Dr. Spoonamore is an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and serves as Chief of the Spine Surgery Service at LAC+USC Medical Center. He specializes in complex spine disorders, including spine tumors, spine trauma, and spinal deformity (scoliosis/kyphosis). As a leading authority in spinal surgery, Dr. Spoonamore is an expert in minimally invasive spine surgery and complex revision spine surgery.
Dr. Spoonamore has a significant interest in the management of deformities of the spine. He has conducted numerous scoliosis research projects and has received the prestigious Russell Hibbs Award for Best Clinical Science Presentation from the Scoliosis Research Society. His other research interests include spinal cord injuries and disc replacement surgery.
Highly regarded for his experience treating professional and high-performance athletes, Dr. Spoonamore is also a member of the North American Spine Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and a reviewer for the prestigious journal Spine. He did his orthopaedic residency at the University of Iowa Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and completed his fellowship training in spinal surgery at USC.
Los Angeles Magazine: Super Doctor, 2016
Pasadena Magazine: Top Doctor, 2016
D'Oro A, Spoonamore MJ, Cohen JR, Acosta FL, Hsieh PC, Liu JC, Chen TC, Buser Z, Wang JC. Effects of fusion and conservative treatment on disc degeneration and rates of subsequent surgery after thoracolumbar fracture. J Neurosurg Spine. 2016 Mar; 24(3):476-82. View in: PubMed
Kulig K, Beneck GJ, Selkowitz DM, Popovich JM, Ge TT, Flanagan SP, Poppert EM, Yamada KA, Powers CM, Azen S, Winstein CJ, Gordon J, Samudrala S, Chen TC, Shamie AN, Khoo LT, Spoonamore MJ, Wang JC. An intensive, progressive exercise program reduces disability and improves functional performance in patients after single-level lumbar microdiskectomy. Phys Ther. 2009 Nov; 89(11):1145-57. View in: PubMed
Brau SA, Spoonamore MJ, Snyder L, Gilbert C, Rhonda G, Williams LA, Watkins RG. Nerve monitoring changes related to iliac artery compression during anterior lumbar spine surgery. Spine J. 2003 Sep-Oct; 3(5):351-5. View in: PubMed
Weinstein SL, Dolan LA, Spratt KF, Peterson KK, Spoonamore MJ, Ponseti IV. Health and function of patients with untreated idiopathic scoliosis: a 50-year natural history study. JAMA. 2003 Feb 5; 289(5):559-67. View in: PubMed
Spoonamore MJ, Dolan LA, Weinstein SL. Use of the Rosenberger brace in the treatment of progressive adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2004 Jul 1; 29(13):1458-64. View in: PubMed