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Abbed, Khalid M., MD

Co-Physician-in-Chief, Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute





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Accepting New Patients
  • Spine Surgery
Not Currently Accepting New Patients
  • Neurosurgery

Areas of Expertise
Back Surgery, Cervical Spine Surgery, Globus ExcelsiusGPS™, Lumbar Spine Surgery, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Robotic Spinal Surgery, Spinal Tumors, Thoracic Spine Surgery


Cleveland Clinic

Massachusetts General Hospital

Medical School
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

Massachusetts General Hospital

Professional Organizations

  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Member
  • Society For Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Member
  • North American Spine Society, Member
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Member
  • New England Neurosurgical Society, Member


Verified Patient Reviews

5 out of 5 stars

*Dr. Abbed is wonderful.

5 out of 5 stars

*Dr. Abbed was the care provider, the surgeon. I had very major back surgery and *Dr. Abbed and his staff did an exceptionally positive job. *Dr. Abbed gave an excellent assessment prior to the surgery and his assessment was "spot on".

5 out of 5 stars

With Dr Abbed and team for several years. No one does (it all) better regarding the patient experience.

5 out of 5 stars

*Dr. Abbed allowed my 2 friends to be with me and my PT on facetime for my visit listened and answered all questions. He is the very best doctor.

5 out of 5 stars

Dr Abbed and PR Heidi were wonderful

5 out of 5 stars

Dr Abbed performed my last operation at Yale before he joined Hartford Healthcare and we have kept in touch through actual and online visits since then. His performance has always been exceptional, and I continue to rely on his advice

5 out of 5 stars

*Dr. Abbed is, as you know, simply outstanding.

5 out of 5 stars

The doctor & PA were very helpful in providing me with answers to all my questions. Excellent service.

5 out of 5 stars

PA Heidi & Dr Abbed were e cellent

5 out of 5 stars

Positive experience start to finish

5 out of 5 stars

All the good I have heard about Dr. Abbed are true. I could see he loves relieving the pain his patients experience and helping his patients have a better quality of life.

5 out of 5 stars

As always excellent service.

Other Reviews from Around the Web

5 out of 5 stars

Dr Abbed performed lower back surgery for me in August , 2022 that literally gave me my life back. Dr. Abbed's skill as a surgeon, coupled with his vision and knowledge as well as his compassion and patience are the best! I would highly recommend Dr. Abbed for back surgery !


Khalid M. Abbed, MD, a neurosurgeon and spine care specialist, is co-physician-in-chief of the Hartford

HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute, head of neurosurgical services, chair of neurosurgery and co-chair of spine services at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. He is also director of the world-class Spine Center in Westport.

Skilled in the minimally-invasive treatment of spine ailments, he works with healthcare leaders and medical device companies to improve patient care and develop less invasive, more intelligent medical technologies.

Dr. Abbed came to Hartford HealthCare from the Yale School of Medicine where he was a professor of neurosurgery, chief of spine surgery and clinical vice chair of neurosurgery.

He earned a medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He completed a residency in neurosurgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a fellowship in neurosurgical and orthopedic spine surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.

Board-certified in neurosurgery, he is active in many neurosurgical and spine societies and has interests in a wide range of clinical and transnational research.


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