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Spine Center

Orthopedic Spine Surgeons

Orthopedic surgeons at Washington University specialize in treating degenerative disease or arthritic conditions of the spine, deformities such as scoliosis and kyphosis, fractures and tumors of the spine, and low back pain. They employ both surgical and non-surgical treatments.

Keith H. Bridwell, MD
Dr. Bridwell is an internationally renowned, board-certified orthopedic surgeon and serves as the Asa C. and Dorothy W. Jones Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Bridwell is the Co-Director and Founder of the Pediatric/Adult Spinal Deformity Service. He specializes in pediatric and adult spinal deformities, revision spinal surgeries, complex spinal disorders, cervical thoracic and lumbar pathology, tumor fractures, and degenerative disorders of the spine. He is consistently listed in America’s Top Doctors and Best Doctors in America and has served as President of the prestigious Scoliosis Research Society.

Dr. Bridwell earned his medical degree and served a residency in orthopedic surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. In addition, he completed numerous fellowships in spine and scoliosis research at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital, the University of Illinois Hospital and Chicago Shriners Hospital. He has overseen Washington University School of Medicine’s Spinal Fellowship program since 1991.

Jacob M. Buchowski, MD, MS
Dr. Buchowski is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic and Neurological Surgery and Director of the Center for Spinal Tumors at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.  He is a specialist in spinal tumors, metastatic spine disease, and complex reconstructive spine surgery of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.  His research interests include: clinical outcomes following surgery for spinal tumors and metastatic spine disease, clinical outcome following complex reconstructive surgery, and the role of biologics in spine surgery.

Dr. Buchowski earned his bachelor and master of science degrees in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University and his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  He completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Johns Hopkins, where he served as administrative chief resident at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.  He was fellowship trained in adult and pediatric spine surgery in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine.  He is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Lawrence G. Lenke, MD, chief of service
Dr. Lenke is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and is chief of orthopedic spine surgery. He serves as the Jerome J. Gilden Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Co-Chief of Pediatric and Adult Spinal, Scoliosis and Reconstructive Surgery and Professor of Neurosurgery at Washington University School of Medicine. He is consistently ranked in Best Doctors in America as well as noted in America’s Top Doctors.  He is nationally and internationally regarded as one of the world’s foremost leaders in complex reconstructive spinal deformity surgery. Dr. Lenke’s practice is devoted to pediatric and adult spinal surgery, with an emphasis on complex reconstructive surgery and the treatment of various spinal deformities such as scoliosis, kyphosis, spondylolisthesis, and many other anomalies of the spine.

Dr. Lenke earned his medical degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL in 1986. He completed both his residency and his fellowship training in orthopedic surgery and pediatric/adult spinal surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

K. Daniel Riew, MD
Dr. Riew serves as the Mildred B. Simon Distinguished Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Professor of Neurological Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. He also is Chief of Cervical Spine Surgery and Director of the Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Institute for Cervical Spine at Washington University Orthopedics. Board-certified in both internal medicine and orthopedic surgery, Dr. Riew is internationally recognized for his treatment of cervical spine disorders in adults.

A graduate of Harvard College, Dr. Riew earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, OH in 1984. He served a residency in internal medicine at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in Ithaca, NY, and a residency in orthopedic surgery at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Following fellowships in congestive heart failure research and biomechanics research, Dr. Riew completed a third fellowship in spine surgery at Case Western Reserve University-University Hospitals of Cleveland, OH in 1995. Dr. Riew is consistently listed in America’s Top Doctors and Best Doctors in America.

Lukas Zebala, MD 
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, trauma, tumors and infections as well as patients with previous failed spine surgery requiring revision.

Dr. Zebala earned his medical degree from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery and his fellowship in spine surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

To schedule an appointment with a Washington University orthopedic specialist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, please call 314-TOP-DOCS (314-867-3627) or toll free 866-867-3627.

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