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Keith H. Bridwell, M.D.

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
Scoliosis
Spine Surgery - Orthopedic
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

Orthopedic Surgery

Hospital Affiliations

Shriners Hospital for Children - St. Louis
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
St. Louis Children's Hospital

Areas of Clinical Interest

Orthopedics, pediatric and adult spinal deformities, revision spinal surgeries, complex spinal disorders, scoliosis, kyphosis, and orthopedic spine deformities

  • Location(s)
  • Education
  • Publication & Research

Location(s)

Location(s)

St. Louis Children’s Hospital

1 Children’s Place
St. Louis, MO 63110

Suite: Suite A
Office Phone: (314) 514-3500

Center for Advanced Medicine
Neurosurgical Cervical Spine Institute and Spine Center

4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO 63110

Suite: B
Floor: 6
Office Phone: (314) 514-3500
Fax: (314) 747-2599

Center for Advanced Medicine
Orthopedic Surgery Center

4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: 314-514-3500

Suite: A
Floor: 6
Office Phone: (314) 514-3500

Shriners Hospitals for Children

4400 Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO 63110

Office Phone: (314) 514-3500

Education

Education

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

Publication & Research

Publication & Research

Comparison of rod fracture rates in long spinal deformity constructs after transforaminal versus anterior lumbar interbody fusions: a single-institution analysis.
Adogwa O, Buchowski JM, Lenke LG, Shlykov MA, El Dafrawy M, Lertudomphonwanit T, Obey MR, Koscso J, Gupta MC, Bridwell KH
J Neurosurg Spine. 2019 Oct 11; 1-8. doi: 10.3171/2019.7.SPINE19630.

PMID:
    31604326
    [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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We Enjoy Operating for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, but Do We Help the Patients?: Commentary on an article by Linda Helenius, MD, et al.: "Back Pain and Quality of Life After Surgical Treatment for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis at 5-Year Follow-up. Comparison with Healthy Controls and Patients with Untreated Idiopathic Scoliosis".
Bridwell KH
J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2019 Aug 21; 101(16)e83. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.19.00506.

PMID:
    31436667
    [PubMed - in process]
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Thoracolumbar junction orientation: its impact on thoracic kyphosis and sagittal alignment in both asymptomatic volunteers and symptomatic patients.
Moon HJ, Bridwell KH, Theologis AA, Kelly MP, Lertudomphonwanit T, Kim HJ, Lenke LG, Gupta MC
Eur Spine J. 2019 Sep; 28(9)1937-1947. doi: 10.1007/s00586-019-06078-y.

PMID:
    31342155
    [PubMed - in process]
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Cost-effectiveness of Operative versus Nonoperative Treatment of Adult Symptomatic Lumbar Scoliosis an Intent-to-treat Analysis at 5-year Follow-up.
Carreon LY, Glassman SD, Lurie J, Shaffrey CI, Kelly MP, Baldus CR, Bratcher KR, Crawford CH, Yanik EL, Bridwell KH
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2019 Nov 1; 44(21)1499-1506. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000003118.

PMID:
    31205182
    [PubMed - in process]
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Effect of Serious Adverse Events on Health-related Quality of Life Measures Following Surgery for Adult Symptomatic Lumbar Scoliosis.
Smith JS, Shaffrey CI, Kelly MP, Yanik EL, Lurie JD, Baldus CR, Edwards C, Glassman SD, Lenke LG, Boachie-Adjei O, Buchowski JM, Carreon LY, Crawford CH 3rd, Errico TJ, Lewis SJ, Koski T, Parent S, Kim HJ, Ames CP, Bess S, Schwab FJ, Bridwell KH
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2019 Sep 1; 44(17)1211-1219. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000003036.

PMID:
    30921297
    [PubMed - in process]
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Operative Versus Nonoperative Treatment for Adult Symptomatic Lumbar Scoliosis.
Kelly MP, Lurie JD, Yanik EL, Shaffrey CI, Baldus CR, Boachie-Adjei O, Buchowski JM, Carreon LY, Crawford CH 3rd, Edwards C 2nd, Errico TJ, Glassman SD, Gupta MC, Lenke LG, Lewis SJ, Kim HJ, Koski T, Parent S, Schwab FJ, Smith JS, Zebala LP, Bridwell KH
J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2019 Feb 20; 101(4)338-352. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.18.00483.

PMID:
    30801373
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Prevalence and Indications for Unplanned Reoperations Following Index Surgery in the Adult Symptomatic Lumbar Scoliosis NIH-Sponsored Clinical Trial.
Crawford CH 3rd, Glassman SD, Carreon LY, Shaffrey CI, Koski TR, Baldus CR, Bridwell KH
Spine Deform. 2018 Nov - Dec; 6(6)741-744. doi: 10.1016/j.jspd.2018.04.006.

PMID:
    30348353
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Key Role of Preoperative Recumbent Films in the Treatment of Severe Sagittal Malalignment.
Karikari IO, Lenke LG, Bridwell KH, Tauchi R, Kelly MP, Sugrue PA, Bumpass DB, Elsamadicy AA, Adogwa O, Lalezari R, Koester L, Blanke K, Gum J
Spine Deform. 2018 Sep - Oct; 6(5)568-575. doi: 10.1016/j.jspd.2018.02.009.

