Nicholas Rossi, MD

Board-certified neurological spine surgeon

Board-certified spine surgeon


Personal notes

Dr. Rossi is local. He attended high school at Tremont and the Illinois Math and Science Academy.

He has been performing spine surgery since 2011. Previously, Dr. Rossi was in private practice in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas providing neurosurgical services at a major trauma and tertiary care center.

Ultimately he and his wife desired to be closer to family and returned to Illinois. He has been performing spine surgery at Hopedale Medical Complex since 2019.

Dr. Rossi is proud to be a third generation Hopedale surgeon. He lives in Morton with his loving wife and three children. 

Care philosophy

Dr. Rossi believes consultation with a neurosurgeon should not focus on surgery. Rather emphasis first should be placed on fundamentally understanding the pain source and contributing factors.

This should be followed by discussion of expected long term course of the illness with or without treatment. Finally the patient should be presented with the risks and benefits of every available treatment option, especially nonsurgical management. If it is decided that surgery should be part of the solution, Dr. Rossi believes that targeted and minimally invasive surgical approaches are optimal.


Dr. Rossi earned his Doctor of Medicine degree (MD) at Indiana University School of Medicine. He went on to complete the Honors in Neurosciences program at IUSM prior to pursuing his neurosurgery residency.

Dr. Rossi obtained his neurosurgery training at the  University of Tennessee in Memphis. Under mentorship from one of the largest neurosurgical groups in the country, the Semmes Murphey Clinic, Dr. Rossi learned minimally invasive spine surgery techniques directly from pioneers in the field.

As a Senior Resident, Dr. Rossi had complex spinal surgery fellowship training in Bristol, England where the artificial cervical disk was invented. Here he functioned in an independent capacity working alongside both orthopedic and neurosurgical spine surgeons within the National Health System of the United Kingdom.


This experience provided Dr. Rossi insight into the philosophies of spinal surgeons working within a European system where emphasis is placed on financially mindful and conservative (nonsurgical) treatment options. His time in England very much shaped Dr. Rossi’s practice philosophy today. 

Dr. Rossi has published in the most prestigious peer reviewed neurosurgery journals including Neurosurgery and the Journal of Neurosurgery. He has published articles related to the benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery vs traditional ‘open’ spine surgery, demonstrating less morbidity, shorter hospital stay, and lower blood loss with a minimally invasive approach.


  • Board Certification – American Board of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Association Neurological Surgeons – Active member

  • Full Illinois Medical License

  • United States Medical Licensing Examination – Part 1: Pass (99), Part 2: Pass (99), Part 3: Pass


Yasser Hussein, MD

Interventional Pain Management

Care philosophy

I am focused on the individual patient and how I can help them to reduce the amount of pain and discomfort they may be experiencing. Every single patient has their own unique set of circumstances that we need to take the time to assess.


  • Board Certification – American Board of Anesthesiology

  • Spine Intervention Society – Active member

  • Full Illinois Medical License
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