your spine, our passion
about our practice
Who we are
The Robotic Spine Institute of New Jersey was pioneered by our world renowned orthopedic and neurologically trained spine surgeon Kornelis Poelstra. Based in New Jersey our institute has developed an outstanding reputation for delivering immaculate care from the best spine surgeons and technology innovators in the world.
We collaborate closely with physicians and medical professionals to not only bring you outstanding care, but also advance the technologies that allow our spine specialists to treat your neck and back pain more efficiently than ever before.
We wholeheartedly believe that optimal treatment begins with making sure we’re taking a personal approach when it comes to our patients and care.
We dedicate our practice to spend as much time as needed to thoroughly understand your spinal difficulties and troubles even after we’ve treated you.
Meet our team
Since starting my career as a Spine Surgeon in 2006, I value being able to develop relationships with my patients. Every spine solution must be catered specifically to your lifestyle and your goals. Although I am a firm believer in conservative treatment without surgery, sometimes alternatives have to be considered. My promise is to genuinely understand your history and your goals before getting you back to being pain free. When I do recommend spine surgery, I focus on the most minimally invasive techniques while utilizing state-of-the-art technology.
As a board certified spine surgeon that specializes in minimally invasive spine surgeries, I also focus on adult spinal deformity (”scoliosis”) and disk replacements. I’ve had the opportunity to co-develop the currently available spine robotic platforms and have performed more than 750 complex robotic cases so far - more than any other spine surgeon in the world.
My research has also been focused on preventing implant associated wound infections, along with innovative materials sciences for both spine and orthopedic implants. I’ve been trained in both orthopedic and neurosurgical spine surgery at world leading institutions. I’ve received my PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
At the Robotic Spine Institute of New Jersey, I bring together a team of world-class clinicians who teach surgeons from around the world about Robotics. So far, I’ve written dozens of peer reviewed publications, textbooks and chapters, and have given more than 250 lectures.
I’m looking forward to the opportunity to serve my community and advance the profession of Spinal Surgery through evidence based progress in Robotics and Automation.Book Appoinment
We’re proud to share our results from our outstanding spine surgeries performed to date. Although these results show that the Robotic Spine Institute of New Jersey provides some of the best spine care and treatment in the world, we are consistently evaluating and improving our methods to treat cervical disc, lumbar spine and other medical conditions in the Hoboken, Jersey City, Weehawken, Brooklyn and surrounding areas.
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4 years honoree (2015-2018)
Vitals Compassionate Doctor Award - 5 Year Honoree recognizes doctors with the highest scores in bedside manner for five consecutive years. This honor is granted to a few dsitinct doctors in the United States based on experiences shared by patients.
8 years honoree (2011-2018)
Compassionate Doctor certification is granted to physicians who treat their patients with the utmost kindness. The honor is granted based on a physician’s overall compassion and bedside manner scores.
2 years honoree (2014, 2018)
Vitals On-Time + Promptness Award recognizes doctors with consistent high ratings for timeless of appointments. The honor is granted based on a physician’s overall and promptness scores.
Patients’ Choice 5th
7 years honoree (2012-2018)
The Patients’ Choice Award - 5 Year Honoree is a recognition granted only to those doctors whose ratings have reflected excellence in care for five years in a row. Only 1% of all doctors in the United States are bestowed this honor to their patients.
10 years honoree (2008-2018)
Patients’ Choice recognitions reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.
Top 10 Doctor -
2014 year honoree
Top 10 Doctors are chosen by the millions of patients who visit Vitals each year to find a new doctors and share their experiences by providing ratings and reviews.
What Our Patients Are Saying
Outstanding doctor!!!! Went to my first visit and wow he was absolutely awesome. He thoroughly explained to me everything about my case and I knew the first time when I left his office I was very confident he was the right surgeon.Sandra C.
Just had a complex cervical spine surgery performed by Dr. Poelstra. My osteoporosis certainly made the surgery more of a challenge. Dr. Poelstra devoted a lot of time and attention to my particular problems before coming up with a solution. Am also thrilled to report not only did the surgery go well, but I have experienced zero pain and am still pain free, 3 weeks post-surgery.Wilma K.
Talk about having confidence in my surgeon and the PA! I did not even meet my specialists until right before my surgery ! I had read about Dr. Poelstra online and had every bit of confidence in him. It is not very often you meet a doctor who is very knowledgeable, explains what he is going to do and what he had to do, but he was truly concerned about me.Johnathan H.