Nicholas Pallotta, MD, MS

Nicholas Pallotta, MD, MS

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Division of Spine Surgery

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Dr. Pallotta specializes in the treatment of spine conditions in adults, with a particular focus on adult spinal deformities such as scoliosis, kyphosis and spondylolisthesis. 

Common Diagnoses Treated

  • Degenerative disc disease (including cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine)
  • Adult spinal deformity
  • Cervical disc herniation
  • Cervical myelopathy
  • Cervical radiculopathy
  • Failed spine surgery
  • Fractures
  • Kyphosis
  • Lumbar disc herniation
  • Lumbar radiculopathy
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Spinal infections
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis

Common Procedures

  • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion
  • Anterior lumbar fusion
  • Cervical disc arthroplasty
  • Laminectomy
  • Lumbar microdiscectomy
  • Posterior spine fusion (lumbar, thoracic and cervical) 
  • Spinal osteotomy

Clinical Office Locations

Hospital Affiliations

  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Academic Office Mailing Address

  • Washington University School of Medicine

    Campus Box 8233

    660 South Euclid Avenue

    Saint Louis, MO 63110

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Patient Education

Journal Articles

Book Chapters 

  • Pallotta, N. , Gupta, M (2019). Revision Surgeries for Adult Spinal Deformity. B ridwell and Dewald's Textbook of Spinal Surgery. Bridwell, K., Gupta, M., Wolters Kluwer: 1016-1022.


  • Grabowsky MBM, Pallotta NA, Connelly MW, Van Etten B, MacDonald RA, Alley M, Glennon JC, Dubin AH, German JW, Uhl RL, Ledet EH. The Potential Role of Extensor Muscle Fatigue in the Onset of Intervertebral Disc Degeneration: a Novel In Vivo Model. The Spine Journal 2 010; 10(9S):74S- 5S
  • Grabowsky MBM, Pallotta NA, Connelly MW, Fiorella DL, Uhl RL, Ledet EH. An Articulating Wireless Multi-Axial Force-Sensing Implant for Real Time Measurement of In Vivo Loads in the Spine. Proceedings of the 56th Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society. New Orleans, LA. March 6-9, 2010:1513.
  • Grabowsky MBM, Pallotta NA, Fiorella DL, Glennon JC, Dubin A, German JW, Uhl RL, Van Etten BR, Ledet EH. A novel model for studying the effects of muscle fatigue on the in vivo biomechanics of the spine. Proceedings of the 55t h Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society. Poster presentation. Las Vegas, NV. February 22-25, 2009:1706.

Research Interests

Dr. Pallotta has research interests in the biomechanics of spine fusion. 


Dr. Pallotta earned his medical degree from Stony Brook School of Medicine at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY. He completed his residency training in orthopaedic surgery at Stony Brook Hospital in Stony Brook, NY and fellowship training in spine surgery at Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

Board Certifications

  • Board-eligible, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Medical Degree

  • Stony Brook School of Medicine, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY


  • Orthopaedic Surgery, Stony Brook Hospital, Stony Brook, NY


  • Spine Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine

Graduate Degree

  • Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

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