Dr. Lenke’s Bio

Dr. Lenke

Dr. Lawrence G. Lenke is the Jerome J. Gilden Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Professor of Neurological Surgery. He is also Chief of Spinal Surgery and the Director of the Advanced Deformity Fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, Missouri. His practice is devoted exclusively to the treatment of severe pediatric and adult spinal deformity. He sees patients at Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s Hospitals.


Educational Background

Dr. Lenke graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame, and then attended medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago also graduating with honors. He completed his surgical internship and orthopaedic surgical residency at Washington University School of Medicine, where he also completed a pediatric and adult spinal surgery fellowship. Dr. Lenke has remained at Washington University as an attending spinal surgeon, rising from the ranks of Assistant Professor to the Jerome J. Gilden Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in less than 10 years.

Recent Accomplishments

Dr. Lenke is world-renowned for the surgical treatment of pediatric and adult patients with various forms of spinal deformity, with an expertise in the most complex types of cases. Thus, he is a leading authority on scoliosis, kyphosis, flatback syndrome, high-grade spondylolisthesis, and major truncal imbalances due to various spinal deformities. He is a past president of the Scoliosis Research Society, the oldest and most prestigious spinal society in the world whose singular focus is the advancement of care in patients with spinal deformity. He is also active in the Setting Scoliosis Straight Foundation a not-for-profit charitable foundation whose goal is to further support and advance techniques in the treatment of spinal deformities in children and adolescents.

Current Academic Interests

Dr. Lenke’s goal has always been to be the top academic spinal deformity surgeon in the world. This internal drive is based on the connection between high-level spinal deformity research and optimizing patient care for those requiring surgery. His prolific clinical research culminating in numerous publications (over 300), presentations (over 500) as well as presiding as chairman at over 80 spinal surgery courses worldwide have led to innovative treatments for his patients and many others globally. Based on his past academic and clinical achievements, Dr. Lenke can offer the latest and safest techniques for surgical correction of even the most severe spinal deformities. Dr. Lenke has edited several textbooks on spinal surgery and spinal deformity surgery, and serves as editor or associate editor for such notable medical journals as Spine, The Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques, The Spine Journal, the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, and The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. While president of the Scoliosis Research Society, he chaired a task force that lead to the development of a new journal, Spine Deformity, which debuted in January 2013, as the official journal of the Scoliosis Research Society. Dr. Lenke serves as one of the inaugural deputy editors of this new journal. To learn more about Dr. Lenke’s prolific academic career, view his CV.

View article in Becker’s Spine Review: How to Move the Field Forward, with Dr. Lawrence Lenke >