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David O. Okonkwo, MD, PhD

Associate Professor

Neurological Surgery

Director

Brain Trauma Research Center (Clinical Director)
Neurotrauma Program
Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Program

Areas of Interest

  • Brain and spine trauma
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal deformity
  • Minimally invasive spinal surgery
  • Experimental therapies for brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Syringomyelia
  • Normal pressure hydrocephalus​
David O. Okonkwo, MD, PhD

​Biography

Dr. Okonkwo is associate professor of neurological surgery as well as clinical director of the Brain Trauma Research Center and director of the neurotrauma program. He also serves as director of the scoliosis and spinal deformity program at UPMC Presbyterian.

Dr. Okonkwo received his medical and doctoral degrees from the Medical College of Virginia of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of Virginia and a fellowship at Auckland Public Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand. He has also received specialized training in scoliosis and other spinal deformities.

Dr. Okonkwo has published more than 70 papers in refereed journals, authored numerous book chapters, and garnered several awards for his scientific research.

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