Meet Dr. Wayne Gluf
Spine Surgeon

UT Southwestern Medical Center neurosurgeon Wayne Gluf, M.D., has a simple philosophy when it comes to treating his patients.

“If you recommend to your patients the same treatment you would for your own family were they faced with a similar situation, then you will serve your patients well,” he says. 

Dr. Gluf is a neurosurgeon with a primary focus on evaluating and treating complex disorders of the spine. He sees a variety of patients with back and neck issues such as those resulting from trauma, degenerative conditions, spine and spinal cord tumors, congenital disorders, and failed surgeries. He is skilled in providing a comprehensive range of solutions, including complex reconstructive procedures.

Dr. Gluf has particular clinical expertise in treating complex disorders of the occipital-cervical, atlanto-axial (C1-2), and sub-axial cervical spine along with tumors of the spine, spinal cord, brain, and pituitary. He has authored journal articles and book chapters on complex cervical spine surgery, artificial disc surgery, and spine tumors, and has spoken at numerous national/international neurosurgery meetings on these subjects.

Finding solutions to complex problems is what Dr. Gluf enjoys most about performing surgeries. “I am privileged to have an opportunity to help people through very difficult circumstances,” he says.

Dr. Gluf is a 1982 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and, prior to becoming a neurosurgeon, served as a naval officer aboard ship and then with explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) units and as a Navy diver. As a neurosurgeon, he’s continued to spend a significant part of his career in service – to his patients, but also to the country. This includes treating numerous men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He also served as Chair of Neurosurgery at Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) until retiring from active duty in December 2010. While at NMCSD, Dr. Gluf co-founded a multidisciplinary neuro-oncology/brain tumor clinic which greatly improved care and follow up for cancer patients. After his military career, immediately before joining UT Southwestern, he served as Chair of Neurosurgery and Director of the Neuroscience Institute at Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics in Tyler, Texas.  

Dr. Gluf is a member of UT Southwestern’s multidisciplinary spine team, which includes neurological and orthopaedic surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and pain management.