80+ spine surgeons performing artificial disc replacement | 2024

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Here are more than 80 spine surgeons who offer artificial disc replacement.

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.

Note: This list was updated Feb. 12.

Muhammad Abd-El-Barr, MD. PhD. Duke University Hospital (Durham, N.C.). Dr. Abd-El-Barr performs cervical and lumbar disc replacement, according to an email shared with Becker's. He is a neurosurgeon with fellowship training in spine surgery.

John Barr, MD. Duke University Hospital (Durham, N.C.). Dr. Barr performs cervical disc replacement, according to an email shared with Becker's. He is also an associate professor of neurosurgery.

Christopher Battista, MD. Lowcountry Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine (Summerville, S.C.). Dr. Battista specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery and performs disc replacement, fusions, reconstructions and tubular decompressions. He also has training in robotic spine surgery.

Chase Bennett, MD. Novant Health Brain & Spine (Winston-Salem, N.C.). Dr. Bennett performs cervical disc replacement, according to an email shared with Becker's. His expertise includes minimally invasive and motion-preserving spine surgery.

Deb Bhomick, MD. Duke University Hospital (Durham, N.C.). Dr. Bhowmick performs cervical disc replacement, according to an email shared with Becker's. His research focuses on surgical treatment in older patients with traumatic spinal fractures.

Erica Bisson, MD. University of Utah Health Care (Salt Lake City). Dr. Bissonspecializes in complex spine surgery with a focus on cervical spine care. She has more than 100 peer-reviewed articles.

Benjamin Bjerke, MD. Clark Memorial Health (Jeffersonville, Ind.). Dr. Bjerke performs single- and multilevel disc replacement, according to an email shared with Becker's. He also performs minimally invasive spine surgery and is fluent in professional Spanish.

Scott Blumenthal, MD. Texas Back Institute (Plano). Dr. Blumenthal's practice is dedicated solely to artificial disc replacement. He played a key role in bringing disc replacement to the U.S. after the technology was developed in Europe.

Robert Bray Jr., MD. DISC Sports & Spine Center (Newport Beach, Calif.). Dr. Bray established and developed the Cedars-Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders and founded DISC Sports & Spine Center in 2006. He has been instrumental in bringing disc replacement to NHL players, including Las Vegas Golden Knights center Jack Eichel.

Ernest Braxton, MD. Vail (Colo.) Summit Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery. Dr. Braxton performs cervical and lumbar disc replacement, and he specializes in motion-preserving surgery. He is an Afghan war veteran and cared for complex combat injuries during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Tuan Bui, MD. OrthoAtlanta. Dr. Bui performs general orthopedic care and has fellowship training in spine surgery. He earned his medical degree at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia and completed his residency at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.

Frank Cammisa, MD. Hospital for Special Surgery (New York City). Dr. Cammisa performs artificial disc replacement and other minimally invasive spine procedures. He is HSS' chief emeritus of spine surgery.

James Chappuis, MD. Spine Center Atlanta. Dr. Chappuis' practice includes cervical disc replacement. He is the founder and owner of Spine Center Atlanta.

Michael Chioffe, MD. Illinois Bone and Joint Institute (Chicago). Dr. Chioffe focuses on adult complex spine surgery as well as cervical disc replacement. He is trained with spine navigation technology and has consulted for medtech companies.

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

Jason Cuellar, MD, PhD. Cuellar Spine (Jupiter, Fla.). Dr. Cuellar's practice includes artificial disc replacement, regenerative medicine and biologic injections. He is an artificial disc replacement patient himself and had the procedure done in 2019.

Daniel DeRosa, DO. Womack Army Medical Center (Fayetteville, N.C.). Dr. DeRosa performs cervical disc replacement, according to an email shared with Becker's. He is chief of adult spinal surgery at Womack Army Medical Center.

Harel Deutsch, MD. Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (Chicago). Dr. Deutschjoined Rush in 2003 and is co-director of Rush Spine Center. He has a special interest in failed back surgery and is involved with research on artificial disc technology.

Alexandre de Moura, MD. New York Spine Institute (Westbury). Dr. de Mourais the son of an orthopedic surgeon and became interested in the profession early in life. He earned his medical degree from Chicago Medical School and completed his residency at Temple University Medical Center in Philadelphia.

Melissa Erickson, MD. Duke University Hospital (Durham, N.C.). Dr. Erickson performs cervical and lumbar disc replacement, according to an email shared with Becker's. Her practice includes minimally invasive and traditional surgical techniques.

Jonathan Erulkar, MD. Illinois Bone and Joint Institute (Chicago). Dr. Erulkar performs cervical disc replacement with the Mobi-C device. He also has experience with microdiscectomy, laminectomy, spinal fusion and instrumentation surgeries.

