Dheera Ananthakrishnan, M.D., M.S.E.

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Emory University School of Medicine

Phone: 404-778-6306

Fax: 404-778-7117

Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

59 Executive Park South
Suite 3000

Atlanta, GA 30329


  • Undergraduate, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
  • Graduate, Bioengineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Medical School, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY, 1996
  • Internship, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, 1997
  • Residency, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, 2001
  • Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco, CA, 2003


Dr. Ananthakrishnan trained with one of the pioneers of scoliosis surgery, Dr. David Bradford, at the University of California at San Francisco. After completion of her fellowship, she practiced orthopedic and spine surgery for over three years at the University of Washington in Seattle. In 2007, she left Seattle to work with Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She then worked as a volunteer consultant at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, before starting her position at Emory University, where her focus is on adult and adolescent scoliosis.

In 2009, Dr Ananthakrishnan co-founded Orthopaedic Link, a non-profit dedicated to improving orthopaedic care in the developing world by mobilization of unused implants from the United States.   She is also a candidate member of the Scoliosis Research Society.

Although Dr Ananthakrishnan routninely performs complex spinal reconstruction surgery, an injury in 2012 caused her to reevaluate her own approach to musculoskeletal health.  Her practice philosophy now focuses on strengthening, stretching and general conditioning (“prehab”) as an adjunct to surgical care of her patients.

Honors and Awards

  • GTE All-American Scholar-Athlete, 1990
  • James and Rita Dougherty Award, Albany Medical College, 1996
  • Rhone-Poulenc-Rorer Scholarship Award, 1998


Dr. Ananthakrishnan’s current research project is "Capacity Building for Scoliosis Surgery in a Developing Country: the impact of a seed donation"