John M. Rhee, M.D.

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Emory University School of Medicine

Director

Resident Spine Service

Phone: 404-778-7021

Fax: 404-778-7117

Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

59 Executive Park South
Suite 3000

Atlanta, GA 30329

Education

  • College, Stanford University , Stanford. CA, 1990
  • Medical School, University of California, San Francisco, CA, 1994
  • Internship, University of California, San Francisco, CA, 1995
  • Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, CA, 2000
  • Fellowship: Spinal Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 2001

Biography

Dr. Rhee is an expert in cervical spine surgery, lumbar spine surgery, spinal deformity surgery (scoliosis, kyphosis) and surgery for spinal tumors.  Dr. Rhee is also an active researcher and sought-after teacher/lecturer at the national and international level in multiple spine societies.  He has authored numerous textbooks and research articles on the spine.  Dr. Rhee has practiced at Emory since 2001.

Honors and Awards:

  • Second place Award for Resident/ Fellow research, Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS), December 2011
  • First Place Award for Outstanding Clinical Research, Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS), November 2007.
  • Election to the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) Honor society, 2007.
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, 1994
  • Class of 1956 Scholarship Award, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, 1993
  • Highest Distinction (the highest academic award granted to undergraduates), Stanford University, 1990
  • Departmental Honors, Biological Sciences, Stanford University, 1990
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford University, 1989
  • Valedictorian, Robert Louis Stevenson High School, Pebble Beach, CA, 1986

Publications

 

