10 spine surgeons to know

Spine Leaders

Below is a list of 10 spine surgeons who have made a positive impact on their organizations and the specialty. 

Editor's Note: This is not a list of top surgeons, but rather a list highlighting professional accomplishments. Becker's does not endorse any surgeons featured on this list.

This is not an exhaustive list. To nominate a physician for future lists, please contact Cameron Cortigiano at ccortigiano@beckershealthcare.com. 

Matthew Lee, MD. Tallahassee (Fla.) Orthopedic Clinic. Dr. Lee is a leading member of the Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic's spine center and has been at the clinic since 2012. He is also a member of the North American Spine Society and an assistant clinical professor at Florida State University. Dr. Lee has performed the most computer-navigated surgeries in the area since 2014.

Andrew Simpson, MD. Microendoscopic Spine Institute (Boston). Dr. Simpson has been  the director of minimally invasive spine surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital since 2018. He is also the founder of the Microendoscopic Spine Institute. Additionally, Dr. Simpson serves as associate professor at Harvard Medical School. 

Ali Anissipour, DO. Western Washington Medical Group (Everett, Wash.). Dr. Anissipour has served as an orthopedic spine surgeon at Western Washington Medical Group since 2015. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the North American Spine Society and the American Osteopathic Association. Dr. Anissipour has had multiple publications in orthopedic and spine journals.

Jay Khanna, MD. MedStar Orthopedic Institute (Washington, D.C.). Dr. Khanna has been the physician executive director at MedStar Orthopedic Institute in Washington, D.C., since 2021. He serves as chair and professor of the department of orthopedic surgery at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Khanna previously served as the clinical director of the Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering and Innovation. 

Akshay Yadhati, MD. Ortho Rhode Island (Providence). Dr. Yadhati has been an orthopedic spine surgeon at Ortho Rhode Island since 2019. He specializes in the care of degenerative and scoliosis-related conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. Dr. Yadhati is a member of the North American Spine Society and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. 

Addisu Mesfin, MD. University of Rochester (N.Y.) Medical Center. Dr. Mesfin is division chief of spine surgery and a professor of orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, biomedical engineering and public health at the University of Rochester. He specializes in degenerative conditions, spinal deformity, spine tumors, spine trauma and sports spine injuries. Dr. Mesfin has published more than 180 peer reviewed papers on his research. 

Alexander Molinari, DO. Great Lakes Orthopaedic Center (Traverse City, Mich.). Dr. Molinari has been an orthopedic spine surgeon at Great Lakes Orthopaedic Center since 2021. He uses a conservative approach to spine surgery while utilizing nonsurgical options when viable. Dr. Molinari specializes in degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, scoliosis and osteoporosis. 

Anton Jorgensen, MD. Ortho San Antonio. Dr. Jorgensen has served as a spine surgeon at Ortho San Antonio since 2019. He evaluates pediatric scoliosis and treats it with bracing and surgical correction. Dr. Jorgensen previously served as chief of orthopedic spine surgery service at San Antonio-based Brooke Army Medical Center. Before he became a spine surgeon, Dr. Jorgensen had a career as an aerospace engineer. 

Bennett Burns, MD. New England Orthopedic Surgeons (Springfield, Mass.). Dr. Burns is a spine surgeon with New England Orthopedic Surgeons. He has sub-specialities of trauma and fracture care and complex fractures. Dr. Burns is also a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Barrett Boody, MD. Indiana Spine Group (Carmel). Dr. Boody has been a spine surgeon at Indiana Spine Group since 2018. He has written more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, books and book chapters. Dr. Boody also serves as an assistant professor of clinical orthopedic surgery at Indiana University and a core faculty for the Indiana Spine Group spine surgical fellowship. 


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