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Lawrence G. Lenke, MD

Current Position
The Jerome J. Gilden Distinguished Professor, Orthopedic Surgery
Chief, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Co-Director Adult/Pediatric Scoliosis and Reconstructive Spinal Surgery
Professor, Neurological Surgery

Specialty Areas
Orthopedic Surgery
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
Pediatric Spinal Deformities
Spine Surgery - Orthopedic

Additional Features & Interviews with Dr. Lenke:

Excellence in Spine Surgery

Visit Dr. Lenke's page on the Orthopedic Surgery website

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Patients Seen At
Cervical Spine Institute
Center for Advanced Medicine
4921 Parkview Place, Suite A, 12th Floor
St. Louis, MO  63110
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St Louis Children's Hospital
One Children's Place, 4 S-20
St. Louis, MO  63110
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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
Orthopedic spine, pediatric spine deformities, adult spinal deformities, scoliosis, kyphosis and post-traumatic orthopedic spinal conditions, degenerative, traumatic and tumorous conditions of the entire spine in children and adults, spine disorders, spine degeneration, kyphoplasty. Various pediatric and adult complex deformities and disorders of the spine.

Board Certification
Orthopedic Surgery -- Certified

This physician is not able to accept new patients at this time.

Medical Education
Medical Degree: Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1986
Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 1991
Fellowship: Adult and Pediatric Spinal Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 1992
Hospital Affiliations
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Shriners Hospital for Children
St. Louis Children's Hospital

Honors and Awards
Listed in Best Doctors in America, 2003-2013 (Best Doctors, Inc.)

Listed in America's Top Doctors, 2005-2012 (Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.)

2010 Eduardo Luque Honorary Award, Mexican Association of Spine Surgeons, Degenerative Spine Disease 2010 Congressional Meeting

2008-2009 Guide to America’s Top Surgeons - Consumer Guide e-book, Consumer’s Research Council of America, Washington, DC

2008-2009 Guide to America’s Top Orthopedists - Consumer Guide e-book, Consumer’s Research Council of America, Washington, DC

Disclosure of Financial Interests with Industry
Washington University and its physicians are committed to ensuring integrity and objectivity in medical decision-making. Some of our physicians work collaboratively with pharmaceutical or medical device companies to develop innovative ideas and products that can improve health care delivery and clinical outcomes for patients. In some instances, our faculty physicians are paid by these commercial companies to provide advice on product design or to speak about the use of medications, devices, equipment or procedures. These payments may include: a) compensation for consulting and speaking engagements, b) equity, and/or c) royalties for products invented by our faculty. Any payments to Washington University physicians must be based on tangible services and may not exceed fair market value for their work. In addition to disclosure on this web site, physicians earning more than $10,000 per year must disclose their corporate financial relationship in writing to patients when prescribing or using that company's products.

Dr. Lawrence G. Lenke reported the following earned financial interests during calendar year 2013. Move your mouse over a header for more info.
Royalties: When a faculty member invents or conceives a new or improved process or product, the company that manufactures the product will make royalty payments to the faculty member. Royalty payments usually are a small percentage of the company’s revenue related to that product.
Consulting &
Advisory Boards
Consulting and Advisory Boards: Faculty may be paid to provide expertise to a company by being their consultant, or by serving on an advisory board.
Speaker Fees
Speaker Fees: Companies may pay faculty to speak to professional audiences about their products.
Medtronic > $200,000   
To learn more about Washington University's policies on collaborations with industry, click here.

Selected or Recent Journal Articles
Shaffrey E, Smith JS, Lenke LG, Polly DW Jr, Chen CJ, Coe JD, Broadstone PA, Glassman SD, Vaccaro AR, Ames CP, Shaffrey CI. Defining rates and causes of mortality associated with spine surgery: comparison of 2 data collection approaches through the scoliosis research society. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Apr 1;39(7):579-86.

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.

Lenke LG. Editorial: Sagittal balance. J Neurosurg Spine. 2014 Mar 14. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available.

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.

Kang DG, Lehman RA Jr, Bevevino AJ, Gaume RE, Purcell RL, Dmitriev AE, Lenke LG. Pedicle Screw "Hubbing" in the Immature Thoracic Spine: A Biomechanical and Micro-Computed Tomography Evaluation. J Pediatr Orthop. 2014 Mar 1. [Epub ahead of print]

Dorward IG, Lenke LG, Stoker GE, Cho W, Koester LA, Sides BA. Radiographic and Clinical Outcomes of Posterior Column Osteotomies in Spinal Deformity Correction. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Feb 27. [Epub ahead of print]

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]

Lehman RA Jr, Kang DG, Lenke LG, Gaume RE, Paik H. The ventral lamina and superior facet rule: a morphometric analysis for an ideal thoracic pedicle screw starting point.
Spine J. 2014 Jan;14(1):137-44.

Kwan MK, Chan CY, Saw LB, Shanmugam R, Lenke LG. The Safety and Strength of a Novel Medial, Partial Non-Threaded Pedicle Screw: A Cadaveric and Biomechanical Investigation. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2013 Sep 27. [Epub ahead of print]

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.

Kelly MP, Lehman RA Jr, Lenke LG. Commentary: X-rays under anesthesia as an adjunct to save motion segments in AIS surgery. Spine J. 2013 Aug;13(8):853-5.

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.

Williams BJ, Smith JS, Saulle D, Ames CP, Lenke LG, Broadstone PA, Vaccaro AR, Polly DW Jr, Shaffrey CI. Complications Associated with Surgical Treatment of Traumatic Spinal Fractures: A Review of the Scoliosis Research Society Morbidity and Mortality Database. World Neurosurg. 2013 Feb 8. pii: S1878-8750(13)00278-7

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]

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. Lawrence G. Lenke.

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