Stephen I. Esses, M.D.

Dr. Esses is an internationally recognized expert in the field of spinal disorders who has developed several new surgical techniques and implants for the treatment of spinal problems. Dr. Esses is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He has lectured throughout the world and published numerous articles and book chapters on spine-related problems. Dr. Esses is author of "TEXTBOOK OF SPINAL DISORDERS" which is a standard reference for spinal medical personnel.

Board Certification

  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • American Board of Spine Surgeons
  • American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review


  • Lillian Wadell Scholarship
  • L.V. Redman Prize
  • Galllie-Bateman Prize in Surgery
  • Medical Research of Canada Fellowship
  • North American Traveling Fellowship
  • R.I. Harris Award
  • McLaughlin Fellowship
  • North American Sine Society Video Award
  • The Toronto Hospital Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Johnson and Johnson Traveling Fellowship
  • Cervical Spine Research Society Award
  • Houston Top Docs
  • North American Sine Society Best Poster Display
  • America’s Top Orthopedists by Consumers’ Research Council of America
  • Doctor’s Choice Award by Health and Fitness Magazine
  • Patients’ Choice Award
  • Compassionate Doctor Award

Editorial Boards

  • Associate Editorial Board -Spine
  • Associate Editorial Board- The Spine Journal
  • Associate Editorial Board- Advances in Orthopedics


Former Board Member of:

  • American Back Society
  • Scoliosis Research Society
  • North American Spine Society


Dr. Esses earned an M.S. and his M.D. from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. After finishing his orthopedic residency there, Dr. Esses completed two years of fellowship training in spinal surgery, including one year at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, six months at Chiba University in Japan, and six months as a McLaughlin fellow in Europe.

Associate Editor

  • Spine
  • The Spine Journal
  • Orthopedic
  • Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research

Active Staff

Clinical Interests

  • Surgery of the Spine
  • Biomechanics of the Spine
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Coccygeal Pain

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Stephen I. Esses, M.D.

Spine Surgery, Bone & Joint Surgery

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