A Team of New Jersey’s Best Spine and Brain Physicians


n order to provide an accurate diagnosis with the most effective treatment option for “back problems” or brain tumors, NJSG is led by neurosurgeons who are the experts of the brain and spine nervous system along with its supportive biomechanical bone structure. Under the care of our award-winning neurosurgeons, northern NJ patients can have the confidence that their medical condition will be handled with thorough consideration for their comfort and long-term well-being.

Dr. Rajnik Raab: Distinguished and Recognized Leader of Neurosurgery

Dr. Rajnik Raab is a board-certified neurosurgeon, immediate past-president of the New Jersey Neurosurgical Society, and has been recognized by fellow physicians as a “Top Doctor” every year since 2013. He routinely performs complex spine and brain surgery using minimally invasive techniques with the latest proven technology. He has earned an outstanding reputation for revision spine surgery otherwise known as failed back surgery. It is because of his comfort with complex cases that Dr. Raab can easily and accurately use the most minimally invasive techniques for simple as well as complex cases. This minimizes postoperative pain and significantly reduces recovery time. Dr. Raab also routinely surgically removes tumors from the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. With each of his patients, he takes ample time to compassionately explain the care plan and expected outcomes during this difficult time. Raised in New Jersey, Dr. Raab is a Yale University graduate. He earned his medical doctorate at the State University of New York Health Science Center and he completed his neurosurgery residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He is an active member of the American Association of Neurosurgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons as well as the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Society for medical professionals. Having earned a highly regarded reputation for adult spine surgery and brain surgery, Dr. Raab operates at centers within Bergen County, Essex County, Hudson County, Passaic County, and Morris County.

Dr. Raab, Skovrlj, and Sundstrom are all highly regarded as spine surgeons and brain surgeons operating throughout Bergen County, Essex County, Hudson County, Passaic County, Morris County and Sussex County.

Dr. Branko Skovrlj: Expert Spine Surgeon With Training in Neurosurgery and  Orthopedic Spine Fellowship Training in Minimally Invasive and Deformity Spine Surgery

Dr. Branko Skovrlj is a board-eligible neurological surgeon with North Jersey Spine Group. Regarded as a spine expert and major contributor to the field of spine surgery worldwide, Dr. Skovrlj has authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications with works featured in the most prestigious spine surgery journals including The Spine Journal, Spine and Journal of Neurosurgery Spine. He has won multiple awards including the Neurosurgery Publication Special Recognition Award 2014 and the AO Foundation North America Fellow Research Award 2014. In addition, Dr. Skovrlj is a renowned public speaker, presenting his research at multiple medical society meetings nationally and internationally. He has presented over 170 research works in the most prestigious spine society meetings including the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) and North American Spine Society (NASS). A graduate of the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Dr. Skovrlj completed his residency in Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York where he also completed a two-year fellowship in Orthopaedic spine surgery focusing on minimally invasive spine surgery as well as deformity surgery, complex reconstructive and revision spine surgery. Dr. Skovrlj focuses on providing the most comprehensive, evidence-based and up-to-date spine care for his patients. He also removes brain tumors and hematomas that may form inside of the skull. Dr. Skovrlj is fluent in Spanish, French, and Croatian.

Dr. Skovrlj has been extensively published in academic spine journals and has a strong reputation for successful complex spine surgery

Dr. David Sundstrom: Expert Spine Surgeon Specializing in Adult Neurosurgery

Dr. David Sundstrom is a top board-certified neurosurgeon, providing over 20 years of expertise in evaluating, diagnosing, and only when necessary, operating on brain and spine conditions. A Tufts University graduate, Dr. Sundstrom received his B.A in biology Magna Cum Laude before moving on to complete his M.D. at Albert Einstein College. During his residency, Dr. Sundstrom was named Chief Resident of Montefiore Medical Center. Today, Dr. Sundstrom specializes in treating common spine problems using methods such as minimally invasive surgery that may require complex microscopic advanced reconstructive surgical techniques. He also removes brain tumors and hematomas that may form inside of the skull. As one of the original partners of NJSG, Dr. Sundstrom offers his specialty practice to hospitals in the surrounding Bergen and Passaic county area.

Dr. Sundstrom specializes in treating spine problems using methods such as minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Dr. Monte Haber: Physiatrist and Non-Surgical Pain Management Expert

Dr. Monte Haber, a board-certified Physiatrist of 12 years, sub-specialized in Pain Medicine, Physical Musculoskeletal Medicine and Orthopedic Rehabilitation. He is well versed in EMG / nerve conduction studies and is certified as a medical Acupuncturist. Dr. Haber is very knowledgeable about minimally invasive interventional pain medicine options and employs them only when the patient most likely will improve from such a procedure. He is also very adept at headache management. A graduate from Union College in New York, Dr. Haber attended medical school at Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel. He then completed his internship in internal medicine and residency at the Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation in Manhattan. Afterwards, Dr. Haber completed his fellowship training in Pain Medicine in Marietta, Georgia, then completed training in Sports Medicine and Electrodiagnostic Medicine while serving as a team physician at Michigan State University. Dr. Haber is a fellow member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and both the International Spinal Injection Society and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Haber leads the non-surgical team with a customized, patient-focused approach to sports physical medicine, rehabilitation, and pain management. The goal of the practice is to have patients return to their activities of work and free of pain medication.

Patients trust their spine or brain medical condition will be handled with compassion, accuracy, and precision allowing them to achieve the best outcome.

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