The two top rated spinal specialists in the U.S. are Dr. Todd J. Albert and Dr. Christopher P. Ames. Dr. Albert works at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia, and Dr. Ames works at the UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco.
Dr. Albert is the president of the Rothman Institute and specializes in researching cervical and reconstructive spinal surgery. Dr. Albert is also the president of the Cervical Spine Research Society, and he is a professor and the chairman of the orthopedics department at Thomas Jefferson University Medical College in Philadelphia. He has been the author of more than 200 papers and five books on the topic of spinal surgery. He received his medical degree from University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, completed his residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and received fellowship training at Twin Cities Spine Center in Minneapolis
Another highly renowned spinal specialist is Dr. Ames from San Francisco. He specializes in spinal tumor and spinal deformity surgeries at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, and has particular interest in spinal deformity reconstruction due to trauma. He is credited with developing the transpedicular approach to removing cervical and cervical thoracic tumors. He is the director of the neurosurgical spinal deformity service. This service treats an average of 200 patients each year to correct spinal deformities.