After graduating from Dartmouth College and completing pre-medical studies at Columbia University, Dr. Kandabarow received his doctor of medicine degree from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey (Rutgers). After completing his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, he continued his training with a fellowship in Spine Surgery at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center and The Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children in Chicago. At Rush, he gained experience evaluating and treating not only common degenerative spine conditions as well as severe and complex spinal deformities. Dr. Kandabarow then returned to Pittsburgh where he served as Director of Orthopaedic Spine Surgery at Allegheny General Hospital and as attending physician for the Spine Trauma Service and for the Spine Deformity Clinic at the Spina Bifida Center. As a faculty member of the Allegheny University of the Health Sciences, he educated both Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery residents. In August 2002 Dr. Kandabarow left Allegheny General Hospital to join The Orthopedic Group.
Dr. Kandabarow is an orthopaedic spine surgeon who evaluates and treats degenerative conditions of the spine including herniated discs of the neck and back, stenosis and scoliosis. Dr. Kandabarow also treats osteoporotic fractures of the spine with nonoperative and minimally invasive techniques. He strives to determine the correct diagnosis in order to plan a course of treatment for each patient. He encourages patients to understand their diagnosis so that they take a more active role in choosing their treatment. Most conditions can be treated non-surgically with physical therapy or injections. In addition, healthy lifestyle modifications often lead to a less painful back. However, natural aging of the spine over time may leave a patient with limited options other than surgery. If surgery is necessary, Dr. Kandabarow has extensive training and experience with various surgical techniques including minimally invasive and motion sparing procedures. He has been providing advanced spinal care to his patients for over 20 years, with outstanding results and a strong commitment to his patients.
Dr. Kandabarow cares for spinal problems including degenerative disc disease, fractures of the spine, stenosis, sprains and strains, as well as scoliosis. He performs surgeries, as well for the condition of scoliosis. He performs surgeries on the cervical, thoracic, and lumber spine which include fusions, discectomies, decompressions, minimally invasive procedures, spinal trauma repair, and fusions with instrumentation, kyphoplasty, laparoscopic procedures and scoliosis procedures.
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The Orthopedic Group, PC
800 Plaza Drive, Suite 240
Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, 15012
Telephone Number: 724-379-5816 and FAX Number:724-379-5874
1978-1982 Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, M.D.
1976-1978 Columbia University School of General Studies, Premed Studies
1975-1976 Phillips Andover Academy, Teaching Fellowship
1971-1975 Dartmouth College, B.A.
POST DOCTORAL TRAINING:
1987-1988 Fellowship in Spinal Surgery
Director: Ronald L. DeWald, M.D.
Adult Spinal Deformity and Reconstruction
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Pediatric Spinal Deformity and Reconstruction
Shrines Hospital for Crippled Children, Chicago, IL
1984-1987 Orthopaedic Surgery Residency, University of Pittsburgh
Director: Albert B. Ferguson Jr., M.D.
1982-1984 General Surgery Residency, University of Pittsburgh
Director: Henry T. Bahnson, M.D.
July 13, 1990 Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
January 1, 2001 Recertified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
January 1, 2011 Recertified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
July 1983 Certified, National Board of Medical Examiners
April 1984 Medical Physician & Surgeon, Pennsylvania, MD-030967E
January 2005-Present Allegheny General Hospital, Courtesy Staff
1988-2004 Allegheny General Hospital, Active Staff, Dept of Orthopaedics
Director of Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, 1988-1993
Attending Physician, Spine Deformity & Scoliosis Clinic,
Spina Bifida Center, 1993-1997
Attending Physician, Spine Trauma Service, 1988-2002
September 1996-Present St. Clair Memorial Hospital, Active Staff, Department of Surgery
June 2001-Present Washington Hospital, Procedure Specific Staff, Division of Surgery,
Department of Orthopaedics
November1994 – January 2003 Ohio Valley General Hospital, Courtesy Staff, Department of Surgery
Voluntarily resigned due to practice relocation.
October 2002-Present Monongahela Valley Hospital, Active Staff,
Department of Surgery
August 2002 – January 2003 Brownsville General Hospital, Provisional Staff,
Department of Surgery
Voluntarily resigned due to hospital closing.
February 2003-Present Jefferson Hospital, Active Staff, Department of Surgery
January 2003-Present Uniontown Hospital, Active Staff, Department of Surgery
October 2006-Present Radiance Surgery Center, Active Staff
November 2006-March 2009 Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, Active Staff, Department of Surgery
Voluntarily resigned due inactivity at the hospital.
Alexander Kandabarow, M.D.
