Education

  • 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

Biography

Castle Connolly 2021 Top DoctorsScott Simon, MD is a neurosurgeon who specializes in the treatment of spinal disorders including operative and non-operative treatment of spine deformity and scoliosis. Dr. Simon is one of just a few physicians nationwide trained in neurological surgery and orthopedic techniques to treat scoliosis in adolescents and adults. He has extensive experience in minimally invasive spine surgery. Dr. Simon was the first surgeon in the region to perform spine surgery using a highly advanced robotic navigation system called Globus Excelsius, GP.
Dr. Simon is on staff at Greenwich and Stamford Hospitals.

Dr. Simon graduated from medical school at UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School, now known as Rutgers Medical School. He then completed his residency at The University of Pennsylvania Department of Neurosurgery, and his fellowship training in Spine Surgery and Scoliosis at The Shriners Hospital for Children, in Philadelphia.

Affiliations

  • Shriners Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA | Consultant
  • Former – Stamford Hospital Neurosurgical Director of Cyberknife Radiosurgery
  • Former – 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)
  • 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

Honors

  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2012–2021
  • New York Magazine Best Doctors 2013–2020
  • Castle Connolly New York Metro Area Top Doctor 2012–2021
  • Connecticut Magazine Top Doctor 2011-2012, 2016, 2017, 2020
  • Greenwich Magazine Top Doctor in Fairfield County, 2012–2021
  • Stamford Magazine Top Doctor in Fairfield County, 2012-2021
  • New Canaan/Darien Magazine Top Doctor in Fairfield County, 2012–2021
  • Fairfield Magazine Top Doctor 2012–2017
  • Westport Magazine Top Doctor in Fairfield County, 2012–2021
5 Star Review on Healthgrades by B.Patient

"Dr Simon is a compassionate and very clear and thorough specialist. He is very experienced in a complicated surgery that was needed and someone who inspires trust. I would highly recommend him."

5 Star Review on HealthgradesPatient

"Very through exam and good advice, anything to avoid surgery! Pain all gone and back to normal, highly recommend Dr. Simon."

5 Star Review on Google from R.Patient

"Dr Simon gives his full attention and listens carefully. He explains his thoughts clearly. I appreciate that he is very conservative about resorting to surgery."

Video Presentations

Published Research

Surgical Approaches and Techniques of Fixation of the Cervicothoracic Junction

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.

Posterior Thoracic Instrumentation

Simon SL, Schuster JM: Posterior Thoracic Instrumentation, in Youman’s (eds): Neurological Surgery, 5th Edition. Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders Co., 2003.

Efficacy of spinal instrumentation and fusion in the prevention of postlaminectomy spinal deformity in children with intramedullary spinal cord tumors

Simon SL, Auerbach JD, Garg S, Sutton LN, Telfeian AE, Dormans JP. Efficacy of spinal instrumentation and fusion in the prevention of postlaminectomy spinal deformity in children with intramedullary spinal cord tumors. J Pediatr Orthop. 2008 Mar;28(2):244-9. PMID: 18388723 [PubMed – in process]

Spinal Cord Injury in Children Evaluation and Early Treatment Principles

Simon SL, Betz RR: Spinal Cord Injury in Children Evaluation and Early Treatment Principles, in Kim, Betz (eds): Surgery of the Pediatric Spine. New York, Thieme, 2007.

Evoked and spontaneous electromyography to evaluate upper thoracic pedicle screw placement

Simon SL, D’Andrea L, Clements D, Betz RR. Evoked and spontaneous electromyography to evaluate upper thoracic pedicle screw placement. (In preparation).

The efficacy of prophylactic spinal fusion in the prevention of post-surgical spinal deformity in pediatric spinal cord tumors

Simon SL, Garg S, Burnett MG, Telfeian A, Dormans J, Sutton LN. The efficacy of prophylactic spinal fusion in the prevention of post-surgical spinal deformity in pediatric spinal cord tumors. (Spine- in revision).

Lumbar vertebral hemangioma presenting with the acute onset of neurological symptoms

Chen HI, Heuer GG, Zaghloul K, Simon SL, Weigele JB, Grady MS. Lumbar vertebral hemangioma presenting with the acute onset of neurological symptoms. Case report. J Neurosurg Spine. 2007 Jul;7(1):80-5.

