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Kirkham B. Wood, MD

Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon

Program Director, Spine Surgery Fellowship Program

Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Wood is an acclaimed spinal surgeon specializing in the complete range of adult spinal disorders including scoliosis, trauma and degenerative conditions.

Department of Orthopaedics
Clinical Interests
Adult spinal deformity
Adult spine surgery
Degenerative spinal conditions
Spine Surgery: disc excision, laminectomy, fusions
Thoracolumbar spinal injuries
Spine trauma
Spinal stenosis
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, Albany Medical College
Residency, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Fellowship, University of Minnesota Hospital & Clinic
Board Certifications
Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients


Dr. Kirk Wood earned his BA from UCLA in 1978 and his MD at Albany Medical College in 1984. He completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a spine surgery fellowship at the Twin Cities Scoliosis Spine Center at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Wood served as the Chief of the Spine Service from 2004-2013. He is actively involved in teaching medical students, residents and fellows through his positions as Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Program Director for the Spine Surgery Fellowship Program.


Dr. Wood's research interests include the effects of instrumentation for spinal deformity, the dynamics of the intervertebral disc and alternative methods and implants for spinal surgery.

Dr. Wood has worked extensively with European scientists to develop restorable implants for use in spinal fixation, hoping to ultimately discard many of the metallic-type implants that currently are used in spinal surgery.


Select Publications:

Guohua L, Passias P, Li G, Kozanek M, Rehak L, Wood K, Li G, Deng Y. Endoscopically Assisted Anterior Release and Reduction Through Anterolateral Retropharyngeal Approach for Fixed Atlantoaxial Dislocation. Spine Volume 35, Number 5, pp 544-551, 2010.

Simon J, Schoenfeld J, Katz J, Kamuth A, Wood K, Bono C, Harris M. Are Norma? Multidetector Computed Tomographic Scans Sufficient to Allow Collar Removal in the Trauma Patient? The Journal of Trauma, Volume 68, Number 1, 2010.

Wang Y, Zhang Y, Mao K, Zhang X, Wang Z, Zheng G, Li G, Wood K. Transpedicular Bivertebrae Wedge Osteotomy and Discectomy in Lumbar Spine for Severe Ankylosing Spondylitis. J Spinal Disorder Tech. Jan. 12, 2010.

Wang S, Passias P, Xia Q, Li G, Wood K. Segmental In-vivo Vertebral Motion During Functional Human Lumbar Spine Activies. Eur Spine Journal. Vol. 18, Number 7,/ July, 2009.

Wang S, Xia Q, Passias P, Wood K, Li G. Measurement of geometric deformation of lumbar intervertebral discs under in-vio weightbearing condition. Journal of Biomechanics:2009.01.004.

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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