Abbed, Khalid M., MD

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





Providing the best care to our patients and their companions requires communicating in a way everyone understands. Interpreter services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. All spoken languages are available, as well as American Sign Language (AS/L).

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

Hospitals and Organizations

  • Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
  • Integrated Care Partners
  • St Vincents Medical Center
  • MidState Medical Center


Cleveland Clinic ‐ Neurosurgical Spine Surgery & Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Massachusetts General Hospital ‐ General Surgery, Neurosurgery

Medical School
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine


Verified Patient Reviews

5 out of 5 stars

My experience with the PA was as good or better as I've ever had. She was concerned, considerate and responsive to my questions. Similarly, the doctor could not have been nicer or more knowledgeable. Both exceeded my expectations.

5 out of 5 stars

Dr Abbed is the best!

5 out of 5 stars

Fabulous! Dr Abbed took his time explaining my issues and exploring my options. I never felt rushed. If I could give a 10 out of 5 I would have.

5 out of 5 stars

Everyone just amazing. Great care overall

5 out of 5 stars

My visit with Heidi was very good. She is so attentive and knowledgeable and has a caring disposition. Dr Abbed is also very kind and cares about his patients.

5 out of 5 stars

Overall, and under difficult circumstances, the care couldn't have been better!

5 out of 5 stars

Dr Abbed was an extraordinary doctor from whom to get a second opinion. He had read things I sent in advance, he listened carefully and with respect to all of my concerns. He explained in a way I could understand. I didn't feel rushed. I have total confidence in him and can't say enough good things about my experience. He appreciates the value of things I do like get acupuncture and practice meditation which means a lot to me . If I need surgery I will feel confident going to him.

5 out of 5 stars

Dr. Abbed is brilliant and has my total trust.

5 out of 5 stars

Dr Abbed. And dr JesusAre Excellent Drs and very helpful

Other Reviews from Around the Web

5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely exceptional care! Dr. Abbed took his time during the visit and I did not feel rushed. He thoroughly answered all of my questions; he was compassionate and extremely knowledgeable! Outstanding bedside manner!

5 out of 5 stars

Dr. Abbed is a great doctor. Very honest and if you are not a candidate for surgery he will tell you that and try another option.

5 out of 5 stars

Excellent doctor and staff. I wish I met him sooner!


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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