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Emmanuel N. Menga, M.D.

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Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-5321

Administrative: (585) 276-4577

Fax: (585) 756-4726

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Patient Care Setting

Orthopaedics & Physical Performance


Professional Background

Dr. Menga in an Associate Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Rochester. His area of clinical expertise includes degenerative spine, cervical, thoracic and lumbar stenosis/nerve and spinal cord compression, cervical, thoracic and lumbar radiculopathy/sciatica, scoliosis and traumatic spine disorders and a wide range of spinal pathologies using techniques ranging from minimally invasive spine surgery to complex spinal reconstruction.

Dr. Menga also serves as the Louis A. Goldstein Spine Surgery Fellowship Program Director and as the Associate Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program Director for our Orthopaedic Surgery training program.

Dr. Menga is a veteran of the United States Navy where he served as a Petty Officer with the Amphibious Construction Battalion Unit. He earned his medical degree at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed his residency training in Orthopaedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital where he was awarded the prestigious Frank L. Coulson, Jr. Award for Clinical Excellence by The Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence (MCACE) at Johns Hopkins Medicine as a Chief Resident. Dr. Menga then completed his fellowship training in Orthopaedic spinal and deformity surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center and the Hospital for Joint Diseases in a combined Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery training program.

Dr. Menga has also had additional experience traveling to and visiting world renowned spine surgeons to share his experience and knowledge in spinal deformity and reconstruction. He recently visited the Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital in Nanjing China and Department of Orthopaedic and Traumatology at Bordeaux University Hospital in Bordeaux, France.

Dr. Menga was also recently awarded the prestigious Edgar Dawson Travelling Fellowship by the Scoliosis Research society (SRS) giving him the opportunity to visit other deformity spine surgeons to expand and share his knowledge with other spinal deformity surgeons in North America.

Dr. Menga was in 2018, awarded the North American Spine Society (NASS) top 20 spine surgeons in North America under age 40 award (Spine Line’s inaugural “20 under age 40”)


My treatment philosophy is to give my patients the best care possible.

Treatment is tailored to each individual, using a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach including physical therapist and pain management physicians to provide personalized care to each of my patients. Before considerations for surgery, I explore all the options available to address your back pain, providing a thorough assessment and evaluation, taking into consideration how much the pain is affecting your quality of life and your activity of daily living.

My goal is to provide long-term improvement of your symptoms using the minimally invasive techniques and thus minimizing your risk before I recommend surgery. Using state-of-the-art surgical procedures, I treat a wide range of common spinal conditions. You are encouraged to contact my office or me directly with any questions or concerns regarding you condition and care.


Dr. Menga is actively involved in research with special interest in clinical and functional outcomes of pediatric and adult spine surgery. He has authored multiple peer-reviewed journal publications and book chapters on topics in spinal surgery and Orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Menga has presented his research at multiple national and international spine and Orthopaedic surgery meetings and has received multiple awards and honors for his outstanding research.



  • Orthopaedic Surgery - American Board of Orthopedic Surgery


MD | University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

08/01/2014 - 07/31/2015
Fellowship in Spine Surgery at NYU-Langone Medical Center

07/01/2010 - 06/30/2014
Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital

07/01/2009 - 06/30/2010
Internship in at Johns Hopkins Hospital

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Edgar Dawson Traveling Fellowship by the Scoliosis Research society (SRS)
Sponsor: Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)

North American Spine Society (NASS) Spine Line's inaugural "20 under 40" award
Sponsor: North American Spine Society

American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) Emerging Leaders Program
Sponsor: American Orthopaedic Association

AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinician Scholar Development Program (CSCDP)
Sponsor: North American Spine Society (NASS)
Location: Rosemont, IL

Frank L. Coulson, Jr. Award for Clinical Excellence
Sponsor: The Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence (MCACE)
Location: Baltimore, MD

NASS Value Award Paper Nominee (Anatomy-Anatomic Parameters for Direct Intralaminar Pars Screw Fixation)
Sponsor: North American Spine Society (NASS)

NASS Value Award Paper Nominee (Outcomes-Direct Intralaminar Pars Screw Fixation)
Sponsor: North American Spine Society (NASS)

1st Place Winner Resident/Fellow Research Competition
Sponsor: National Medical Association (NMA)-Orthopaedic Section.

Best Paper Outcomes/Cost-Utility
Sponsor: North American Spine Society (NASS)

Honorable Discharge - United States Navy
Location: Norfolk, VA

Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society
Sponsor: Norfolk State University
Location: Norfolk, VA

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Journal Articles

Jain A, Menga E, Mesfin A. "Outcomes Following Surgical Management of Cauda Equina Syndrome: Does Race Matter?" Journal of racial and ethnic health disparities.. 2018 Apr 0; 5(2):287-292. Epub 2017 Apr 21.

Menga EN; Webb AJ; Mesfin A. "Do Bisphosphonates affect fusion rates? How to manage these mediations in the perioperative time frame." Seminars in Spine Surgery. 2017; .

Menga EN, Spiegel MA, Vira S, Lafage R, Henry JK, Liabaud B, Oren JH, Worley N, Schwab FJ, Errico TJ, Lafage V, Protopsaltis TS. "Variability Over Time of Preoperative Sagittal Alignment Parameters: Radiographic and Clinical Considerations." Spine.. 2016 Dec 15; 41(24):1896-1902.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: The Role of Total Disk Replacement for the Treatment of Cervical Myelopathy
Book Title: Cervical Myelopathy
Author List: Menga EN, Vira S, Bendo JA
Published By: Jaypee Medical 2015 in Philadelphia

Chapter Title: Anterior cervical arthrodesis in children
Book Title: The Management of Disorders of the Child's Cervical Spine
Author List: Menga EN, Ain MC, Sponseller PD
Published By: Springer 2014 in New York

Chapter Title: Thoracic radiculopathy and myelopathy
Book Title: Spine Surgery: Current Concepts and Evidence
Author List: Ponnusamy KE, Menga EN, Khanna AJ
Published By: McGraw-Hill 2014 in New York




Emmanuel N. Menga, MD