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Spine Neurosurgeons at UPMC

Our team of highly skilled and experienced spine neurosurgeons is well-equipped to address your spinal health needs – with sub-specialty expertise in treating painful degenerative conditions, deformities, tumors, and traumatic injuries.

Nduka M. Amankulor, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Associate Director, Neurosurgical Oncology
Neuro-Oncology, Spine Oncology

Matt El-Kadi, MD, PhD, FACS
Clinical Professor, Vice Chairman 
Neurological Surgery
Chief of Neurosurgery,
UPMC Passavant
Spine Surgery, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Peter C. Gerszten, MD, MPH, FACS
Professor of Neurological Surgery
Director, Percutaneous Spine Service

Spine Radiosurgery, Spine Oncology

Kojo Hamilton, MD
Visiting Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery
Brain and Spine Trauma, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Adam S. Kanter, MD
Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery
Director, Minimally Invasive Spine Program
Co-director, Spine Biomechanics Research Laboratory

Spine Surgery, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

David L. Kaufmann, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Spine Surgery, Neuro-Oncology, Neurovascular Surgery

Joseph C. Maroon, MD
Heindl Scholar in Neuroscience
Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery

Spine Surgery, Neuro-Oncology, Sports Medicine

Vincent J. Miele, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Spine Disorders, Spine Tumors, Sports Medicine

Edward A. Monaco III, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
General Neurosurgery, Stereotactic Neurosurgery, Neuro-Oncology

John J. Moossy, MD
Professor of Neurological Surgery
Director, Center for Pain Management
Chief of Neurosurgery, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

Pain Management, Spine Surgery

David O. Okonkwo, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery
Clinical Director, Brain Trauma Research Center
Director, Neurotrauma Program
Director, Spinal Deformity Program

Spine Surgery, Neurosurgical Trauma

Michael J. Rutigliano, MD, MBA
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery
Director, Westmoreland County Community Neurosurgery

Chief of Neurosurgery, Latrobe and Westmoreland Hospitals
Spine Surgery, Brain Tumors

Daniel A. Wecht, MD, MSc, FACS
Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery
Chief of Neurosurgery, UPMC St. Margaret
Chief of Neurosurgery, UPMC McKeesport
Spine Surgery, Neurovascular Surgery, Neuro-Oncology

Matthew M. Wetzel, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Spine Surgery


Spinal Trauma Survivor
Minimally invasive spine surgery at UPMC helped this 17-year-old after a severe car crash.