Thomas A. Zdeblick, MD

A. A. McBeath Professor and Chairman
1685 Highland Avenue
UWMFCB - 6241
Madison, WI 53705
(608) 263-3178


  • Bachelor of Science
    Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, 1978
  • Medical Doctorate
    Tufts University Medical School, Boston, MA,1982
  • Internship - General Surgery
    Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 1983
  • Research Fellowship - Microsurgery
    Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 1984
  • Residency - Orthopedic Surgery
    Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 1984-1988
  • Fellowship - Spinal Surgery
    • Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 1988-1989 - orthopedics and neurosurgery 
    • AOA North American Traveling Fellow, 1989

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery 1991, 2001, 2011

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Zdeblick is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He is the director of the University of Wisconsin Spine Center. His practice focuses on the treatment of spinal disorders. His clinical interests include cervical deformity, spinal trauma, anterior thoracolumbar spinal instrumentation, spinal tumor surgery, interbody fusion cages, bone graft substitutes (BMP), and minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Zdeblick also is the designer and innovator of numberous spinal implant devices.

Professional Activities

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)
    • Fellow, 1993-present
    • Member, Spine Task Force
  • Diplomate, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS)
  • Member, Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS), President 2007-2008 
  • Member, International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Spinal Disorders
  • Founder, Lumbar Spine Research Society (LSRS)
  • North American Spine Society (NASS)
    • Member, 1992-present
    • Minimal Invasive Surgery Subcommittee, 1994-present
    • Committee on Resident and Fellow Education, 1997-present
  • Member, Orthopedic Research Society (ORS)
  • Editorial Board, Spine

Research Interests

  • Education in Orthopedic Surgery
  • Spinal Biomechanics
  • Clinical Outcomes of Spinal Surgery
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