Dr. Hershman specializes in cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spinal disorders.  He has a particular interest in complex spine and spinal deformity, as well as the surgical management of cervical myelopathy, and patients with osteoporosis.



Clinical Interests
  • Spinal deformity
  • Kyphosis
  • Lumbar stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Flatback
  • Adult scoliosis
  • Cervical myelopathy
  • Cervical stenosis
  • Disc excision
  • Herniated disc
  • Laminectomy
  • Spinal fusion
  • Spine trauma
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Pediatric scoliosis
Medical Education
  • MD, Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Residency, NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases
  • Fellowship, Washington University School of Medicine Barnes Jewish Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - ACD
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - PBO
  • 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
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • 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
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

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Dr. Stuart Hershman with a patient
Dr. Hershman examining a patient

Dr. Stuart Hershman is a board-certified spine surgeon specializing in spinal deformity and complex spinal reconstruction. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his MD from Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Hershman completed his orthopaedic residency at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. He continued his specialization in spine by completing the world-renowned fellowship in complex spine and spinal deformity surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. While there, he trained in all facets of spinal surgery including adult and pediatric spinal deformity, tumor, trauma, degenerative conditions of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine and minimally invasive spine surgery.

Dr. Hershman has spent the past several years practicing in South Florida, specializing in the surgical management of cervical myelopathy, complex spine and spinal deformity in the adult and geriatric patient. He has specific interests in revision surgery, minimally invasive techniques to treat spinal deformity and the surgical and non-surgical management of spinal conditions in osteoporotic patients. His primary research focus is on patient outcomes.

Dr. Hershman is an active member of several international research organizations including the prestigious Cervical Spine Research Society, the Scoliosis Research Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. He currently is involved in multiple ongoing research studies. Dr. Hershman has published numerous peer-reviewed papers, and his research has been presented both nationally and internationally.

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Hershman participates in both clinical and basic science research. His primary interests are in post-surgical outcomes following cervical, lumbar, and thoracolumbar spinal deformity surgery. In addition, he has a particular interest in the surgical management of osteoporotic patients. He has investigated the results of numerous surgical techniques in an effort to minimize post-operative complications and post-operative pain following common and complex spinal procedures. Dr. Hershman’s research has been nominated for the prestigious Whitecloud Award and Hibbs Award by the Scoliosis Research Society.


Select publications:

  • Hershman SH, Hochfelder J, Dean L, Yaszay B, Lonner BS. Spondylolisthesis in Operative Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Prevalence and Results of Surgical Intervention. Spine Deformity. 2013 Volume 1(4) 280-6.
  • Cunningham M. Hershman SH. Bendo J. Systematic Review of Cohort Studies Comparing Surgical Treatments for Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy. Spine. 35(5): 537-4, 2010 Mar.
  • Mesfin A, Lenke LG, Bridwell KH, Fogelson JF, Hershman SH, Kim HJ, Koester L. Does Preoperative Narcotic Use Persist After Spinal Deformity Surgery? A Comparison of Non-Narcotic and Narcotic Using Groups. The Spine Journal. 2012 12(9); S18-S19
  • Kim HJ, Bridwell KH, Lenke LG, Park MS, Hershman SH, Mesfin A. Proximal Junctional Kyphosis Results in Inferior SRS Pain Sub-Scores in Adult Deformity Patients. The Spine Journal. 2012 12(9); S6
  • Mesfin A, Lenke LG, Bridwell KH, Fogelson J, Hershman SH, Kim HJ, Koester L. Weight Change and Clinical Outcomes Following Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery in Overweight and Obese Patients. Spine Deformity. 2013 Volume 1(5) 377-81.
  • Kim HJ, Lenke LG, Oshima Y, Chuntarapas T, Mesfin A, Hershman SH, Fogelson JL, Riew KD. Cervical Lordosis Actually Increases with Aging and Progressive Degeneration in Spinal Deformity Patients. Spine Deformity. 2014 Volume 2(5) 410-414.

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