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, Complex Spinal Deformity Fellowship
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Complex spinal deformity reconstructive surgery
Complex spinal deformity reconstructive surgery
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 the immediate 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 75 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) until 2009 for which he has authored/coauthored over 630 scientific abstracts/presentations. He has been invited as guest lecturer to more than 290 educational courses and 80 visiting professorships. He was selected among his peers to participated in two prestigious International Traveling Fellowships in the field of spinal surgery.
Heartworks St. Louis, Hero with a Heart Honoree, National Marfan Association, St. Louis, MO, February 2011; Eduardo Luqu Honorary Award, Mexican Association of Spine Surgeons, Degenerative and Deformity Spine Disease 2010 Congressional Meeting, January 2010; Guide to America's Top Surgeons - Consumber Guide e-book, Consumer's Research Council of America, Washington, DC, 2008-2010; Guide to America's Top Orthopedists - Consumber Guide e-book, Consumer's Research Council of America, Washington, DC, 2008-2010; America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, 2005-2012; The Best Doctors in St. Louis, 2000-2012; Life member of National Registry of Who’s Who, January 2000; The Best Doctors in America - Fourth listing. Woodward/White, Inc., 1998. Scientific Recognition: Whitecloud Award, Best Clinical Science Paper: Preoperative Vitamin D Status in Adults Undergoing Spinal Fusion Surgery, 18th Annual International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 2011; 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 42nd Annual Meeting, Williamsburg, VA, 2011; Louis A. Goldstein Award, Best Clinical Presentation: Risk Factors for Critical Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Changes during AIS Surgery, Scoliosis Research Society 43rd Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, September 2008; Russell Hibbs Award, Best Clinical Research Presentation: Posterior Vertebral Column Resection (VCR) for Severe Pediatric & Adult Spinal Deformity: Indications, Results & Complications of 43 Consecutive Cases. Scoliosis Research Society 42nd Annual Meeting, Edinburgh, Scotland, September 2007; Louis A. Goldstein Award, Best Clinical Poster: Decompression Alone vs. Decompression and Limited Fusion for the Treatment of Degenerative Lumbar Scoliosis, Scoliosis Research Society 40th Annual Meeting, Miami, FL, September 2005; Outstanding Resident/Fellow Paper Award 1st Place: Thoracic Anterior Spinal Fusion and Structures at Risk, Eastern Orthopaedic Association/Southern Orthopaedic Association, Dublin, Ireland, 2003; Regional Zimmer Travel Award, American Orthopaedic Association 113th Annual Meeting, Hot Springs, VA, June 2000; Best Clinical Research Paper, Annual Residents Conference, American Orthopaedic Association, St. Louis, MO, February 2000; Outstanding Paper Award: Can Nerve Root Injections Obviate the Need for Operative Treatment?, North American Spine Society 14th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, October 1999; American, British, Canadian (ABC) Exchange Fellowship Award participant, American Orthopaedic Association, April-May 1999; Lee T. Ford Academic Achievement 2nd Annual Award, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 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, 32nd Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO, September 1997; John H. Moe Award, Best Scientific Poster: Can We Lordose the Spine with Zielke Instrumentation Anteriorly?, Scoliosis Research Society 30th Annual Meeting, Asheville, NC, 1995; European Traveling Fellowship Award participant, Scoliosis Research Society, May 1995; Spinal Cord Research Award: TGF-Beta Treatment of Spinal Cord Monitoring, Group International Cotrel-Dubousset XI Annual Meeting, Marseilles, France, 1994; Research Grant Winner: Astrocyte Response and Transforming Growth Factor-B Localization to Spinal Cord Injury, North American Spine Society, 8th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, 1993; Best Resident/Fellow Paper Presentation: The Surgical Treatment of Lubmar Hemivertebra, Missouri State Orthopaedic Association, Annual Meeting, Lake of the Ozarks, MO, 1992; 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, 25th Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, 1991.
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in 1994, recertified in 2004.
Northwestern University Medical School
Orthopaedic Surgery, Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine
Pediatric and Adult Spine Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine