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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Tribus is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. He specializes in disorders of the spine, including scolosis and spinal deformity, cervical and lumbar disc and degenerative disease, spinal trauma, and spinal tumors. He uses open and microscopic surgical techniques in patient treatment.


Spine Medicine

UW Health Clinics

Research Park Clinic
(608) 265-3207 | (800) 323-8942 | Map
UW Health at The American Center
(608) 265-3207 | (844) 607-4800 | Map

Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital (primary)
St. Mary's Hospital, Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial, UnityPoint Health - Meriter (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, Orthopedics

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Orthopedic Surgery
Fellowship University of California, San Francisco Medical Center
Residency Hospital for Special Surgery, NY
Internship Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore
Medical School Johns Hopkins University, 1987

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.


Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.

Programs & Conditions


Dr. Tribus has research interests in spinal biomechanics, development of spinal implants, anatomy of the spine, and clinical outcomes.

PubMed Articles
Berven SH Hohenstein NA Savage JW Tribus CB . Does the Outcome of Adult Deformity Surgery Justify the Complications in Elderly (Above 70 y of Age) Patients? J Spinal Disord Tech. 2015 Oct;28(8):271-4
[PubMed ID: 26389861]
Tribus CB Garvey KE . Full-thickness thoracic laminar erosion after posterior spinal fusion associated with late-presenting infection. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2003 May 15;28(10):E194-7
[PubMed ID: 12768158]
Tribus CB . Degenerative lumbar scoliosis: evaluation and management. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2003 May-Jun;11(3):174-83
[PubMed ID: 12828447]
Tribus CB . Point of view. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2003 Jan 1;28(1):51
[PubMed ID: 12544956]
Stone AT Tribus CB . Acute progression of spondylolysis to isthmic spondylolisthesis in an adult. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2002 Aug 15;27(16):E370-2
[PubMed ID: 12195078]