Donald O. Quest, MD, FACS

J. Lawrence Pool Professor of Neurological Surgery

Dr. Quest's Bio

Dr. Quest began his career in general neurosurgery in 1976 upon completion of his residency at the Neurological Institute of New York, Columbia University. His interests evolved into specialization in carotid artery surgery and cervical and lumbar spine disease.

Over the years, Dr. Quest has become involved in the national neurosurgical organizations and has held a number of leadership positions. Through his interests in neurosurgical training and practitioner quality, he was elected a Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and went on to become the Secretary and Chairman. Following that activity, he was appointed to the Residency Review Committee for Neurological Surgery, on which he served as a member and then Chairman for 6 years. He is an Assistant Dean of Students at Columbia University, pursuing his interests in medical education. He continues his active neurosurgical practice.

Dr. Quest has been President of a number of national neurosurgical organizaions, including the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the Academy of Neurological Surgeons, and most recently the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.


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Dr. Quests’ office is open from 9-5pm, Monday through Friday. To request an appointment by phone, please call his office at (212) 305-5582. His office coordinator, Alexandria Melendez will take your call. You will be asked to fax (212) 305-3629 or mail your recent imaging (MRI, CAT scan) reports to our office for his review. It is also helpful to include a brief summary of your history and symptoms. Any question regarding insurance or coverage can be answered at that time.

Dr. Quest will review your reports within 24 hours and you will be contacted for an appointment or appropriate referral. Depending on the urgency of your condition, an appointment with Dr. Quest can be made within a few days. To assure that all patients receive a thorough evaluation and the best care in a timely manner, the patient should complete forms regarding their medical history and condition. The forms are available online here Patient Forms or will be provided on the day of your appointment.

Dr. Quest currently participates in the following health insurance networks. If your insurance does not appear on the list, you may still be eligible for significant coverage. Please contact our insurance specialist to learn more about your eligibility. For more information, please see our Insurance Information page.

  • Aetna (excluding Medicare and Medicaid)
  • Cigna
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (excluding Indemnity, Traditional, Medicare, Healthcare Exchange and Medicaid)
  • Medicare
  • NY Medicaid
  • Oxford/United Healthcare (excluding Medicare, Healthcare Exchange and Medicaid)

Education & Certification

Board Certified American Board of Neurological Surgery
Medical School College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, M.D. 1970
Residency Training Massachusetts General Hospital, Columbia University Neurological Institute of New York

Honors, Awards & Leadership

New York's Best Doctors

Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors

Top Doctors: New York Metro Area

Associations & Memberships

Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)

American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)

The Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS)

American Academy of Neurological Surgeons

Neurosurgical Society of America

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