgery
New York Magazine Best Doctors 2013-2015
Castle Connolly New York Metro Area Top Doctor 2012-2015
Connecticut Magazine Top Doctor 2011-2012
Greenwich Magazine Top Doctor 2012-2015
Stamford Magazine Top Doctor 2012-2015
New Canaan/Darien Magazine Top Doctor 2012-2015
Fairfield Magazine Top Doctor 2012-2015
Westport Magazine Top Doctor 2012-2015
Simon SL, Marcotte P, Grady MS: Surgical Approaches and Techniques of Fixation of the Cervicothoracic Junction, in Dickman, Fehlings, Golaskan (eds): Spinal Cord and Spinal Column Tumors: Principles and Practice. New York, Theme, 2006.
Simon SL, Schuster JM: Posterior Thoracic Instrumentation, in Youman’s (eds): Neurological Surgery, 5th Edition. Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders Co., 2003.
Dr. Simon- For two years, C.D. of Trumbell, CT dealt with gradually developing pain in her right hip that ran down to her foot that progressively eroded her quality of life. At 66 she had to give up her job as a nurse that she dearly loved and became virtually housebound. Being a medical professional, she honed in on the purported experts in her condition, who emphatically told her that there was nothing to be done for her. She underwent epidural injections in her back, tried to manage the pain with medications and even tried acupuncture. Nothing seemed to work. In fact, her doctor told her that her condition was “permanent and chronic” and that “there wasn’t a surgeon around that could do anything to help.”
CD was referred to neurosurgeon Dr. Scott Simon to have an electric stimulation devise implanted into her back to treat the pain. During her visit to Dr. Simon, he reviewed her MRI and discovered that the quality of the MRI was so inferior that he doubted that an accurate diagnosis could have been made using them. He ordered a new MRI to be taken immediately and asked her to return to his office afterward. After reviewing the images he told her, “I can help you.”
C.D. had a degenerative spondylolisthesis, a condition where one vertebra shifts out in front of another, causing back pain and leg pain due to nerve compression. On May 9, 2011, Dr. Simon and Dr. Paul Apostolides performed a minimally invasive laminectomy, fusion, and fixation to decompress the nerves and stabilize the spine. Today C.D. is 100% pain free and has regained her life. “Dr. Simon has literally given me my life back,” she said. – CD (Spine)
Dr. Simon- R.M. had been fighting cancer, which began as male breast cancer, since November of 1999. After his initial treatment with chemo and radiation, he was symptom free for five years. However, three years ago, the cancer metastasized to his lumbar. He endured intense pain for six months despite taking narcotic pain medication and curtailing many activities. He had to stop playing golf, which had been very helpful in managing the stress of his illness. His radiation oncologist, Dr. Frank Masino of Stamford Hospital suggested he might be a candidate for treatment with CyberKnife®, a noninvasive image-guided robotic radiosurgery system that delivers highly precise beams of radiation to its target. He sent Rick for an evaluation with neurosurgeon Dr. Scott Simon.
“R.M. had two options,” explained Dr. Simon. “He could undergo an extensive spinal surgery to remove part of the tumor with a spinal fusion, or he could be treated with Cyberknife to try to shrink the tumor non-invasively by pin pointing radiation directly to the tumor site.” R.M. chose Cyberknife.
After a dry run to check radiation beam alignment, Dr. Simon and the Cyberknife team at Stamford Hospital administered four treatments over four days, each one lasting about two hours. By the end of the second day, R.M. already felt some relief from the pain. At the end of the fourth treatment, the pain was gone. R.M. was thrilled, even more so when he was able to return to golf just a couple of days later. He has been pain free ever since.
“The Cyberknife allows us to use maximum doses of radiation, with minimal risk to the normal surrounding tissue,” said Dr. Simon. ” R.M. responded quickly but every patient is different, and it can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to experience the full benefit of the treatment.” – RM (Cyberknife)
Dr. Simon – The holidays are a time of much gratitude for us and this year we are extremely thankful for the difference you have made in our lives. We are expecting our first child this coming April and we would not be in this place had it not been for you taking the risk and braving the odds. We are where we are because you made a difference.
Dr. Simon – I’d like to thank you again for all the kindness you showed me and for helping save my life during this recent time in my life. Your care factor has made a big difference for us. My plan is to knock this thing out and I feel I’m on my way. Thanks again for your skill and caring.