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Washington University Orthopedics has dedicated a facility for the treatment of two common orthopedic disorders - conditions of the cervical spine, and of the shoulder & elbow, especially the rotator cuff. The physician staff includes two orthopedic spine surgeons, three shoulder surgeons, and three physiatrists devoted to the nonoperative management of shoulder and cervical spine pain and disorders,


Patients appropriate for referral to the Cervical Spine Institute are adults with disorders of the cervical spine, including degenerative, traumatic, neoplastic and inflammatory etiologies such as ankylosing spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Patients appropriate for referral to the Center Shoulder and Elbow Surgery are those with shoulder and elbow disorders, including shoulder pain or rotator cuff tears.

The 6000 sq feet dedicated space for shoulder and cervical spine pre-surgical evaluation is located on the 12th Floor of the Center for Advanced Medicine.

Specialists Who Treat

Kenneth Yamaguchi, M.D., Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon
Leesa Galatz, M.D., Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon
Jay Keener, M.D., Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon

Heidi Prather, D.O., Physiatrist
Devyani Hunt, M.D., Physiatrist
John Metzler, M.D., Physiatrist

Also in the suite is a dedicated radiology unit for the diagnosis of cervical spine, shoulder and elbow disorders.

The facility was designed with the comfort and privacy of the patient in mind and features private teaching rooms dedicated to patient education as the patient progresses from initial evaluation through rehabilitation.

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