Here are 10 spine surgeons to know:
Evalina Burger-Van der Walt, MD. University of Colorado Medicine (Aurora). Dr. Burger-Van der Walt treats adult patients and has a special interest in complex spine surgery, deformity and scoliosis. She also spends time as a mentor for orthopedic residents and spine fellows.
Edward Jung, MD. Proliance ProOrtho Orthopedics Sports, Joints & Spine (Seattle). Dr. Jung specializes in minimally invasive techniques and treats complex spine conditions. He received his medical degree from The Chicago Medical School and completed his residency at University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.
Sam Keem, MD. The Polyclinic Madison Center (Seattle). Dr. Keem has a special interest in minimally invasive spine surgery for complex disorders. He has been named a "Top Doc" by Seattle Met Magazine.
Jason Lowenstein, MD. The Advanced Spine Center (Morristown, N.J.). Dr. Lowenstein is director of scoliosis and spine deformity at Morristown Medical Center. He debuted Zimmer Biomet's vertebral body tethering system for scoliosis in September.
Sam Murrell, MD. OrthoSouth (Memphis, Tenn.). Dr. Murrell serves as the governor’s appointed medical representative to the Tennessee Workers' Compensation Advisory Council. He's involved with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery Board of Councilors and is a past president of the Tennessee Orthopaedic Society.
Chad Prusmack, MD. Rocky Mountain Spine Clinic (Denver). Dr. Prusmack received his medical degree from New York City-based Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He operated on the NHL's Vegas Golden Knights player Jack Eichel in November.
Jay Reidler, MD. Englewood (N.J.) Health. Dr. Reidler joined Englewood Health in November. He's active in the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, the North American Spine Society and AO Spine.
John Shin, MD. Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston). Dr. Shin specializes in complex spinal reconstruction surgery. He's spearheading the hospital's augmented reality spine surgery program
Marcel Wiley, MD. Texas Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine (Tomball). Dr. Wiley began his clinical practice in 2019. He has a special interest in advanced navigation and robot-assisted spine surgery.
Akshay Yadhati, MD. Ortho Rhode Island (Providence). Dr. Yadhati specializes in operative and nonoperative care of degenerative and scoliosis-related spine conditions. He's a member of NASS, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and AO Spine.
Note: This is not an exhaustive list. Surgeons are listed in alphabetical order. To nominate a surgeon for future lists, please contact Carly Behm at firstname.lastname@example.org.