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


Reid D. Beattie


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 and cutting edge laser therapy. 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.

Team Members

Samual “Sam” Burke

Authorization Coordinator

Samantha Brady

Patient Registrar

Samual “Sam” Burke
Sam joined CNY Brain and Spine in November 2020. He has been a medical professional for 13 years and worked in the hospital and area doctors offices including orthopedics and general surgery.
Sam’s parents were both in the medical profession, giving sam a unique understanding of the field from a young age.

Sam works daily to help our patients to get their insurance approvals. “When a patient isn’t feeling well, it’s a burden to them to make calls to their insurance provider, etc.” Sam really likes working with the team at CNY Brain and Spine and he feels good when he sees a patient after their recovery. Knowing that he was a part of the recovery is a positive part of his job!

Authorizations for surgeries and procedures is a process. Sam is experienced in starting the process and he knows how to work with the insurance companies to get patients set up for their pre-op appointments. Sam follows through until the patient is cleared for surgery. Sam says: “Watching a patient from first being seen, experiencing pain and discomfort, right on through their surgery or procedure and into a recovery stage is rewarding.”

Samantha Brady

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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.


We are highly regarded in Central New York not just by our patients, but by our colleagues.

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Our entire staff will strive to make your treatment and recovery smooth.

World Class Facilities

We’ve invested in the very best equipment, staff and technology because we believe our patients deserve the best.

Dr. Qandah is an Expert Neurosurgeon in Central New York

Top Quality Neurosurgery and Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery in Central New York, Syracuse, Schenectady, Lowville, Herkimer, Utica, New Hartford and Canton, NY

Experienced Neurosurgeon

Dr. Qandah has treated thousands of patients and has performed more than 10,000 surgeries. His speciality is neurosurgery to treat back pain, neck pain, and other neurological problems. He is recognized in the field of neurosurgery as a leader. Dr. Qandah is the current Chair of the American Board of Osteopathic Neurosurgery.

Dr. Qandah has helped develop some of the best technologies in his field of surgery. People all over the world recognize him as an expert in minimally invasive and regenerative spine procedures.

Dr. Qandah was educated in Neurosurgery, is Board Certified, and Fellowship trained in complex spinal deformity conditions, such as adult degenerative scoliosis. Reconstructing a patient’s entire spine is his forte.
His expertise and precision is better than that of some of the newest and finest technology. He also uses the latest developments in technology to improve his practice, speed healing time, optimize best outcomes, and deliver results that change patients’ lives by improving their quality of life and well-being.

Pain Consultations and Solutions

Less than 4% of Dr. Qandah’s patients require surgery. His goal is to help the body heal and function optimally on its own. Qandah’s practice is centered around healing, and patients from all areas of New York have positive experiences. He has treated conditions such as scoliosis, herniated discs, spinal arthritis, vertebral fractures, brain tumors and trauma, spinal tumors and trauma, and much more.

He uses a multidisciplinary approach to produce the best results for patients. From lifestyle changes to excellent patient care and surgery recovery, Dr. Qandah is committed to improving patients’ health.

Surgery Consultations

Dr. Qandah has experience with a range of surgery needs and types. For the best neurosurgeon in the area, trust Dr. Qandah. Patients and their families love working with him.

Conveniently Located

The Central New York Brain and Spine Team is available for appointments at several convenient locations in the Utica area. You may also schedule your MRI at our New Hartford location


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