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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Paul Anderson is a nationally recognized expert in spinal trauma and complex cervical spine disorders. His research specialties include spinal fixation implants and the development of an artificial cervical disc.


Orthopedics and Rehabilitation

Spine Medicine

UW Health Clinics

Research Park Clinic
(608) 265-3207 | (800) 323-8942 | Map

Hospital Affiliation(s)

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (primary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health


Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Orthopedic Surgery
Fellowship Case Western Reserve, OH
Residency Wayne State University Affiliated Hospitals, Detroit, MI
Internship Wayne State University Affiliated Hospitals, Detroit, MI
Medical School Wayne State University, Detroit, 1979


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

PubMed Articles
Kelly MP Anderson PA Sasso RC Riew KD . Preoperative opioid strength may not affect outcomes of anterior cervical procedures: a post hoc analysis of 2 prospective, randomized trials. J Neurosurg Spine. 2015 Oct;23(4):484-9
[PubMed ID: 26140401]
Bernatz JT Anderson PA . Thirty-day readmission rates in spine surgery: systematic review and meta-analysis. Neurosurg Focus. 2015 Oct;39(4):E7
[PubMed ID: 26424347]
Savage JW Kelly MP Ellison SA Anderson PA . A population-based review of bone morphogenetic protein: associated complication and reoperation rates after lumbar spinal fusion. Neurosurg Focus. 2015 Oct;39(4):E13
[PubMed ID: 26424337]
Arnold PM Anderson PA Heary RF . Introduction: Complications of lumbar spine surgery. Neurosurg Focus. 2015 Oct;39(4):E1
[PubMed ID: 26424333]
Savage JW Moore TA Arnold PM Thakur N Hsu WK Patel AA McCarthy K Schroeder GD Vaccaro AR Dimar JR Anderson PA . The Reliability and Validity of the Thoracolumbar Injury Classification System in Pediatric Spine Trauma. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015 Sep 15;40(18):E1014-8
[PubMed ID: 26426715]
Skovrlj B Koehler SM Anderson PA Qureshi SA Hecht AC Iatridis JC Cho SK . Association Between BMP-2 and Carcinogenicity. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015 Aug 13;
[PubMed ID: 26274524]
Schreiber JJ Gausden EB Anderson PA Carlson MG Weiland AJ . Opportunistic Osteoporosis Screening - Gleaning Additional Information from Diagnostic Wrist CT Scans. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2015 Jul 1;97(13):1095-100
[PubMed ID: 26135076]
Daniels AH Ames CP Garfin SR Shaffrey CI Riew KD Smith JS Anderson PA Hart RA . Spine surgery training: is it time to consider categorical spine surgery residency? Spine J. 2015 Jul 1;15(7):1513-8
[PubMed ID: 25442094]
Bridwell KH Anderson PA Boden SD Kim HJ Vaccaro A Wang JC . What's New in Spine Surgery. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2015 Jun 17;97(12):1022-30
[PubMed ID: 26085537]
McAnany SJ Kim JS Overley SC Baird EO Anderson PA Qureshi SA . A meta-analysis of cervical foraminotomy: open versus minimally-invasive techniques. Spine J. 2015 May 1;15(5):849-56
[PubMed ID: 25623079]
Dafford EE Anderson PA . Comparison of dural repair techniques. Spine J. 2015 May 1;15(5):1099-105
[PubMed ID: 23973097]
McAnany SJ Baird EO Overley SC Kim JS Qureshi SA Anderson PA . A Meta-Analysis of the Clinical and Fusion Results following Treatment of Symptomatic Cervical Pseudarthrosis. Global Spine J. 2015 Apr;5(2):148-55
[PubMed ID: 25844290]
Anderson PA . Long-term results still favor nonoperative treatment of stable thoracolumbar burst fractures: commentary on an article by Kirkham B. Wood, MD, et al.: "Operative compared with nonoperative treatment of a thoracolumbar burst fracture without neurological deficit. A prospective randomized study with follow-up at sixteen to twenty-two years". J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2015 Jan 7;97(1):e4
[PubMed ID: 25568402]
Bernatz JT Tueting JL Anderson PA . Thirty-day readmission rates in orthopedics: a systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS One. 2015;10(4):e0123593
[PubMed ID: 25884444]
Kelly MP Savage JW Bentzen SM Hsu WK Ellison SA Anderson PA . Cancer risk from bone morphogenetic protein exposure in spinal arthrodesis. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014 Sep 3;96(17):1417-22
[PubMed ID: 25187579]
Tsai TL Nelson BC Anderson PA Zdeblick TA Li WJ . Intervertebral disc and stem cells cocultured in biomimetic extracellular matrix stimulated by cyclic compression in perfusion bioreactor. Spine J. 2014 Sep 1;14(9):2127-40
[PubMed ID: 24882152]
O╩╝Donnell CM Child ZA Nguyen Q Anderson PA Lee MJ . Vertebral artery anomalies at the craniovertebral junction in the US population. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Aug 15;39(18):E1053-7
[PubMed ID: 24979141]
Moore TA Bransford RJ France JC Anderson J Steinmetz MP Lubelski D Anderson PA . Low lumbar fractures: does thoracolumbar injury classification and severity score work? Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Aug 1;39(17):E1021-5
[PubMed ID: 24859587]
Bridwell KH Anderson PA Boden SD Kim HJ Vaccaro AR Wang JC . What's New in Spine Surgery. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014 Jun 18;96(12):1048-1054
[PubMed ID: 24951742]
Anderson PA Hart RA . Adverse events recording and reporting in clinical trials of cervical total disk replacement. Instr Course Lect. 2014;63:287-96
[PubMed ID: 24720314]