Dr. Frank La Marca is Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Orthopedics and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI . In addition he is Chief of the Section of Spine Surgery for the University’s Department of Neurosurgery, Director of the Complex and Reconstructive Spine Surgery Fellowship, Director of the Spinal Deformity Program, Co-director of Minimally Invasive Spine Program and Co-Director of the collaborative Spine Research lab.
After receiving his MD from the Catholic University in Rome, Italy, graduating magna cum lauda in 1993, Dr. La Marca completed his neurosurgical training at Northwestern University in Chicago, where he also completed a complex and reconstructive spine fellowship. A board certified neurosurgeon he was selected consistently from 2008-2014 as one of the Best Doctors in America by his peers. In 2009, he was one of only two neurosurgeons to win the Scoliosis Research Society’s Travelling fellowship Award allowing him to interact with luminaries in the field of spine surgery from around the world. Dr. La Marca has authored over 100 peer reviewed scientific publications and book chapters about the field of spine surgery and has been invited to speak at over 50 national and international scientific meetings. He has been a reviewer for the multiple scientific journals (Neurosurgery, World Neurosurgery, European Journal of Spine) and is currently serving on the editorial board of theJournal of Neurosurgery: Spine. He has been an Executive Board Member and subcommittee chair for the Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves of the American Association of Neurological Surgery/Congress of Neurological Surgeons since 2009. He is currently a member of the AANS, CNS, SRS, DSPN section of the AANS/CNS, and IMAST.
Dr. La Marca specializes in complex cervical spine surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, degenerative thoracic and lumbar spine disease, and has a special interest in adult and adolescent spinal deformity (scoliosis and kyphosis), and reconstructive spinal surgery for spinal tumors. He believes in applying evidence-based medicine to best treat patients. His research focus is on applying novel surgical techniques to improve patients’ surgical outcome; in particular, applying spinal implant designs that decrease post operative complications and using minimally invasive techniques to correct spinal deformities,. He also has interest in advancing our basic scientific knowledge of degenerative spinal diseases in order to better understand and treat them.