About Us

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 maintains a special interest in workers' compensation injuries. 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.


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


  • Academic Orthopedic Society
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American Board of Spine Surgery
  • American Back Society
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Spinal Injury Association
  • Canadian Orthopedic Association
  • Harris County Medical Society
  • North American Spine Society
  • Scoliosis Research Society
  • Spine Society of Australia
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Texas Orthopaedic Association

Clinical Interests

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