Glenn R. Rechtine, M.D.

Glenn R. Rechtine, M.D.

Contact Information

Charles George VAMC
1100 Tunnel Road
Mail Code (112)
Asheville, NC 28805

Professional Bio

Dr. Rechtine specializes in the surgical care of spinal disorders. His areas of special interest include cervical and lumbar degenerative disease, herniated discs, myelopathy, and spine trauma.

Dr. Rechtine is nationally recognized in the field of spinal surgery. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Spinal Injury Association and is on the Executive Committee of the Cervical Spine Research Society. He is a reviewer for several journals, including SPINE, the Journal of Spinal Disorders, the Spine Journal, the Journal of the Bone and Joint Society, and the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma . He has given numerous presentations and written numerous articles. He chairs the annual Contemporary Update on Spinal Disorders, one of the best-known CME events in spine care.

Dr. Rechtine graduated from the University of South Florida Medical School and completed a fellowship in Spine Surgery at the Case Western Reserve University . He has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery since 1982. He comes to Rochester from the University of Florida , where he served as Director of Spine Surgery, Director of Orthopaedic Research, Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics, and Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Best Doctors in America for Spinal Surgery 2009
Reviewer of the Year, The Spine Journal 2006
Outstanding Clinical Professor, University of South Florida Department of Orthopaedic Surgery 1987

Recent Journal Articles

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2012 Mar 15
Prasarn ML, Conrad B, Rubery PT, Wendling A, Aydog T, Horodyski M, Rechtine GR. "Comparison of 4 airway devices on cervical spine alignment in a cadaver model with global ligamentous instability at C5-C6." Spine. 2012 Mar 15; 37(6):476-81.
2011 Nov
Horodyski M, Dipaola CP, Conrad BP, Rechtine GR. "Cervical collars are insufficient for immobilizing an unstable cervical spine injury." The Journal of emergency medicine. 2011 Nov; 41(5):513-9. Epub 2011 Mar 12.
2010 Aug
Conrad BP, Rechtine G, Weight M, Clarke J, Horodyski M. "Motion in the unstable cervical spine during hospital bed transfers." The Journal of trauma. 2010 Aug; 69(2):432-6.
2010 Apr 20
Schuster JM, Rechtine G, Norvell DC, Dettori JR. "The influence of perioperative risk factors and therapeutic interventions on infection rates after spine surgery: a systematic review." Spine. 2010 Apr 20; 35(9 Suppl):S125-37.
2009 Sep 15
Brandenstein D, Molinari RW, Rubery PT, Rechtine GR. "Unstable subaxial cervical spine injury with normal computed tomography and magnetic resonance initial imaging studies: a report of four cases and review of the literature." Spine. 2009 Sep 15; 34(20):E743-50.


Orthopaedic Surgery - American Board of Orthopedic Surgery


MD | Medicine | University of South Florida College of Medicine1975
BA | Arts & Sciences | University of South Florida1973

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellow, Spine Surgery. Director: Henry H. Bohlman, MD, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 1981
Resident, Orthopaedic Surgery. Naval Regional Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA 1980
Intern, Naval Regional Medical Center, San Diego, CA 1976