Spine

Spine specialists with Washington University Orthopedics are nationally and internationally renowned for treating adult and pediatric patients with a wide range of spinal diseases and conditions of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine.

Our spine service receives patient inquiries and referrals from around the world and has one of the largest clinical practices in the United States for the surgical management of adult and pediatric spinal deformities and complex cervical reconstruction. The clinical care and research is among the most advanced available, and physicians have published more scientific peer-reviewed articles about research or treatment for spinal conditions than any other center.

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Commonly Treated Conditions

  • Cervical and lumbar disc herniation
  • Cervical and lumbar stenosis
  • Complex spinal disorders
  • Degenerative disease or arthritic conditions of the spine
  • Kyphosis
  • Pediatric and adult spinal deformities
  • Scoliosis
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  • Spinal trauma/fractures
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis

Our Team

The spine specialists at Washington University Orthopedics are renowned for treating a wide range of spinal diseases and conditions of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. Our specialists treat both adult and pediatric spinal conditions.

Treatment Approach

Washington University Orthopedic spine specialists use both surgical and non-surgical treatments to help patients with spinal conditions. With surgical and technical advancements, our board-certified physicians are able to treat many spine problems with minimally invasive procedures.

Our physicians have helped pioneer innovative surgical techniques to treat adolescents and young adults with various spinal deformities. These techniques involve resecting portions of the spinal column in a way that allows for more correction but with less invasive surgical impact on the chest or abdomen.

We also are recognized leaders in improving and using spinal implants to straighten the spine in both new patients and in those who have had previous failed surgeries to correct complex spinal deformities. In addition, the team is recognized for its skill in treating spinal tumors and in performing minimally invasive spine surgery. Another procedure pioneered here allows surgeons to accurately monitor the path of spinal cord and nerve roots. This procedure makes even highly complex reconstruction cases safer. The specialists at Washington University Orthopedics are among the few in the country able to perform this advanced spinal cord monitoring.

General spine problems are managed in an outpatient setting. The primary goal is to restore function and limit pain. In addition to individualized treatment plans, rehabilitation also includes education regarding body mechanics specific to a patient’s lifestyle. If surgery is required, rehabilitation begins in the hospital and continues on an outpatient basis after the patient is discharged.

Research & Clinical Trials

For information on current clinical trials related to orthopedics, or to make an appointment with a specialist with Washington University Orthopedics, please call (314) 514-3500 or toll free (866) 867-3627.

Meet Our Team

Munish Gupta, MD

Mildred B. Simon Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Professor of Neurological Surgery
Chief of Pediatric and Adult Spinal Surgery
Co-director of Pediatric and Adult Spinal Deformity Service

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Keith Bridwell, MD

J. Albert Key Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Professor of Neurological Surgery
Founder, Washington University Spine Fellowship
Founder, Pediatric/Adult Spinal Deformity Service
Principal Investigator, NIH/RO1 (AR055176-01A2) - A Multi-Centered Prospective Study of Quality of Life in Adult Scoliosis

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Jacob Buchowski, MD, MS

Professor of Orthopaedic and Neurological Surgery
Director, Center for Spinal Tumors
Director, Washington University Spine Fellowship

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Brian Kelly, MD

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

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Michael Kelly, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

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Scott Luhmann, MD

Professor
Head of Surgery, Pediatric Orthopaedics at Shriners Hospital for Children

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Lukas Zebala, MD

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

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Tiffany Simon, PA-C

Physician Assistant

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Tabitha S. Stith, RN, MSN, ANCS-BC

Advanced Practice Nurse

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Patient Stories

Chris Carenza

Chris Carenza

Chris is a marathon runner who is back to racing after suffering a near-death spinal injury. Spine surgeon Jacob Buchowski, MD, MS, performed a procedure known as an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, which involved decompressing Carenza's spinal cord, and repairing broken vertebrae and fusing the C3 and C4 vertebrae.

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