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Lee Hunter Riley, III, M.D.

Vice Director, Clinical Operations
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery


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Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station

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  • Vice Director, Clinical Operations
  • Division Chief, Spine Surgery Division
  • Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Professor of Neurosurgery

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Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station

Appointment Phone: 443-997-2663

10753 Falls Road
Pavilion II
Baltimore, MD 21093 map
Phone: 410-955-6930
Fax: 410-614-1451

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

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601 N. Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Appointment Phone: 443-997-2663

600 N. Wolfe Street
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-6930
Fax: 410-614-1451


Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease, Cervical Degenerative Disc Herniation, Degenerative Spine Disease, Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine, Spine and Spinal Deformities, Spine Surgery, Spine Tumors

Research Interests

Cervical spine disorder; Vertebroplasty; Metastatic disease; Disc degeneration


Dr. Lee Hunter Riley III is an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and neurological surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He serves as division chief of the Spine Division and vice director of clinical operations in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He specializes in surgical treatments for spinal disorders and injuries.

Dr. Riley received his M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1986. Following a residency in orthopaedic surgery and a fellowship in spinal surgery at Johns Hopkins, he completed a second fellowship in spinal surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1993.

In addition to clinical interests in the cervical spine and adult spinal disorders, his research interests include disc degeneration, metastatic disease, vertebroplasty
and cervical spine disorder.

Dr. Riley has authored or co-authored over 100 scholarly publications and is board certified in orthopaedic surgery. more

    Additional Information

  • Education +
    • B.A., Haverford College (Pennsylvania) (1982)
    • M.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Maryland) (1986)
  • Research & Publications +

    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    1. Archer KR, Seebach CL, Mathis SL, Riley LH 3rd, Wegener ST. "Early postoperative fear of movement predicts pain, disability, and physical health 6 months after spinal surgery for degenerative conditions." Spine J. 2013 Nov 6. pii: S1529-9430(13)01209-6. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2013.06.087. [Epub ahead of print].
    2. Alosh H, Li D, Riley LH 3rd, Skolasky RL. "Health Care Burden of Anterior Cervical Spine Surgery: National Trends in Hospital Charges and Length of Stay, 2000 to 2009." J Spinal Disord Tech. 2013 Oct 16. [Epub ahead of print]
    3. Starmer HM, Riley LH 3rd, Hillel AT, Akst LM, Best SR, Gourin CG. "Dysphagia, short-term outcomes, and cost of care after anterior cervical disc surgery." Dysphagia. 2014 Feb;29(1):68-77. doi: 10.1007/s00455-013-9482-9. Epub 2013 Aug 14.
    4. Skolasky RL, Maggard AM, Thorpe RJ Jr, Wegener ST, Riley LH 3rd. "United States hospital admissions for lumbar spinal stenosis: racial and ethnic differences, 2000 through 2009." Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Dec 15;38(26):2272-8. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3182a3d392.
    5. Skolasky RL, Riley LH 3rd, Maggard AM, Bedi S, Wegener ST. "Functional recovery in lumbar spine surgery: a controlled trial of health behavior change counseling to improve outcomes." Contemp Clin Trials. 2013 Sep;36(1):207-17. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2013.06.018. Epub 2013 Jun 29.
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