PMID:
    30122393
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Correlation of 2-year SRS-22r and ODI patient-reported outcomes with 5-year patient-reported outcomes after complex spinal fusion: a 5-year single-institution study of 118 patients.
Adogwa O, Karikari IO, Elsamadicy AA, Sergesketter AR, Galan D, Bridwell KH
J Neurosurg Spine. 2018 Oct; 29(4)422-428. doi: 10.3171/2018.2.SPINE171142.

PMID:
    29979138
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Optimal Lowest Instrumented Vertebra for Thoracic Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis.
Fischer CR, Lenke LG, Bridwell KH, Boachie-Adjei O, Gupta M, Kim YJ
Spine Deform. 2018 May - Jun; 6(3)250-256. doi: 10.1016/j.jspd.2017.10.002.

PMID:
    29735133
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Decompression in Adult Lumbar Deformity Surgery Is Associated With Increased Perioperative Complications but Favorable Long-Term Outcomes.
Karikari IO, Bridwell KH, Elsamadicy AA, Lenke LG, Sugrue P, Bumpass D, Ahmad A, Gum J
Global Spine J. 2018 Apr; 8(2)110-113. doi: 10.1177/2192568217735509.

PMID:
    29662739
    [PubMed]
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Rod fracture in adult spinal deformity surgery fused to the sacrum: prevalence, risk factors, and impact on health-related quality of life in 526 patients.
Lertudomphonwanit T, Kelly MP, Bridwell KH, Lenke LG, McAnany SJ, Punyarat P, Bryan TP, Buchowski JM, Zebala LP, Sides BA, Steger-May K, Gupta MC
Spine J. 2018 Sep; 18(9)1612-1624. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2018.02.008.

PMID:
    29501749
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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SRS-22R Minimum Clinically Important Difference and Substantial Clinical Benefit After Adult Lumbar Scoliosis Surgery.
Carreon LY, Kelly MP, Crawford CH 3rd, Baldus CR, Glassman SD, Shaffrey CI, Bridwell KH
Spine Deform. 2018 Jan; 6(1)79-83. doi: 10.1016/j.jspd.2017.05.006.

PMID:
    29287822
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Health-Related Quality of Life Scores Underestimate the Impact of Major Complications in Lumbar Degenerative Scoliosis Surgery.
Glassman SD, Bridwell KH, Shaffrey CI, Edwards CC 2nd, Lurie JD, Baldus CR, Carreon LY
Spine Deform. 2018 Jan; 6(1)67-71. doi: 10.1016/j.jspd.2017.05.003.

PMID:
    29287820
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Health-related quality of life outcomes in complex adult spinal deformity surgery.
Riley MS, Bridwell KH, Lenke LG, Dalton J, Kelly MP
J Neurosurg Spine. 2018 Feb; 28(2)194-200. doi: 10.3171/2017.6.SPINE17357.

PMID:
    29171797
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Serious Adverse Events Significantly Reduce Patient-Reported Outcomes at 2-Year Follow-up: Nonoperative, Multicenter, Prospective NIH Study of 105 Patients.
Pugely AJ, Kelly MP, Baldus CR, Gao Y, Zebala L, Shaffrey C, Glassman S, Boachie-Adjei O, Parent S, Lewis S, Koski T, Edwards C 2nd, Schwab F, Bridwell KH
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2018 Jun 1; 43(11)747-753. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000002479.

PMID:
    29095407
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Factor analysis of the SRS-22 outcome assessment instrument in patients with adult spinal deformity.
Mannion AF, Elfering A, Bago J, Pellise F, Vila-Casademunt A, Richner-Wunderlin S, Domingo-Sàbat M, Obeid I, Acaroglu E, Alanay A, Pérez-Grueso FS, Baldus CR, Carreon LY, Bridwell KH, Glassman SD, Kleinstück F, European Spine Study Group (ESSG).
Eur Spine J. 2018 Mar; 27(3)685-699. doi: 10.1007/s00586-017-5279-0.

PMID:
    28866740
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Incidence of Cancer in Spinal Deformity Patients Receiving High-Dose (≥40 mg) Bone Morphogenetic Protein (rhBMP-2).
Baldus C, Kelly MP, Yanik EL, Drake BF, Ahmad A, Mesfin A, Bridwell KH
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2017 Dec 1; 42(23)1785-1791. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000002232.

PMID:
    28498289
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Neurologic Deficits Have a Negative Impact on Patient-Related Outcomes in Primary Presentation Adult Symptomatic Lumbar Scoliosis Surgical Treatment at One-Year Follow-up.
Kang DG, Baldus C, Glassman SD, Shaffrey CI, Lurie JD, Bridwell KH
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2017 Apr 1; 42(7)479-489. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000001800.

PMID:
    28351071
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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The Substantial Clinical Benefit Threshold for SRS-22R Domains After Surgical Treatment of Adult Spinal Deformity.
Crawford CH 3rd, Glassman SD, Bridwell KH, Carreon LY
Spine Deform. 2016 Sep; 4(5)373-377. doi: 10.1016/j.jspd.2016.05.001.

PMID:
    27927495
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Areas of Research Interest

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