When surgery is the best option, Saint Luke’s Hospital offers the latest in surgical options from minimally invasive spine surgery to motion-sparing surgical interventions. Our team of experts are committed to providing the best health care experience by combining clinical excellence and patient-centered care that will get you back to your normal activity level as quickly as possible.

Our program has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Spine Surgery Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects our commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

Saint Luke’s Spine Surgery Program offers:

Coordinated care

Our team collaborates throughout the patient’s treatment to ensure seamless coordination of care. Because each specialist plays a different role, ours is a true multidisciplinary model of diagnosis, treatment, and support.

  • Neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons provide a range of surgical techniques for the treatment of spinal disorders
  • Neuroradiologists utilize the latest imaging methods, including MRI and CT, to evaluate spinal pathology and deformity
  • Patient Care Navigators serve as resources and help educate before surgery, immediate post-surgery and post discharge

Learn more about our Multidisciplinary Spine & Pain Committee.

Recognized excellence

Saint Luke's Hospital is designated a Blue Distinction Center+ for spine surgery, demonstrating expertise resulting in fewer complications and hospital readmissions.

Pre-operative patient education

We strongly believe patients play a key role in ensuring a successful recovery. Our goal is to empower patients with the necessary knowledge and involve them in their treatment plan at each step of their recovery.

We encourage all of our patients to attend a spine surgery pre-op class. The class lets patients know what to expect during their hospital stay and after they return home. It helps alleviate pre-op anxiety and improves their chances for successful rehabilitation. Patients and their caregivers are encouraged to attend this class.

Call 816-932-6705 to sign up for a Pre-Operative Spine Class or if you have any questions.

This guidebook is designed to provide you with the information needed to help you and your loved ones navigate the spine surgery process before, during, and after surgery. Please make a copy of this and continue to bring this guide for any pre-operative appointments, your pre-operative class, and your surgical hospitalization.

If you are unable to attend the class in person, we have made it convenient for you to still get the same information via a video posted below.

Intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring (IOM)

Intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring is an integral component of the surgical experience and an example of the benefits of a team approach to patient care. Rather than waiting until after a surgery has ended to evaluate the function of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves, Saint Luke’s IOM team uses a combination of tests during the surgery to provide instant feedback to the surgeon about the real-time function of the nervous system.

Saint Luke’s Hospital is designated as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Spine Surgery by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, an independent licensee of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.


Mark A Bilezikjian, MD

Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Stefan Eichenauer, MD

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Jennifer A Elliott, MD

Pain Management, Anesthesiology

Gurpreet S Gandhoke, MD

Neurological Surgery

Stephen E Griffith, MD

Neurological Surgery

Seth Marcus Oliphant, MD

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Cheerag D Upadhyaya, MD

Neurological Surgery

Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City

With over 600 physicians and 60 medical specialties, Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City has been providing comprehensive, quality care for over 135 years.