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Dr Louis Cornacchia

New York Neurosurgeon

Dr. Louis Cornacchia received his medical degree from NYU School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He completed his residency at UCSD Medical Center, Division of Neurosurgery.

He also speaks multiple languages, including Spanish.



  • NYU School of Medicine


  • UCSD Medical Center, Division of Neurosurgery

  • UCSD Medical Center


  • NYU School of Medicine


  • Neurosurgery

  • Neurosurgical Spine Surgery

  • Neurotrauma

  • Pain

  • Neurocritical Care

  • Independent Medical Epert

CITATIONS Pichardo-Garcia v. Ianniello, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 33174 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2020) Based upon my clinical examinations, surgery, lumber epidural injections as well as the objective tests, including MRI of the lumbar spine, EMG and lumbar steroidal injections, and lumbar epidural injections, as well as range of motion testing, it is my medical opinion that [plaintiff's]condition and resulting surgery is directly related to [the Accident], in-as-much as the patient never had a prior injury or condition involving his lower back. The mechanism of injuries are entirely consistent with the clinical presentation.

Wherefore, the subject accident is the directly producing cause of [plaintiff's]injuries and pathology to his lower back. As a result of the trauma of [the Accident plaintiff] sustained the following injuries to his lower back: lumbar disc herniation per MRI and lumbar radiculopathy requiring surgical intervention. [Plaintiff] also sustained injury to his neck and right knee.

Said injuries affect his every day activities including, lifting, carrying, bending and twisting, walking or sitting for any long period of time and performing any strenuous activities due to his lower back pain. The patient is likely to suffer from a partial permanent disability to his lower back.

Lucas v. State# 2014-039-437 (N.Y. Ct. Cl. Mar. 18, 2015)

Next, Dr. Louis Cornacchia, a doctor board-certified in neurosurgery and licensed to practice medicine in New York, testified on claimant's behalf. Dr. Cornacchia testified that he first saw claimant on June 16, 2010. Claimant's chief complaint was low back pain, which began immediately after the subject accident; he also complained of right shoulder pain and neck pain.

Dr. Cornacchia noted that claimant had a history of high blood pressure and diabetes. He examined claimant and a MRI scan; his assessment at that time was "low back pain, without radicular pain, mild back and more severe shoulder pain; neurological exam was grossly normal; patient not complaining of weakness and numbness. Exception is occasional numbness in the buttocks area.

The MRI lumbar spine shows degenerative disc disease" (T1 at 88; see also Claimant's Exhibit 6, at Notes dated June 16, 2010). He explained that his finding of degenerative disc disease means that "there is evidence of degeneration of the disc joints in the lumbar spine," which is commonly found in patients over the age of 50 (T1 at 89). Dr. Cornacchia recommended physical therapy, which is "a first course of treatment for patients with low back pain" (T1 at 89).

He testified that, at that time, "[i]t appeared to be a pretty typical case of a patient who has sustained injury in a motor vehicle accident, which is a very common cause of spinal injury, and the course and presentations seemed very typical of that" (T1 at 90).


  • Artificial Cervical Disc

  • Artificial Lumbar Disc

  • Cauda Equina Syndrome

  • Central Cord Syndrome

  • Cervical Spine

  • Herniated Disc

  • Low Back Pain

  • Low Back Strain and Sprain

  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

  • Neck Pain

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Scoliosis

  • Spina Bifida

  • Spinal Cord Injury

  • Spinal Cord Stimulation

  • Spinal Infections

  • Spinal Pain

  • Spinal Tumors

  • Sports-related Neck Injury

  • Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome

  • Vertebral Compression Fractures


  • Central Cord Syndrome

  • Concussion

  • Sports-related Head Injury

  • Sports-related Neck Injury

  • Traumatic Brain Injury


  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Chronic Pain

  • Low Back Pain

  • Low Back Strain and Sprain

  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

  • Neck Pain

  • Occipital Neuralgia

  • Spasticity

  • Spinal Cord Stimulation

  • Trigeminal Neuralgia

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