Alexander Kandabarow, MD

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.

BOARD CERTIFIED BY THE AMERICAN BOARD OF ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY

______________________________________________________________________

CURRICULUM VITAE

HIGHER EDUCATION
1978-1982 UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, (Rutgers) 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-Presbyterian St. Lukes 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.

BOARD CERTIFICATION
July 13, 1990 Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
January 1, 2011 Recertified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

LICENSURE
July 1983 Certified, National Board of Medical Examiners
April 1984 Medical Physician & Surgeon, Pennsylvania, MD-030967E

CURRENT HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS
January 2005-Present Allegheny General Hospital, Courtesy Staff
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
October 2002-Present Monongahela Valley Hospital, Active Staff, Department of Sugery
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

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons – Fellow
North American Spine Society
Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society
Pennsylvania Medical Society
Allegheny County Medical Society
The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery(ISSAS) Society for minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS)

View Curriculum Vitae as PDF