Christopher J. Winfree, MD, FACS

  • Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at CUMC
Christopher J. Winfree, MD, FACS

Dr. Winfree grew up in Jupiter, Florida, and attended Dartmouth College, where he graduated with High Honors in Chemistry. After completing medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, he joined the Department of Neurological Surgery at Columbia University as a resident. Following residency, he completed a fellowship in peripheral nerve surgery in New Orleans, Louisiana, and then a second fellowship in functional and stereotactic neurosurgery in Portland, Oregon.

Currently, Dr. Winfree is an Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City where he specializes in peripheral nerve surgery, peripheral nerve cancer surgery, nerve and muscle biopsies, pain neurosurgery, and spasticity. His research interests include the use of peripheral nerve transfers to treat spinal cord injury, and the use of neurostimulation to treat chronic pain disorders.

He is a member of several different professional organizations, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), American College of Surgeons (ACS), New York State Neurosurgical Society, North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), Neurosurgical Society of America (NSA), New York Presbyterian Society of the Alumni, Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS) Boot Camp Committee, and the CNS Self Assessment in Neurological Surgery (SANS) Editorial Board. He recently completed his term as President of the AANS / CNS Joint Section on Pain.

Please do not hesitate to contact our office with questions or for screening in preparation for your appointment to see Dr. Winfree. After calling the office you will be contacted for screening to assess how Dr. Winfree can best help with your care. This will help prepare for your visit to Dr. Winfree in the office. In the event that you have a condition that Dr. Winfree is unable to help, then we can make recommendations and referrals to other practitioners as needed. The screening process is important because it helps prevent unnecessary and unhelpful visits for conditions that may be best treated elsewhere but this is not what typically happens. Most patients who get screened come in for evaluation with Dr. Winfree and many work with us to create a neurosurgical management strategy that can be dramatically life changing.

Learn more here: The Making of a Neurosurgeon: Dr. Christopher Winfree.

Departmental Appointments

  • Department of Neurological Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Neurological Surgery

Areas of Expertise

  • Neurosurgery
  • Arthritis of Spine
  • Biopsies
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chronic Pain
  • Gamma Knife
  • Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Microsurgery
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Radiosurgery
  • Sciatica
  • Spasticity
  • Spine Pain
  • Stereotactic Neurosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Surgery
  • Surgery
  • Pain Medicine/Pain Management
  • Back Pain
  • Neurostimulation
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorder
  • Failed Back Surgical Syndrome
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Nerve Entrapment Syndromes
  • Facial Pain
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia Surgery

Education & Training

  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Oregon Health Science University Hospital
  • Fellowship: Louisiana State University Medical Center

Locations

  • Neurological Institute of New York

    710 West 168th Street
    New York, NY 10032
    Phone:
    (212) 342-2776
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 342-2776
    Fax:
    (212) 305-3629
  • ColumbiaDoctors Midtown

    51 West 51st Street
    New York, NY 10019
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 342-2776
    Fax:
    (212) 305-3629
  • ColumbiaDoctors Tarrytown

    155 White Plains Road
    Suite: W100
    Tarrytown, NY 10591
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 342-2776

Practices And Centers

  • ColumbiaDoctors Tarrytown

Provider Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Insurance Programs

Please contact the provider's office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

  • Aetna [EPO, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, NY Signature, NYP Employee Plan, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]
  • Affinity [Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care]
  • Amida Care [Special Needs Plan]
  • Cigna [EPO, Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]
  • Emblem/GHI [Medicare Managed Care, PPO]
  • Emblem/HIP [ConnectiCare, EPO, HMO, POS, PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield [Blue Access (Exchange), EPO, Gatekeeper (Exchange), HMO, Medicare Managed Care, Pathway (Exchange), POS, PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus [Child/Family Health Plus, Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care]
  • Fidelis Care [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Healthfirst [Child/Family Health Plus, Leaf (Exchange), Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Local 1199 [NYP Employee Plan]
  • MagnaCare [MagnaCare]
  • MVP Health Care [Child/Family Health Plus, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid Managed Care]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare Managed Care]
  • UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, Compass (Exchange), HMO, Medicaid (Community Plan), Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]
  • VNSNY CHOICE [Medicare Managed Care, SelectHealth, Special Needs Plan]
  • WellCare [Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 342-2776

Honors & Awards

American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)
American College of Surgeons (ACS)
New York State Neurosurgical Society
North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS)
Neurosurgical Society of America (NSA)
New York Presbyterian Society of the Alumni
Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS) Boot Camp Committee
CNS Self Assessment in Neurological Surgery (SANS) Editorial Board
President of the AANS / CNS Joint Section on Pain, 2011-2013