Orthopedic Surgeon: The orthopedic surgeon represents a medical or osteopathic physician who has advanced their training in the evaluation and care of bone, spine, and extremity joint disorders with an emphasis on surgical intervention. The orthopedic surgeon must complete a rigorous course of education and training which includes at least four years of undergraduate school, four years of medical school and an additional three to eight years in internship and residency programs.
The surgeon may pursue one or more areas of specialization within the broader field of orthopedics. The orthopedic surgeon assumes a critical role in the care of some patients with spine disorders.
For more information about the role and responsibilities of a Orthopedic Surgeon, please refer to the website of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons at http://www.aaos.org/.
To locate and learn about orthopedic surgeons who are members of the American Academy of Spine Physicians go to the International Directory of Spinecare Professionals. The directory also identifies those who have achieved credentialed status (Diplomate or Fellow) with the American Academy of Spine