Norah Foster, MD. Premier Health (Centerville, Ohio). Dr. Foster performs cervical and lumbar disc replacement, according to an email shared with Becker's. She is a member of the American Orthopaedic Association Emerging Leaders, Ruth Jackson Society, AO Spine, North American Spine Society, and Alpha Omega Alpha.

Christopher Good, MD. Virginia Spine Institute (Reston). Dr. Good was the first surgeon in the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia region to perform a two-level lumbar disc replacement. He also debuted other spine technologies in the region including the Mazor X Stealth Edition robot and combined endoscopic and robotic surgery.

Betsy Grunch, MD. Longstreet Clinic (Gainesville, Ga.). Dr. Grunch specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery and artificial disc replacement. She earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and completed her residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.

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. 

Colin Haines, MD. Virginia Spine Institute (Reston). Dr. Haines recently performed the world's first combined endoscopic and robot-guided spine surgery. The majority of his patients are treated without surgery, and when he operates, he specializes in minimally invasive techniques.

Saqib Hasan, MD. Golden State Orthopedics & Spine (Oakland, Calif.). Dr. Hasan performs cervical and lumbar disc replacements. He has fellowship training in advanced minimally invasive and endoscopic spine surgery from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. 

Maahir Haque, MD. Spine Group Orlando. Dr. Haque is a minimally invasive spine specialist and is a recognized leader in the field. His practice uses the Mobi-C disc and Prodisc-L devices.

Jason Highsmith, MD. Carolina Neurosurgery and Orthopedics (Charleston, S.C). Dr. Highsmith has performed multilevel disc replacement for more than 20 years. He also has served as a principal investigator on FDA clinical trials for motion-preserving devices.

Russel Huang, MD. Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Huang's practice includes disc replacement, minimally invasive lumbar decompression and fusion and microsurgical lumbar laminoplasty. He is director of the HSS Spine Surgery Clinic.

Paul Huddleston, III, MD. Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.). Dr. Huddleston performs cervical and lumbar disc replacement, according to an email shared with Becker's. He earned his medical degree and completed his residency at Mayo Clinic.

Jocelyn Idema, DO. Steel City Spine and Orthopedic Center (Pittsburgh). Dr. Idema's practice includes cervical and lumbar disc replacement, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, discectomy and kyphoplasty. She founded Steel City Spine and Orthopedic Center.

Sravisht Iyer, MD. Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Iyer performs cervical disc replacement and specializes in minimally invasive techniques. He earned multiple honors at HSS including the HSS Academic Achievement Award.

Nick Jain, MD. DISC Sports and Spine Center (Newport Beach, Calif.). Dr. Jain performs cervical and lumbar disc replacement. He also performs the Intracept procedure and other minimally invasive and nonsurgical spine procedures.

Michael Janssen, DO. Center for Spine and Orthopedics (Thornton, Colo.). Dr. Jassen founded Center for Spine and Orthopedics and was among the first surgeons in the U.S. to perform total disc replacement. He has performed more than 1,000 complex total disc replacements and trained more than 150 surgeons on the procedure.

Ehsan Jazini, MD. Virginia Spine Institute (Reston). Dr. Jazini performed the first artificial disc replacement case with the help of augmented reality. He's on the National Research Advisory Board and the Surgeon Leader Group for HCA Healthcare and travels internationally to present research. 

J. Patrick Johnson, MD. DISC Sports & Spine Center. Dr. Johnson has been involved with research for artificial discs and other spine techniques. Along with his practice, he founded JS Rodeo Company.

Ross Jones, DO. Flagstaff (Ariz.) Bone and Joint. Dr. Jones joined Flagstaff Bone & Joint in 2017, and his practice focuses on minimally invasive spine surgery. In May, he added Centinel Spine's Prodisc C SK and C Vivo disc replacement implants to his practice.

Edward Jung, MD. Virginia Mason Medical Center (Seattle). Dr. Jung specializes in cervical disc replacements. He also performs minimally invasive spine surgery and endoscopic spine surgery.

Scott Katzman, MD. Orthopedic & Laser Spine Surgery (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.). Dr. Katzman has focused his practice on minimally invasive spine surgery since 1996. Many of his disc replacement procedures are done in an outpatient setting.

Khaled Kebaish, MD. Johns Hopkins Medicine (Baltimore). Dr. Kebaish is division chief of orthopedic spine surgery at Johns Hopkins Medicine. His areas of expertise include spine deformities and scoliosis, degenerative spine disorders, spine tumors and disc replacement.

