Testimonies from Peers

Eric Heiden, MDOrthopedic Surgeon; Olympic Gold Medalist; Team Physician: US Speed Skating and BMC Cycling Team; Author
As a colleague of Dr. Gupta’s at the University of California Davis, I valued his professionalism as a clinician and his skill as a surgeon. Even today, he remains part of the team of consultants I refer to for treating my patients and the athletes I care for.
Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, MD, DScProfessor Emeritus, Weill Cornell Medical College; Founder and President, Foundation of Orthopedic and Complex Spine; Past President, Scoliosis Research Society
I was fortunate to have Dr. Munish Gupta as my first practice partner at the Southern California Complex Spine and Scoliosis in 1991. He had just completed his spine fellowship training at the Leatherman Spine Center in Louisville. From the outset, he demonstrated outstanding medical knowledge and technical skills akin to an attending spine surgeon who has been in practice for several years. I soon realized that I was learning new things form him and humbly allowed him to show me his new tricks. During the short 3 years we were together, he continued to impress me with his caring and compassionate personality. Subsequent to our separation to other states, we communicated regularly, traveled together to different parts of the world to give lectures and operate on complex spine deformities together and shared our knowledge and experience to enrich each other. He went on to achieve greater things in Spine surgery and became Professor of Orthopedics at UC Davis in Sacramento, California and Director of the Spine Center at the University. He is well recognized nationally and internationally for his surgical skills, medical knowledge, integrity and ethical practice of medicine, and has also demonstrated great leadership in the management of fellowship and residency training programs. Munish is an active member of the Scoliosis Research Society and has served in many leadership capacities of the society including board membership. I see him one day assuming the presidency of this prestigious society.
Chris Shaffrey, MDProfessor of Neurological Surgery, Spine Division Director, University of Virginia
Dr. Munish Gupta is an internationally renowned spine surgeon, researcher and educator. He is recognized by his peers as one of the world's best surgeons. He provides outstanding care to both pediatric and adult patients with spinal deformities. His clinical research has resulted in improvements in patient care that have been widely adopted both in the United States and throughout the world. Despite his stellar accomplishments, he is universally known to be one of the most caring and compassionate individuals you could ever meet.
Kamal N Ibrahim, MD, FRCS(C), MAPast-President, Scoliosis Research Society; Clinical Professor, Loyola University Chicago
Dr. Munish Gupta is an accomplished surgeon, researcher, educator, and academician. He has had a stellar career in the field of spine surgery, as the Chief of Spine at University of California, Davis and recently as the Chief of the Spine Service at Washington University in St Louis. Dr. Gupta is an active and dedicated member of the prestigious organization "Scoliosis Research Society”; currently he is a member of its Board of Directors. Munish is a great person whose care for his patients is exemplary. I personally cherish his friendship.
Nathan H. Lebwohl, MDUniversity of Miami: Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics, Chief, Spinal Deformity Surgery
His technical prowess and his ability to teach surgical principles are outstanding, and his willingness and enthusiasm for sharing his knowledge and skills have made him an important mentor, not only for me, but for many spinal deformity surgeons worldwide.
Behrooz Akbarnia, MDClinical Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery - University of California, San Diego; Medical Director Emeritus - San Diego Spine Center for Spinal Disorders; 2005-06 Past President - Scoliosis Research Society
I've known Munish Gupta, MD for well over 20 years. I've found him to be an attentive, caring and compassionate physician. He is not only an excellent spine surgeon and researcher, both of which I feel are important for having the best outcomes for patients but most importantly a great human being who truly cares for his patients. I can't say enough about Dr. Gupta as a physician and a person; I highly recommend him to anyone seeking a spine surgeon who is a world expert and really cares.
John R. Dimar II, MDClinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Louisville; Norton Leatherman Spine Center; Chief of Pediatric Orthopedics, Kosair's Childrens Hospital
Dr. Munish Gupta epitomizes all the complex features that unite only rarely to create a great Surgeon; the gift of humor and affability, the utmost compassion and kindness for his fellow man, the mastery of all knowledge unique to his specialty, the continuous honing of his surgical skills, the deep commitment to education, research & publication, and finally the blending of all of these essential talents to provide the highest quality surgical care for his patients.
