Dr. Jenis is an accomplished surgeon focusing on the treatment of patients with complex disorders of the spine. He applies patient-centered, value-based approaches to the care of his patients with special interest in minimally invasive procedures.



Clinical Interests
  • Cervical spine
  • Cervical and lumbar disc degeneration
  • Degenerative spinal conditions
  • Herniated disc
  • Image guided surgery
  • Lumbar spine
  • Lumbar stenosis
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Myelopathy
  • Spinal fusion
  • Sports injuries of the spine
  • Spondylolisthesis
Medical Education
  • MD, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Residency, UMASS Medical Center
  • Fellowship, Medical College of Wisconsin
Board Certifications
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Newton: Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO

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Dr. Jenis received his MD from Boston University. He then completed his orthopaedic surgery residency program and an orthopaedic research fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Following his residency, he completed a reconstructive spine surgery fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

After his fellowship, Dr. Jenis joined the faculty at the New England Baptist Hospital, and in 2008 he moved his service to Newton-Wellesley Hospital. As Chief of the Orthopaedic Spine Center, Dr. Jenis sees patients at Mass General's main campus in Boston and at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

Dr. Jenis is a member of the Cervical Spine Research Society, the Lumber Spine Research Society, the International Society for the Study of the Lumber Spine, the AAOS and the American Orthopaedic Association. He is a recipient of the North American Spine Society Clinical Travelling Fellowship, the Japanese Orthopaedic Association/American Orthopaedic Association Traveling Fellowship and has been a keynote and Grand Rounds speaker at numerous programs throughout the world.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Jenis has interest in clinical and basic science research. He has led numerous studies on the outcomes of spine surgery, the role of various implants used for stabilization of the spine, and motion preservation technologies including artificial disc replacements. He has also participated in preclinical studies on bone healing and fusion as well as bone graft alternatives.


Select Publications:

Jenis LG, Hsu WK, O'Brien J, Whang PG. Recent advances in the prevention and management of complications associated with routine lumbar spine surgery. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013 May 15;95(10):944-50.

Eskander MS, Balsis SM, Balinger C, Howard CM, Lewing NW, Eskander JP, Aubin ME, Lange J, Eck J, Connolly PJ, Jenis LG. The association between preoperative spinal cord rotation and postoperative C5 nerve palsy. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 Sep 5;94(17):1605-9.

Dai F, Belfer I, Schwartz CE, Banco R, Martha JF, Tighioughart H, Tromanhauser SG, Jenis LG, Kim DH. Association of catechol-O-methyltransferase genetic variants with outcome in patients undergoing surgical treatment for lumbar degenerative disc disease. Spine J. 2010 Nov;10(11):949-57.

Kim DH, Dai F, Belfer I, Banco RJ, Martha JF, Tighiouart H, Tromanhauser SG, Jenis LG, Hunter DJ, Schwartz CE. Polymorphic variation of the guanosine triphosphate cyclohydrolase 1 gene predicts outcome in patients undergoing surgical treatment for lumbar degenerative disc disease. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2010 Oct 1;35(21):1909-14.

Jenis LG, Banco RJ. Efficacy of silicate-substituted calcium phosphate ceramic in posterolateral instrumented lumbar fusion. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2010 Sep 15;35(20):E1058-63.

Kim DH, Rhim R, Li L, Martha J, Swaim BH, Banco RJ, Jenis LG, Tromanhauser SG. Prospective study of iliac crest bone graft harvest site pain and morbidity. Spine J. 2009 Nov;9(11):886-92.

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Orthopaedic Spine Center
55 Fruit Street
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care, Suite 3A
Boston, MA 02114-2696
Phone: 617-724-8636
Fax: 617-726-7587
Newton-Wellesley Hospital Spine Center
159 Wells Ave
Newton, MA 02459
Phone: 617-243-5777

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