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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.

Deeptee Jain, MD
Dr. Jain is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurological Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Jain's practice focuses on the evaluation and treatment of degenerative spine conditions, including lumbar/cervical disc herniations, degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis. Dr. Jain specializes in minimally invasive (MIS) spinal procedures, but uses traditional approaches when necessary. She also treats adult patients with spinal deformities and traumatic spinal injuries. Dr. Jain earned her medical degree from the Duke University, School of Medicine in Durham, NC. She completed an orthopaedic surgery residency from the University of California, San Francisco, in San Francisco, CA, and a spine surgery fellowship from New York University Langone/Hospital for Joint Disease in New York, NY.

Michael Kelly, MD
Dr. Kelly is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine and the Director of the Washington University Spine Fellowship Program. 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 is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. 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 888.998.9814.

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