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Michael S. Roh, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Rockford Spine Center
Rockford, IL

About Michael S. Roh, MD

Dr. Roh is co-founder of Rockford Spine Center, and has long been dedicated to creating a comprehensive spine center that provides superior and compassionate patient care. He has special expertise in cervical spine surgery and minimally invasive surgery. As one of the select core faculty members for The Prestige® Cervical Disc, he traveled around the country teaching other surgeons this innovative disc replacement procedure. He has also lectured across the country on deformity surgery and advanced minimally-invasive techniques. Prior to co-founding Rockford Spine Center, Dr. Roh completed the prestigious fellowship in spine surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, considered by many to be among the best training programs for spine surgery in the US.

Dr. Roh is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society, and Scoliosis Research Society. He is currently a cabinet member and committee co-chair for the Scoliosis Research Society. And, for nine years, he has provided charitable orthopedic care at the Walter Lawson Children's Home in Loves Park, Illinois.

Dr. Roh earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University, where he graduated first in his medical school class. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Columbia University in New York City. He is fluent in Spanish and enjoys skiing, golf, tennis and wine in his spare time. But most of all, he enjoys spending time and making memories with his wife and three children.


1.   Sweet FA, Roh MS, Sliva C
Intra-wound application of Vancomycin for prophylaxis in instrumented thoracolumbar fusions
February 2008        American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Meeting
July 2009                 International Meeting of Advanced Spine Technques
September 2009    Scoliosis Research Society
October 2009          North American Spine Society
                                                            Best Papers of 2009 NASS Annual Meeting

2.   Brown GD, Roh MS, Xu L, Strauch RJ, Rosenwasser, MP, Pawluk RJ, Ateshian GA, Mow VC
Radiography, Topography, and Pathology of the Scaphotrapeziotrapezoidal Joint, and its Relationship to Thumb Carpometacarpal Osteoarthritis
May 1999                New York Hand Society, Residents and Fellows Conference
                                                            Research Presentation, First Prize
February 1999       Orthopaedic Research Society Meeting

3.   Huang CY, Wang VM, Roh MS, Pawluk R, Flatow E, Mow VC
      Temperature-Dependent Viscoelastic Effects of Supraspinatus Tendon
November 1998     International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition Meeting

4.   Rosenwasser MP, Roh MS, Xu L, Ateshian GA, Pawluk RJ, Strauch RJ, Mow VC
      Kinematics of the Thumb Carpometacarpal Joint in Active Functions
September 1998    Third Triennial International Hand and Wrist Biomechanics Symposium

5.   Rosenwasser MP, Herrera M, Strauch R, Roh MS
      Treatment of Unstable Distal Radius Fractures with Cancellous Allograft and External Fixation
March 2000             American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Meeting
June 1998               American Orthopaedic Association Meeting
February 1998        American Orthopaedic Association Residents Meeting
September 1997    American Society for Surgery of the Hand Meeting

6.   Xu L, Cohen NP, Strauch RJ, Roh MS, Rosenwasser MP, Mow VC
      A Parametric Analysis of Laxity in the Thumb Carpometacarpal Joint
March 1998            Orthopaedic Research Society Meeting

1.   Sweet FA, Roh MS, Sliva C: Intra-wound application of Vancomycin for prophylaxis in instrumented thoracolumbar fusions.  Spine (accepted, awaiting publication).

2.   Roh MS, Wilson-Holden TJ, Padberg AM, Park JB, Riew KD: The Utility of Somatosensory Evoked Potential Monitoring during Cervical Spine Surgery: How Often Does It Prompt Intervention and Affect Outcome?  Asian Spine Journal 1: 43-47, Jun 2007.

3.   Rinella A, Bridwell K, Kim Y, Rudzki J, Edwards C, Roh M, Lenke L, Berra A: Late Complications of Adult Idiopathic Scoliosis Primary Fusions to L4 and Above: The Effect of Age and Distal Fusion Level. Spine 29 (3): 318-325, 2004.

4.   Brown GC III, Roh MS, Strauch RJ, ROsenwasser MP, Ateshian GA, Mow VC: Radiography and visual pathology of the osteoarthritic scaphotrapeziotrapezoidal joint, and its relationship to trapeziometacarpal osteoarthritis.  Journal of Hand Surgery, American Volume 28A: 739-743, 2003.

5.   Roh MS, Wang VM, Pollock RG, Bigliani LU, Flatow EL: Anterior and Posterior Musculotendinous Anatomy of the Supraspinatus. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery 9: 436-440, 2000.

6.   Roh MS, Xu L, Pawluk RJ, Strauch RJ, Rosenwasser MP, Mow VC: Thenar Insertion of Abductor Pollicis Longus Accessory Tendons and Thumb Carpometacarpal Osteoarthritis. Journal of Hand Surgery, American Volume 25A: 458-463, May 2000.

7.   Bigliani LU, Roh MS: Evaluation and Treatment of Rotator Cuff LesionsBioMechanics 7:41-50, Mar 2000.

8.   Herrera M, Chapman CB, Roh MS, Strauch R, Rosenwasser MP: Treatment of Unstable Distal Radius Fractures with Cancellous Allograft and External Fixation. Journal of Hand Surgery, American Volume 24A: 1269-1278, Nov 1999.

9.   Roh MS, Weiss APC, Akelman E: Dupuytren’s-like Contracture Following Surgery for Trigger Finger.  Journal of Hand Surgery, American Volume (submitted, in revision).

10.  Roh MS, Sabra J, Paez X, Cronan J: Use of Sonography in Diagnosing Acute Appendicitis: A Comparison of a Teaching Hospital and a Community Hospital.  Academic Radiology 3: 438-41, 1996.

11.  Roh MS, Weiss APC, Akelman E: Skier’s Thumb: A Review.  Rhode Island Medicine 77: 385-6, 1994.

Book Chapters
Mow VC, Roh MS, Joseph D: The Effects of Instability on the Articular Cartilage of the Knee.  In Ellenbecker T (Ed.): Knee Ligament Rehabilitation, Philadelphia, PA: Churchill Livingstone, pp. 386-398, 2000.



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