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Dr. Richard Obedian, M.D., F.A.A.O.S, is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in spine surgery.

Dr. Richard Obedian has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to orthopaedics. He is dedicated to upholding high standards of ethics and professionalism and providing patients with the highest quality of care. He goes above and beyond to find the most beneficial treatment for each patient and support them through the recovery process. Listening to patients and addressing their questions and concerns is very important to him.
Dr. Obedian currently runs his own practice, Island Spine and Sports, and is an attending physician at numerous medical facilities. Staying up-to-date on the latest developments and breakthroughs in the field allows him to more effectively treat patients. He measures his success by how satisfied his patients are, because he makes his patients his top priority.
One thing that makes Richard stand out as an orthopaedic surgeon is his unique approach to revision spine surgery. He collaborates with fellow medical professional and surgeon Dr. William J. Sonstein, M.D., FACS, a neurosurgeon. Together they provide patients with the comprehensive care necessary to improve the success rate of their spinal surgery. They have treated patients together for more than eight years and have achieved very positive results.
In addition, Dr. Richard Obedian is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience with others. He teaches residents and other physicians how to perform specific procedures, speaks at national conferences, and has had his work published in numerous scholarly journals. By becoming a positive role model, he supports others in excelling in their work and providing patients with the same high-quality care to which he is committed.

Dr. Richard Obedian values a solid education and ongoing professional development. He has worked hard to get where he is today. His dedication to his work has helped him to become a technically excellent surgeon who has gained the trust and respect of patients and medical professionals alike.
Education
Richard started his path to becoming an orthopaedic surgeon at the University of Michigan. It is here that he earned his Bachelor of Science, graduating with distinction. He went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine (MD) from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, graduating with honors.
An important part of any physician or surgeon’s education is their post-graduate training. Upon graduating, Dr. Obedian completed his internship at New York University School Of Medicine in the department of general surgery. Here he received more in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience in the surgical field. Following his internships, he completed his residency at the Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Institute in the department of orthopaedic surgery. Realizing his passion and talent for spine care, he went on to complete his fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in spine and scoliosis surgery.
Throughout his career he has also earned multiple certifications including:
• Charite Artificial Disc Training – March 2005
• AMA Physician Recognition Award – 2001-2004
• Certified Kyphoplasty Training Course – August 2001
• Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery – 2001
• NY State License – 1995
• Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners – 1994
Dr. Richard Obedian has also been recognized as the best orthopedist on Long Island in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011, as well as a Kyphon “Top Doc” and Instructor for his work in kyphoplasty procedure.
A Wealth of Experience
Following the completion of his fellowship, Dr. Richard Obedian began working at Orthopaedic and Sports Associates of Long Island until he left in 2003 to open his own practice, Island Spine and Sports. Committed to helping others, he serves as the chief of orthopaedics at Woodbury Center for Healthcare, and attending physician in the department of orthopaedic surgery at the following hospitals:
• North Shore University Hospital at Plainview, Plainview, New York (1999-present)
• North Shore University Hospital at Syosset, Syosset, New York (1999-present)
• Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, New York (1999-present)
• New Island Hospital, Bethpage, New York (1999-present)
• South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, New York (2003-present)
• Franklin Hospital, Franklin Square, New York (2003-present)
In addition, he is also an attending physician at White Oaks Nursing Home and Central Island Healthcare, as well as the team physician for the Long Island Rough Riders.
Professionalism
One of Dr. Richard Obedian’s top priorities is his patients and their satisfaction. He strives to build a strong rapport with each patient and ensure that they trust him and have confidence in his work. He takes the time to listen to their questions and concerns and goes over each option and procedure to ensure that they have a full understanding. Treating both patients and colleagues with the utmost respect and professionalism is important to him.
Through the years Dr. Obedian has become a top professional when it comes to performing kyphoplasty. He has performed more kyphoplasties than any other surgeon in the state of New York. This delicate procedure is used to treat compression fractures of the spine. In order to help others, he puts his skills and expertise to use as a Kyphon instructor and is a member of the advisory board. He also performs X-Stop procedures. All of these procedures are in addition to the general orthopaedic procedures that he also performs.
Revision Spine Surgery
Richard is unique in what he has to offer patients. Recognizing that back pain sometimes returns following surgery, he has teamed up with neurosurgeon Dr. William J. Sonstein, M.D., FACS, to provide patients with more comprehensive care. Their approach to revision spine surgery increases the likelihood of success and reduces the risk of complications. Together they perform procedures such as posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF), X-Stop, and Kyphoplasty. Dr. Richard Obedian is committed to providing patients with the highest quality of care and treatment to improve their quality of life.

Dr. Richard Obedian will continue to follow the latest advances and developments in the field of orthopaedics. This allows him to keep his knowledge and skills up-to-date and provide patients with the most accurate information and beneficial treatments. He believes in being open and honest with patients and giving them all of their options along with the risks and benefits of each. Afterward he discusses what the best course of action is and what they can expect. Patients have come to trust and respect him, and he will continue to build these long-lasting relationships.
He plans to continue offering his skills and services to local hospitals by serving as an attending physician for the department of orthopaedics. This allows him to treat a wide range of patients and work closely with other medical professionals. They share their experience and training, supporting each other in an effort to provide the best possible care for patients.
Richard will continue his work with kyphoplasty procedures to repair compression fractures. This is a valuable procedure that provides relief to many patients. He will also continue to work closely with Dr. Sonstein as they perform revision spine surgeries with high success rates.
Dr. Obedian is committed to remaining a top orthopaedic surgeon, especially in the area of spine surgery. He is continually striving to increase his knowledge and experience and providing patients with more effective treatment. He values respect and holds high ethical standards for everything he does. Dr. Richard Obedian is dedicated to helping his patients heal and have the most positive experience possible.

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Core Competencies
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Physical Therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Sports Injuries
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