J. Michael Simpson, MD

Dr. J. Michael Simpson is a member of the Spine Team at Tuckahoe Orthopaedics.  He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio.  After completing his internship and residency, he was awarded a Spine fellowship at the Rothman Institute & Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.  This fellowship offered him the unique opportunity to receive both orthopedic and neurosurgical training.   (A fellowship is a specialized training program that a physician chooses to pursue after completing medical school and residency training.)  

Dr. Simpson and his staff treat numerous pathologic conditions affecting the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine including spinal stenosis, scoliosis and other deformities, trauma, infections and tumors.  He has a special interest in minimally invasive techniques, degenerative conditions, spinal deformities, and patients who have had previous surgeries.  His training in orthopedics and neurosurgery allows him to combine his expertise of both specialty fields in treating complex spinal disorders.  He has an appreciation of neurological anatomy and proper decompressive techniques along with complete comprehension of spinal structure and biomechanics.

Dr. Simpson has over twenty years of extensive spine experience and currently performs between 500-600 surgeries a year.  He has operated on over 10,000 patients in his career.  Each patient is different so his goal is to develop an individualized treatment plan which takes into consideration the patient’s needs, expectations and general health.  The majority of his patients will not require surgery and can benefit from non-surgical treatments.

“I take the greatest pride in spending quality time with each one of our patients and helping them to understand their condition...which leads to better outcomes.”

Dr. Simpson is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the North American Spine Society.  He is also a member of the Cervical Spine Research Society which is a special society for a select number of surgeons in the world. 

He is actively engaged in research and the development of various spinal instrumentation implants.  Dr. Simpson believes that patient expectations have changed over the course of the last few decades.  Many of his elderly patients now have a stronger desire to remain active and stay independent.  This change in attitude has encouraged him to refine surgical techniques and instrumentation to deal with the complex spine issues that can accompany the “aging spine.”

Dr. Simpson has co-authored two textbooks related to spinal surgery: Surgery of Spine Trauma and Surgery of the Cervical Spine with his best friend and associate, Dr. Howard An at Rush Presbyterian Hospital in Chicago.  He has also authored over twenty articles related to orthopedic and spine conditions and contributed to several chapters in various textbooks related to spine surgery.

He holds the honor of being named one of Richmond Magazine's “Top Doctors” numerous times; most recently in 2013 for Spine Surgery. 

Dr. Simpson grew up in La Plata, Maryland.  He loved playing baseball as a child and he played on his high school and college baseball teams.   In his free time, Dr. Simpson enjoys spending time with his four daughters as well as boating, fishing and woodworking.


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