Dr. Kris Radcliff is a Harvard-educated, Rothman fellowship-trained spine surgeon, and a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurological Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University.
Dr. Radcliff specializes in simplifying the management of complex spine conditions and traumatic spine injuries, focusing exclusively on spine surgery, with particular expertise in the area of artificial disc replacement. Having performed more than 10,000 spine surgeries, Dr. Radcliff is highly experienced. He combines conservative decision-making judgment with state-of-the-art and minimally invasive surgical techniques, endoscopic spine surgery, and artificial disc replacement.
Highly educated with specialized training, Dr. Radcliff first graduated with honors from Harvard College, then attended Duke University School of Medicine on a prestigious Dean’s Tuition Scholarship. Dr. Radcliff completed orthopedic residency training in the Texas Medical Center at the distinguished Baylor College of Medicine, followed by a clinical spine surgery fellowship here at the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute. Dr. Radcliff focuses exclusively on spine surgery.
Dr. Radcliff has served as a principal investigator in multiple clinical trials including a cervical total disc replacement study, bone stimulator study, a basivertebral nerve ablation study, and numerous others.
As a clinician-scientist, Dr. Radcliff’s goal is in developing innovative conservative management interventions for disc-related back pain based on currently available biologics for neurogenic pain syndromes. Radcliff has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and regularly presents at national and international spine meetings.
Dr. Radcliff is an international expert on diagnosis, nonsurgical, and surgical treatment of spinal conditions. He has authored or co-authored 76 peer-reviewed publications, 22 textbook chapters on the diagnosis and treatment of spinal conditions, and has won numerous research awards.
Dr. Radcliff regularly teaches other surgeons at national and international meetings about safely and efficiently performing spine surgery, techniques and complication avoidance in minimally invasive spine surgery, orthopedic basic science, and spine trauma and spinal cord injury.
Dr. Radcliff is a thought leader and innovator in the world of spine surgery and his contributions have earned him numerous awards, including being recognized by the North American Spine Society as a top 40 under 40 in 2018. In addition, Dr. Radcliff is a consultant and teacher for Zeiss on their operative microscope; and consults and advises for Ultrasonics on the use of their ultrasonic bone cutting tools.