Armen Khachatryan, MD. Masson Spine Institute (Orlando, Fla.). Dr. Khachatryan is a recognized leader in cervical disc replacement. He has been a clinical investigator in multiple FDA trials, including one for the Mobi-C disc.

Sariah Khormaee, MD, PhD. Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Khormaee treats adult and pediatric spine patients. She performs cervical disc replacement.

Choll Kim, MD, PhD. Excel Spine (San Diego). Dr. Kim performs cervical disc replacement. His practice also includes laser endoscopic spine surgery.

Todd Lanman, MD. Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery and the Advanced Disc Replacement Spinal Restoration Center. Dr. Lanman has been involved with multiple studies on artificial disc replacement. He has practiced in Beverly Hills for 25 years.  

Alim Ladha, MD. Midland (Texas) Memorial Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Ladha is a spinal neurosurgeon and treats a variety of conditions including spinal stenosis, herniated discs and spondylolisthesis. He added the M6-C artificial disc to the practice in May.

Gregory Lopez, MD. Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (Chicago). Dr. Lopez specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery. He performed the first U.S. case with ZimVie's 4.5mm Mobi-C disc.

Angel Macagno, MD. New York Spine Institute. Dr. Macagno worked in Argentina for 15 years before moving to the U.S. He also volunteers with Health Volunteers Overseas to provide spine care to patients in Nicaragua.

Robert Masson, MD. Masson Spine Institute (Orlando, Fla.). Dr. Masson has performed more than 13,000 spine surgeries. His practice includes cervical disc replacement and his own technique, the Masson Keyhole procedure.

Tyson Maugle, DO. Orthopedic Institute of Pennsylvania (Camp Hill). Dr. Maugle performs cervical disc replacement, according to an email shared with Becker's. He performs minimally invasive and motion sparing techniques.

Rory Mayer, MD. Ascension Texas Spine and Scoliosis (Austin). Dr. Mayer specializes in adult scoliosis, spinal tumors and artificial disc replacement. He is a dual fellowship-trained neurosurgeon and previously worked at Baylor University Medical Center and Texas A&M College of Medicine in Dallas.

Hooman Melamed, MD. The Spine Pro (Beverly Hills, Calif.). Dr. Melamed founded The Spine Pro in 2005. He performs disc replacement, endoscopic spine surgery and other minimally invasive procedures.

Rojeh Melikian, MD. DISC Sports and Spine Center. Dr. Melikian's areas of interest include disc replacement,  ACDF and minimally invasive surgery. He authored more than 25 articles, textbook chapters and presentations about spine surgery. 

Ali Mesiwala, MD. DISC Sports and Spine Center. Dr. Mesiwala has performed more than 2,000 cervical disc replacements since 2004 and more than 750 lumbar disc replacements, according to a DISC spokesperson. He earned his medical degree at the University of California San Francisco and completed his residency at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Alan Moelleken, MD. The Spine and Orthopedic Center (Santa Barbara, Calif.). Dr. Moelleken has fellowship training in neurosurgery and orthopedic spine surgery. He has presented on total disc replacement on multiple occasions.

William Mosenthal, MD. Illinois Bone & Joint Institute (Chicago). Dr. Mosenthal's areas of expertise include cervical disc replacement and cervical spinal fusion. He earned his medical degree at  the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H. and completed his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. 

Rory Murphy, MD. Barrow Neurological Institute (Phoenix). Dr. Murphy earned his medical degree from University College Cork in Ireland and completed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He performs more than 125 cervical disc replacements per year.

Ahmad Nassr, MD. Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.). Dr. Nassr cervical disc replacement. His research interests include cervical spine pathology, motion preservation and osteoporosis treatment in the spine.

Sergiy Nesterenko, MD. Grace Clinic of Lubbock (Texas). Dr. Nesterenko performs cervical disc replacement. He has been in practice for more than 10 years.

Emily Nguyen, MD. Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center of Oregon (Portland). Dr. Nguyen performs cervical disc replacement, according to an email shared with Becker's. She earned her medical degree from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in Lubbock and completed her residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Peter Passias, MD. New York Spine Institute. Dr. Passias is known for his work treating complex spinal deformities. He has published more than 100 original and peer reviewed articles.

Harshadkumar Patel, MBBS. Westchester Medical Center (Valhalla N.Y.). Dr. Patel's clinical interests include disc replacement, minimally invasive spine surgery and scoliosis care. He earned his medical degree and completed his medical degree from B.J. Medical College and Civil Hospital in India.

Nicholas Post, MD. New York Spine Institute. Dr. Post is a neurosurgeon with expertise in brain and complex spine surgery. He is also a professor at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City.

