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Abbed, Khalid M., MD

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





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Accepting New Patients
  • Neurosurgery
  • Spine Surgery

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 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.

5 out of 5 stars

I have already recommended *Dr. Abbed to a business associate who having problems with his back.

5 out of 5 stars

Was told that I would receive a call in two days for a follow up appointment to the referral which has not happened and I will call on my own on day four excluding weekends

5 out of 5 stars

After finally arriving and then being called in to a room I had an excellent appointment. Love the PA and Dr Habbed.

5 out of 5 stars

Dr. Abbed and Heidi are an awesome team. I look forward to seeing them. All three of my surgeries have had an excellent outcome due to their expertise. Dr. Abbed was referred by one of my doctors who knew of him as the best in the northeast. I would suspect he's the best in the country. My surgeries have all gone well and with this last one he got me walking again. I refer everyone to him! I'm in the process of changing all my doctors to HHC due to my experiences with him and his office.

5 out of 5 stars

Some surgery is no joke and have had 2 surgeries already. *Dr. Abbed is very sharp and explains in great detail w/a very approachable demeanor. Very compassionate and kind bedside manner.

5 out of 5 stars

This was the first time I met Dr. Abbed and was very impressed with the man. I felt very compfortable with him and trust his opinion.

5 out of 5 stars

I have recommended Dr Abbed already.

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 !

5 out of 5 stars

Superb consult with Dr. Abbed. He was very thorough, patient in answering questions, extremely professional in his approach and advice about my specific issue, and took whatever time was necessary to clearly explain things. Totally love the way he doctors.


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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