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Chair, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

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, anterior thoracolumbar spinal instrumentation, interbody fusion cages, artificial discs, and minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Zdeblick also is the designer and innovator of the Z-plate anterior thoracolumbar spinal fixation system and the Novus interbody lordotic fusion cage.


Orthopedics and Rehabilitation

Spine Medicine

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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (primary)
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health


Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Orthopedic Surgery
Fellowship Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Residency Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Internship Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland
Medical School Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, 1982


Best Doctors® in America 2014

Best Doctors® in America 2013

Madison Magazine Top Docs 2012

Best Doctors® in America 2011

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

  • Performing Arts Medicine

Dr. Zdeblick established the University of Wisconsin Spinal Biomechanics Research Laboratory in 1989. Funded through the Veterans’ Administration Hospital and private industry sources, the laboratory houses an 858 MTS Bionix materials testing machine that has been adapted for spinal research. Specific research interests include spinal biomechanics, fusion healing, interbody fusion cages, spinal instrumentation, and bone graft substitutes.

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