SpineMost people will experience back pain at some point in their lives. For some individuals, surgery is the best option for relieving their symptoms. At University of Utah Health Care, we have nationally recognized neurosurgeons who are experts in treating spine and back disorders. Combined with the expertise of our physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, the spine surgery program at University of Utah Health Care is the most comprehensive in the region, offering both pre and post-operative care.

We treat all types of spine and spine-related disorders—from the more common to the most complex. We specialize in upper, mid, and lower back pain; spinal deformity; and scoliosis. We also have experts that treat spine fractures, spinal cord injuries, and tumors of the spine.

Procedures

  • Cervical spine surgery
  • Dynamic stabilization
  • Endoscopic spine surgery
  • Lumbar disc replacement/ arthroplasty
  • Microscopic spine surgery
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Motion preservation surgery

Conditions

  • Back pain
  • Degenerative spine/vertebral conditions
  • Disc pain
  • Headache
  • Herniated disc
  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Revision and reconstructive spine surgery
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal cord disorders
  • Spine decompression
  • Spine fractures
  • Spine fusion
  • Spine pain
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spine/spinal cord tumor
  • Spine/spinal cord trauma
  • Spondylosis

Erica F. Bisson, M.D.

Erica F. Bisson, M.D., is a neurosurgeon who specializes in treatment of spinal disorders. Dr. Bisson obtained her medical degree from Tufts University. She also completed a fellowship in spine surgery at the University of Utah in 2008, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at... Read More

Specialties:

Neuro Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery, Pain Surgery, Trauma - Neuro Critical Care

Locations:

Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-6065
Parkway Health Center (801) 585-6065
South Jordan Health Center (801) 585-6065

Robert Bollo, M.D., M.S.

Dr. Bollo completed his undergraduate study at Harvard University before receiving his MD degree at Boston University School of Medicine Magna Cum Laude. He then completed an internship as well as residency in neurological surgery at New York University Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital. Following re... Read More

Specialties:

Brain Tumors, Endoscopic Surgery, Epilepsy Surgery, Hydrocephalus, Neuro Spine Surgery, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Spinal Cord Tumors, Traumatic Brain Injury

Locations:

Primary Children's Hospital (801) 662-5340

Andrew T. Dailey, M.D.

Andrew T. Dailey, MD treats patients suffering from spinal cord injury, spine trauma, and cervical degenerative disease. Dr. Dailey originally came to the University of Utah in 1998, but left after five years to practice at the University of Washington in Seattle. He returned to the University of Utah in 2006 to... Read More

Specialties:

Neuro Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery, Skull Base Surgery, Trauma - Neuro Critical Care

Locations:

Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-6065

Edgar C. Goldston, Jr., M.D.

Edgar C. Goldston, Jr., MD is actively involved with the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Spine Program at the University of Utah, which incorporates a multi-disciplinary approach to spine care. His clinical interests are in interventional spinal medicine and spinal diagnostics, as well as the... Read More

Specialties:

Neuro Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery, Pain Surgery, Spine Evaluation, Trauma - Neuro Critical Care

Locations:

Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-6065

Robert S. Hood, M.D.

Robert S. Hood, MD is the second-ever resident of the Department of Neurosurgery and has since returned as faculty in September 2010. Prior to joining the department, Dr. Hood built a reputable career in private practice and was well-known for his skill in minimally invasive spine surgery and overall patient car... Read More

Specialties:

Neuro Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery

Locations:

Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-6065

Joel D. MacDonald, M.D.

Joel D. MacDonald, MD has a broad clinical practice and research interest. His focus is on vascular disorders of the brain, along with skull base tumors and complex spine pathologies. Dr. MacDonald is also Past Vice President and Treasurer of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the Past President and treas... Read More

Specialties:

Neuro Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery, Neurovascular Surgery, Skull Base Surgery, Trauma - Neuro Critical Care

Locations:

Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-7575

Fumisuke Matsuo, M.D.

Fumisuke Matsuo, MD is a long-time faculty member of the Department of Neurology. His main expertise as a clinical electroencephalographer is to develop and evaluate clinical neurophysiological testings in the assessment of episodic neurobehavior symptoms, and application to separating epileptic seizures from n... Read More

Specialties:

Neurology, EEG, Epilepsy, Intraoperative Monitoring, Seizures

Locations:

Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-7575

Sara McEvoy, M.P.A.S.

Receiving her MPAS in 2007, Sara is excited to return to the University of Utah to join the comprehensive spine care team at the Clinical Neurosciences Center. Prior to her arrival in 2012, Sara spent the previous five years working in internal medicine at the 4th Street Homeless Clinic. With her strong interest... Read More

Specialties:

Neuro Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery, Physician Assistant, Spine Evaluation

Locations:

Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-6065

Meic H. Schmidt, M.D., M.B.A.

Professor Meic H. Schmidt, M.D., M.B.A. is a neurosurgeon with specialized expertise in neuro-oncology and spine surgery. His main clinical focus is on management of patients with tumors and injuries to the spine and spinal cord. In addition, because of his expertise in minimally invasive and endoscopic surgica... Read More

Specialties:

Brain Tumors, Degenerative Spine Surgery, Endoscopic Surgery, Hyperhidrosis, Metastatic Disease, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Neuro Spine Surgery, Neuro-Oncology, Neurosurgery, Radiosurgery, Spinal Cord Tumors, Spinal Deformity Surgery, Spine Arthroplasty, Spine Trauma, Trauma - Neuro Critical Care

Locations:

Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-6065
Huntsman Cancer Hospital (801) 585-0262

Amy L. Whipple, APRN

Amy has been with the University Neurosurgery Spine Team since early 2012. Prior to joining the University System she had been working as a Nurse Practitioner in a local urgent care clinic providing both acute care and primary medicine. When she first graduated from NP school she worked with the local homeless ... Read More

Specialties:

Family Nurse Practitioner, Neuro Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery, Spine Evaluation

Locations:

Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-6065
Parkway Health Center (801) 585-6065

University Campus/Research Park

Clinical Neurosciences Center 175 N. Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Map
(801) 585-7575
University Orthopaedics Center 590 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Map
(801) 587-7109

Other Locations

Parkway Health Center 145 W. University Parkway
Orem, UT 84058
Map
(801) 234-8585
South Jordan Health Center 5126 W. Daybreak Parkway
South Jordan, UT 84095
Map
(801) 213-4500