Meet Dr. Q

Dr. Nicholas Qandah, who is board certified in Neurosurgery and Fellowship trained, earned his medical degree from Midwestern University AZCOM in Glendale, Arizona, He has undergone training in both Orthopedic and Neurosurgical Spine. After completing Neurosurgical Residency training at the Virginia Tech Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Virginia, Dr. Q was awarded the AO Complex Spine Fellowship in Orthopedics and Neurosurgery at the University of Washington-Harborview in Seattle, Washington.

Dr. Qandah’s passion is centered around healing. It’s no wonder patients from all over New York State credit Dr. Qandah with repairing spinal cord injuries, alleviating neck pain, back pain, sciatica, scoliosis and vertebral fractures (broken back). He has extensive knowledge on brain injuries and performing minimally invasive brain and spine surgeries.

Since 2018 when Dr. Qandah opened CNY Brain and Spine Neurosurgery, his practice has grown exponentially. His practice includes the most compassionate Physicians Assistants and Doctors in the Central New York region. While he’s already incorporated the most advanced laser technologies to the CNY region, Dr Qandah is also looking towards the future and adding the most advanced MRI Center to his Brain and Spine Practice. 

Dr. Nicholas Qandah, Founder

Facos / Board Certified Neurosurgeon

Our Doctors

Dr. Nicholas A. Qandah


Dr. Juleen Qandah


Alex Carangelo


Kevin Gehr


Dr. Farook Kidwai


Dr. Victor Udekwu


Dr. Nicholas A. Qandah D.O.

Dr. Qandah is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.S., Biochemistry) and earned his medical degree from Midwestern University. He completed his Neurosurgery Residency at Virginia Tech Carilion Clinic and was awarded the prestigious AO Complex Spine Fellowship in a dual Orthopedics and Neurosurgery program at the University of Washington-Harborview in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Qandah began his post-residency career as an Attending Neurosurgeon and Professor of Neurosurgery at Virginia Tech Carilion Clinic where he served as the Director of the Complex Spine Neurosurgery Program and Assistant Residency Director. Dr. Qandah eventually relocated with his wife and children to be closer to his wife’s family in New York. Dr. Qandah is a Board Certified Neurosurgeon and sits as the current Chair of the American Board of Osteopathic Surgery – Neurosurgical Section.

Dr. Qandah has 15 years of Neurosurgical experience and trained with the world’s best neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons. He offers special expertise in the surgical and non-surgical Regenerative Spine Care, specializing in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and the latest Robotic and Cellular Technology. Dr. Qandah’s care covers the complete spectrum of neurosurgical needs, including the neck (cervical spine), back (lumbar spine), spinal injuries (trauma), scoliosis, spinal tumors, brain tumors and brain trauma.

In addition to patient care, he is also focused on teaching, research, and consulting for international spine institutions. Having helped develop and improve minimally invasive surgical devices for medical institutions worldwide, Dr. Qandah is a nationally recognized leader in Minimally Invasive and Regenerative Spine procedures.

Dr. Qandah and his colleagues at Central New York Brain & Spine Neurosurgery use a team approach to evaluate and treat patients most effectively. He is committed to patient care, improved patient lifestyle, surgical outcome, his family and the Central New York Community.

Dr. Juleen Qandah D.O.
Dr. Juleen Qandah D.O. is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician. She completed her Emergency Medicine residency at San Bernardino County Medical Center in California. Since then, she has worked in multiple academic and community emergency departments including Virginia, Washington, and New York. Dr. J. Qandah served as ED stroke director at Carilion Clinic in VA, establishing a stroke program, and assisting to attain stroke center certification for the institution. She is NIHSS certified and works at St. Lukes and St. Elizabeth emergency departments. Dr. Qandah is also the Medical Director of Faxton Urgent Care in Utica.
Alex Carangelo P.A.
Alexander Carangelo PA-C was born and raised in Albany, NY and is a summa cum laude graduate of The Sage Colleges with his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. Alex obtained his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Albany Medical College in Albany, New York, graduating in 2011. Alex initially joined Capital Region Neurosurgery in Slingerlands, NY as a P.A. for the next six years. He also gained diverse medical experience working in the Emergency Department at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, NY during this time. Alex moved to New Hartford to work with Dr. Qandah and CNY Brain & Spine in 2017. Alex has privileges at both St. Elizabeth and St. Lukes hospitals.

Alex is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, North American Spine Society, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. He is trained in BLS, ACLS, ? His special interests lie in minimally invasive surgery, cutting edge laser therapy, and stem cell treatments. Alex’s approaches his patients as if they are family with a goal of getting patients back to the hobbies they enjoy without long term restrictions.


His personal hobbies include family time with his beautiful wife Emma, adorable son Tino, as well as baseball, boxing, and running.

Kevin Gehr P.A.

Kevin Gehr PA-C is a graduate of Le Moyne College with his Bachelor of Science in Biology. Kevin received his certification in nuclear medicine technology from Lancaster General College in 2008 and worked in nuclear medicine for the next three years at the New York Heart Center of Syracuse. Kevin obtained his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at his alma mater Le Moyne college, graduating in 2013. Kevin initially joined the Mohawk Valley Health System as a P.A. in 2013, working in orthopedic surgery specializing in trauma, total joint and hand surgery.

Kevin made the move to neurosurgery in 2018 where he has been working with Dr. Qandah at CNY Brain & Spine. Kevin has privileges at both St. Elizabeth and St. Lukes hospitals. Kevin is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, North American Spine Society, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Kevin is trained in BLS and ACLS. When he isn’t at work, he enjoys hiking and hanging out with his dog.

Dr. Farook Kidwai M.D.
Dr. Farook Kidwai M.D. is a an American Board of Neurological Surgery certified neurosurgeon. He received his medical degree from King Edward Medical University in 1974 and has been in practice for more than 45 years. Dr. Kidwai completed his neurosurgery residency at SUNY Buffalo after a general surgery residency at Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, IL. Dr. Kidwai is a fellow of AANS, a member of CNS, AANS.
Victor Udekwu M.D.
Dr Victor Udekwu, MD trained and graduated from Medical School in 1999. Dr Udekwu completed his postgraduate training in Neurosurgery in Trinidad, and his fellowship at Brigham & Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Boston, MA as well as Crouse Hospital in Syracuse. He is European Board certified in Neurological Surgery and he is also a Fellow of European Board of Neurosurgery. He was Awarded the Bronze Medal Certificate by European Association of Neurosurgical Societies. Dr. Udekwu has co-authored a book on Stroke: Practical Daily Guide for Stroke Survivors. His hobbies are spending time with his wonderful wife and children, and playing golf, lawn tennis, football and traveling to new places.

Commitment to CNY Community

After serving as the Director of Complex Spine at the Virginia Tech Carilion Clinic and Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery for the Residency Program, Dr. Qandah returned with his family to his wife’s home town in Central New York, where they are committed to the local community.

Dr. Q currently accepts patients at five convenient locations, is the Chief of Surgery at St. Lukes hospital and also serves as medical director of Neurosciences at Rome Memorial Hospital, where he performs surgery and treats patients with neurosurgical disorders.

In addition to general neurosurgery, Dr. Q treats patients with back and neck pain, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, and herniated discs. He has special interest and expertise in minimally invasive spine surgery, complex spine surgery, and surgery for scoliosis.


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