Gene Tekmyster, DO

Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery

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Gene Tekmyster, DO, believes that the goal of treatment should be optimization and return of pre-injury function. Dr. Tekmyster is double board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and in sports medicine. As a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician (physiatrist), his focus remains on decreasing pain and working with his patients to allow them to resume their activities. As each person is unique, patients can be confident an individualized treatment plan will be presented and implemented. His specialties include advanced interventional spine care, regenerative treatments and sports medicine.

In demand as a speaker nationally and internationally, Dr. Tekmyster has widely published and presented on spine and sports medicine topics. He is at the forefront of spine research with an interest in regenerative therapeutics to treat chronic low back pain. In the time he has been a part of Keck Medicine of USC he has brought in new technologies to treat chronic low back pain an spinal stenosis.

Dr. Tekmyster is a physician consultant for the Los Angeles Kings professional hockey team and USC Trojans Athletic Medicine and team physician for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard teams.

He enjoys outdoor activities, especially cycling and hiking with his family. He also is an avid weightlifter and holds weightlifting and strength training coaching certifications.


  • NASS: Chair of Patient Safety Committee for NASS (North American Spine Society) as of 11/2023, 2023
  • NASS: SpineLine “20 under 40.”, 2021


  • Telehealth in PM&R: Past, present, and future in clinical practice and opportunities for translational research PM R. 2023 09; 15(9):1156-1174. . View in PubMed
  • Physical Therapy Considerations and Recommendations for Patients Following Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant Surgery Neuromodulation. 2021 Apr 05. . View in PubMed
  • Team Approach: Management of an Acute L4-L5 Disc Herniation JBJS Rev. 2021 10 12; 9(10). . View in PubMed
  • Interspinous Process Decompression With The Superion® Spacer For Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: Real-World Experience From A Device Registry Med Devices (Auckl). 2019; 12:423-427. . View in PubMed
  • Poster 160 Transient Unilateral Ptosis in Collegiate Hockey Player Due to Concussion: A Case Report PM R. 2016 Sep; 8(9S):S214. . View in PubMed
  • Should antiplatelet medications be held before cervical epidural injections? PM R. 2014 May; 6(5):442-50.. View in PubMed