Division of Spine Surgery

The Vanderbilt Division of Spine Surgery includes faculty with a wide range of expertise in all areas of spine surgery, including cervical, thoracic, and lumbar conditions. We offer a conservative approach that only employs surgery as a last resort when other options have failed. Our surgeons are trained in the latest surgical techniques, including motion-preserving surgery (cervical disc replacement and laminoplasty) and minimally invasive / endoscopic spine surgery. We believe in a collaborative approach to patient care and in training residents and fellows.

Our Research

We’re home to the Vanderbilt Spine Registry, one of the longest running prospective spine outcomes registries in the U.S. This database provides the backbone for numerous and ongoing clinical outcome studies. We strive to improve and advance spinal treatment by:

  • Predicting outcomes following spine surgery
  • Advancing minimally invasive approaches to surgery
  • Creating evidence-based treatment protocols 
  • Developing cutting edge spine surgery instruments
  • Identifying the most appropriate non-surgical or surgical treatment for each spine condition  

Clinical Areas of Expertise

  • Cervical spine conditions
  • Lumbar spine conditions
  • Degenerative spinal conditions
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Endoscopic spine surgery
  • Motion preserving spinal surgery (cervical disc arthroplasty, laminoplasty)
  • Spinal deformity (scoliosis)
  • Spine tumors (oncology