As one of the top neurosurgeons in the nation, Dr. Azmi is highly experienced and trained in functional and restorative neurosurgery.

Hooman Azmi, MD


As experts, we owe it to our patients to offer all available options, which most often will include non-surgical approaches.


Dr. Azmi is a board-certified neurosurgeon who is fellowship-trained in functional and restorative neurosurgery. His main areas of interest are the surgical treatment of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, facial pain syndromes such as trigeminal neuralgia, chronic and malignant pain syndromes, peripheral nerve disorders, and minimally invasive and image-guided treatment of neurological disorders.

He also has a busy general neurosurgical practice caring for patients with traumatic brain injuries as well as degenerative and traumatic spinal disorders.

Dr. Azmi prioritizes shared decision-making with patients and works hard to ensure that they understand all of their treatment options. His goal is to identify the best and most appropriate treatment for each person based on their individual needs.

He is dedicated to improving the quality of care of neurosurgical patients admitted to the hospital, serving on several quality and safety committees. In addition, he is highly involved in developing hospital protocols that ensure the safety of patients with Parkinson’s disease by helping to prevent complications during their stay.

Biographical Highlights

Medical School
New York Medical College
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Advanced Fellowship Training
Post-Doctorate Research Fellow: New York Medical College, Role of Glia in Neurological Disease; Fellowship: Functional and Stereotactic Neurosurgery, Cleveland Clinic Center for Neurological Restoration

Dr. Azmi is dedicated to advancing knowledge among his fellow neurosurgeons, with the goal of fostering continual improvements in patient care. The author of book chapters and peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals, he has been invited to speak both nationally and internationally and has served on national committees of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He is an advocate for new technology that improves patient care, and he played a key role in bringing MRI-guided surgeries to Parkinson’s patients at Hackensack University Medical Center, making it one of the first hospitals in the country to offer this approach.

  • Led the team that received the first gold seal awarded to a hospital in the United States by the Joint Commission
    for Accreditation of Hospitals for disease-specific care of patients with Parkinson’s disease
  • Top Doctor, Castle Connolly: Perennial Recipient
  • Top Doctor Bergen County, Bergen Magazine: Perennial Recipient
  • Top Doctor, New Jersey Monthly: Perennial Recipient
    Stony Brook University Department of Political Science Distinguished Alumnus Award: 2016
  • Arnold P. Gold Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, UMDNJ: 2000
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society: 1998
  • Dean’s Medical Student Research Competition, First Place, NYMC: 1998
  • New York Medical College Trustee Scholarship recipient, NYMC: 1996, 1997, 1998
  • Clara Maass Medical Center
  • Englewood Health
  • Hackensack University Medical Center
  • Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center
  • Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center
  • Hackensack Meridian Health Pascack Valley Medical Center
  • Holy Name Medical Center
  • Saint Barnabas Medical Center
  • The Valley Hospital
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Association of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
  • Bergen County Medical Society
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • International Neuromodulation Society
  • Medical Society of New Jersey

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Azmi H, Cocoziello L, Harvey R, McGee M, Desai N, Thomas J, Jacob B, Rocco A, Keating K, Thomas FP. J Neurosci Nurs. 2019 Dec;51(6):313-319. doi: 10.1097/JNN.0000000000000472. Development of a Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care Certification Program for Parkinson Disease in an Acute Care Hospital.

Azmi H, Gibbons M, DeVito MC, Schlesinger M, Kreitner J, Freguletti T, Banovic J, Ferrell D, Horton M, Pierce S, Roth P. Surg Neurol Int. 2019 Jun 19;10:101. doi: 10.25259/SNI-209-2019. eCollection 2019. The interventional magnetic resonance imaging suite: Experience in the design, development, and implementation in a pre-existing radiology space and review of concepts.

Larson PS, Willie JT, Vadivelu S, Azmi-Ghadimi H, Nichols A, Fauerbach LL, Johnson HB, Graham D. J Healthc Risk Manag. 2017 Jul;37(1):31-39. doi: 10.1002/jhrm.21275. MRI-guided stereotactic neurosurgical procedures in a diagnostic MRI suite: Background and safe practice recommendations. 

Ley EJ, Leonard SD, Barmparas G, Dhillon NK, Inaba K, Salim A, OʼBosky KR, Tatum D, Azmi H, Ball CG, Engels PT, Dunn JA, Carrick MM, Meizoso JP, Lombardo S, Cotton BA, Schroeppel TJ, Rizoli S, Chang DSJ, de León LA, Rezende-Neto J, Jacome T, Xiao J, Mallory G, Rao K, Widdel L, Godin S, Coates A, Benedict LA, Nirula R, Kaul S, Li T; Beta Blockers TBI Study Group Collaborators. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2018 Feb;84(2):234-244. doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000001747. Beta blockers in critically ill patients with traumatic brain injury: Results from a multicenter, prospective, observational American Association for the Surgery of Trauma study.

Azmi H, Gupta F, Vukic M, Kreitner J, Kera E, Nicola G Interventional magnetic resonance imaging-guided subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease: Patient selection. 

Rezai AR, Machado AG, Deogaonkar M, Azmi H, Kubu C, Boulis NM. Neurosurgery. 2008 Feb;62 Suppl 2:809-38; discussion 838-9. doi: 10.1227/01.neu.0000316285.52865.53. Review. Surgery for movement disorders.

Tian GF, Azmi H, Takano T, Xu Q, Peng W, Lin J, Oberheim N, Lou N, Wang X, Zielke HR, Kang J, Nedergaard M. Nat Med. 2005 Sep;11(9):973-81. Epub 2005 Aug 14. An astrocytic basis of epilepsy.

Azmi H, Schlenk RP. Neurosurg Focus. 2003 Sep 15;15(3):E6. Review. Surgery for postarthrodesis adjacent-cervical segment degeneration. 

Larson PS, Vadivelu S, Azmi-Ghadimi H, Nichols A, Fauerbach L, Johnson HB. J Healthc Risk Manag. 2017 Apr;36(4):7-18. doi: 10.1002/jhrm.21258. Neurosurgical laser ablation and MR thermometry: Risks of multisite workflow pattern.

Cotrina ML, Lin JH, Alves-Rodrigues A, Liu S, Li J, Azmi-Ghadimi H, Kang J, Naus CC, Nedergaard M. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1998 Dec 22;95(26):15735-40. Connexins regulate calcium signaling by controlling ATP release.

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