Ahmet Alanay, MDChief of Comprehensive Spine Center; Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Acibadem University Medical School, Acibadem Maslak Hospital; Member of SRS Board of Directors
A skillful, compassionate, perfectionist surgeon. A great teacher and role model for deformity surgeons worldwide.
Azmi Hamzaoglu, MDProfessor of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Chief of Istanbul Spine Center
Dr. Gupta is an outstanding very skilled spine surgeon, and a great academician. He is nationally and internationally renowned for treating adult and pediatric patients with a wide range of spinal disorders and complex deformities. He is a great expert in spinal surgery with an excellent educational background. He is also a very active member of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), the most prestigious spine society in the world that is defining the most contemporary concepts and basic science of spinal surgery. Dr. Gupta is one of the members of the SRS who provided the greatest amount of education in global outreach programs. Dr. Gupta has a great enthusiasm for self-improvement. He travels to various spine clinics around the world to exchange experience with numerous well known spine surgeons. I know Dr. Gupta for many years, he has always been a great friend. He is an absolutely delightful gentleman, a modest and kind friend always ready to help, with a dedication to his family. I feel myself very fortunate to have him as a friend.
Christopher Ames, MDDirector of Spinal Tumor and Spinal Deformity Surgery, Co-director of the Neurospinal Disorders Program and the UCSF Spine Center
Munish Gupta is internationally recognized as one of the very top spine surgeons in the world. He is one of a small handful of individuals that expertly treats both adults and children with severe spinal deformity with world class skill. He is also one of most compassionate and most humble men I know. Loved by his colleagues, trainees and patients alike, Washington University and the entire Midwest are lucky to have him.
Raj Rao, MDChair, Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery, George Washington University
I have known Dr.Gupta for a very long time. I have always been impressed by his absolute devotion to the welfare of his patients. His skill and passion for improving his patients' quality of life are clear. Most impressive is the humility with which he goes about all of this.
A. Hari Reddi, PhDDistinguished Professor, Lawrence Ellison Endowed Chair, University of California Davis School of Medicine
Dr. Munish Gupta is a physician's physician, a spine surgeon's surgeon, and a scientist's scientist. Truly outstanding care of his patients, excellent surgical skills and compassionate care are innate in his genes. His total commitment to his patients is in his head, heart and hands. Dr. Gupta's head has clear concepts and thinking for his patients, his heart has the compassion and caring for his patients, and finally his hands have the skills for superb spine surgery for the children and adults with deformities and maladies of the spine.
Randy Betz, MDSpine surgeon
Munish Gupta is a very accomplished surgeon with an excellent knowledge base and outstanding surgical skills. He is very thoughtful and caring physician.
Arsenia B. Barrett, RN, ONC, CNIIICase Manager, Spine Service
"I can see the world again. Dr. Gupta has made me stand straight." — These are the grateful words of a patient that had severe ankylosing spondylitis with no hope of standing straight until he came to see Dr. Gupta. His world had been the sidewalks, the curbs and the ground. He had not seen the sky standing on his feet for years. Unless he was sitting on a chair, he could not make eye contact. His story is not the only one. Countless patients have come to us seeking his help and expertise. They have not been disappointed. Dr. Gupta provides the best possible care with thought, compassion and expertise. It has been an honor and a pleasure working with him.
S. Rajasekaran, MD, PhDChairman, Dept. of Orthopaedic & Spine Surgery, Ganga Hospital
Prof. Munish Gupta is one of the outstanding spine surgeons I have come across. He has been a popular faculty in the Ganga Operative Spine Course many times, and I have witnessed his surgical skills and technical expertise which make even the most difficult surgeries look very simple. His surgical craft is extraordinary, and he is one of the safest spine surgeons I know of.
Keith Bridwell, MDJ. Albert Key Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery; Founder and Director, Washington University Spine Fellowship
Munish Gupta MD is regarded as THE FINEST spinal deformity surgeon in the world. He has extraordinary talent and his patients all love him.
Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD, PhDPresident of Rothman Institute; Richard H. Rothman Professor and Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr. Gupta is a world-renowned thought leader in spinal deformity care. He is one of my few sources [to whom] I turn to discuss difficult patient problems.

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