1993-1999 Assistant Professor of Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Allegheny University
1990-1993 Instructor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Medical College of Pennsylvania
1987-1988 Instructor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Rush University Medical School
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons – Fellow
North American Spine Society
Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery ( SMISS)
Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society
Pennsylvania Medical Society
Allegheny County Medical Society
The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery ( ISASS)
1978-1982 Robert Metzgar Scholarship, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
January 30, 2001 Treatment Options for Thoracolumbar Burst Fractures: Anterior Decompression & Stabilization. Pittsburgh Spine Symposium, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
November 13, 1999 & August 2000 Laparoscopic ALIF Course-Indications and Contraindications for Laparoscopic ALIF. A. Kandabarow, M.D.,
Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
Alexander Kandabarow, M.D./Page: 4
1999 American Association of Neurological Surgery, New Orleans
The Use of Electomyography and The Safe Placement of One Thousand (1000) Pedicle Screws
Patrick Flannagan, M.D.; Adnan Abla, M.D., Pittsburgh PA;
Alexander Kandabarow, M.D., Pittsburgh, PA; Jory Richman, M.D., Pittsburgh, PA; Richard Douglas, M.D., Orlando, FL
October 3, 1998 Laparoscopic Spine Surgery-Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion.
A. Kandabarow, M.D. Allegheny General Hospital
Allegheny University Hospitals, Pittsburgh, PA
June 14-15, 1998 Anterior Thoracolumbar Instrumentation for Tumors and Fractures.
Spine Instrumentation Workshop
Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
June 15, 1996 Cervical Spine Strains, Symposium: Orthopaedic Issues for the Primary Care Physician. Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
November 1995 Spinal Surgery and Neuromonitoring, Symposium on Neuromonitoring
Allegheny General Hospital Neuromonitoring Center, Pittsburgh, PA
September 1995 Fracture Dislocations of the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine. Symposium on Spinal Trauma. Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
May 1995 Neck Pain, Cervical Spondylotic Radiculopathy and Myelopathy. Symposium: Common Orthopaedic Issues for the Primary Care Physician. Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
March 1995 Anterior Versus Posterior Approach for the Treatment of L1 Burst Fractures. Allegheny General Trauma Center, Pittsburgh, PA
May 1990 Treatment of Thoracolumbar Spine Fractures with Cotrel-Dubousset Instrumentation. DeWald Spine Society Meeting, New York, NY
February 1990 Long Term Follow-Up of Spinal Fusion to the Fourth Lumbar Level with Special Emphasis on Sagittal Plan Changes. Scientific Paper. S.M. Mardjetko, M.D., R.L. DeWald, M.D., K.W. Hammerberg, M.D., A.Kandabarow, M.D., H. Brosnan, RN. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Meeting, New Orleans, LA
January 1990 Segmental Spine Instrumentation for Tratment of Unstable Thoracolumbar Fractures. A. Kandabarow, M.D.
Allegheny General Trauma Center, Pittsburgh, PA
September 1988 Further Clinical Experience with Titanium Fibermetal Spinal Implants. Scientific Poster. A. Kandabarow, M.D., R.L. DeWald, M.D.,
K.W. Hammerberg, M.D., S.M. Mardjetko, M.D.
Scoliiosis Research Society Meeting, Baltimore, MD
Alexander Kandabarow, M.D.
Injuries of the Thoracolumbar Spine. Topics in Emergency Medicine
Vol. 19, No. 3, Sept. 1997. 65-80, A. Kandabarow, MD
The Radiologic Assessment of Posttraumatic Vertebral Stability.
Skeletal Radiology, 1990. 19, 103, R.H. Daffner, M.D., Z.L. Deeb, M.D., A. Goldberg, M.D., A. Kandabarow, M.D., W.E. Rothfus, M.D.
2001 Results of Anterior Laparoscopic Interbody Fusion Surgery with Titanium Cages. Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
1999 Prospective Clinical Investigation of rhBMP and ACS with the Novus LT Device for Laparoscopic Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion in Patients with Symptomatic Degenerative Disc Disease. Intestigator. Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
1994 A Historical Cohort Study of Pedicle Screw Fixation in Thoracic, Lumbar and Sacral Spine Fusions. Investigator. Spine 1994. Oct. 15 19(20 Suppl), 2279S-2296S
1990 Cotrel-Dubousset Spine Constructs for Treatment of Unstable Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Fratures. Allegheny General Hospital
1977-1978 Allograft Intervertebral Disc Replacement in Canines.
Rush-Presbyterian St. Lukes Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Last Revised: June 2011