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Barnes-Jewish & Washington University
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.

Michael Kelly, MD
Dr. Kelly is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. Board-certified in Orthopedic Surgery, Dr. Kelly's practice centers on pediatric and adult spinal deformities, revision spinal surgeries, complex cervical disorders; cervical, thoracic and lumbar pathology, fractures, degeneration, deformity, scoliosis, kyphosis, spondylolisthesis and herniated discs and motion sparing techniques.

Dr. Kelly earned his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts and completed his residency at the University of California, San Francisco. He completed fellowship training in both spine surgery and complex deformity at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Scott Luhmann, MD (Pediatrics only)
Dr. Luhmann is an Associate Professor of Pediatric Orthopedics and Pediatric and Adolescent Spine Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Luhmann’s practice is devoted to pediatric spinal surgery with an emphasis on complex reconstructive spinal surgery and treatment of various spinal deformities such as scoliosis.

Dr. Luhmann earned his bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College and his medical degree at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He completed his internship and residency at Washington University School of Medicine in Orthopaedic Surgery. Also while at Washington University, he did 2 separate fellowships: Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, and Pediatric and Adult Orthopaedic Spinal Surgery. In 2000, Dr. Luhmann received Board Certification from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is an active member of professional societies including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Scoliosis Research Society, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, American Orthopaedic Association, and Mid-America Orthopaedic Society. Dr. Luhmann has been named on the Best Doctors in America® list since 2009.

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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