Selected Book Chapters

  1. Young L, Rhee JM: Kyphotic Cervical Deformity Correction including Post Traumatic and Post Laminectomy Kyphosis.  The Spine.  Editor: Vaccaro, A.  In press, 2013.
  2. Zahrai A, Rhee JM: Degenerative conditions causing cervical and thoracic instability.  Seminars in Spine Surgery.  Issue Editor: Stambaugh, J.  In press, 2012.
  3. St. Clair S,Rhee JM: Cervical disc herniation and radiculopathy.  Spine Surgery Basics.  Editor: Patel V, et al.  Springer.  In press, 2012.
  4. Rhee JM: Posterior cervical laminoplasty technique.  Surgical Atlas of Spinal Operations, Editor: Vaccaro, Eck.  In press 2012.
  5. Freedman B, Rhee JM, Boden SD: Diseases and Injuries of the Lumbar Spine.  Current Diagnosis and Treatment Orthopaedics. Editors: Harry Skinner. In press.
  6. Rhee JM: Iatrogenic cervical deformity.  Seminars in Spine Surgery, 23(3), 2011.
  7. Rhee JM, Riew KD: Cervical Degenerative Disc Disorders.  Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 10.  American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2011.
  8. Fayssoux R,Rhee JM: Spine Injuries in Sports.  Orthopaedic Knowledge Update Spine 4.  American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, August 2011.
  9. Rhee JM, Horton WC: Surgery for adult spinal deformity (scoliosis and kyphosis).  Medical management of the surgical patient, 5th edition.  Editor: Lubin MF et al.  Cambridge University Press.  In press 2011-2012.
  10. Rhee JM: Postlaminectomy kyphosis.  The Cervical Spine, 5th Edition.  Editor: Edward Benzel.  In press.
  11. Dean, C, Rhee, JM: Nonoperative management of cervical disc and degenerative disorders.  Rothman and Simeone: The Spine, 6th edition.  Editor: Herkowitz, H.  Saunders, 2011.
  12. Rhee, JM: Cervical spine: the state of the art.  Textbook of Spinal Surgery, 3rd edition.  Editor:Bridwell, K.  Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2011. 
  13. Rhee, JM, Basra, S: Cervical myelopathy.  Textbook of Spinal Surgery, 3rd edition.  Editor: Bridwell, K.  Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2011. 
  14. Rinkus, K,Rhee, JM: Evaluation Of Axial Neck Pain. Who is a surgical candidate and who isn’t.  Textbook of Spinal Surgery, 3rd edition.  Editor: Bridwell, K.  Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2011. 
  15. Rose PS, Rhee JM, Riew KD: Cervical radiculopathy: Clinical evaluation and nonoperative treatment.  Textbook of Spinal Surgery, 3rd edition.  Editor: Bridwell, K.  Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2011. 
  16. Rhee, JM, Jarrett, C, Wiesel, S: Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion with and without instrumentation.  Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics.  Editor: Wiesel, S.  Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2010.
  17. Ko E,Rhee JM: Bryan Cervical Disc Replacement.  Techniques in Orthopaedics. 25(2): 114-117, 2010
  18. Rhee JM: “Cervical arthroplasty: a success, failure, or both?” The Spine Journal.  10(8), 731-732, 2010.
  19. Jarrett, C, Rhee, JM: Anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion with instrumentation.  Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics.  Editor: Wiesel, S.  Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2010.
  20. Heflin, J, Rhee, JM: Anterior approaches to the cervical spine.  Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics.  Editor: Wiesel, S.  Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2010.
  21. Rhee, JM: Cervical disc disease with radiculopathy – case analysis and critical review of the literature.  Prove it!Evidence-Based Analysis of Common Spine Problems.  Editors: Bono, CM and Fisher, C.  Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2010.
  22. Chung W, Rhee JM: Anterior lumbar interbody fusion.  American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2009.
  23. Wollowick AL, Rhee JM, Riew KD: Anterior cervical decompression and fusion: Indications and techniques.  Instructional Course Lectures, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
  24. Rhee JM, Basra, S: Posterior surgery for cervical myelopathy.  Asian Spine Journal, 2(2), December 2008
  25. Rhee JM: Posterior surgery for cervical myelopathy – laminectomy, laminectomy with fusion, laminoplasty.  Seminars in Spine Surgery, 19(1), March 2007
  26. Rhee JM, Schaufele M, Abdu WA:  Radiculopathy and the herniated lumbar disc: controversies regarding pathophysiology and management.  Instructional Course Lectures, Vol 56: 287-299.   American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2007.
  27. Rhee JM, Riew KD: Anterior cervical fusion and instrumentation techniques. In Surgical Anatomy and Techniques to the Spine.  Chapter 18. Editors Kim D et al. Elsevier, 2006
  28. Rhee JM, Riew KD: Evaluation and Management of neck pain, radiculopathy, myelopathy.  Seminars in Spine Surgery, 2005
  29. Rhee JM, Riew KD: Cervical Myelopathy.  Orthopaedic Knowledge Update Spine 3.  American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 2005.
  30. Rhee JM, Boden SD: Bone graft Alternatives.  Orthopaedic Knowledge Online. Editor Harry Herkowitz.  American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2005
  31. Rhee JM:  Posterior surgery for cervical myelopathy.  Seminars in Spine Surgery,16(4), pp. 255-263, 2004
  32. Rhee JM, Riew KD: Complications related to the surgical treatment of cervical myelopathy. In Complications of Pediatric and Adult Spinal Surgery.  Vaccaro A (Editor).  Marcel Dekker, NY, 2004, pp341-356.
  33. Rhee JM: Cervical Decompression: Anterior and Posterior.  Spine Surgery: Essentials of Orthopaedics.  Editors Bono CM, Garfin SR.  Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2004.
  34. Rhee JM, Heller JG: Spinal Infections.  The Pediatric and Adult Spine, 4th edition.  Editors John W Frymoyer, Sam W Wiesel.  Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA, 2004.
  35. Rhee JM, Boden SD: Bone Tissue Engineering: Opportunities in Spinal Applications.  In press, Bone Tissue Engineering Principles.  Editor Hollinger, Jeff. CRC press, 2004.
  36. Riew KD, Rhee JM: Microsurgical techniques in lumbar spinal stenosis.  Atlas of Minimal Access Spine Surgery, 2nd ed. Ch. 16.  Editors Regan JJ, Lieberman IH. Quality Medical Publishing, 2003.
  37. Emami A, Rhee JM, Hu SS: Anterior surgery for kyphoscoliosis.  Modern Anterior Scoliosis Surgery.  Editors Lenke LG, Betz R, Harms J.  Quality Medical Publishing, 2003.
  38. Riew KD, Kuklo TR, Lenke LG, Rhee JM: Halo and Cranial Traction. In Spinal Deformities: The Comprehensive Text.  Ch 48.  Editor Dewald, RL.  Thieme, 2003.
  39. Rhee JM, Riew KD: Pedicle screws for thoracic trauma.  Seminars in Spine Surgery 14(1):88-96, 2002.
  40. Rhee JM, Riew KD: Radiographic assessment of spondylolisthesis.  Seminars in Spine Surgery, 2002
  41. Riew KD, Rhee JM: Degenerative disc disorders of the cervical spine.  Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 7.  American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Pp 609-619, 2002.
  42. Riew KD, Rhee JM, McCulloch J: Microsurgery for degenerative conditions of the lumbar spine.  Beaty JH (editor). Instructional Course Lectures, Vol 51, pp 247-253, 2002.
  43. Lenke LG, Rhee JM: Adolescent scoliosis: anterior surgical techniques for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Current Opinion in Orthopaedics, 12(3): 199-205, 2001.
  44. Rhee JM, Bradford D: Surgical management of adult scoliosis. Seminars in Spine Surgery, 10(4): 339-349, 1998.

Selected Textbooks Authored/Edited

  1. Rhee JM et al.  Operative techniques in Spine Surgery.  Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2012.
  2. Rhee JM.  Issue editor.  Deformities of the cervical spine.  Seminars in Spine Surgery, 23(3), 2011.
  3. Rhee JM.  Section editor: The cervical spine.  In Bridwell and Dewald: The Textbook of Spinal Surgery, Third edition.  Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2011.
  4. Rhee JM et al.  Section editor: The Spine. Operative techniques in Orthopaedics.  Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2010