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Lawrence Lenke, MD

Lawrence Lenke, MD
Jerome J. Gilden Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Professor of Neurological Surgery
Chief, Spine Surgery
Co-Chief, Adult and Pediatric Spinal Deformity Service
Director, Advanced Deformity Fellowship

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Clinical Specialty
Complex spinal deformity reconstructive surgery

Research Interests
Various complex spinal deformities and reconstructive spinal surgery

Dr. Lawrence Lenke is the Jerome J. Gilden Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine and holds the positions of Chief, Spine Surgery and Co-Chief, Adult/Pediatric Spinal Deformity Surgery. Dr. Lenke’s practice is devoted to spinal surgery with an emphasis on complex reconstructive surgery and the treatment of various spinal deformities such as scoliosis. He operates weekly at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital as well as monthly at Shriners Hospital for Children. After receiving his medical degree at Northwestern University Medical School, Dr. Lenke completed his internship and residency training at Washington University School of Medicine in Orthopaedic Surgery. Also, while at Washington University, he completed fellowship training in pediatric and adult spinal surgery. In 1994 and again in 2004, Dr. Lenke received board certification from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a past president of the Scoliosis Research Society, and is also active in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America societies in addition to many more. As an author, Dr. Lenke has contributed over 100 chapters to medical textbooks, more than 300 articles to scientific peer-reviewed journals, and over 80 non-peer-reviewed/invited articles. He also serves as editor for textbooks and scientific journals, including Spinal Deformity: A Guide to Surgical Planning and Management. He has presided as chair to over 80 professional spinal surgery meetings worldwide and was the chair of IMAST (International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques) from 2000 to 2009. His prolific research has resulted in more than 730 scientific abstracts/presentations at various spine society meetings, over 300 scientific publications, He has been a guest lecturer at more than 300 educational courses and has presented more than 100 grand rounds at various medical institutions around the US. He was selected among his peers to participate in two prestigious International Traveling Fellowships in the field of spinal surgery early in his career.

Leon Wiltse Award, Excellence in Leadership and/or Clinical Research in Spine Care, North American Spine Society 2013 Annual Meeting; Heartworks St. Louis, Hero with a Heart Honoree, National Marfan Association, 2011; Eduardo Luque Honorary Award, Mexican Association of Spine Surgeons, Degenerative and Deformity Spine Disease 2010 Congressional Meeting, January 2010; Guide to America’s Top Surgeons - Consumer Guide e-book, Consumer’s Research Council of America, Washington, DC, 2008-2010; Guide to America’s Top Orthopedists - Consumer Guide e-book, Consumer’s Research Council of America, Washington, DC, 2008-2010; America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, 2005-2013; The Best Doctors in St. Louis, 1998-present; Life member of National Registry of Who’s Who, January 2000; The Best Doctors in America - Fourth listing. Woodward/White, Inc., 1998.

Scientific Recognition: Russell A. Hibbs Clinical Award, Best Clinical Paper: Respective, Multi-Center Assessment of Acute Neurologic Complications following Complex Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery: The Scoli-RISK-1 Trial, 2013 Scoliosis Research Society; John H. Moe Award, Best Basic Science Poster: The Ventral Lamina and Superior Facet Rule: A Morphometric Analysis for Ideal Thoracic Pedicle Screw Start Point, Scoliosis Research Society 2012 Annual Meeting; Whitecloud Award, Best Clinical Science Paper: Preoperative Vitamin D Status in Adults Undergoing Spinal Fusion Surgery, 2011 Annual International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques; Eastern Orthopaedic Association's Travel Grant: The Ventral Lamina and Superior Facet Rule: The Key to Accurate Placement for Thoracic Pedicle Screws, Eastern Orthopaedic Association 2011 Annual Meeting; Louis A. Goldstein Award, Best Clinical Presentation: Risk Factors for Critical Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Changes during AIS Surgery, 2008 Scoliosis Research Society Annual Meeting; Russell A. Hibbs Award, Best Clinical Research Presentation: Posterior Vertebral Column Resection (VCR) for Severe Pediatric & Adult Spinal Deformity: Indications, Results & Complications of 43 Consecutive Cases, 2007 Scoliosis Research Society 2007 Annual Meeting; Louis A. Goldstein Award, Best Clinical Poster: Decompression Alone vs. Decompression and Limited Fusion for the Treatment of Degenerative Lumbar Scoliosis, Scoliosis Research Society 2005 Annual Meeting; Outstanding Resident/Fellow Paper Award 1st Place: Thoracic Anterior Spinal Fusion and Structures at Risk, Eastern Orthopaedic Association/Southern Orthopaedic Association 2003 Annual Meeting; Regional Zimmer Travel Award, American Orthopaedic Association 2000 Annual Meeting; Best Clinical Research Paper, Annual Residents Conference, American Orthopaedic Association 2000 Annual Meeting; Outstanding Paper Award: Can Nerve Root Injections Obviate the Need for Operative Treatment?, North American Spine Society 1999 Annual Meeting; 1999 American, British, Canadian (ABC) Exchange Fellowship Award participant, American Orthopaedic Association; Lee T. Ford Academic Achievement Award, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University, 1998; Russell A. Hibbs Award, 1st Runner-up, Best Clinical Research Paper: A Prospective Evaluation of Pulmonary Function in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Relative to the Surgical Approach for Spinal Fusion, Scoliosis Research Society 1997 Annual Meeting; John H. Moe Award, Best Scientific Poster: Can We Lordose the Spine with Zielke Instrumentation Anteriorly?, Scoliosis Research Society 1995 Annual Meeting; 1995 European Traveling Fellowship Award participant, Scoliosis Research Society; Spinal Cord Research Award: TGF-Beta Treatment of Spinal Cord Monitoring, Group International Cotrel-Dubousset 1994 Annual Meeting; Research Grant Winner: Astrocyte Response and Transforming Growth Factor-B Localization to Spinal Cord Injury, North American Spine Society 1993 Annual Meeting; Best Resident/Fellow Paper Presentation: The Surgical Treatment of Lumbar Hemivertebra, Missouri State Orthopaedic Association 1992 Annual Meeting; Russell A. Hibbs Award, Best Clinical Presentation: Preventing Decompensation in King Type II and III Curves Treated with Cotrel-Dubousset Instrumentation (CDI): 24 to 64 Month Follow-up, Scoliosis Research Society 1991 Annual Meeting.


Board Certifications

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in 1994, re-certified in 2004, and re-certifies in 2014.

Medical Degree
Northwestern University Medical School

Orthopaedic Surgery, Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine

Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric and Adult Spine Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine

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