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

Dr. Zdeblick is the Chairman of the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Wisconsin. He founded, and has directed, the UW Spine Center since 1989. His practice is limited to the treatment of cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spinal conditions. His goal in patient care is to treat each individual in a customized manner, clearly explaining the condition, its symptoms and predictable course. A variety of treatment options may then be considered, varying from education and reassurance, to non-surgical methods of symptom modification, to surgical treatment. The goal of surgical treatment is to offer the safest, least invasive method of alleviating your symptoms, in a manner that allows a return to a full range of normal activities. 

Dr. Zdeblick's practice is limited to spinal surgery. Specialty interests include cervical disc replacement (artificial disc), cervical laminoplasty, lumbar outpatient microsurgery for disc herniations or spinal stenosis, and lumbar interbody fusions. He has been instrumental in designing novel implants to assist in the performance of less invasive spinal fusion or arthroplasty surgery.


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

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]