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David O. Okonkwo, MD, PhD


Neurological Surgery


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

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David O. Okonkwo, MD, PhD | UPMC Neurosurgeon


Dr. Okonkwo is 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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