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Dr. Kern Singh

Dr. Kern Singh is a trusted thought leader in Minimally Invasive and Endoscopic Outpatient Spine Surgery. Dr. Singh has dedicated his career to pioneering minimally invasive, outpatient spine surgery. He is the Co-Director of the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute and the Associate Chief of Spine Surgery at RUSH University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. Patients from all over the U.S. and the world choose Dr. Singh for his cutting-edge use of minimally invasive and endoscopic outpatient surgical approaches.

Dr. Singh is also an award-winning researcher, having published over 500+ articles and book chapters, over 15 textbooks, and has given over 500+ lectures in the field of spinal surgery. Dr. Singh’s groundbreaking research work has most recently won awards at the North American Spine Society (NASS) and Society of Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery (SMISS) annual meetings.

Dr. Singh is also extensively involved in designing new, cutting-edge instrumentation for use in spinal procedures utilized by spinal surgeons around the world. Dr. Singh has developed products including an award-winning Artificial Intelligence (AI) machine learning ultrasound-based software algorithm that helps map spinal nerves during minimally invasive lateral based spinal procedures. Dr. Singh has also helped design and patented spinal instrumentation including lumbar pedicle screws and cervical laminoplasty plates that surgeons from all over the United States and the world currently utilize in spinal surgery.

Dr. Singh has been intimately involved in the training of spinal surgery fellows for the past 20 years. Many of these fellowship trained spine surgeons are now leaders in major academic institutions across the United States.

Training & education

Dr. Singh graduated high school at the young age of 16 allowing him to embark earlier than most on his medical training. He then attended the Pennsylvania State University where he obtained his undergraduate degree with Honors in Biomechanical Engineering at the age of 19. Dr. Singh then went on to graduate from medical school Summa Cum Laude (Honors) at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia at the age of 23. Following medical school, Dr. Singh began his orthopaedic surgery residency training at RUSH University Medical Center often considered one of the top 8 programs in the country. Upon completing his orthopaedic surgery training, Dr. Singh went on to sub-specialize in spinal surgery at the prestigious Emory University in Atlanta. At Emory, Dr. Singh was able to train with both orthopaedic and neurosurgical spine surgeons. Dr. Singh has been board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery since 2005 and his entire practice is focused exclusively on the treatment of patients with spinal disorders.

Approach to care

As a specialist in the advancement of spinal health and spine surgery for more than 20 years, Dr. Singh’s attention to guaranteeing his patients the utmost in compassionate and skilled care has earned him top honors including Vital.com’s most compassionate Doctor Award.  Dr. Singh helps patients think about their spine health in a more comprehensive and wholistic way by incorporating lifestyle, nutrition, and physical exercise as part of their therapeutic process. By way of his customized approach to his patients, Dr. Singh can provide non-surgical and minimally invasive surgical options to a patient’s spinal problem. Dr. Singh and his team are able to employ the most state-of-the-art treatment in outpatient minimally invasive and endoscopic spinal surgery to each and every patient. Patients from all over the United States and the world frequently fly in to be evaluated and treated by Dr. Singh and his team.


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