Spine, Back and Neck

The section of spine, back, and neck surgery at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush is comprised of board certified orthopedic specialists, physician assistants and registered orthopedic nurse specialists. Together, this team of leading experts can help diagnose, evaluate and treat patients with varying degrees of neck and back pain.

Neck and low back pain are common occurrences in the general population. It is estimated that approximately 80% of the population will experience pain in the low back and/or neck at some time in their life. Fortunately, most of those cases resolve without surgical treatment. Surgical treatment of neck and low back problems can vary depending on several factors. The actual problem in the back or neck, where the pain is located, the severity of the pain, if and in what way the nerves in the neck or back are affected, and response to nonoperative measures to treat the pain all influence the decision to proceed with surgery. As long as the nerves in the neck and/or back are functioning properly, surgery is indicated only after conservative (nonoperative) treatment has been tried and failed.

Learn more about our spine, back and neck orthopedic specialists:

Minimally Invasive / Outpatient Spine

Spinal Deformity

Spinal Tumor Center


 

Doctors

Howard S. An, M.D.

Spine, Back & Neck Orthopedic Surgeon

The Morton International Endowed Chair Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Director Spine Fellowship Program, Rush University Medical Center

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Gunnar Andersson, M.D., Ph.D. (Retired)

Spine, Back & Neck Orthopedic Surgeon

Professor and Chairman Emeritus Department of Orthopedic Surgery Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois

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Matthew W. Colman, M.D.

Spine Surgery and Musculoskeletal Oncology Orthopedic Surgeon

Assistant Professor, Rush University Medical Center

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Christopher J. DeWald, M.D.

Spine, Back & Neck Orthopedic Surgeon

Assistant Professor, Director, Section of Spinal Deformity, Rush University Medical Center

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David Fardon, M.D.

Spine, Back & Neck Orthopedic Surgeon

Assistant Professor, Rush University Medical Center

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Edward J. Goldberg, M.D.

Spine, Back & Neck Orthopedic Surgeon

Assistant Professor, Rush University Medical Center

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Gregory D. Lopez, M.D.

Spine, Back & Neck Orthopedic Surgeon

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Frank Phillips, M.D.

Spine, Back & Neck Orthopedic Surgeon

Professor, Director, Section of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, and Director, Division of Spine Surgery, Rush University Medical Center

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Kern Singh, M.D.

Spine, Back & Neck Orthopedic Surgeon

Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rush University Medical Center, Co-Director Minimally Invasive Spine Institute

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