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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 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 J. Albert Key Distinguished 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.

Matthew Goodwin, MD, PhD, FACSM
Dr. Goodwin is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurological Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Goodwin's practice focuses on taking care of patients with spinal tumors, including both metastatic and primary cancers of the spine, benign-aggressive lesions of the spine, other noncancerous lesions of the spine that may require significant surgical interventions (spinal infections, radiation-induced fractures, etc)., as well as the more common degenerative or traumatic conditions of the spine. Dr. Goodwin attended medical school at Cornell University (Weill Cornell Medical College) in New York, NY, where he became involved in orthopedic oncology rotations. For six months, he lived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where he studied cervical cancer and HIV, and also completed orthopedic oncology rotations at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Duke University. He then completed his orthopaedic surgery residency from the University of Utah Orthopaedics, in Salt Lake City, UT. During his residency, he spent time at Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai, India, completing a mini-fellowship in orthopaedic oncology and spinal oncology under the direction of Dr. Manish Agarwal. Dr. Goodwin's interest in spinal tumors led to a neurosurgery spine fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, MD, where he trained under the direction of Dan Sciubba, MD, an internationally-renowned spinal tumor surgeon. During his fellowship, Dr. Goodwin performed numerous complex tumor cases with Dr. Sciubba, including multiple sacrectomies, multiple en bloc spondylectomies (at cervical, thoracic, and lumbar levels), as well as the treatment of complex spinal deformity and spinal infections (such as destructive spinal coccidiodomycosis). Dr. Goodwin’s specialized surgical training in both neurosurgery and orthopedics has provided him with a unique background to treat patients with complex spinal conditions. Dr. Goodwin is dedicated to providing his patients with the highest level of care.

Munish C. Gupta, MD
Dr. Gupta is the Mildred B. Simon Distinguished Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Professor of Neurological 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.

Brian Neuman, MD
Dr. Neuman earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA. He completed his residency training in orthopedic surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, and fellowship training in orthopedic spine surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. Prior to joining Washington University Orthopedics, Dr. Neuman was an Associate Professor at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Neuman provides personalized spine care for pediatric and adult patients, specializing in the surgical treatment of complex spinal deformity conditions and complex revision surgery for the treatment of scoliosis, kyphosis, flatback syndrome, nonunion, and malalignment. He also has an interest in treating degenerative conditions (stenosis, spondylolisthesis, disc herniation, etc.) of the spine.

Nicholas Pallotta, MD, MS
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. 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 orthopedic surgery at Stony Brook Hospital and fellowship training in spine surgery at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

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 888.998.9814.

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