Faculty, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Thomas A. Zdeblick, MD

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Spine Medicine
Thomas A. Zdeblick, MD


Dr. Zdeblick founded and directs the UW Spine Center. 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.

Languages spoken
  • English
University affiliation
  • Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, Orthopedics

Practice locations

  • East Madison HospitalSpine Medicine Clinic
    • 4602 Eastpark Blvd. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 265-3207
    • Closed now
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Education & credentials

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


Additional conditions and treatments
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy
  • Degenerative Spine Disease
  • Foraminal Stenosis
  • Herniated Disc
  • Lateral Recess Stenosis
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Myelopathy
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Performing Arts Medicine - Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Radiculopathy
  • Revision Spine Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disc Replacement (Arthroplasty)
  • Spine Fractures
  • Spondylolisthesis

Research and publications

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.