30 spine surgeons performing artificial disc replacement


The artificial disc replacement industry, which accumulated almost $502 million in 2021 revenue, is projected to reach $1.1 billion by 2028, according to a report by Zion Market Research.

Here are 30 spine surgeons who offer the procedure.

This is not an exhaustive list. If you would like to recommend a surgeon for inclusion on this list, please contact Carly Behm at cbehm@beckershealthcare.com. Surgeons are listed in alphabetical order.

Neel Anand, MD. Cedars-Sinai Spine Center (Los Angeles). Dr. Anand serves as a professor of orthopedic surgery and director of spine trauma at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He focuses on motion preservation surgery and artificial disc replacement and served as principal investigator in several FDA investigational device exemption studies that helped pave the way for innovation in minimally invasive spine surgery.

Hyun Bae, MD. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Bae is co-director of the spine fellowship program at the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center. His professional interests include minimally invasive surgery, nonfusion technologies and artificial disc replacement. He is a pioneer of multilevel artificial disc replacements for both the lumbar and cervical spine. 

Robert Bray Jr., MD. DISC Sports & Spine Center (Newport Beach, Calif.). Dr. Bray established and developed the Cedars-Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders before founding his own practice in 2006. He has performed about 13,000 spine surgeries. Ninety-five percent of his procedures are now performed in the outpatient setting.

Scott Blumenthal, MD. Texas Back Institute (Plano). Dr. Blumenthal is the first and only surgeon in the U.S. whose practice is dedicated solely to artificial disc replacement, according to his practice. He is a clinical assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. 

Frank Cammisa, MD. Hospital for Special Surgery (New York City). Dr. Cammisa has been involved in research for artificial discs, and his expertise includes minimally invasive spine surgery, robot-assisted spine surgery and motion-preserving techniques. He is the spine consultant for the National Hockey League Players' Association.

Richard Guyer, MD. Texas Back Institute (Plano). Dr. Guyer is the co-founder of the Texas Back Institute, co-director for the Center for Disc Replacement at Texas Back Institute and director of the practice's spine fellowship program. He was instrumental in bringing artificial disc replacement to the U.S. after its use in Europe, according to the practice. 

Jack Zigler, MD. Texas Back Institute (Plano). Dr. Zigler is co-director of the Center for Disc Replacement at Texas Back Institute. He implanted the first ProDisc lumbar disc replacements (both one and two level) in the U.S. and has published more than 75 peer-reviewed articles on spinal surgery and disc replacement, according to the practice.

Ernest Braxton, MD. Vail (Colo.) Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery. Dr. Braxton was chief of neurosurgery at San Antonio Military Medical Center before joining Vail Summit Orthopaedics. He served with the U.S. military in Afghanistan and contributed to the 96 percent survivability rate for those who were wounded.

Brian Cole, MD. Englewood (N.J.) Spine Associates. Dr. Cole has completed more than 10,000 spine and orthopedic surgeries. He is also associate director of spine surgery at Englewood Health.  

Harel Deutsch, MD. Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (Chicago). Dr. Deutsch is co-director of Rush Spine Center. He joined Rush University in 2003 after completing a fellowship at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

James Dowdell III, MD. Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Dowdell is an assistant attending surgeon at HSS, and his expertise is in degenerative spine pathologies. He has written a total of more than 30 articles, book chapters and textbooks.

Richard Fessler, MD, PhD. Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. Dr. Fessler received his medical degree and completed his residency at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He performs lumbar disc replacement along with other spinal treatments.

Christopher Good, MD. Virginia Spine Institute (Reston). Dr. Good performed the first two-level disc replacement in the Washington, D.C., region. He is a pioneer of technologies for spine surgery, including robotics and regenerative medicine.

Colin Haines, MD. Virginia Spine Institute. Dr. Haines sees 90 percent of his patients treated without surgery. He has expertise in robotic, endoscopic, augmented, ultrasonic and laser spine surgery.

Alexander Hughes, MD. Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Hughes is an associate professor in orthopedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical School. He is a researcher and the founder and director of the International Fellowship in Spine Surgery and Research at HSS.

Sravisht Iyer, MD. Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Iyer has earned many awards, including the HSS Academic Achievement Award, the Weill Cornell Medical Center Distinguished Housestaff Award, the Eduardo A. Salvati Resident Research Grant and the Lewis Clark Wagner Resident Research Award. He specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Sariah Khormaee, MD, PhD. Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Khormaee completed her residency at HSS and received the Distinguished Housestaff Award by HSS faculty for best graduating resident. She has collaborated with spine specialists in Ghana, Myanmar and Vietnam.

Michael Janssen, MD. Center for Spine and Orthopedics (Thornton, Colo.). Dr. Janssen was involved in initial clinical studies for total disc replacement and has performed more than 1,000 cases since 2006. He trained more than 150 surgeons worldwide on the procedure.

Han Jo Kim, MD. Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Kim specializes in the cervical spine and scoliosis surgery. He is director of the spine fellowship at HSS.

Todd Lanman, MD. Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery and the Advanced Disc Replacement Spinal Restoration Center (Beverly Hills, Calif.). Dr. Lanman has been involved in multiple clinical trials for artificial disc replacement technology. He has worked as a spine specialist for more than 30 years.

Darren Lebl, MD. Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Lebl has cared for patients on four continents. He directed a complex cervical spine symposium at HSS that brought international spine surgeon leaders together.

Thomas McGivney, MD. Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. Dr. McGivney performs cervical and lumbar disc replacements. He earned his medical degree and completed his residency at University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City.

Frank Phillips, MD. Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. Dr. Phillips was one of the first Chicago surgeons to perform minimally invasive spine procedures. He was a principal investigator in FDA trials for cervical disc replacement.

Kornelis Poelstra, MD, PhD. The Robotic Spine Institute of Las Vegas. Dr. Poelstra specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery and disc replacements. He has performed the most robot-assisted spine surgeries in the world, according to his practice.

Kris Radcliff, MD. Rothman Orthopaedic Institute (Philadelphia). Dr. Radcliff treats patients at Rothman's New Jersey locations and has faculty appointments at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He has won awards for his research on cervical disc replacement and fusion.

William Reed, MD. Spine Surgeon in Lenexa, Kan. Dr. Reed has 17 years of experience with artificial disc replacement. He was an orthopedic surgeon and flight surgeon in the Air Force Reserve.

Dmitry Ruban, MD. Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. Dr. Ruban earned his medical degree at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Rush. He is an assistant professor of neurosurgery at Rush, and his research areas include minimally invasive techniques, spinal imaging and patient outcomes.

Lali Sekhon, MD, PhD. Reno (Nev.) Orthopedic Center. Dr. Sekhon joined Reno Orthopedic Clinic in 2019. He founded a nonprofit organization that focuses on head and spinal cord injury prevention in children.

Evan Sheha, MD. Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Sheha is an assistant attending orthopedic surgeon at HSS, including at its Stamford, Conn., location. He is a member of the North American Spine Society, International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Jessica Shellock, MD. Texas Back Institute. Dr. Shellock is part of the Center for Disc Replacement at Texas Back Institute and has participated in multiple FDA studies on disc replacement. She specializes in degenerative spine conditions with an emphasis on motion-preserving technology.

Kern Singh, MD. Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. Dr. Singh is a recognized expert in minimally invasive spine surgery. He has written a total of more than 200 publications, presentations and book chapters.

Gbolabo Sokunbi, MD. Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Sokunbi is a surgeon and assistant professor of orthopedic surgery. He is on the editorial review board of the North American Spine Society Journal and the Asian Spine Journal.

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