Spine Surgery

The spine division at the Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery offers expert, personalized care to patients with a wide range of back and neck conditions, including treatment for spinal arthritis, disc degeneration, scoliosis, spinal deformities and tumors. We integrate traditional surgical methods with the latest minimally-invasive and robotic techniques. This allows us to provide full-spectrum care from routine cervical and lumbar surgery to complex spinal reconstruction and revision surgeries. Our goals are to take excellent care of patients, advance our field through research and train the next generation of leaders in spine surgery. 

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Conditions We Treat

Our spine experts specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of spine conditions and disorders. Learn about the spine conditions we treat in our Health section:

Why Choose Johns Hopkins for Spine Surgery

Advanced Expertise

Our spine specialists have handled the most complex cases and revision spine surgery. They provide second opinions and frequently see patients who have been living with pain for years. 

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Minimally Invasive Approaches

Our spine specialists are skilled in minimally invasive, motion-sparing treatments that allow for smaller incisions, less damage to surrounding tissue and faster recovery. 

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Compassionate Care

From the office assistants to the spine surgeons, our staff is friendly and caring, ready to answer your questions and make sure you leave with a complete understanding of your diagnosis and treatment options. 

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Patient Stories

Spinal Fusion | Scott's Story

From Severe Back Pain to Living Life as She Always Wanted | Anne's Story

Our Expertise and Approach

Our spine experts in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery are leaders in their field and treat a range of spine conditions. Here is how we approach some of the most common spine problems we treat.

The Spine Outcomes Research Center

Richard Skolasky, Sc.D., and his team from the Spine Outcomes Research Center focus on finding new ways to help patients with spine conditions improve their quality of life. His team has found that phone follow-ups can be useful for spine surgery patients. When patients understand the importance of physical therapy and home exercises, they are more likely to follow through. Phone follow-ups help inform patients and motivate them to stick to the recommended recovery plan.

Learn more about the Spine Outcomes Research Center

Spine Experts

Spine Division Chief

Advanced Practitioners

Many of our spine specialists also have a nurse practitioner (N.P.) or physician assistant (P.A.) who support their practices:

Meagan Cuff, P.A.-C.

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Allison Dyszel, P.A.-C.

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Malaya Gamble, C.R.N.P.

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Natalie Hirsch, P.A.-C.

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Tonya Lewis, C.R.N.P.

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Joshua May, P.A.-C.

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Kristen Venuti, C.R.N.P.

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Patient Resources

Our Doctors Help You Make the Right Decision

Spine surgery is a serious decision, but you don't have to make it alone. Helping you understand the pros and cons of spine surgery is one of the top priorities for our specialists. Our team is here to answer questions, offer support and make you feel confident that you are receiving the right care for your back or neck condition.

Spine Surgery | Q&A with Dr. Hamid Hassanzadeh

Spinal Fusion | Q&A with Dr. Amit Jain

Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Spine Surgery | Overview with Dr. Sang Lee

Spine Conditions: Frequently Asked Questions

Watch our experts discuss and answer common questions about spine conditions and treatment options.

Cervical Spine Osteotomy for Chin-on-Chest Deformity

Chin-on-Chest deformity is one of the most debilitating spinal deformities, causing chronic pain, nerve root dysfunction and poor quality of life. Orthopaedic spine surgeon Sang Hun Lee discusses cervical spine osteotomy, a procedure used to realign the spine.

Support Our Program

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the orthopaedic spine surgery division support The Johns Hopkins University’s tripartite mission to provide patient care, education and research. Gifts from our donors (people like you) help us make significant discoveries in the laboratory and apply the results in the clinic. Your gift could support a specific initiative, enable us to purchase a piece of highly specialized equipment or help a researcher create the next breakthrough. Donations of any amount are welcome.