Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Spine

The members of the Spine Division of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery specialize in all facets of spinal disease. Expertise includes spine trauma, adult degenerative disease, adult and adolescent scoliosis, micro-surgery, and minimally invasive techniques.

Education

The four faculty members within the Spine Division are committed to educating students, residents, and fellows in the treatment of all facets of spinal disease and injury.

The Spine Fellowship, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), provides a comprehensive experience in adult and pediatric spine disorders through Feinberg’s partnerships with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

The goal of our residency and fellowship programs is to train well-rounded academic spine surgeons, placing emphasis on clinical experience and research. The clinical experience includes all aspects of both non-operative and operative treatment of a wide variety of spine conditions. 

Many of the faculty members are involved in the major spine national organizations, and welcome and encourage mentoring residents and fellows in career development and networking. 

Research

Please refer to our Areas of Research page for details on our ongoing research.

Patient Care

The physicians at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation treat various spinal conditions including traumatic injuries, deformities, work-related spine problems and degenerative conditions. The increasing prevalence of lower back injuries make access to state-of-the-art facilities for treatment of spinal conditions essential, and the Spine Center is just one of the resources available to meet this need.

Our Spine Center is designed to be both cost effective and readily accessible. Orthopaedic physicians work in partnership with colleagues in internal medicine, radiology, anesthesiology, psychiatry, rheumatology, physical therapy, and neurology to optimize expertise, deliver comprehensive care and ensure speedy rehabilitation and recovery.

Meet the Faculty

Learn more about our Spine doctors via faculty profiles:

Wellington K. Hsu, MD
Alpesh A. Patel, MD
Michael F. Schafer, MD