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Bernard A. Rawlins, MD
Knight House, 1976

Bernard Rawlins, MD, is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon with a comprehensive spine practice that spans the entire gamut of spinal disorders from cervical (neck) spine to scoliosis in both the adult and pediatric population. He graduated from the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science with both bachelors and masters degrees in applied mechanics. He received his doctor of medicine degree from Cornell University Medical School, and then completed his orthopaedic residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. He received specialized fellowship training in spine surgery at the world renowned Minnesota Spine Center. Dr. Rawlins spent his high school days in Cape Coast, Ghana at Adisadel College.

His research interests include spine biomechanics, gene-mediated spine fusion, and innovative surgical techniques. Dr. Rawlins is an active member of the leading national societies including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Cervical Spine Research Society, Scoliosis Research Society, American Board of Spine Surgery, and the Orthopaedic Research Society.

Dr. Rawlins has published and lectured extensively on spine surgery. He is an active participant in Cornell University Medical School and provides important educational instruction to fellows, residents, and medical students. He regularly donates his time in the teaching and education of spine surgery in West Africa.

Dr. Rawlins has an interest in sports related injuries and currently serves as the spine consultant for the New York Knicks basketball team, the New York Mets baseball team, and the Iona College Athletics Department.

With a background in engineering in addition to his medical degree, Dr. Rawlins is highly knowledgeable of the latest advances in surgical implants and techniques. His expertise has led to the development of numerous patents used in complex spine surgery.


  • Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College


Orthopedic Surgery


  • Scoliosis
  • Spine

Special Expertise

  • Adult and pediatric Scoliosis and Kyphosis surgery including multiplanar revision deformity surgery
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery techniques
  • Cervical spine trauma spondylosis and disc surgery
  • Athletic spine injuries
  • Spinal fractures
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis Cervical (neck) herniations
  • Lumbar (low back) herniations
  • Spinal Stenosis


  • Nancy Kane Bischoff Mentor Award - Hospital for Special Surgery
  • New Investigation Award - Orthopaedic Research Society
  • Basic Science Award - Cervical Spine Research Society Paper
  • Hibbs Basic Science Award - Scoliosis Research Society Paper
  • Louis A. Goldstein Award - Scoliosis Research Society Poster
  • Young Investigator Award - Orthopaedic Research Society Paper
  • Orren D. Baab Award for Orthopaedic Excellence - Columbia University
  • Honor Society - Columbia University School of Engineering


  • Cervical Spine Research Society
  • Scoliosis Research Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Orthopaedic Research Society 
  • North American Spine Society
  • National Board of Medical Examiners

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     Dr. Bernard Rawlins



  • 1976 Year Group
  • Knight House
  • Form 3 to U6 1973 - 1978
  • Dinning Hall Prefect
    (L6  - U6)
  • CBO - Form 4
  • Prizes: Chemistry and Physics (L6 & U6)
  • Was on school athletics team: shot put &  discus


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