Sheeraz Qureshi, MD. Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Qureshi is co-chair of HSS Spine. He is a recognized leader in minimally invasive and motion preserving spine surgery. 

Alexandre Rasouli, MD. Rasouli Spine (Beverly Hills, Calif.). Dr. Rasouli offers cervical and lumbar artificial disc replacement. In 2007 he rose to prominence after discovering a novel method of regenerating neurons damaged by spinal cord injury using peripheral nerve transplantation.

William Reed, Jr., MD. Kansas Institute of Medicine (Lenexa). Dr. Reed has nearly two decades of experience with artificial disc replacement. He also trains other surgeons on the technique.

Thomas Reilly, MD. Indiana Spine Group (Carmel, Ind.). Dr. Reilly performs cervical and lumbar disc replacements, according to an email shared with Becker's. He earned his medical degree and completed his residency at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia.   

Timothy Roberts, MD. New York Spine Institute. Dr. Roberts has dual neurosurgery and orthopedic spine fellowship training. He focuses on minimally invasive and non-invasive spine care.

Tony Roccisano, DO. Billings (Mont.) Clinic. Dr. Roccisano performs cervical and lumbar disc replacement, according to an email shared with Becker's. He earned his medical degree at Kirksville (Mo.) College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.

Yigal Samocha, MD. Westchester Medical Center (Valhalla N.Y.). Dr. Samocha performs cervical disc replacement, according to an email shared with Becker's. He earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas and completed his residency at New York Medical College in Valhalla.

Thomas Schuler, MD. Virginia Spine Institute. Dr. Schuler is double board certified in neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery. He performed the first three-level cervical disc replacement in the Mid-Atlantic region and the first M6-C disc replacement in the Washington D.C. metro region.

Lali Sekhon, MD, PhD. Reno (Nev.) Orthopedic Center. Dr. Sekhon has worked in Reno since 2005. He is active in research for total disc replacement, spinal implant designs, bone morphogenetic proteins and spinal cord injury.

Jessica Shellock, MD. Texas Back Institute. Dr. Shellock specializes in degenerative spine conditions with an emphasis on motion-preserving technology. She's involved with the Center for Disc Replacement and participated in multiple FDA studies evaluating devices.

Grant Shifflett, MD. DISC Sports and Spine Center. Dr. Shifflett earned his medical degree from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, and he completed his residency at Hospital For Special Surgery in New York City. He completed his first fellowship in Japan and went to Rush University in Chicago for his second fellowship.

Vladimir Sinkov, MD. Sinkov Spine (Las Vegas). Dr. Sinkov founded his practice in 2010. He performs cervical disc replacement and other minimally invasive and open spinal fusions.

Laura Snyder, MD. Barrow Neurological Institute (Phoenix). Dr. Snyder performs more than 100 minimally invasive spine surgeries yearly. She has worked on studies about ACDF, robotics in spine surgery and machine learning.   

Gbolabo Sokunbi, MD. Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Sokunbi performs minimally invasive cervical disc replacement and sees adolescent to adult patients. He is on the editorial review board of North American Spine Society Journal and Asian Spine Journal.

Cary Templin, MD. Hinsdale (Ill.) Orthopaedics. Dr. Templin specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery, including artificial disc replacement. He is a co-author for several book chapters and spine surgery textbooks.

Jason Tinley, MD. DFW Center for Spinal Disorders (Fort Worth, Texas). Dr. Tinley specializes in cervical disc replacement, spinal stenosis and minimally invasive spine surgery. He performed the first commercial case with Centinel Spine's Prodisc C Vivo. 

Elizabeth Trinidad, MD. Spine & Orthopedic Specialists (West Palm Beach, Fla.). Dr. Trinidad specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery and performs cervical disc replacements. She's also a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. 

John Wainwright, MD. WMC Health (Valhalla, N.Y.). Dr. Wainwright is a neurosurgeon specializing in spine care. He is one of the few U.S. spine surgeons who earned the AO Spine Global Spine diploma.

Elizabeth Yu, MD. Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (Columbus). Dr. Yu specializes in the treatment of spinal disease and disorders. Her clinical interests include spinal stenosis, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease and degenerative scoliosis.

James Yue, MD. Connecticut Orthopaedics (Shelton). Dr. Yue has been an investigator on multiple clinical trials for disc replacement implants. He published more than 100 articles and abstracts, along with two spine surgery textbooks.

Jack Zigler, MD. Texas Back Institute (Plano). Dr. Zigler co-directs the Center for Disc Replacement at Texas Back Institute. He has more than 75 peer-reviewed articles on spine surgery and disc replacement.

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