40+ female orthopedic spine and neurospine surgeons in the US


March is national women's history month, and March 8 is International Women's Day. Female spine surgeons are one group of women excelling in a traditionally male-dominated field.

Here are 40+ female spine surgeons in the U.S.


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Jessica Aidlen, MD, orthopedic spine surgeon at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Mass., specializing in disc herniations, spinal stenosis, cervical spine problems, spine trauma and back problems in athletes.


Dheera Ananthakrishnan, MD, orthopedic spine surgeon at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta specializing in adult and adolescent scoliosis.


Carmina Angeles, MD, PhD, neurosurgeon at the NeuroSpine Institute in Eugene, Ore. who specializes in minimally invasive techniques, complex decompression and stabilization for tumor, vertebral body fractures and degenerative scoliosis.


Jamie Baisden, MD, neurosurgeon at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee who specializes in complex spine surgery.


Erica Bisson, MD, neurosurgeon at University of Utah Health Care in Salt Lake City specializing in artificial disc and fusion technology.


Kara Beasley, DO, neurosurgeon at Boulder (Colo.) Neurosurgical & Spine Associates specializing in movement disorders and epilepsy. Her research focuses on spinal technology safety.


Robin Bowman, MD, neurosurgeon at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago specializing in brain tumors and spina bifida.


Evalina Burger, MD, orthopedic spine surgeon at University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora who specializes in spinal deformities, spine injures, neck disorders and spine fractures.


Janet Dunlap, MD, orthopedic spine surgeon at Carlsbad (Calif.) Surgery Center, certified in robot-assisted minimally invasive spine surgery.


Carrie Diulus, MD, orthopedic spine surgeon at Akron, Ohio-based Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center. Her research focuses on reducing chronic disease burden and the total cost of care while improving outcomes for orthopedic and spine patients.


Nancy Epstein, MD, neurosurgeon at Mineola, N.Y.-based Winthrop Neuroscience Medical specializing in spinal care.


Melissa Erickson, MD, orthopedic spine surgeon at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., specializing in cervical, thoracic and lumbar conditions.


Meagan Fernandez, DO, pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System, interested in scoliosis and spine surgery, pediatric tumors, hemophilic arthropathy, shoulder instability and mensicus injury and repair. 


Susanne Fix, MD, neurosurgeon and president of Coastal Neurology & Neurosurgery in Anchorage, Alaska. Dr. Fix is the first surgeon in Alaska to perform lateral access surgeries.


Sarah Fouke, MD, neurosurgeon at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo., specializing in adult hydrocephalus, degenerative spinal conditions and tumors, including radiosurgical procedures.


Aruna Ganju, MD, neurosurgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago specializing in spinal column and cord injuries and tumors.


Judith Gorelick, MD, neurosurgeon at Shelton, Conn.-based Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics and Spine Specialists specializing in degenerative cervical conditions and lumbar spinal conditions.


Betsy Grunch, MD, neurosurgeon at The Longstreet Clinic in Gainesville, Ga., specializing in minimally invasive spine surgery and neurotrauma, including acute surgical management of traumatic spinal cord injuries.


Mary Louise Hlavin, MD, neurosurgeon at UnityPoint Clinic in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, interested in brain injuries, cranial surgery, spinal cord injury, spinal surgery (neck and low back), neurotrauma, neuromodulation (spinal stimulation and pumps) and peripheral nerve surgery.


Serena Hu, MD, orthopedic spine surgeon at Redwood City, Calif.-based Stanford Orthopaedic Spine Center specializing in cervical radiculopathy, kyphosis and scoliosis.


Heidi Hullinger, MD, orthopedic spine surgeon at New Jersey Spine Specialists in Summit who specializes in complex spine cases such as spinal deformity and tumors.


Jocelyn Idema, DO, orthopedic spine surgeon at Advanced Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation in Pittsburgh and Washington, Pa., specializing in cervical, thoracic and lumbar conditions.


Michele Johnson, MD, neurosurgeon at Atlanta Brain and Spine Care, specializing in complex and minimally invasive spine surgery for conditions including degenerative spinal disease, spinal tumors and spinal cord injury.


Jennifer Kang, MD, neurosurgeon at Denver Health in Colorado specializing in cervical surgery, spinal cord tumors and Gamma Knife Radiosurgery.


