John G. Heller, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Emory Spine Center

About John G. Heller, MD

John G. Heller, MD, is professor of orthopaedic surgery at Emory Spine Center. He began practicing at Emory in 1994.

His internship and residency was at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. At Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Heller trained under Dr. Henry Bohlman, one of the founding fathers of modern spine surgery. Specializing in the research and development of instrumentation in cervical spine surgery, including disc arthroplasty and laminoplasty plates.

Dr. Heller is a member of several professional medical societies, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Cervical Spine Research Society, and the North American Spine Society. He is also an internationally renowned lecturer and teacher.


Major or Recent Publications

  1. Cervical myelopathy and congenital stenosis from hypoplasia of the atlas. Spine 2001;26(5):E80-E86.
  2. Cervical pedicle screw insertion: assessment of safety and accuracy with computer-assisted image guidance. J Spinal Disord. 2000;13(4):275.
  3. Cervical spine pedicle screws: a biomechanical comparison of two insertion techniques. Spine. 2000;25(22)2865-2867.
  4. Cervical transfacet versus lateral mass screws: a biomechanical comparison. J Spinal Disord. 2000;13(6):515-518.
  5. Iatrogenic lumbar spondylolisthesis: treatment by anterior fibular and iliac arthrodesis. J Spinal Disord. 2000;13(4):309-318.
  6. Laminoplasty versus laminectomy and fusion for multilevel cervical myelopathy: an independent matched cohort analysis. Spine. 2001;25(12):1330-1336.
  7. T-saw laminoplasty for the management of cervical spondylotic myelopathy: clinical and radiological outcome. Spine. 2000;25(14):1788-1794.

Case Studies Presented by John G. Heller, MD

Mixed Radiculopathy and Cervical Myelopathy

Presented by: J. Heller MD

A patient in her mid-50s presents with increasing amounts of axial pain, radiating pain in her right arm that extends to the dorsal of her hand, and numbness in her hand. However, her main complaint is neck pain. She is an attorney, and she has done her research on the treatments options available to her.

Type II Odontoid Fracture in 85-year-old Man

How to Treat? Cervical Collar? Halo Vest? Surgery?
Presented by: J. Heller MD

An 85-year-old male patient has neck pain related to an isolated injury from a car accident. He also has significant cardiac history. The patient lives independently and is sharp and well-educated.

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