Lukas Zebala

Lukas Zebala, MD

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

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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.

Common Diagnoses Treated

  • Adult spine deformities
  • Degenerative disc disease (including cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine)
  • Disc herniation
  • Fractures of the spine
  • Infections
  • Kyphosis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spine trauma
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis/arthritis of the spine
  • Tumors

Common Procedures

  • Anterior and posterior spinal instrumentation
  • Anterior spinal fusion (including cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine)
  • Correction of spinal deformity
  • Decompression of the cervical
  • Discectomy
  • Minimally invasive spine procedures and complex spine reconstructions
  • Posterior spinal fusion (including cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine)
  • Spinal osteotomy
  • Thoracic and lumbar spine
  • Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion
  • Tumor resection

Clinical Office Locations

  • Center for Advanced Medicine (CAM)

    Barnes Jewish Hospital

    4921 Parkview Place

    St. Louis, MO 63110

  • Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital

    969 N. Mason Road

    St. Louis, MO 63141

Hospital Affiliations

  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  • Washington University Orthopedics & Barnes-Jewish Hospital Outpatient Orthopedic Center

Academic Office Mailing Address

  • Washington University School of Medicine

    Campus Box 8233

    660 South Euclid Avenue

    Saint Louis, MO 63110

 

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.

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.

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.

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

Milestones

2010-Present Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

2010-Present Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

2009-2010 Clinical Instructor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Honors and 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
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Dr. Zebala’s Office Locations

Center for Advanced Medicine (CAM)

Barnes Jewish Hospital

4921 Parkview Place

St Louis, MO 63110

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital

969 N. Mason Road, Suite 230

Saint Louis, MO 63141

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