Lori Karol, MD, orthopedic surgeon and assistant chief of staff at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas specializing in scoliosis and other spine disorders, clubfoot and limb lengthening and reconstruction. 


Youjeong Kim, MD, orthopedic spine surgeon at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco specializing in cervical spine disease, lumbar spine surgery and scoliosis surgery.


Rebecca Kuo, MD, orthopedic spine surgeon at Joliet, Ill.-based MK Orthopaedics Joliet specializing in cervical decompression, lumbar decompression and spinal deformity treatment.


Jeannette Liu, MD, neurosurgeon at UnityPoint Clinic in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, interested in brain surgery, neurotrauma, spinal surgery and neck and low back surgery.


Julie Long, MD, orthopedic spine surgeon at Northern California Spine Institute in Pleasanton who specializes in spinal reconstructive surgery, scoliosis and spinal deformity surgery.


Marcella Madera, MD, neurosurgeon at Austin Brain and Spine in Texas specializing in complex spinal disorders.


Lauren Matteini, MD, orthopedic spine surgeon at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., specializing in scoliosis, spinal disc disease and cervical lumbar disc disorder.


Amy McIntosh, MD, orthopedic spine surgeon at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas specializing in scoliosis and other spine disorders. 


Lynn Miller, DO, neurosurgeon at Minnesota Disc Replacement and Spine Restoration Center in Edina specializing in artificial discs, tethered cord release and degenerative spine disease treatment.


Joan O'Shea, MD, neurosurgeon at The Spine Institute of Southern New Jersey in Marlton. Dr. O'Shea is also trained in orthopedic spine surgery and specializes in elective degenerative treatments.


Erika Petersen, MD, neurosurgeon at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, specializing in deep brain stimulation, gamma knife stereotactic radiosurgery, neuromodulation, stereotactic and functional neurosurgery and spinal cord stimulation.

Emily Putney, DO, orthopedic spine surgeon at Coastal Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center in Port St. Lucie, Fla., specializing in advanced surgical care of spinal pathology.


Ami Raval, MD, neurosurgeon at Healthcare Associates in Medicine in New York City who specializes in minimally invasive neurosurgery and neurosurgical oncology.


Donna A. Saatman, MD, neurosurgeon at Florida Orthopaedic Institute in North Tampa, Brandon and Sun City Center specializing in adult degenerative spine and peripheral nerve disease treatments.


Jessica Shellock, MD, orthopedic spine surgeon at Texas Back Institute in Plano specializing in treatments for back and neck conditions. Her research investigates lumbar disc arthroplasty and spinal sports injuries.


Jayashree Srinivasan, MD, neurosurgeon at Seattle-based Neurosurgical Consultants of Washington specializing in cerebrovascular diseases, degenerative spinal conditions and spinal tumors.


Tiffany Rogers, MD, orthopedic spine surgeon at Torrance (Calif.) Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group who researches atraumatic cervical spondyloptosis, fracture management in spinal cord injury and small wire fixation in tibial pilon fractures.


Dawn Tartaglione, DO, neurosurgeon at Midwest City, Okla.-based AllianceHealth Midwest specializing in traumatic injuries, degenerative diseases, spinal tumors and herniated discs.


Elizabeth Trinidad, MD, neurosurgeon at Spine & Orthopedic Specialists of South Florida in Boynton Beach specializing in anterior cervical discectomy, cervical disc replacement and lumbar discectomy.


Alexis Waguespack, MD, orthopedic spine surgeon at New Orleans-based SpineCare Medical Group specializing in cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral spine disorder treatments. She is one of the few spine specialists trained in minimally invasive sacroiliac joint surgery.


Kimberly Walpert, MD, sports medicine neurosurgeon at Athens (Ga.) Brain & Spine.


Marjorie Wang, MD, is a neurosurgeon at Milwaukee-based Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin. She specializes in scoliosis, spinal stenosis, spinal instability, disc herniations, spinal fusion and spinal decompression surgery.


Sarah Woodrow, MD, neurosurgeon at Kansas City-based University of Kansas Hospital Comprehensive Spine Center specializing in the treatment of spinal disorders, diseases and tumors.


Elizabeth Yu, MD, at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus specializing in spinal stenosis, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease and degenerative scoliosis.


Debra Zillmer, MD, orthopedic spine surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., interested in women's bone and joint health, rehabilitation of sports-related injuries and nonoperative orthopedics.


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