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Dr. Pateder specializes in all aspects of spinal surgery ranging from complex scoliosis surgery to newer muscle sparing minimally invasive procedures. He is dual trained in both neurosurgery and orthopaedic spinal surgery. He did his residency training in orthopaedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore followed by a combined neurosurgery and orthopaedic spine surgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. After completing his fellowship, he worked as an attending spine surgeon at the world renowned Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado. There he was involved in the care of many professional athletes and members of the United States Ski Team.

Dr. Pateder has done extensive research in the field of spine surgery (particular with the treatment of scoliosis). His work has been presented at multiple national and international meetings and his research has resulted in the publication of numerous scientific articles and book chapters. He has won multiple awards for both his clinical work and his research. Dr. Pateder has also served as an instructor for other spinal surgeons wishing to learn advanced techniques in scoliosis surgery and minimally invasive decompressions and fusion procedures. In addition, he is involved in the designing and improvement of instruments used during spinal surgery.

While Dr. Pateder is a spinal surgery specialist, he works closely with different orthopaedic specialists at Town Center Orthopaedic Associates. The advantage of this multispecialty approach arises from the fact that problems related to other parts of the body (the hip, knee, shoulder, etc.) can frequently present as spinal problems and vice versa. In these cases, the best patient care can be provided by physicians who work together as a team so that communication and treatment can be planned more efficiently.

Dr. Pateder believes that for most spinal problems, surgery can be avoided as they can be treated non-operatively. However, for certain spinal pathology, surgery can be immensely helpful when performed appropriately. Regardless of whether a problem is “surgical” or not, he is always thorough in discussing all options and helping each patient make the decision that is best for him or her.

Learn more about spinal conditions that Dr. Pateder treats.