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Varun Puvanesarajah, M.D.

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Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-5321

Administrative: (585) 602-4400

Fax: (585) 756-4726

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

groupAn Accountable Health Partner

assignmentAccepting New Patients

Faculty Appointments

Patient Care Setting

Orthopaedics & Physical Performance


I am a fellowship-trained Orthopaedic spine surgeon. I have comprehensive training in the management of degenerative conditions, metastatic disease, fractures, and scoliosis/kyphosis. In addition, I have spent time in France learning advanced techniques focused on resection of primary spine tumors. I perform many procedures including laminectomy, laminotomy, discectomy, fusion, disc replacement, and deformity correction throughout the cervical, thoracic, and lumbosacral spine.

As a spine surgeon, my goal is to partner with patients to determine appropriate, personalized treatment. Every patient is unique and treatment often requires a trial of conservative management, including physical therapy and other modalities prior to surgical options. I only provide surgery as an option after non-operative treatment is maximized. I look forward to working with you to take care of your spine needs.


I am actively involved in numerous research projects. I have co-authored more than 130 peer-reviewed manuscripts and more than 50 abstracts presented at national and international meetings. My research is primarily focused on improving patient outcomes following spine surgery. I have identified risk factors for poor outcomes following spine surgery; started a clinical trial to evaluate a new treatment paradigm; and explored translational models to better understand the human spine.



MD | Johns Hopkins University

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

08/01/2021 - 07/31/2022
Fellowship in Orthopedic Spine Surgery at Columbia University Irving Medical Center

07/01/2017 - 06/30/2021
Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital (USA)

07/01/2016 - 06/30/2017
Internship in Orthopaedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital (USA)

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