Back in 2012, it became clear that I would have to undergo spine surgery as I had exhausted every other treatment option available. After consulting a spine surgeon in NJ, and following my primary care physician's advice, I decided to consult the spine surgeons at HSS. As soon as I met Dr. Darren R. Lebl, I knew I had found the surgeon that I would trust my spine to. I'm glad I did because Dr. Lebl is a brilliant spine surgeon. He is a great diagnostician and a 'top notch' spine surgeon; taking the time to explain the findings, as well as the procedures. Dr. Lebl shows great concern for his patients, always keeping their best interest at heart. Dr. Lebl is soft-spoken, caring and compassionate. I will remain eternally grateful to Dr. Lebl, his surgical team, his assistants, his PA and all of the hospital personnel that contributed to my recovery. Thank you for helping me "get back in the game". A special thanks to his assistants: Jiselle Manohar and Lily Marchena; you're efficient, professional and a real pleasure to work with. Thank you to his PA, Vanessa for always coming to my rescue. Thank you to all the amazing nurses that cared for me.