Awards & Honors

Dr. Lenke is world-renowned for the surgical treatment of pediatric and adult patients with various forms of spinal anomalies, with expertise in the most complex deformities. Thus, he is a leading authority on such spinal deformities as scoliosis, kyphosis, flatback syndrome, high-grade spondylolisthesis, and major coronal and sagittal malalignment.

Other recent accomplishments include:

  • 2023 | Super Doctors | New York Super Doctors 2023. May 14, 2023 edition of The New York Times Magazine
  • 2023 | Castle Connolly Top Doctors | New York
  • 2022 | Castle Connolly Top Doctors | New York
  • 2022 | Harrington Guest Lecture “Optimizing Safety in Pediatric and Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery” | Annual Meeting of The Scoliosis Research Society, Stockholm Sweden, September 15th, 2022
  • 2022 | Scoliosis Research Society Walter P. Blount Humanitarian Award | Presented at the 57th Annual Meeting
    Stockholm Sweden, September 14, 2022
  • 2022 | Super Doctors | New York Super Doctors 2022. January 26, 2022 edition of The New York Times Magazine

Dr. Lenke & The Spine Hospital Honored

The Spine Hospital Honored at New York-Presbyterian Annual Gala

Additional awards & honors:

  • 2016–2022 | Top Doctors New York Metro Area (digital guide)
  • 2016–2021 | Castle Connolly Top Doctors (digital guide) | New York
  • 2021 | Best Paper Award: Salvage Treatment of Growth-Friendly Surgery in the Treatment of Early Onsent Spinal Deformity; International Congress on Early Onset Scoliosis (ICEOS) 2021. Salt Lake City, UT.
  • 2021 | Russel A. Hibbs Award for Best Clinical Research: Adverse Events in Multilevel Surgery in Elderly Patients with Spinal Deformity: Report of the Prospective Evaluation of Elderly Deformity Surgery (PEEDS); Scoliosis Research Society Annual Mtg; St. Louis, MO September 2021 
  • 2021 | Super Doctors | New York Super Doctors 2021. May 9, 2021 edition of The New York Times Magazine
  • 2020 | Super Doctors | New York Super Doctors 2020. May 10, 2020 edition of The New York Times Magazine
  • 2019 | Physician Partner of the Year | The Daniel and Jane Och Spine Hospital, New York, NY
  • 2019 | Super Doctors | New York Super Doctors 2019. May 13, 2019 edition of The New York Times Magazine
  • 2018 | Super Doctors | New York Super Doctors 2018. May 13, 2018 edition of The New York Times Magazine
  • 2018 | Best Clinical Paper: The Amount of Curve Correction is More Important than Upper Instrumented Vertebra Selection for Ensuring Postoperative Shoulder Balance in Lenke Type 1 Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. 25th Whitecloud Award International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) 2018. Los Angeles, California.
  • 2017 | Best Clinical Paper: Optimal Selection of the LIV in Lenke 1 and 2 AIS. AOSpine Global Spine Congress 2017. Milan, Italy
  • 2016 | Russell A. Hibbs Clinical Award, Best Clinical Presentation Runner-up: Neurologic Complications Following Complex Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery: 2 Year Follow-up of the Scoli-Risk 1 Prospective, Multicenter, International Study. 51st SRS Annual Meeting & Course Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2016 | 23rd IMAST Thomas E. Whitecloud Award for Best Clinical Paper: Incidence of Proximal Junctional Kyphosis in Patients with Adult Spinal Deformity Fused to the Pelvis: A ScoliRisk-1 Sub-analysis
  • 2016 | AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves: Meritorious Service Award- Orthopaedic Surgery
  • New York Magazine: Top Doctors: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • 2016 | Super Doctors | New York Super Doctors 2016 | May 15, 2016 edition of The New York Times Magazine
  • March, 2016 | Dr. Lenke was honored by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Joint Section Meeting as a Meritorious Award Winner for his contributions to Spinal Surgery
  • April, 2016 | The Spine Hospital is honored at the New York-Presbyterian Annual Gala
  • April, 2016 | Dr. Lenke Chaired the Meeting "Live Spine Surgery from New York" which consisted of Live Surgery Demonstrations, Lectures, Cadaver Training and Case Discussion sessions for nearly 100 surgeons from the US and around the world
  • 2015 | Super Doctors | New York Super Doctors 2015 | The New York Times Magazine
  • 2015 | Best Clinical Paper: Pre-operative Predictors of Neurological Motor Decline in Complex Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery: Results of Prospective, International, Multicenter Scoli-RISK-1 Study in 271 Patients. 22nd International Meeting on Advance Spine Techniques, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 2015 | Best Clinical Paper: Risk Factors for Non-Neurological Complications in Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery: An International Large-Scale, Prospective Multi-Center Study. AOSpine Global Spine Annual Meeting, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 2015 | Achievement Award for Volunteerism American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Dr. Lenke has been listed in America’s Top Doctors for the past 10 years
  • He has also been listed in the Best Doctors in America the past 15 years
  • 2013 | Dr. Lenke was honored with the North American Spine Society’s 2013 Leon Wiltse Award for excellence in leadership and/or clinical research in spine care
  • 2013 | Dr. Lenke was listed in Orthopedics This Week as one of “The Top 28 Spine Surgeons in North America”
  • He served as president of the Scoliosis Research Society 2010-2011, the oldest and most prestigious spine society in the world whose single focus is the advancement of care in patients with spinal deformity.