Advanced Spine Center Doctors Honored By New Jersey Monthly Magazine

Ever wonder who doctors turn to when they need treatment for themselves or their loved ones? Then…Why not ask the doctors themselves?

This is exactly the premise of New Jersey Monthly (NJM) magazine’s annual Top Doctors list.

By now, you’ve guessed it: The 2020 Top Doctor results are in! And, two of The Advanced Spine Center’s doctors—Dr. Charles Gatto and Dr. George Naseef—have earned Top Doctor status for excellence in spine surgery.

In fact, this isn’t the first time that these esteemed doctors have earned Top Doctor spots. For Dr. Gatto, it’s his third year in a row and for Dr. Nassef, it’s his 8th!

Wondering how one becomes an NJM Top Doctor? Let’s take a closer look.

About the NJM Top Doctor Award

Each year, New Jersey Monthly magazine asks doctors to vote for the physicians and medical professionals that they would want to treat their own family members. This year, the questionnaire and resulting data were handled by Leflein Associates—a local research firm based out of Ringwood, NJ. Over 25,000 New Jersey doctors were contacted to complete the survey.

Eligible doctors for the award must have been licensed in New Jersey for at least five years. To encourage as many doctors as possible to participate, NJM offered online or mail-in ballots. Then, Leflein Associates carefully checked each response to ensure that there were no duplicate or ineligible ballots.

This year, the committee validated 3,522 responses. From this, a preliminary list of Top Doctors was drafted. Needless to say, doctors with serious infractions by the state medical examiner were immediately disqualified.

A panel of 25 Top Doctors from the previous year then reviewed the preliminary list. They discussed the results and made any changes based on their knowledge and experience with the candidates. The review process pared down the list to 1,096 doctors from 74 medical specialties across New Jersey. You can learn more about the Top Doctor’s methodology here.

The New Jersey Monthly Top Doctors list is just one of several tools that enable you to choose the best practitioners for your family’s health needs. What makes the NJM Top Doctors’ list unique is the input received from other qualified local doctors.

If you are happy with your current doctors, stay with them. If you are looking for a new doctor or second opinion, then the NJM Top Doctors list is a great place to start.

And, of course, if you need someone to help with your spine and orthopedic issues, The Advanced Spine Center is ready to help.

More About The Advanced Spine Center’s Top Doctors

Ready to discover more about the award-winning talent at The Advanced Spine Center? We’re proud to further introduce you to our Top Doctors:

Meet Dr. Charles A. Gatto, MD

Dr. Charles A. Gatto is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Education & Experience

Dr. Gatto earned his medical degree from the Albany Medical College of Union University in New York. He remained there to complete his internship and residency in orthopedic surgery as well as his fellowship in disease, disorders, and surgery of the spine.

After completing his fellowship, Dr. Gatto embarked on his professional career as an attending physician and clinical assistant professor at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan, NY. While there, he eventually became the Chief of Spine Surgery for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.

Subsequently, Dr. Gatto relocated to New Jersey and became a partner—and director—of Tri-County Orthopedics in Morristown.

From there, Dr. Gatto teamed up with Dr. Lowenstein and Dr. Naseef to form The Advanced Spine Center. He also serves as Chief of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery’s spine division for Morristown Medical Center.

As a way to give back, Dr. Gatto co-founded Kids’ Chance of New Jersey. Kids’ Chance is a charitable organization that provides scholarships for college or vocational education to children of severely or fatally injured New Jersey workers.


With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Gatto has extensive training and practice in all aspects of spine surgery. Dr. Gatto’s approach is conservative. In other words, he believes that thorough diagnostics and non-operative treatments should be explored before considering surgery.

Dr. Gatto has a particular interest in:

Along with the Top Doctor honors from NJM magazine, Dr. Gatto’s efforts and dedication have earned him an America’s Top Physician Award for spine surgery from the Consumers Research Council of America. He has also earned Patients’ Choice and Compassionate Doctor awards from

Meet Dr. George S. Naseef, MD

Dr. George S. Naseef is also a board-certified, fellowship-trained spine surgeon with over 20 years of experience.

Education & Experience

Dr. Naseef earned his Bachelor’s and Medical degrees from Boston University. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, MD. During this residency, Dr. Naseef was awarded the opportunity for a surgical fellowship in orthopedics through John Hopkins University at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.

As you know by now, Dr. Naseef is currently a partner at The Advanced Spine Center. He is also a member of the surgical staff and Vice-Chairman for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Morristown Medical Center.


Like the other doctors at The Advanced Spine Center, Dr. Naseef is committed to exhausting conservative treatments before considering surgery. This can include physical therapy, medications, targeted injections, and other non-invasive therapies.

When surgery is the best option, Dr. Naseef has extensive experience with:

  • Metastatic spine tumors
  • Unstable spinal fractures
  • Work-related injuries
  • Spinal stenosis with myelopathy
  • Recurrent disc herniations
  • Revision spine surgeries
  • The most current and effective minimally invasive technologies

Dr. Naseef’s hard work and dedication have earned him many awards besides the 8-time honor of NJM’s Top Doctor. These include the Patients’ Choice Awards (9 times) and the Compassionate Doctor Award (7 times). He has also earned a Top Doctor award from Jersey Choice for three years running.

Ready to Get Help from a Top Doctor?

Your life and livelihood depend on being well enough to do everything you love. When you’re dealing with pain or disabling conditions, everything gets put on hold. You and your family suffer.

Why not get an expert diagnosis, treatment plan, and, ultimately, the opportunity to return to the life you want to live?

The Advanced Spine Center has award-winning doctors who will compassionately guide you through the process. These doctors are highly regarded by other doctors, medical professionals, and patients who have been through similar struggles.

Our multidisciplinary team at The Advanced Spine Center will help you get the best care possible. You can start right now by taking a quick Pain Quiz…no obligation…just answer a few questions and get some insights.

Of course, you can always contact The Advanced Spine Center (even select a preferred doctor) by filling out this simple form. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible to schedule a consultation. Or, if you prefer, give us a call at (973) 538-0900.

At The Advanced Spine Center, we’re passionate about treating you with the least invasive techniques possible so that you can return to YOUR passions ASAP!