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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, disc replacements, microsurgery, interbody fusion cages, bone graft substitutes (BMP), and minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Zdeblick also is the designer and innovator of numerous spinal implant devices.


Spine Medicine

Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Performing Arts Medicine - Musculoskeletal Disorders

Spinal Fusion


UW Health at The American Center
(608) 265-3207 | (844) 607-4800 | Map

Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, Orthopedics

Professional Certifications and Education

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

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

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.

PubMed Articles
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]
Schroeder KM Zahed C Andrei AC Han S Ford MP Zdeblick TA Epidural anesthesia as a novel anesthetic technique for anterior lumbar interbody fusion. J Clin Anesth . 2011 Nov;23(7):521-6
[PubMed ID: 22050794]
Rajpal S Gordon DB Pellino TA Strayer AL Brost D Trost GR Zdeblick TA Resnick DK Comparison of perioperative oral multimodal analgesia versus IV PCA for spine surgery. J Spinal Disord Tech . 2010 Apr;23(2):139-45
[PubMed ID: 20375829]
Zdeblick TA The second half. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) . 2009 Dec 15;34(26):2835-7
[PubMed ID: 19949365]
Jensen WK Moore TA Tribus CB Anderson PA Zdeblick TA Use of patella allograft for anterior cervical diskectomy and fusion. J Spinal Disord Tech . 2009 Aug;22(6):392-8
[PubMed ID: 19652563]
Zdeblick TA Sasso RC Vaccaro AR Chapman JR Harris MB Surgical treatment of thoracolumbar fractures. Instr Course Lect . 2009;58:639-44
[PubMed ID: 19385573]
Zdeblick TA Phillips FM Interbody cage devices. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) . 2003 Aug 1;28(15 Suppl):S2-7
[PubMed ID: 12897467]
Mihara H Onari K Cheng BC David SM Zdeblick TA The biomechanical effects of spondylolysis and its treatment. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) . 2003 Feb 1;28(3):235-8
[PubMed ID: 12567023]
Nichol PF Helin M Zdeblick TA Hardy SP Lund DP Traumatic near-hemicorpectomy caused by a seat belt injury in an 11-year-old girl. J Trauma . 2002 Oct;53(4):777-9
[PubMed ID: 12394883]