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Keith H. Bridwell, M.D.

Current Position
J. Albert Key Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Professor of Neurological Surgery
Founder and Program Director, Washington University Spine Fellowship
Founder and Co-Director, Pediatric/Adult Spinal Deformity Service

Specialty Areas
Orthopedic Surgery
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
Spine Surgery - Orthopedic

Additional Features and Interview with Dr. Bridwell:
Top Story: Excellence in Spine Surgery
Visit Dr. Bridwell's page on the Orthopedic Surgery website

Meet Carol, a patient with scoliosis, and watch a video about her remarkable spinal surgery. Dr. Bridwell shows pre and post surgical views of the spine

Patients Seen At
Center for Advanced Medicine
Spine Center
4921 Parkview Place, B, 6
St. Louis, MO  63110
(314) 514-3500
Fax:   (314) 747-2599
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Center for Advanced Medicine
Orthopedic Surgery Center
4921 Parkview Place, A, 6
St. Louis, MO  63110
(314) 514-3500
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Shriners Hospital for Children
2001 South Lindbergh Boulevard
St. Louis, MO  63131
(314) 514-3500
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St Louis Children's Hospital
One Children's Place, Suite A
St. Louis, MO  63110
(314) 514-3500
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Mailing Address
Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
660 South Euclid Avenue, Campus Box 8233
St. Louis, MO  63110

Areas of Clinical Interest
Orthopedics, pediatric and adult spinal deformities, revision spinal surgeries, complex spinal disorders, scoliosis, kyphosis, and orthopedic spine deformities

Areas of Research Interest
Principal Investigator, NIH/RO1 (AR055176-01A2) - A Multi-Centered Prospective Study of Quality of Life in Adult Scoliosis

Board Certification
Orthopedic Surgery -- Certified

Medical Education
Medical Degree: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 1977
Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 1981
Fellowship: Spine/Scoliosis Research Fellowship, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Lukes Hospital, 1982
Fellowship: Spine/Scoliosis Research Fellowship, University of Illinois Hospital, 1982
Fellowship: Spine/Scoliosis Research Fellowship, Chicago Shriner's Hospital, 1982
Hospital Affiliations
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Shriners Hospital for Children
St. Louis Children's Hospital

Honors and Awards
Listed in Best Doctors in America, 2002-2013 (Best Doctors, Inc.)
Listed in America's Top Doctors, 2002-2012 (Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.)

Editorial Responsibilities

Deputy Editor

Spine, Lippincott-Raven Publishers

Editorial Board
AOA News
Journal of Spinal Disorders

Clinical Orthopaedis and Related Research

Consultant Reviewer
The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

Selected or Recent Journal Articles
Bumpass DB, Lenke LG, Bridwell KH, Stallbaumer JJ, Kim YJ, Wallendorf MJ, Min WK, Sides BA. Pulmonary function improvement after vertebral column resection for severe spinal deformity. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Apr 1;39(7):587-95.

Oʼneill KR, Lenke LG, Bridwell KH, Hyun SJ, Neuman B, Dorward I, Koester L. Clinical and Radiographic Outcomes After 3-Column Osteotomies With 5-Year Follow-up. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Mar 1;39(5):424-32.

Kim HJ, Bridwell KH, Lenke LG, Park MS, Song KS, Piyaskulkaew C, Chuntarapas T. Patients With Proximal Junctional Kyphosis Requiring Revision Surgery have Higher Post-op Lumbar Lordosis and Larger Sagittal Balance Corrections. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Jan 29. [Epub ahead of print]

Rahman RK, Buchowski JM, Stephens B, Dorward IG, Koester LA, Bridwell KH. Comparison of TLIF with rhBMP-2 versus no TLIF and higher posterolateral rhBMP-2 dose at L5-S1 for long fusions to the sacrum with sacropelvic fixation in patients with primary adult deformity. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Dec 15;38(26):2264-71.

Mesfin A, Buchowski JM, Zebala LP, Bakhsh WR, Aronson AB, Fogelson JL, Hershman S, Kim HJ, Ahmad A, Bridwell KH. High-dose rhBMP-2 for adults: major and minor complications: a study of 502 spine cases. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013 Sep 4;95(17):1546-53.

Kelly MP, Lenke LG, Bridwell KH, Agarwal R, Godzik J, Koester L. Fate of the adult revision spinal deformity patient: a single institution experience. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Sep 1;38(19):E1196-200.

Bakhsh WR, Mesfin A, Bridwell KH. Arachnoiditis ossificans after revision adolescent idiopathic scoliosis surgery: a 22-year follow-up and review. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Aug 15;38(18):E1166-70.

Connolly AM, Kim HJ, Bridwell KH. Corticosteroids can reduce the severity of scoliosis in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013 Jun 19;95(12):e86.

Bridwell KH, Anderson PA, Boden SD, Vaccaro AR, Wang JC. What's new in spine surgery. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013 Jun 19;95(12):1144-50.

Bridwell KH, Lenke LG, Cho SK, Pahys JM, Zebala LP, Dorward IG, Cho W, Baldus C, Hill BW, Kang MM. Proximal junctional kyphosis in primary adult deformity surgery: evaluation of 20 degrees as a critical angle. Neurosurgery. 2013 Jun;72(6):899-906.

Kim HJ, Buchowski JM, Zebala LP, Dickson DD, Koester L, Bridwell KH. RhBMP-2 is superior to iliac crest bone graft for long fusions to the sacrum in adult spinal deformity: 4- to 14-year follow-up. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Jun 15;38(14):1209-15.

Daubs MD, Lenke LG, Bridwell KH, Kim YJ, Hung M, Cheh G, Koester LA. Does correction of preoperative coronal imbalance make a difference in outcomes of adult patients with deformity? Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Mar 15;38(6):476-83.

Dorward IG, Lenke LG, Bridwell KH, Oʼleary PT, Stoker GE, Pahys JM, Kang MM, Sides BA, Koester LA. Transforaminal versus Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion in Long Deformity Constructs: a matched cohort analysis. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Feb 25. [Epub ahead of print]

Daubs MD, Lenke LG, Bridwell KH, Cheh G, Kim YJ, Stobbs G. Decompression alone versus decompression with limited fusion for treatment of degenerative lumbar scoliosis in the elderly patient. Evid Based Spine Care J. 2012 Nov;3(4):27-32.

Kuhn MG, Lenke LG, Bridwell KH, O'Donnell JC, Luhmann SJ. The utility of erythrocyte sedimentation rate values and white blood cell counts after spinal deformity surgery in the early (≤3 months) post-operative period. J Child Orthop. 2012 Mar;6(1):61-7.

For more articles and abstracts, take this off-site link to the National Library of Medicine Pub Med page for Dr. Keith H. Bridwell

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