Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review Names 50 of the Best Spine Specialists in America

CHICAGO — Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review has announced "50 of the Best Spine Specialists in America," profiling top spine surgeons, physicians and innovators in the country.

Spine specialists were selected based on achievements, leadership positions, reputation of their affiliations, education and contributions to the advancement of spine treatment and surgery. Recommendations and input from experts in the field were also taken into consideration when assembling the list.

The 50 spine specialists are:

  • Frank Acosta Jr., MD (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles)
  • Christopher P. Ames, MD (UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, Calif.)
  • Howard S. An, MD (Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Chicago)
  • Gunnar Andersson, MD, PhD (Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Chicago)
  • John Atwater, MD (McClean County Orthopedics, Bloomington, Ill.)
  • David Abraham, MD (Reading Neck and Spine Center, Wyomissing, Pa.)
  • Scott Blumenthal, MD (Texas Back Institute, Plano, Texas)
  • Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, MD (The Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City)
  • Scott Boden, MD (Emory University Hospital, Atlanta)
  • Lawrence F. Borges, MD (Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston)
  • Keith H. Bridwell, MD (Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Mo.) Craig Brigham, MD (OrthoCarolina, Charlotte, N.C.)
  • John R. Caruso, MD (Neurosurgical Specialists, Hagerstown, Md.)
  • G. David Casper, MD (OSSO Healthcare Network, Oklahoma City, Okla.)
  • Leonard Cerullo, MD (NorthShore University Health System, Chicago)
  • Bruce V. Darden II, MD (OrthoCarolina, Charlotte, N.C.)
  • Vedat Deviren, MD (UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, Calif.)
  • Curtis Dickman, MD (Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, Ariz.)
  • John Dietz Jr. (OrthoIndy, Indianapolis)
  • Egon Doppenberg, MD (NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston, Ill.)
  • Jason Garber, MD, FACS (Western Regional Center for Brain & Spine, Las Vegas)
  • Ziya Gokaslan, MD (Spine Center at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.)
  • Michael Goldsmith, MD (Summit Orthopaedics, Chevy Chase, Md.)
  • James S. Harrop, MD (Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia)
  • Regis W. Haid Jr., MD (Atlanta Brain and Spine Care, Atlanta)
  • Roger Hartl, MD (NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, New York)
  • Iain H. Kalfas, MD (Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Dean Karahalios, MD (NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston, Ill.)
  • Jordi Kellogg, MD (Kellogg Brain & Spine, Portland, Ore.)
  • A. Jay Khanna, MD (Johns Hopkins Orthopaedics, Baltimore, Md.)
  • James Lynch, MD (SpineNevada, Reno, Nev.)
  • Steven Mardjetko, MD (Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, Morton Grove, Ill.)
  • Alan Moelleken, MD (The Spine & Orthopedic Center, Santa Barbara, Calif.)
  • Daniel Murrey, MD (OrthoCarolina, Charlotte, N.C.)
  • John D. Peloza, MD (Center for Spine Care, Dallas)
  • Kenneth A. Pettine, MD (Rocky Mountain Associates, Loveland, Colo.)
  • Frank Phillips, MD (Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Chicago)
  • Joan O'Shea, MD (The Spine Institute of Southern New Jersey, Marlton, N.J.)
  • Mike Russell II, MD (Azalea Orthopedics, Tyler, Texas)
  • Navinder Sethi, MD (Potomac Valley Orthopaedic Associates, Gaithersburg, Md.)
  • Arya Nick Shamie (UCLA Comprehensive Spine Center, Los Angeles)
  • Volker K. H. Sonntag, MD (Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, Ariz.)
  • John T. Stinson, MD (The Orthopaedic Center, Rockville, Md.)
  • Larry L. Teuber, MD (Black Hills Surgery Center, Rapid City, S.D.)
  • Terry Trammell, MD (OrthoIndy, Indianapolis)
  • Alexander Vaccaro, MD, PhD (Rothman Institute, Philadelphia)
  • Corey J. Wallach, MD (Anderson Orthopaedic Clinic, Arlington, Va.)
  • William Watters III, MD (Bone & Joint Clinic of Houston, Texas)
  • Jeffrey C. Wang, MD (UCLA Spine Center, Los Angeles)
  • Richard Wohns, MD, MBA (South Sound Neurosurgery, Puyallup, Wash.)

View profiles of the 50 best spine specialists.

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