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Brooklyn man defies odds, runs NYC marathon after back surgery

ABC New York reports on Steve Goldfarb’s return to running the 2019 TCS New York City marathon, after undergoing spine surgery less than a year ago performed by Sheeraz Qureshi, MD, MBA, spine surgeon at HSS.

When his back pain had become unbearable, the marathoner decided it was time to find the right doctor to perform his surgery. Dr. Qureshi was the fourth doctor Goldfarb visited. "We chose a minimally invasive approach in Steve's condition because we knew the level of activity that he was used to," explained Dr. Qureshi. Spacers were placed in between Goldfarb's vertebrae and held everything in place with screws and rods.

"I basically left the hospital using a walker," said Goldfarb. "I was anxious to get started with my running."

Dr. Qureshi credits Goldfarb’s success and recovery to his determination and commitment. "I did want to set realistic expectations, but I felt that Steve had such a commitment to get back. If any patient was going to be able to do it, it was going to be him," cited Dr. Qureshi.

Watch the segment at abc7ny.com. This segment also aired during the 8am news on November 3, 2019.