About Stuart Hershman, MD

Dr. Stuart Hershman is chief of the orthopaedic spine service at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Director of Adult Spinal Deformity and Complex Spinal Reconstruction. He is board-certified and specializes in complex cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine disorders. He has a particular interest in the treatment of spinal deformity and reconstruction, revision spine surgery, surgery of the osteoporotic spine and cervical myelopathy.

Dr. Hershman earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his MD from the Drexel University College of Medicine. He then completed his orthopaedic residency at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City. 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 spine surgery including adult and pediatric spinal deformity, degenerative conditions, tumor and trauma.

After practicing for four years in South Florida, Dr. Hershman was recruited to Mass General to help build the complex spine and spinal deformity program. Through his research and clinical practice, he has helped to advance the field and improve surgical outcomes in complicated and difficult to treat patients. Dr. Hershman is an active member of several international research organizations including the prestigious Cervical Spine Research Society, the Scoliosis Research Society, the North American Spine Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. He currently is involved in multiple ongoing research studies and serves as the principal investigator on multiple projects. Dr. Hershman has published more than 70 peer-reviewed papers, and his research has been presented both nationally and internationally.

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Orthopaedic Spine Service
55 Fruit St.
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care
Suite 3A
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-724-8636

Medical Education

  • MD, Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Residency, New York University School of Medicine
  • Fellowship, Washington University

American Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

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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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