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Lukas Zebala, MD

Lukas Zebala, MD
Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

Clinical Specialty
Orthopaedic Spine Surgery

Clinical Interests
Dr. Zebala's practice centers on the evaluation and treatment of degenerative spine conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. In addition, he routinely sees patients with other adult spine conditions including deformity/scoliosis/kyphosis, spondylolisthesis, cervical, thoracic and lumbar trauma, posttraumatic spinal deformity, spinal tumors, metastatic disease, infections, as well as patients with previous failed spine surgery requiring revision. His practice focuses on treatment of the spine through a combination of non-operative and operative modalities including minimally invasive spine surgery, outpatient spine surgery, complex spine reconstructions and motion preserving spine surgery.

Research Interests
Dr. Zebala's research interests include: clinical outcomes following degenerative spine surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery, outcomes after complex adult and pediatric spinal reconstructive surgery and improvement of patient outcomes through new spine technologies and surgical techniques.

Background
Lukas P. Zebala, M.D. is a board-certified Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic and Neurological Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a specialist in degenerative spine disease, spine deformity, spine trauma, spine tumors, spine infections, spine reconstruction and performs surgery on the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. Dr. Zebala earned his bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University and his medical degree from The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed both his orthopaedic surgery residency and adult and pediatric spine surgery fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis.

Awards
National Institutes of Health Summer Research Participation Award, University of Chicago School of Medicine, 2001; Nominated for the Russell A. Hibbs Award, Scoliosis Research Society 43rd Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, September 9-13, 2008; Nominated for the Russell A. Hibbs Award, Scoliosis Research Society 44th Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, September 23-26, 2009; Mid-America Orthopaedic Association Travelling Fellowship 2010-2011; Whitecloud Award for Best Clinical Science Paper, 18th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST), Copenhagen, Denmark, July 13-16, 2011; AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinician Scholar Development Program, Scoliosis Research Society, Rosemont, IL, October 16-18, 2011.

Board Certifications
Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (July 24, 2012 – December 31, 2022)

Medical Degree
University of Chicago, Pritzer School of Medicine

Residency
Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine

Fellowship
Spine Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine

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