Dr. Darren R. Lebl is an Associate Professor of spinal surgery specializing in minimally invasive surgery, the cervical spine, motion preserving spine procedures, and robotic computer navigation surgery. His practice at HSS involves a customized approach to each individual patient to help maximize quality of life and musculoskeletal health. He incorporates newer and minimally invasive surgery techniques to improve patient performance.
Dr. Lebl graduated from The University of Chicago with a triple major in biochemistry & molecular biology, chemistry, and economics with honors in each. He then attended medical school on scholarship to Stanford where he was involved in stem cell research and early studies using robotic assisted surgery. His surgical residency was at Harvard, and subspecialty surgical fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He later obtained an MBA from Wharton. He pursued additional advanced spine surgery training in cervical spine disorders, minimally invasive spine surgery, and spinal deformity surgery with international leaders in the USA, China, Japan, Spain, and Germany.
Dr. Lebl was the Editor-in-Chief of the Orthopaedic Journal at Harvard Medical School. He received the honor of serving as the Academic Chief Resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He was later recognized as an “emerging leader” by the world’s oldest and most distinguished orthopedic association, the American Orthopaedic Association, for his contributions to education and research.
He has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on complication avoidance in spinal surgery, cervical spine disorders, minimally invasive surgery, and motion preserving spine procedures. Dr. Lebl has also participated in medical missions to the Gambia and Ghana in West Africa.
Dr. Lebl had directed a Complex Cervical Spine Symposium at HSS that brings leading international cervical spine surgeons to New York for an educational exchange in a CME accredited surgeon-training course. He also directed the Cervical Spine Motion Preservation Symposium at HSS. Dr. Lebl works with several cutting-edge medical device companies and holds patents in the United States and Europe for state-of-the-art spine surgery techniques.
Dr. Lebl is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is an active member of distinguished societies such as the Cervical Spine Research Society, the North American Spine Society, and the Scoliosis Research Society.
Dr. Lebl has operated on and cared for spine patients on four different continents and has been an invited lecturer at many regional, national, and international academic meetings around the world. His private patients at HSS have included elite professional athletes, international patients, musicians, doctors, and other high-performance individuals.
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Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
Atlantoaxial Subluxation (C1-C2)
Cervical Arthritis / Cervical Spondylosis
Congenital cervical spine anomalies
Forestier’s Disease / DISH
High Cervical Spine Disorders
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Occipitocervical Junction Disorders
Pediatric Spinal Disorders
Rheumatoid Cervical Spine
Customized treatment plans for each individual patient may include:
Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion (ACDF)
Atlantoaxial fusion (C1-C2)
Cervical corpectomy / cervical vertebrectomy
Lateral Transpoas Interbody Fusion (LLIF / XLIF)
Minimally invasive cervical decompression
Minimally invasive cervical disk replacement
Minimally invasive lumbar decompression
Occipitocervical / craniovertebral junction fusion
Pedicle Subtraction Osteotomy
Smith Petersen Osteotomy
Three Column Osteotomy
Veterbral Column Resection / Vertebrectomy
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Director of Education and Research, HSS Spine - East River, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Scientist, Research Division, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery - Diplomate
American Orthopaedic Association – Emerging Leader
AO Spine - Associate Member
Cervical Spine Research Society
North American Spine Society
Scoliosis Research Society
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Whitecloud Award Winner in Clinical Sciences, co-author, 2019
Cervical Spine Research Society – Best Podium Award, AP Division, 2013
Spine “Young Investigator Award”/NASS “Outstanding Paper Award”, co-author, 2013
Thomas S. Whitecloud MD III Award Nominee for Best Basic Science Paper, IMAST, 2011
Orthopaedic Research Society, Board of Specialty Societies – Best Poster Presentation, 2011
Cervical Spine Research Society Resident/Fellow Poster Award, 2010
Frances N. Goodrich Scholarship - Stanford School of Medicine, 2003-2004
Kolos Scholar – Stanford School of Medicine, 2003-2004
Edward & Clara Wilkens Scholarship – Stanford School of Medicine, 2000-2003
Baxter Stanford Medical Scholars, 2001
Howard Hughes Summer Research Fellowship, 1998
Robert & Ruth Halperin Scholarship for Academic Excellence in the Physical Sciences, 1997-2000
Stanford – M.D.
Wharton – M.B.A
University of Chicago – B.S., B.A.
Hospital for Special Surgery
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS)
The Spine Journal
Global Spine Journal
Clinical Spine Surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Orthopaedic Journal at Harvard Medical School - Associate Editor (2006-2009)
Orthopaedic Journal at Harvard Medical School - Editor in Chief (2009-2010)
Lebl DR, Girardi FP, Hughes A, Cammisa FP. “Chapter 28: Lumbar Disc Arthroplasty” Master Techniques in Orthopedic Surgery – The Spine 3rd Edition. Edited by Thomas Zdeblick & Todd Albert. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Lebl DR, Girardi FP. “Total Facet Replacement” – The Spine. Edited by Vaccaro, Su, Chiba, Dvorak, Mayer, Rajasekaran, Vialle, Wang, Youssef. Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers
Lebl DR, Girardi FP, Hughes A, Cammisa FP. “Lumbar Total Disc Replacement”- Master Techniques in Orthopedic Surgery – The Spine – 3rd Edition. Edited by Thomas Zdeblick & Todd Albert. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Lebl DR, Sethi RK, Anderson PA Harris MB. “Chapter 5 - Clearing the Cervical Spine” in Spine Trauma. 2nd Edition. Alan M. Levine MD, Frank J. Eismont MD, Steven R. Garfin MD, Alexander R. Vaccaro MD, PhD, and Jack E. Zigler MD. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Saunders (Baltimore) pp. 55-65.
