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Dr. Rhim is a board certified and fellowship trained spine surgeon specializing in spinal reconstructive surgery utilizing the latest minimally invasive and microsurgical techniques, as well as traditional open surgery where appropriate.

He obtained his undergraduate education at Boston College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Phi Beta Kappa distinction. Dr. Rhim received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine.


He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. He then trained at a combined orthopedic and neurosurgical spine fellowship at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, MA. He is trained in all aspects of modern, minimally invasive techniques including tube access, lateral interbody instrumentation and fusion, kyphoplasty, percutaneous instrumentation and micro-endoscopic spine surgery.

Dr. Rhim has privileges at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Hudson Crossing Surgical Center in Fort Lee, HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley in Westwood and HackensackUMC at Mountainside in Montclair.


Dr. Rhim’s treatment philosophy centers on compassionate, conservative, evidence-based care. Where possible, he pursues non-operative treatment first, reserving surgical care only for those who do not experience adequate pain relief. He treats all conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.

Procedures include:

  • Herniated Discs
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Failed Prior Back surgery (Revision Surgery)
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Cervical Fusion



Michael L. Gross, MD
Sports Medicine

Thomas K. John, MD
Joint Replacement

Oscar Vazquez, MD
Sports Medicine

Richard D. Rhim, MD
Spine Surgery

Ira Esformes, MD
General Orthopedics

Michael T. Benke, MD
Sports Medicine

John F. Mendes, MD
General Orthopedics

Mark D. Chase, MD
General Orthopedics

Raghu Maddela, MD, MPH
Non-Operative Spine Care

Carissa Meyer, MD
Hand & Wrist

Ralph Napoli, DPM
Foot & Ankle

James C. Natalicchio, MD
Back & Neck

A. Ylenia Giuffrida, MD
Hand, Wrist & Elbow