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Faculty Detail    
Director, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery
Campus Address FOT 960 Zip 3409
Phone  205-930-8339
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Undergraduate  University of Pennsylvania    1985  BA 
Medical School  Northwestern University    1989  MD 
Residency  Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania    1993  Residency 
Residency  Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania    1994  Chief Resident 
Fellowship  Minnesota Spine Center    1995  Spine Fellow 
Fellowship  Emory University    1998  Research Fellow 

Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Primary  Surgery   Surgery - Orthopaedic Professor
Center  Comp Arthritis, MSK, Bone & Autoimmunity Ctr  Comp Arthritis, MSK, Bone & Autoimmunity Ctr Professor
Center  Cell, Developmntl, & Integrative Biology  Ctr for Exercise Medicine Professor

Biographical Sketch 
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Assistant Professor 1995
Associate Scientist 1998
Associate Professor 1998
John D. Sherrill Chair
of Orthopaedic Surgery 2013
Professor 2013

Faculty, AO North America Spine 2004
Director, Orthopaedic Residency Program University of Alabama at
Birmingham 2004
Director, Combined Ortho/Neuro Spine Fellowship, University of
Alabama at Birmingham 2009
Associate Director, Chief Section of Trauma and Spine,Division of
Orthopaedic Surgery,University of Alabama at Birmingham
Medical Director,Orthopaedic Surgery Care Unit (OSCU), University
Interim Director,Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Alabama
at Birmingham 2012
Director,Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Alabama at
Birmingham 2013


Cum Laude, University of Pennsylvania, 1985

The DeForest Willard Award for outstanding performance by a senior orthopaedic resident,
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 1994

Kurt Niemann Faculty Teaching Award, Division of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Alabama at
Birmingham, 1996, 2003, 2005, 2009

Best Doctors in America 2009-present

Invitied Lectures at National/International CME Courses: 61
Published Articles in Refereed Jounals: 23
Scientific Papers at local and Regional Meetings: 9
Instructional Course or Symposium Faculty: 7
Published Abstracts: 15
Book Chapters: 6

Community Development Committee, AO Spine North America
Council of Orthopaedic Residency Program Directors
Oral Examiner, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Education Committee, AO Spine North America Co Chair, Online Education
Subcommittee AOSpine North America
Co Chair, Surgical Simulation Subcommittee AOSpine North America
President Elect-Alabama Orthopaedic Society
Board of Directors, Alabama Orthopaedic Society
Academic Leadership Council, American Orthopaedic Association
AO North America Multispecialty Meeting Planning Committee

Society Memberships
Organization Name Position Held Org Link
Alabama Orthopaedic Society  Member   
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons  Fellow   
American Medical Association  Member   
American Orthopaedic Association  Member   
American Spinal Injury Association  Member   
AO Spine North America  Member   
Medical Association of the State of Alabama  Member   
Mid America Orthopaedic Association  Member   
North American Spine Society  Member   
Orthopaedic Research Society  Member   

Research/Clinical Interest
Alternative bone grafting techniques for spine fusion Outcomes and treatment of spine trauma Pelvic compensatory mechanisms in adult spine deformity

Selected Publications 
Publication PUBMEDID
May LA, Calvert G, Theiss SM, “The Use of Permanently Placed Metal Expandable Cages for Vertebral Body Reconstruction in the Surgical Treatment of Spondylodiscitis” Orthopedics. In revision, June 2013   
Deinlein D, Bhandarkar A, Vernon P, McGwin G, Wall K, Reece B, McKay J, Theiss SM. “Correlation of Pelvic and Spinal Parameters in Adult Deformity Patients with Neutral Sagittal Balance.” Scoliosis, In press, March 2013.   
Ponce, BA, Determann JR, Theiss SM. “Social Networking Profiles and Professionalism Issues in Residency Applicants: an original study-cohort study.” J Surg Educ. 2013 Jul-Aug;70 (4):502-7.   
Maddox JJ, Rodriguez-Feo JA 3rd, Maddox GE, Gullung G, McGwin G, Theiss SM.. “Nonoperative Treatment of Occipital condyle Fractures; An Outcomes Review of 32 Patients.” Spine Mar 13, 2012   
Douglas JT, Rivera AA, Lyons GR, Lott PF, Wang D, Zayzafoon M, Siegal GP, Cao X and Theiss SM. “Ex Vivo Transfer of the Hoxc-8-Interacting Domain of Smad1 By a Tropism-Modified Adenoviral Vector Results in Efficient Bone Formation in a Rabbit Model of Spinal Fusion.” J Spinal Disord Tech. 2010 Feb;23(1):63-73