dr sean mccance best back neck pain doctor nyc

For the past 21 years, Dr. Sean McCance has directed one of the leading back and neck surgery practices in New York. He has been recognized by his peers as one of the most accomplished spinal surgeons in the field. Since establishing his practice on NYC’s Upper East Side, Dr. McCance has performed more than 4,000 surgeries on patients from all over the world and from all walks of life.

  • Director, Spine Associates (New York)
  • Co-Director, Spine Surgery, Mount Sinai Hospital (New York)
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Fellow of the Scoliosis Research Society
  • Member, North American Spine Society
  • View all of Dr. McCance’s Awards & Distinctions

“Dr. McCance is a top quality doctor and the best spine surgeon in NYC – really. He is compassionate, reliable, highly intelligent, and truly one of a kind doctor. Highly recommended. He gave me my life back! The words I would use to describe Dr. McCance are thorough, professional, caring, compassionate and a magican.” ~ Google

Our Award-Winning Practice:

  • Named by New York Magazine as one of the Top Doctors for Spine Surgery (2012-2015)
  • Selected to Castle Connolly’s “Top Doctors
  • Named one of “20 Spine Surgeon Leaders for Non-Profit Hospitals” in Becker’s Spine Review (July 2012)
  • Membership in the prestigious “America’s Top Physicians
  • Named as one of “New York Super Doctors
  • Recipient of the “Patient’s Choice” Award
  • Selected as one of the “Best Doctors” in the National Survey of Physicians
  • Recognized by NY Resident Magazine as one of “New York City’s Top 30 Doctors”


  • MD, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons (New York)
  • Internship, Surgery
    Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester (New York)
  • Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery
    Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester (New York)
  • Fellowship, Spinal Surgery
    Twin Cities Spine Center (MN)
  • B.S.
    Fordham University (New York)
    Phi Beta Kappa

Dr. McCance has authored numerous articles in the field of spine surgery, on topics including cervical and lumbar surgery, scoliosis, and sports-related spine injuries. He has presented his research at both national and international meetings and is a member of the North American Spine Society and the Scoliosis Research Society.

Dr. McCance carefully designed his practice right down to the waiting room chairs to make his patients feel confident, comfortable, and relaxed. It is state-of-art in medicine surrounded by a warm and friendly environment. Every patient he treats commands his full attention.

“There is no replacement for talking directly with a patient to understand what is causing their distress,” says Dr. McCance. “It’s a matter of talking to the patient and hearing their issues, to get an accurate sense of their condition. The most important thing we do is determine what problem is driving the patient’s pain or disability. We do that by thoroughly examining and testing the patient. And then we match one’s needs to the appropriate treatment, whether that is non-surgical or surgical. It’s an individual approach. Treatment is always geared to the specific needs of my patients.”

Dr. McCance’s Approach Is Very Simple:

  • He will clearly explain the condition you have
  • He will tell you what you can expect in the future
  • He will provide you with appropriate treatment options

“We want to make smart decisions. We don’t rush. And we make sure the treatment options match the source of the problem. We are successful if at the end of their treatment our patients are pain-free and can return to their pre-injury level of activity. Our goal is to maximize functionality and to eliminate the pain, whenever possible, or reduce it to minimal compared to what it was.” ~ Dr. Sean McCance

“We also want to make the process as simple as possible for our patients. They’re already in enough back or neck pain.” That’s why Dr. McCance provides all his patients with a Personal Assistant service. His staff will contact your insurance carrier. All appointments for tests will be made by one of Dr. McCance’s staff. When appropriate, Dr. McCance will consult with other physicians involved in your care. When Dr. McCance makes a referral, a staff member will make the appointment. As one patient put it, “I never had to lift the phone.”

What drew Dr. McCance to spinal surgery? “When I was young my dad suffered from severe back pain on a regular basis. I remember during the summer my sister and I had to be quiet while he was resting. We couldn’t go near his room, sometimes for several weeks at a time. When I asked people why they couldn’t help my father they would say, ‘nothing can be done.’ As a child, it was a mystery to me. He had this problem that no one could fix. And later, when I went to medical school, the spine fascinated me.”

And it all starts with, “where does it hurt?”

Our best in class, Upper East Side, NYC back & neck pain diagnosis & surgery practice, Spine Associates, is honored to provide you with highly personalized and comprehensive care. Our philosophy of direct management of your case by an expert spine surgeon has made us one of the most trusted and respected spine surgery practices on the Upper East Side in NYC and the world. Feel free to contact the back & neck pain diagnosis and spine surgery specialist today to discuss your unique condition and start yourself on the road to recovery.

Dr. Sean McCance
1155 Park Avenue, Suite E
New York, NY 10128
(212) 360-6500