Gerald Rodts, MD

Professor of Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery

Emory University School of Medicine

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Emory University School of Medicine

Phone: 404-778-7000

Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

59 Executive Park South
Suite 3000

Atlanta, GA 30329


  • Medical School, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1987
  • Internship, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, 1988
  • Residency, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, 1993
  • Fellowship: Spinal Surgery, Emory University's Department of Neurosurgery, Atlanta, GA, 1993


Board certified in neurosurgery with dual appointments in neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery at Emory, Dr. Rodts is the Chief of the Division of Spine Surgery in the Emory Department of Neurosurgery.  He is former Chief of Neurosurgery Service, Emory University Hospital Midtown, and former Chief of Neurosurgery, Grady Memorial Hospital. He started practicing at Emory in 1994.

Dr. Rodts' clinical interests in spine include degenerative conditions of the cervical and lumbar spine, cervical arthroplasty, computer-assisted image-guided spine surgery, thoracic spine disc herniations, syringomyelia, tumors of the spine and spinal cord, traumatic spine injuries, rheumatoid arthritic conditions of the spine, and revision spine surgery. He has held numerous leadership positions and is a Past- President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and Past-Chairman of the AANS/CNS Spine Section.  He served as President of the Georgia Neurosurgical Society. 

Dr. Rodts has been an Invited Lecturer or Visiting Lecturer at several universities and meetings dozens of times around the globe including serving as the Honored Guest Lecturer at the 30th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2010;  Guest Lecturer at the European Association of Neurological Surgery in 2008;  Honored Guest Lecturer at Aichi University, Japan in 1999;   the 3rd Annual Walter Whistler Lecturer, Chicago 200;   Honored Guest, New England Neurosurgical Society  2004;  Honored Guest Michigan Neurosurgical Society 2002;  and Guest Lecturer at the Latin American Society of Neurological Surgeons in in Santiago, Chile 1999.  He has taught spinal surgery in over 50 practical courses around the world.

Honors and Awards

  • President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)
  • Top Doctors, Atlanta Magazine, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Castle Connolly Research Award, Top Neurosurgeons in the United States, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Regional Spine Consultant to the National Football League 2009-present

Editorships and Editorial Boards

  • Neurosurgery
  • Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques
  • The Japanese Spine Journal