S. Tim Yoon, MD

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


  • Undergraduate School, Massachusetts Insitute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 1987
  • Medical School, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, 1994
  • Internship, University of California, San Francisco, CA, 1999
  • Residency, University of California, San Francisco, CA, 1999
  • Fellowship, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, IL, 2000


Dr. Yoon specializes in cervical and lumbar spine surgery using minimally invasive techniques. Dr. Yoon won the MIT robot and physics motor competitions while an undergraduate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He attended medical school at Yale University where he earned an MD and a PhD in immunobiology. He is an award-winning researcher, focusing on spinal disorders of the neck and novel biological treatments of disc degeneration.  Dr. Yoon attended elementary and high school in South Georgia.  He started practicing at Emory in 2000.

Honors and Awards

  • National Merit Scholar 1983
  • Winner of the Physics Motor Contest, MIT 1984
  • Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society 1985
  • Eta Kappa Nu, Electrical Engineering Honor Society 1985
  • Winner of the CROBOTS contest, MIT 1987
  • Medical Scientist Training Program 1988 – 1995
  • Runner up, NASS Outstanding Paper Award 2003
  • ISSLS Prize: Basic Science 2004
  • North American Spine Society Best Paper Presentation 2006
  • Cervical Spine Research Society Award 2010
  • Global Spine Congress, Barcelona, Spain 2011 – Best Paper Award 1st place
  • ISSLS Prize: Basic Science 2013

Editorships and Editorial Boards

  • The Spine Journal, Deputy Editor – Basic Science 2010 to present, Associate Board Member -2007-2010, Editorial Review Board since 2001-2007.
  • Seminars in Spine Surgery, December 2004, Guest Editor: “Cervical Spondylitis Myelopathy”
  • American Journal of Orthopaedics, Editorial Review Board since 2006
  • Orthopaedics Today Basic Science and Technology Section Editor, 2007- present
  • Spine Journal, Reviewer 2000 - present
  • European Spine Journal, Reviewer 2007- present
  • Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Reviewer 2006 – present


Primary research Interest: Spinal surgery outcomes

To better understand outcomes of cervical and lumbar spinal surgery as influenced by patient factors and surgical techniques.

Secondary research interest: Intervertebral disc biology

Intervertebral disc degeneration and therapy.  To better understand age-related and disease-related intervertebral disc degeneration at a molecular and cellular level.  To develop therapeutic strategies to reverse or retard intervertebral disc degeneration using biological techniques such as gene and molecular therapy and animal model development.