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Kevin R. O’Neill, MD, MS
Spine Surgeon
OrthoIndy, Inc.
Indianapolis, IN
Kevin R. O’Neill, MD, MS is a member of the SpineUniverse Editorial Board.

About Kevin R. O’Neill, MD, MS

Dr. Kevin O’Neill is a fellowship trained orthopaedic spine surgeon in practice at OrthoIndy in Indianapolis, IN.

Prior to receiving his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. O’Neill received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology at Cambridge, MA.

At Massachusetts General Hospital, he was a research assistant in biomedical engineering. He then completed his residency in the department of orthopaedic surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. Dr. O’Neill advanced his training in a spine fellowship program at Washington University in St. Louis, MO under the tutelage of Keith Bridwell, MD, Lawrence G.Lenke, MD, and K. Daniel Riew, MD.

Dr. O’Neill is the recipient of numerous honors and awards and belongs to many prestigious professional societies, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) Emerging Leaders Program, and North American Spine Society (NASS).

Furthermore, Dr. O’Neill has published spinal research in peer-reviewed journals and extensively presented his study findings at major meetings in the United States and Canada.



O'Neill KR, Lenke LG, Bridwell KH, Neuman BJ, Kim HJ, Archer KR. Factors associated with long-term patient reported outcomes following 3-column osteotomies. Spine. (accepted 6/18/2015; published ahead of print).

Bible JE, Kay HF, Shau DN, O'Neill KR, Segebarth PB, Devin CJ. What patient characteristics could potentially affect patient satisfaction scores during spine clinic? Spine. (accepted 4/2/2105; published ahead of print)

O'Neill KR, Neuman B, Peters C, Riew KD. Risk factors for dural tears in the cervical spine. Spine, 2014, 39 (17): E1015-20.

O'Neill KR, Bridwell KH, Lenke LG, Chuntarapas T, Dorward I, Neuman B, Ahmad A, and Baldus C. Extension of spine fusion to the sacrum following long fusions for deformity correction. Spine, 2014, 39(14): 953-62.

O'Neill KR, Neuman B, Peters C, Riew KD. Risk factors for postoperative retropharyngeal hematoma after anterior cervical spine surgery. Spine, 2014, 39(4): e246-52.

O'Neill K, Lockney D, Bible J, Crosby C, and Devin C. Bupivacaine for pain reduction after iliac crest bone graft harvest : a prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled, and blinded trial. Orthopaedics, 2014, 37(5):e428-34.

O'Neill KR, Lenke LG, Bridwell KH, Hyun SJ, Neuman B, Dorward I, and Koester L. Clinical and radiographic outcomes following 3-column osteotomies at a minimum 5-year follow-up. Spine, 2014, 39(5): 424-32.

Godil, SS, Parker, SL, O'Neill KR, Devin CJ, and McGirt MJ. Comparative effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis of local application of vancomycin powder in posterior spinal fusion for spine trauma. J Neurosurg Spine, 2013, 19(3): 331-35.

O'Neill KR, Wilson RJ, Burns KM, Mioton LM, Wright BT, Adogwa O, McGirt MJ, and Devin CJ.  Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion for adjacent segment disease: clinical outcomes and cost-utility of surgical intervention. Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques. (accepted 3/1/13; published ahead of print)

Anderson C, Nyman J, Song Y, Uppuganti S, O'Neill KR, Anderson A, Dunn W.  Biomechanical evaluation of physeal sparing fixation methods in tibial eminence fractures. Am J Sports Med, 2013, 41(7): 1586-94.

Bible JE, Crosby CG, O'Neill KR, Schoenecker JG, McGirt MJ, Devin CJ. Implant contamination during spine surgery. Spine J, 2013, 13(6): 637-40.

Stutz C, O'Rear L, O'Neill K, Tamborski M, Crosby C, Devin C, and Schoenecker J. Coagulopathies in orthopaedics: links to inflammation and individualizing treatment strategies. J Orthop Trauma, 2013, 27(4): 236-41.

