Dr. Russell Surasky, FAAN

Board Certified Neurologist, Addiction Specialist

About Dr. Surasky

Dr. Russell Surasky, FAAN, ABAM is a double board certified neurologist. Being board certified in both neurology and addiction medicine, he is the only physician in New York with this combination of credentials.

Dr. Surasky’s primary focus in practice is addiction medicine. Utilizing unique medication protocols individualized to each patient, he provides specialized treatment for opiate, benzodiazepine, and alcohol addiction. This unique approach has helped thousands of patients rapidly achieve and sustain their sobriety. Dr. Surasky is one of the most experienced providers in New York State of Vivitrol, a once monthly injection which blocks addictive opiates and alcohol from entering the brain. This unique approach has helped thousands of patients rapidly achieve and sustain their sobriety and has made Dr. Surasky the most sought after addiction specialist in New York.

Dr. Surasky maintains hospital privileges at North Shore University Hospital of Manhasset, Plainview, and Syosset as well as Long Island Jewish Hospital in New Hyde Park. Actively involved in the medical community, Dr. Surasky is a member of several professional organizations, including: American Academy of Neurology, American Society of Addiction Medicine and the Nassau County Medical Society.

He serves as the chief physician and consultant to multiple addiction centers on Long Island. His private practice, The Surasky Neurologic Center for Addiction is in Great Neck, New York.


Education

Medical Training

2016

American Board of Addiction Medicine

Addiction Medicine Specialist

2010 2013

North Shore - Long Island Jewish

Neurology Residency

2009 2010

Mount Sinai - Queens Hospital Center

Internal Medicine Internship

2005 2009

New York College of Osteopathic Medicine

Medical School

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Disease of Addiction

Many people do not understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. It is often mistakenly assumed that drug abusers lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop using drugs simply by choosing to change their behavior. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting takes more than good intentions or a strong will. In fact, because drugs change the brain in ways that foster compulsive drug abuse, quitting is difficult, even for those who are ready to do so. Through scientific advances, we know more about how drugs work in the brain than ever, and we also know that drug addiction can be successfully treated to help people stop abusing drugs and lead productive lives.

Although the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, the
brain changes that occur over time challenge an addicted person’s self-
control and hamper his or her ability to resist intense impulses to take
drugs. Fortunately, treatments are available to help people counter addiction’s powerful disruptive effects.

The subject is rarely taught in medical school or residency training. Of the 1
million practicing physicians in the United States, only about 0.001 % are
trained in addiction medicine.

2016

American Board of Addiction Medicine

Addiction Medicine Specialist

2010 2013

North Shore - Long Island Jewish

Neurology Residency

2009 2010

Mount Sinai - Queens Hospital Center

Internal Medicine Internship

2005 2009

New York College of Osteopathic Medicine

Medical School

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Testimonials

Our Patients Speak....

Tiffany S.

7/16/16

" Dr Surasky is extremely knowledgable in addiction. He is kind compassionate caring and understanding. He works with you to keep you very comfortable. He always returns phone calls and answers all your questions. He is very patient. He uses vivitrol which is amazing. He truly cares about the well being of his patients and wants them to succeed. I have never met a dr like him. He truly is the best doctor ever!! My earth angel!!! "

Verified Patient

4/18/2016

"Dr. Surasky is an excellent Doctor . I never met a doctor quite like him . He really knows what he's doing . He's full of knowledge & really helped me w/ my addiction & is very compassionate . I'm so glad I was sent to him & will continue to see him ."

6/18/16

Verified Patient

"Great doctor. I felt safe and comfortable. My needs were addressed comprehensively."

Verified Patient

6/27/16

"Dr. Surasky is the most kind and compassionate dr. He takes time with you to explain everything and address your concerns in detail. The office workers behind the desk are also extremely kind and helpful. I am so comfortable in that office atmosphere."

Verified Patient

7/1/2016

"I found the staff efficient yet warm, the doctor was beyond my expectations. Very good bedside manner and good at wrangling in my chatter to get the pertinent information to help me. I would bring a family member to him. Absolutely great experience."

Verified Patient

1/26/2016

"I see Dr. Surasky at Bridge Back to Life. He's always very professional, and has helped me so much. He is a great doctor who takes the time to listen."

Verified Patient

1/12/2016

" Doctors like Dr. Russell are very rare. More people should be educated in this field. He has a great gift and ability to serve this community. We lack Dr's like him."

Verified Patient

4/3/2014

"Dr. surasky is a very good doctor he is amazingly brilliant and very professional. Not only that but the envioronment of his office is such that I felt very comfortable!! His staff is very nice & automatically puts you at ease. I will recommend Dr. surasky to everyone."

Verified Patient

1/2/2016

"Very respectable and really listens to you and considers all aspects. This gentleman is very knowledgable and really knows his stuff."

P. P.

1/2/2016

"Dr Russell always goes above and beyond what he needs to do. He is a caring concerned doctor who always make you feel you are the utmost importance to him and always concerned with how you are doing personally as well as medically."

F. S.

1/2/2016

Caring, & interested in helping to solve my needs. We had good results.

G. H.

1/6/2016

Great doctor!! I was very satisfied

S. A.

1/2/2016

"I suffer from chronic neck pain, nerve pain and headaches for a long time.Doctor Russell Surasky helps me lot every time, with his pain medicine treatments. I can say, he brought me to a new level of comfort that I never had before.I am very thankful to doctor and his supportive team."

S. R.

1/1/2016

"Very caring and compassionate and he returns phone calls."

Verified Patient

12/30/2015

"The doctor is very knowledgeable and listens to everything I have to say. The office staff is very pleasant and fun even. You can tell this office cares about their patients! "

K. B.

12/30/2015

"Very calming polite and a sense of humor. I always recommend. Also very thorough. Takes the time to really listen."

Verified Patient

12/30/2015

"The doctor was very thorough and explained his diagnosis and treatment suggestions well. I would recommend him highly."

M. G.

3/2/2015

"Wonderful Doctor!!!! "

M. R.

6/3/2015

"Very comfortable office with friendly receptionists. Dr. Russell Surasky is thorough and has excellent beside manner. I would definitely recommend him!"

VERIFIED PATIENT

2/10/2015

"His knowledge, compassion and bedside manner is only exceeded by his award winning smile and great sense of humor...soooooo happy to be under his care !!!!!! "

Verified Patient

6/6/2015

"Dr. Surasky was amazing and showed great concern about my health. He took his time examining me and asked me a lot of questions. When I needed to see him for a quick emergency visit, booking an appointment was easy. The staff was nice! "

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