Lukas Zebala, MD

Lukas Zebala, MD
Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

Selected Publications

1. Motykie GD, Caprini JA, Arcelus JI, Reyna JJ, Zebala LP, Mokhtee D.  Deep Vein Thrombosis Outcome and the Level of Oral Anticoagulation TherapyJ of Vascular Surgery 1999;30(5):805-811.
2. Motykie GD, Zebala LP, Mokhtee D, Caprini JA, Kudrna JC, Mungall DR. 
The Use of Bayesian Forecasting Model in the Management of Warfarin Therapy after Total Hip ArthroplastyJ of Arthroplasty 1999;14(8):988-993.
3. Motykie GD, Zebala LP, Caprini JA, Arcelus, JI, Lee CE, Finke NM, Tamhane A, Reyna JJ.  Risk Factor Assessment in the Management of Patients with Suspected Deep Venous Thrombosis.  International Angiology 2000;19(1):47-51.
4. Motykie GD, Zebala LP, Caprini JA, Lee CE, Arcelus JI, Reyna JJ, Cohen EB. 
A Guide to Venous Thromboembolism Risk Factor AssessmentJ of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis 2000;9(3):253-262.
5. Sehgal LR, Zebala LP, Takagi I, Curran RD, Votapka TV, Caprini JA. 
Evaluation of Oxygen Extraction Ratio as a Physiologic Transfusion Trigger in Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery PatientsTransfusion 2001;41(5):591-5.
6. Zebala LP, Manske PR, Goldfarb CA. 
Madelung’s Deformity: A Spectrum of PresentationJ Hand Surg 2007;32(9):1393-1401.
7. Zebala LP, Schoenecker PL, Clohisy JC. 
Anterior Femoroacetabular Impingement: A Diverse Disease with Evolving Treatment OptionsIowa Orthop J 2007;27:71-81.
8. Nepple JJ, Zebala LP, Clohisy JC.  
Labral Disease Associated with Femoroacetabular Impingement: Do We Need to Correct the Structural Deformity? J of Arthroplasty 2009;24(6 suppl):114-9.
9. Bridwell KH, Glassman SD, Horton W, Shaffrey CI, Schwab F, Zebala LP, Lenke LG, Hilton JF, Shainline M, Baldus C, Wootten D. 
Does Treatment (Nonoperative and Operative) Improve the Two-year Quality of Life in Patients with Adult Symptomatic Lumbar Scoliosis: A Prospective Multicenter Evidence-based Medicine Study. Spine 2009;15;34:2171-8.
Clohisy JC, Zebala LP, Nepple JJ, Pashos G. Combined hip arthroscopy and limited open osteochondroplasty for anterior femoroacetabular impingement. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2010;92(8):1697-1706.
11. Carlisle JC, Zebala LP, Shia DS, Hunt D, Morgan PM, Prather H, Wright RW, Steger-May K, Clohisy JC. Reliability of various observers in determining common radiographic parameters of adult hip structural anatomy. Iowa Orthop J 2011;31:52-58.
12. Auerbach JD, Lenke LG, Bridwell KH, Sehn JK, Milby AH, Bumpass D, Crawford III CH, O’Shaughnessy BA, Buchowski JM, Chang MS, Zebala LP, Sides BA. Major complications and comparison between 3-column osteotomies techniques in 105 consecutive spinal deformity procedures. Spine 2012;37(14):1198-1210. Russell A. Hibbs Award Nominee for Best Clinical Presentation
13. Mesfin A, Buchowski JM, Zebala LP, Bakhsh WR, Aronson AB, Fogelson JL, Hershman S, Kim HJ, Ahmad A, Bridwell KH. High-dose rhBMP-2 for adults: major and minor complications: a study of 502 spine cases. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2013 Sep 4;95(17):1546-53.
14. Lee DH, Lee JS, Yi JS, Cho W, Zebala LP, Riew KD.Anterior cervical plating technique to prevent adjacent-level ossification development. Spine J 2013 Jul;13(7):823-9.
15. Zebala LP, Chuntarapas T, Kelly MP, Talcott M, Greco S, Riew KD. Intrawound vancomycin powder is an effective prophylactic treatment against surgical site infection: An in vivo rabbit infection study. JBJS accepted May 2013.
16. Pahys JM, Lenke LG, Bridwell KH, Cho SK, Zebala LP, Kang MM, Cho W, Koester L. Matched cohort analysis of posterior-only vertebral column resection versus combined anterior/posterior vertebrectomy for severe spinal deformity. Spine Deform J accepted August 2013.


1. Cho SK, Lenke LG, Bolon SM, Kang MM, Zebala LP, Pahys JM, Cho W, Koester LA. Progressive myelopathy patients lacking spinal cord monitoring data have the highest rate of spinal cord deficits following posterior VCR surgery. Spine Deform J under review May 2013.

2. Cho SK, Lenke LG, Bolon SM, Pahys JM, Cho W, Kang MM, Zebala LP, Koester LA. Can intraoperative spinal cord monitoring reliably help prevent paraplegia during posterior VCR surgery? Spine Deform submitted August 19, 2013.

3. Zebala LP, Lenke LG, Buchowski JM, Bridwell KH, Koester LA. Dual-Rod Anterior Spinal Fusion for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Outcomes at Minimum 5 years Compared to Previous 2-year Follow-up. Spine Deform submitted September, 2013.


1. Caprini JA, Motykie GD, Zebala LP, Lee CE, Sullivan LJ, Courtney T. Deep Vein Thrombosis Risk Factor Glossary and Questionnaire.  Educational pamphlet and risk assessment model provided by Kendall Company LP, Mansfield, MA.


1. Zebala LP, Buchowski JM, Wasserman BA, Khanna AJ. The Cervical Spine. In: Khanna AJ, ed. Musculoskeletal MRI: Essentials for the Orthopaedic Surgeon. New York, NY: Thieme Medical Publishers, 2010.

2. Zebala LP, Buchowski JM. Neurologic complications. In: Bridwell KH, DeWald RL, eds. The Textbook of Spinal Surgery, 3rd Edition. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2012;148:1584-90.

3. Zebala LP, Bridwell KH. Smith-Petersen Osteotomy and Pedicle Subtraction Osteotomy. In: Wiesel S, Rhee JM, eds. Operative Techniques in Spine Surgery. New York, NY: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2012;25:234-44.

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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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