P. Douglas Kiester, M.D.
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Dr. Kiester does major spinal reconstruction including spinal stenosis, scoliosis,
tumors, complex revision surgery, and trauma. He is also an expert in microsurgery.
While Dr. Kiester has been on the forefront for developing new surgical devices
and is a technical consultant to industry, he is very conservative and will
often choose not to implant any device, if he feels that is what is best
for the patient. Microsurgery is very effective in some cases, and in others
it should be avoided. He is very excited by the new fusion technology has
almost completely eliminated the need for taking bone graft. This eliminates
a major source of pain for the patient. The use of plastic surgery-type closures
eliminates the need for removing sutures or staples. One of the reasons he
is in a University practice, is because he loves to teach, which includes
teaching the patients how to best care for themselves, and simple, detailed
discussions about any surgery.
Dr. Kiester has filed 4 patents in 2008. His research on how the lumbar spine
(low back) rotates helps explain why the lumbar artificial disk replacements
have had such poor results, and suggests how adult scoliosis is caused and
progresses. His discovery of the mechanical cause of adolescent scoliosis
promises to eventually (not for a few years yet) eliminate the need to fuse
teenage spines for routine scoliosis. This model suggests that bracing in
this type of scoliosis may do more harm than good. He has taught himself
5 different computer 3-D software programs over the past several years to
better understand the fine points of spinal mechanics, improve spinal tools
and technology, and assist in his research. As we better understand the spine,
we will better be able to treat it.
Dr. Kiester received his undergraduate degree from the University of Utah and
his medical doctorate degree from Indiana University. He completed his surgical
internship at the University of Southern California and completed his residency
in Orthopaedic Surgery at Bronx-Lebanon Medical Center in New York City.
Dr. Kiester did a fellowship at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s in Chicago
in Spine Surgery. He did a one year fellowship in Pathokinesiology (biomechanics)
at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital in Downey, California. He was also in the PhD
program in Biophysics and Computing at the University of Utah when he entered
medical school. He currently serves as a Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic
Surgery at the University of California, Irvine.
Bronx-Lebanon Medical Center, New York CIty
Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago -- Spine Surgery
Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, Pathokinesiology -- Downey, California
Resident Faculty Teaching Award
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery