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Dr. Kevin Gill practices orthopaedic surgery with a specialty in Disorders of the Spine. He is Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center and is Residency Program Director for the five year orthopaedic resident training program. He previously served as Vice-President, Medical Services at UT Southwestern Medical Center/University Hospital-St. Paul. Dr. Gill received his bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Austin. After receiving his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Gill completed a general surgery internship and orthopaedic surgery residency at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He also obtained a post-graduate fellowship in spinal surgery from the University of Vermont and The London Hospital and Clinic, London England. He has a Masters of Medical Management degree from Tulane University. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and American Board of Spine Surgery, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Gill also holds memberships in American Orthopaedic Association, the North American Spine Society, the Cervical Spine Research Society, the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, and the American Medical Association. Dr. Gill is a member of the American College of Physician Executives and a Diplomat of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He serves as an Advisory Editor of the Journal Spine and The Spine Journal. In 1991, 1994, and 1995, Dr. Gill and his research group won the Volvo and Camp Awards in Clinical Sciences for International Low Back Pain Research. In 2008 his research group received the Kappa Delta Orthopaedic Research Award for clinical science work studying degenerative disc disease in identical twins. His extensive clinical experience involves the diagnosis and treatment of degenerative cervical and lumbar spine conditions including spinal fusions, disc arthroplasty and minimally invasive spine surgery. He participates in multiple clinical trials that investigate motion preservation implants and surgical techniques. His latest clinical trail is "Triumph"-Globus Medical- posterior disc replacement system.


Medical School
Baylor College of Medicine (1980)
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1981), General Surgery
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1985), Orthopedic Surgery
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1985), Spine Surgery
London England Hospital and Clinic (1985), Spine Surgery
University of Vermont Medical Center (1986), Orthopedic Surgery

Research Interest

  • Coflex Interspinous process spacer-IDE with Paradigm Spine
  • Long term 18 year follow-up in degenerative spine conditions of identical twin cohort
  • MOBI Disc/ ZImmer/Biomet-Patient Reported Outcome Measures
  • Prodisc Cervical-IDE and continued access study with Synthes Spine
  • Quality Study on Spine Surgery Approval and Certification Process
  • The Millennial Learner
  • TOPS-Total Posterior Spinal Implant-IDE with Impliant company
  • Triumph-IDE study-posterior disc replacement-Globus Medical


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Magnetic resonance neurography in chronic lumbosacral and pelvic pain: Diagnostic and management impact- Institutional audit.
Dessouky R, Xi Y, Scott KM, Khaleel M, Gill K, Jones S, Khalifa DN, Tantawy HI, Aidaros MA, Chhabra A World Neurosurg 2018 Mar
A new quantitative measure of disc degeneration.
Videman T, Battié MC, Gibbons LE, Gill K Spine J 2017 Feb
Lumbar spinal stenosis is a highly genetic condition partly mediated by disc degeneration.
Battié MC, Ortega-Alonso A, Niemelainen R, Gill K, Levalahti E, Videman T, Kaprio J Arthritis & rheumatology (Hoboken, N.J.) 2014 Aug
Aging changes in lumbar discs and vertebrae and their interaction: a 15-year follow-up study.
Videman T, Battié MC, Gibbons LE, Gill K Spine J 2014 Mar 14 3 469-78
A comparison of film and computer workstation measurements of degenerative spondylolisthesis: intraobserver and interobserver reliability.
Bolesta MJ, Winslow L, Gill K Spine 2010 Jun 35 13 1300-3
Associations of 25 structural, degradative, and inflammatory candidate genes with lumbar disc desiccation, bulging, and height narrowing.
Videman T, Saarela J, Kaprio J, Näkki A, Levälahti E, Gill K, Peltonen L, Battié MC Arthritis Rheum. 2009 Feb 60 2 470-81


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Honors & Awards

  • Kappa Delta Award-AAOS
    Outstanding Orthopaedic Research (2008)
  • Volvo Award-ISSLS
    Lower Back Research (1995)
  • Camp Award - Scandinavia
    The Long-Term Effect of Different Types of Excersises on Back-Related Symptions, Disability and Spinal Pathology in Former Athletes (1994)
  • Volvo Award in Clinical Sciences
    The Long-Term Effect of Different Types of Excersises on Back-Related Symptions, Disability and Spinal Pathology in Former Athletes (1994)
  • Volvo Award-ISSLS
    Lower Back Research (1991)
  • Who's Who
    High School and College (1973-1977)
  • Association for Professionals for Health
  • Best Paper - Finish Society for Back Research
    Disc Signal, Bulging or Disc Height Narrowing are associated with AGC1, COL1A1, COL1A2, COL2A1, COL5A1, COL9A1, COL9A2, COL11A1, COL11A2, ILA, IL1RL1, IL18R1, and IL18RAP genes.
  • Best Paper - Finnish Back Pain Society
    Occupational Driving and Lumbar Disc Degerneration: A Case Control Study
  • Camp Award - Scandinavia
    "Smoking and Lumbar Intevertebral Disc Degeneration: an MRI Study of Identical Twins
  • Honors Graduate - AOA
    Baylor College of Medicine
  • Pre-Medical Honor Society
    Honor Membership
  • University of Texas at Austin
    Cum Laude Graduate

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Baylor College of Medicine (1980)
  • Am College of Health Care Executives (2003)
  • AMA, TMA, DCMS (1986)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS) (1990)
  • American College of Forensic Examiners (1997)
  • American College of Forensic medicine (1996)
  • American College of Physician Executives (1998)
  • American Orthopaedic Association (2006)
  • Cervical Spine Research Society (1988)
  • International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (2016)
  • International Society Study of the Lumbar Spine (1989)
  • North American Spine Society (1987)
  • Society Internationale De Chirurgie orthopaedique Et De Tramatologie, Belgique (1993-1999)
  • Spine Orthoplasty Society (2002)
  • Texas Orthopaedic Association (1988)
  • Texas Spine Society (1989)