Dr. Peter A. Zahos, MD

Doctors and Surgeons

Dr. Peter A. Zahos is a neurosurgeon affiliated with multiple hospitals in New York, including Westchester Medical Center and Hudson Regional Hospital. He received his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.


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Brain surgeon, scientist, inventor, podcaster, and author, and all-around bon vivant, Dr. Peter Zahos is a modern-day renaissance man. Affectionately known as Dr. Z, he was inspired to specialize in neurosurgery by both the pioneer of the field, Dr. Harvey Cushing, and his fictional hero, Buckaroo Bonzai.

Dr. Zahos is a New York-based, board-certified neurosurgeon with a focus on the surgical treatment of spinal disease, brain tumors, and deep brain stimulation (DBS), a procedure that involves the implantation of a brain pacemaker to regulate electronic impulses in the brain. He has performed a full range of general neurosurgery and was an early adopter of frameless stereotactic techniques for the placement of DBS electrodes for movement disorders.

He was formerly an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, and the chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida. He completed his undergraduate degree at Yale University, his medical degree at George Washington University, and his neurosurgical training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He has served on the medical school faculties at the University of Michigan, University of Miami and New York Medical College.

A keen researcher, he has authored multiple publications, developed patents, and has lectured in the field of neurosurgery. He also founded Discogen, a medical company creating an innovative, non-invasive, therapeutic method to repair spinal disc degeneration. Dr. Z’s goal is to reduce the chance of unnecessary surgery, expand conservative options for back pain, and reduce dependence on opioids and other narcotic pain medication.

Demonstrating that superheroes don’t wear capes, they wear scrubs, he recently launched a podcast to prove it. In 2021, Dr. Z unveiled “The Life Medical,” providing a rare glimpse into the lives and relentless work of medical professionals from across the country during the pandemic. The auditory adventure uniquely blends intimate audio journals, interviews, and live medical recordings in the OR, ER, and ICU. The audience is given an exclusive look at the real struggles and life-saving successes and sometimes failures of those working on the medical front lines.

Through his production company, Cyclopaedia Studios, Dr. Z is currently developing fiction and non-fiction projects across TV, Film, and Books. His first science-fiction graphic novel, The Adjacent, is being adapted for television. "The Life Medical" is available on Apple Podcasts and all major podcast platforms.