O'Neill K, Stutz C, Mignemi N, Burns M, Murry M, Nyman J, and Schoenecker J.  Fracture healing in protease-activated receptor-2 deficient mice. J Orthop Res, 2012, 30(8): 1271-76.

O'Neill K, Stutz C, Mignemi N, Nyman J, Cole H, Murry M, Nyman J, Hamm H, and Schoenecker J. Micro-computed tomography assessment of the progression of fracture healing in mice. Bone, 2012, 50(6): 1357-67.

Bible JE, Choemprayong S, O'Neill KR, Devin CJ, Spengler DM.  Whole-body vibration: Is there a casual relationship to specific spinal disorders?  Spine, 2012, vol. 37 (21): E1348-55.

Shau DN, Bible JE, Samade R, Gadomski SP, Mushtaq B, Wallace A, O'Neill KR, Devin CJ. Utility of post-operative radiographs for cervical spine fusion: a comprehensive evaluation of operative technique, surgical indication, and duration since surgery.  Spine, 2012, vol. 37 (24): 1994-2000.

O'Neill KR, Stutz C, Duvernay M, and Schoenecker J.  Supraclavicular nerve entrapment and clavicle fracture. J Orthop Trauma, 2012, 26(6): e63-5.

Bible JE, O'Neill KR, Crosby CG, Schoenecker JG, McGirt MJ, and Devin CJ.  Microscope sterility during spine surgery.  Spine, 2012 vol. 37 (7): 623-7.

O'Neill KR, Smith JG, Abtahi AM, Archer-Swygert KR, Spengler, DM, McGirt, MJ, and Devin CJ.  Reduced surgical site infections in patients undergoing posterior spinal stabilization of traumatic injuries using vancomycin powder.  The Spine Journal, July 2011, 11(7):641-6.

Musch G, Harris RS, Vidal Melo MF, O'Neill KR, Layfield JD, Winkler T, and Venegas JG.  Mechanism by which a sustained inflation can worsen oxygenation in acute lung injury.  Anesthesiology.  100(2): 323-30, 2004 Feb.

O'Neill K, Venegas JG, Richter T, Harris RS, Layfield JD, Musch G, Winkler T, and Melo MF. Modeling kinetics of infused 13NN-saline in acute lung injury.  Journal of Applied Physiology.  95(6):2471-84, 2003 Dec.

Vidal Melo MF, Layfield D, Harris RS, O'Neill K, Musch G, Richter T, Winkler T, Fischman AJ, and Venegas JG. Quantification of regional ventilation-perfusion ratios with PET.  Journal of Nuclear Medicine. 44(12):1982-91, 2003 Dec.

Book Chapters

O'Neill K, Bible J, Devin C. Cervical Spine Fracture Dislocation. In Sethi MK, Jahangir AA, and Obremskey WT. Orthopaedic Traumatology: An Evidence Based Approach (2013, p. 41-53). New York, NY: Springer.

O'Neill KR and Riew KD. Cervical Arthroplasty. In Perez-Cruz MJ, Khoo LT, and Fessler RG. An Anatomic Approach to Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. (in press)

Articles Written by Kevin R. O’Neill, MD, MS

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Spine Surgery for Adult Scoliosis

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Adult Idiopathic Scoliosis and Degenerative Scoliosis

Adult scoliosis occurs when an abnormal side-to-side spinal curve of 10-degrees or greater is diagnosed in a person age 18 or older. Adult idiopathic scoliosis and adult degenerative scoliosis are covered in this article.

When Is Back or Neck Pain an Emergency?

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Safe Medication Use Before Spine Surgery

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Articles Reviewed by Kevin R. O’Neill, MD, MS

Adding Lateral Interbody Fusion to Open Surgery Improves Outcomes in Adult Spinal Deformity

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