Bow hunter’s syndrome caused by accessory cervical ossification: posterolateral decompression and the use of intraoperative Doppler ultrasonography

Whitmore RG, Simon SL, Hurst RW, Nisenbaum HL, Kasner SE, Zager EL. Bow hunter’s syndrome caused by accessory cervical ossification: posterolateral decompression and the use of intraoperative Doppler ultrasonography. Surg Neurol. 2007 Feb;67(2):169-71. Epub 2006 Nov 3.

CT imaging techniques for describing motions of the cervicothoracic junction and cervical spine during flexion, extension, and cervical traction

Simon S, Davis M, Odhner D, Udupa J, Winkelstein B. CT imaging techniques for describing motions of the cervicothoracic junction and cervical spine during flexion, extension, and cervical traction. Spine. 2006 Jan 1;31(1):44-50.

Error Analysis of MRI and Leskell Stereotactic Frame Target Localization in Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery

Simon SL, Douglas P, Baltuch GH Jaggi JL. Error Analysis of MRI and Leskell Stereotactic Frame Target Localization in Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 2005 Feb 4;83(1):1-5.

Rigid Model-based 3D segmentation of the bones of joints in MR and CT image

Jiamin Liu, Jayaram K Udupa, Punam K Saha, Dewey Odhner, Bruce E. Hirsch, Sorin Siegler, Scott Simon, Beth A. Winkelstein. Rigid Model-based 3D segmentation of the bones of joints in MR and CT image. SPIE Medical Imaging Conference, 2005.

Intracranial capillary hemangioma: case report and review of the literature

Simon SL, Moonis G, Judkins AR, Scobie J, Burnett MG, Riina HA, Judy KD. Intracranial capillary hemangioma: case report and review of the literature. Surg Neurol. 2005 Aug;64(2):154-9.

Losses of chromosomes 1p and 19q are rare in pediatric oligodendrogliomas

Kreiger PA, Okada Y, Simon S, Rorke LB, Louis DN, Golden, JA. Losses of chromosomes 1p and 19q are rare in pediatric oligodendrogliomas. Acta Neuropathologica. Acta Neuropathol (Berl). 2005 Mar 1.

The management of infections involving the cervicothoracic junction

Simon SL, Pahl MA, Marcotte PJ, Vaccaro AR, Grady MS: The management of infections involving the cervicothoracic junction. Seminars in Spine Surgery 2004 Sep;16(3):206-213.

Management of patients with schwannomatosis: Report of six cases and review of the literature

Huang JH, Simon SL, Nagpal S, Nelson PT, Zager EL. Management of patients with schwannomatosis: Report of six cases and review of the literature. Surg Neurol. 2004 Oct;62(4):353-61.

Intradural venous varix: a rare cause of an intradural lumbar spine lesion

Moonis G, Hurst RW, Simon SL, Zager EL. Intradural venous varix: a rare cause of an intradural lumbar spine lesion. Spine. 2003 Oct 15;28(20):E430-2.

Complications of Invasive Monitoring Used in Intractable Pediatric Epilepsy

Simon SL, Telfeian A, Duhaime AC. Complications of Invasive Monitoring Used in Intractable Pediatric Epilepsy. Pediatric Neurosurgery2003 Jan;38(1):47-52.

Epidural hematoma as a complication of sphenoid sinusitis and epidural abscess

Moonis G, Granados A, Simon SL. Epidural hematoma as a complication of sphenoid sinusitis and epidural abscess. A case report and literature review. Clinical Imaging 2002 Nov-Dec;26(6):382-5.

Recovery of language after hemispherectomy in a sixteen-year-old girl with late onset seizures

Telfeian AE, Berqvist C, Danielak C, Simon SL, Duhaime AC. Recovery of language after hemispherectomy in a sixteen-year-old girl with late onset seizures. Pediatric Neurosurgery 2002 July;37(1):19-21.

Intramedulary injection of contast into the cervical spinal cord

Simon SL, Abrahams JM, Rushton S, Grady MS. Case Report: Intramedulary injection of contast into the cervical spinal cord. Spine2002;27(10):E274-277.

Imaging Corner: Vertebral osteonecrosis

Schulman BJ, Loevner LA, Simon S. Imaging Corner: Vertebral osteonecrosis. Spine 2000;25(18):2419-2420.

Special care units for Alzheimer’s patients: their role in the nursing home market

Phillips VL, Potter SJ, Simon SL. Special care units for Alzheimer’s patients: their role in the nursing home market. J Health Hum Serv Adm 1998; 20(3):300-310