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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.

For Washington University pediatric orthopedic spine specialists, please visit the St. Louis Children's Hospital website.

Jacob M. Buchowski, MD, MS
Dr. Buchowski is the Lawrence G. and Elizabeth A. Lenke Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Professor of Neurological Surgery and Chief of the Spine Division at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He is also the Director of the Washington University Spine Fellowship Program and Director of the Spinal Tumors Center. 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.

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.

Munish C. Gupta, MD
Dr. Gupta is a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Gupta received his medical degree at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, where he also completed an Internship in General Surgery, and a residency in Orthopedic Surgery. He then completed a fellowship in Spine Surgery at the Kenton D. Leatherman Spine Center and University of Louisville in Louisville, KY. Prior to arriving at Washington University, Dr. Gupta served as the Vice-Chair of Orthopedic Surgery, Chief of Spine Surgery and Clinical Co-Director of the Spine Center at the University of California Davis School of Medicine. He also served as the Director of Spine Surgery for Shriners Hospital of Northern California.

Dr. Gupta is a member of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), North American Spine Society (NASS), American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), American Orthopedic Association, National Scoliosis Foundation, American College of Surgeons, Twentieth Century Orthopedics, Federation of Spine Associations, and Scoliosis Association, Inc. He serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Spinal Deformity and a Reviewer for the Spine Arthroplasty Society Journal, Global Spine Journal and European Spine Journal. He has published numerous articles, book chapters, research projects and presented nationally and internationally, focusing on spine disorders.

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.

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 [Dynamic_Phone_Number].

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