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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)
Parkland Memorial Hospital (1981), Surgery
Parkland Memorial Hospital (1985), Orthopaedic 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

The Twin Spine Study: contributions to a changing view of disc degeneration.
Battié MC, Videman T, Kaprio J, Gibbons LE, Gill K, Manninen H, Saarela J, Peltonen L Spine J 2009 Jan-Feb 9 1 47-59
Genetic and environmental effects on disc degeneration by phenotype and spinal level: a multivariate twin study.
Battié MC, Videman T, Levälahti E, Gill K, Kaprio J Spine 2008 Dec 33 25 2801-8
The prevalence and characteristics of thoracic magnetic resonance imaging findings in men.
Niemeläinen R, Battié MC, Gill K, Videman T Spine 2008 Nov 33 23 2552-9
Heritability of low back pain and the role of disc degeneration.
Battié MC, Videman T, Levalahti E, Gill K, Kaprio J Pain 2007 Oct 131 3 272-80
Two-Year Follow-up from 5 Centers Participating in the ProDisc-C IDE Trial
Jack Zigler, Richard Guyer, Kevin Gill, Richard Balderston, Frank Commisa, Raymond Linovitz Palm Beach, Florida Poster Session-November 30-December 2, 2006 December 2006
Determinants of the progression lumbar degeneration: a 5-year follow-up study of adult monozygotic twins.
Videman T, Battie MC, Ripatti S, Gill K, Mannimen H, Kaprio J. Spine March 2006 31(6) 671-8.
Acute Neck Pain and Cervical Herniated Disk.
Michael J Bolesta, Kevin Gill AAOS ? Spine Update-#3 December 2004
Occupational Driving and Lumbar Disc Degeneration: A Case-Control Study.
Michele C. Battie, Tapio Videman, Laura E. Gibbons, Hannu Manninen, Kevin Gill, Malcolm Pope, Jaakko Kaprio The Lancet *1st Prize Finnish Back Pain Society Meeting. 3-21-2003 November 2002 Number 9343 360
Lifetime exercise and disk degeneration: an MRI study of monozygotic twins.
Videman T, Battié MC, Gibbons LE, Manninen H, Gill K, Fisher LD, Koskenvuo M Med Sci Sports Exerc 1997 Oct 29 10 1350-6
Automated percutaneous discectomy. Long-term clinical experience with the Nucleotome system.
Gill K, Blumenthal SL Acta Orthop Scand Suppl 1993 251 30-3


Featured Books Legend Featured Books

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

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