Omar Syed, MD

Neurological Surgery

 I recognize and understand the concerns that a patient and his or her family may have when being referred to a neurosurgeon. It is important for me to make sure that I put each person and family who comes to see me at ease and I do my best to educate each of my patients about his or her specific condition. For many of the conditions that I see, surgery is often not the first line treatment. However, if there is a surgical option, I take the time to explain why I feel that surgery can be helpful, and help my patients understand exactly what to expect each step of the way. At Englewood Health, I am very fortunate that we have a multi-specialty team dedicated to patients with neurosurgical and spinal disorders."  

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Primary Areas of Practice

  • Neurological Surgery

Other Areas of Practice

  • Bloodless Medicine
  • Spine Surgery


  • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Brain Tumor Surgery
  • Image-Guided Spine Surgery
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminotomy
  • Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microsurgery of the Spine
  • Microsurgical Spinal Tumor Resection
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Revision Spine Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Spinal Tumor Surgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Transforaminal Lumbar Fusion
  • Vertebroplasty

Conditions Treated

  • Brain Tumors
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Herniated Disc
  • Myelopathy
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Spine Trauma
  • Spondylolisthesis


  • Metropolitan Neurosurgery Associates


    309 Engle Street Englewood, NJ 07631

    Main: 201-569-7737

About Omar Syed

Dr. Omar Syed is a board certified neurosurgeon who is fellowship trained in minimally invasive spine surgery. His clinical interests include adult brain and spine conditions, with a focus on complex and minimally invasive spine surgery. This includesdegenerative spine conditions, such as spinal stenosis or disc herniations, as well as spinal tumors, spinal trauma, and revision spine surgery. He also has interests in motion preserving (non-fusion) approaches, such as arthroplasty and inter-laminar stabilization, such as Coflex. He has experience with state-of-the-art technology such as advanced intraoperative monitoring technology, frameless image guidance systems, spinal navigation and stereotactic radiosurgery/Gamma Knife.

Dr. Syed received his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine and he completed his neurosurgical residency training at The Neurological Institute of New York at Columbia University Medical Center. He then completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Complex Spine Surgery at the University of Tennessee/Semmes-Murphey Clinic in Memphis.

Dr. Syed is an active member of numerous professional organizations including the American Association of Neurological Surgery, the Congress of Neurological Surgery, and the North American Spine Society.Dr. Syed has authored numerous scientific publications and book chapters.

Honors & Awards

2020-2017: Castle Connolly Top Doctors New York Metro Area

2020-2017: Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor

2019: Jersey's Best: New Jersey's Top Doctors in Cancer Care

2019: Jersey's Best Magazine Top Doctors

2019: New York Magazine Best Doctors

2018, 2017: Westchester Magazine Top Doctors

Professional Memberships

American Association of Neurological Surgeons

Congress of Neurological Surgeons

North American Spine Society

Education & Degrees

MD: New York University School of Medicine


NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center


University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Neurological Surgery


Syed ON, Mandigo CE, Killory BD, Canoll P, Bruce JN. Cancer-testis and melanocyte-differentiation antigenexpression in malignant glioma and meningioma. J Clin Neuroscience. 2012 Jul;19(7):1016-21.

Malone HR, Syed ON, D'Ambrosio AL, McKhann GM. Beneficial use of a new hand-held CO2 laser fiber in theresection of a calcified and vascular intraventricular tumor: Technical case report and literature review. WorldNeurosurgery. 2012 Jul;68(1-2):191. E9-14.

Malone HR, Syed ON, Downes MS, D'Ambrosio AL, Quest DO, Kaiser MG. Simulation in neurosurgery: a reviewof computer-based models. Neurosurgery. 2010 Oct; 67(4): 1105-16.

Syed ON, Weintraub BA, DeLaPaz R, Connolly ES. Venous Air Emboli From Intravenous Catheterization: AReport of Iatrogenic Intravascular Pneumocephalus. J Clin Neuroscience. 2009 Oct;16(10): 1361-2.

Komotar RJ, Syed ON, Connolly ES. Genomewide association studies of stroke. Neurosurgery. 2009 July; 65(1):N14-5 - invited editorial.

Komotar RJ, Syed ON, Connolly ES. General Anesthesia versus local anaesthesia for carotid surgery (GALA): Amulticentre, randomized controlled trial. Neurosurgery. 2009 May;64(5):N10-1 - invited editorial.

Syed ON, Heyer EJ, Connolly ES Jr. Takotsubo syndrome after carotid endarterectomy. J Neurosurg Anesthesiol.2009 Apr; 21(2): 181-2.

D'Ambrosio AL, Syed ON, Grobelny BT, Freda PU, Wardlaw S, Bruce JN. Simultaneous above and belowapproach to giant pituitary adenomas: surgical strategies and long-term follow-up. Pituitary. 2009; 12(3): 217-225.

Komotar RJ, Syed ON, Bruce JN, Connolly ES Jr, Dunn IF, Friedlander RM. Genomics of human glioblastomamultiforme: a glimpse of the future. Neurosurgery. 2008 Dec;63(6):15. - invited editorial.

Syed ON, Hankinson TC, Mack WJ, Feldstein NA, Anderson RC. Radiolucent hair accessories causing depressedskull fracture following blunt cranial trauma. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2008 Dec;2(6):424-6.

Littlejohn, FC, Syed O, Ornstein E, Connolly ES, Heyer EJ. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy associated with anesthesia:three case reports. Cases J. 2008 Oct 8;1(1):227.