Li W, Lebl DR, Wood KB. “Thoracolumbar Burst Fractures” Controversies in Spine Surgery: Evidence-Based Treatment Recommendations, Ed: Vaccaro, Eck. Thieme Publishers, pp 59-68.
Schmitz M, Lebl D, Harris MB. “Chapter 12: Imaging of the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine During the Emergency Department Evaluation”. Spine and Spinal Cord Trauma: Evidence-Based Management. Ed: Vaccaro, Fehlings, Dvorak. Thieme Medical Publishers, Thieme Germany, 2010, pp95-108.
Schmitz M, Lebl D, Harris MB. “Chapter 18: The Benefits of Early Stabilization of Spinal Fractures in the Trauma Patient.” Spine and Spinal Cord Trauma: Evidence-Based Management. Ed: Vaccaro, Fehlings, Dvorak. Thieme Medical Publishers, Thieme Germany, 2010, pp157-165.
Lebl DR, Urban M. “Chapter 26: Perioperative Care of the Complex Spine Surgery Patient” Perioperative Care of the Orthopedic Patient Edited by MacKenzie, Cornell, Memtsoudis. Springer, New York, NY.
Lebl DR “Minimally Invasive Lateral Access Surgery” – Lingnan Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Meeting – Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China, May 18, 2013 (keynote speaker).
* Lebl DR, Taher F, Cammisa FP, Wright T, Abjornson C. Topographic 3D Laser Surface Analysis of Wear and Deformation of Retrieved Total Disc Replacements Fourth Annual Meeting of the Cervical Spine Research Society – Asia Pacific Section, 4th Annual Meeting, Seoul Korea, April 13, 2013. * Awarded Best Podium Presentation
Lebl DR, Boachie-Adjei O, Akbarnia BA, Gogia J, Krajbich IJ, Woo R, Rahm M, King A, Cunningham M. Treatment of Thoracolumbar / Lumbar Adolescent Idiopathic Curves (Lenke 5C): Anterior vs Posterior Approach with Modern Instrumentation. Complex Spine Study Group. Scoliosis Research Society – 47th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2012.
Lebl DR “Minimally Invasive Surgery for the Degenerative Lumbar Spine”, Hokkaido University Hospital, Sapporo, Japan, September 6th, 2011.
Lebl DR, Cammisa FP, Girardi FP, Wright T, Abjornson C. The In Vivo Wear Patterns, Surface Properties, and Fixation of Cervical Total Disc Replacements – A Retrieval Analysis of Prodisc-C Devices Cervical Spine Research Society – Scottsdale, AZ, December 10, 2011.
Lebl DR, Cammisa FP, Girardi FP, Lee S, Wright T, Abornson C. In Vivo Wear Properties from Thirty Explanted Prodisc-C Devices – Retrieval Analysis of Cervical Total Disc Replacements. EuroSpine - Milan, Italy, October 19-20, 2011.
*Lebl DR, Cammisa FP, Girardi FP, Lee S, Wright TM, Abjornson C. Retrieval Analysis of Cervical Total Disc Replacements – A Study of In vivo Wear, Surface Properties, and Fixation. International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques, Copenhagen, Denmark July 14-16, 2011. *Thomas S. Whitecloud Award Nominee
Lebl DR, Cammisa FP, Girardi FP, Lee S, Mo F, Wright TM, Abjornson C. Retrieval Analysis of Lumbar Total Disc Replacements – A Study of in vivo Wear, Surface Properties, and Fixation. International Meeting of Advanced Spine Techniques Copenhagen, Denmark July 16th, 2011.
Lebl DR, Metkar U, Grottkau B, Wood KB. Bioabsorbable Anterior Cervical Plate Fixation for Single Level Spondylosis – Early Clinical and Radiographic Experience. North American Spine Society, 25th Annual Meeting Oct 7, 2010.
Lebl DR, Cammisa FP, Girardi FP, PDL scientific exhibit. The Performance of a Lumbar Total Disc Replacement in vivo: A Retrieval Analysis of Wear Properties and Fixation. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA February 7-11, 2012 (Scientific Exhibit).
Taher, F, Girardi FP, Sokunbi GO, Hughes AP, Pumberger M, Sama AA, Nguyen J, Cammisa FP, Lebl DR. Radiographic Predictors of Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy Severity and Outcome. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2013.
Cervical Spine Biomechanics
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Safety and Complication Avoidance
Motion Preserving Spine Procedures
HSS has a long history of supporting appropriate relationships with industry because they advance HSS's mission to provide the highest quality patient care, improve patient mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all, and to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education.
Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Lebl as of April 10, 2023.
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