Kevin Gill, M.D.

Kevin Gill, M.D.

  • Orthopaedic Surgery - Spine Orthopaedics
  • Back, Neck, & Spine Degenerative & Inflammatory Conditions
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery


Kevin Gill, M.D., is a Professor in and Vice Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in evaluating and treating disorders of the spine.

Dr. Gill earned his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine. He completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center and received advanced training in spinal surgery through a fellowship at the University of Vermont and The Royal London Hospital and Clinic. He also holds a Master of Medical Management degree from Tulane University.

Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Board of Spine Surgery, Dr. Gill joined the UT Southwestern clinical faculty in 1985 and has been a full-time faculty professor since 2005.

Dr. Gill is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, a Diplomat of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and a member of numerous other professional organizations, including the American Orthopaedic Association, the North American Spine Society, the Cervical Spine Research Society, the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, and the American College of Physician Executives.

Previously, Dr. Gill was the Vice President of Medical Services (Chief Medical Officer) for the Medical Center and UTSW’s St. Paul University Hospital.

Dr. Gill has delivered scores of international and national presentations, contributed to the book The Poly-Traumatized Patient with Fractures: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach, and published numerous academic articles. He serves as an advisory editor for Spine and The Spine Journal.

He has been included in D Magazine's Best Doctors list and was named a Texas Monthly Super Doctor.

Meet Dr. Gill

Spine Surgeon

As one of the leading spine specialists in the world, Kevin Gill, M.D., has pioneered some of the latest advancements in evaluating and treating cervical and lumbar spine conditions and injuries. 

This includes minimally invasive spine surgery, new modular disc implants that allow for more mobility, spinal fusion surgery, and disc arthroplasty. He’s on a mission to provide the best options available to help patients regain movement and return to the activities they enjoy without debilitating back and neck pain.

"We've pioneered less-invasive procedures for the spine emphasizing less pain, quicker recovery, and superior long-term results,” says Dr. Gill. 

Because of the complexity of the bones, discs, muscles, nerves, and cartilage that make up the spine, receiving an accurate diagnosis is a major first step to resolving problems. An incorrect diagnosis can delay receiving the right course of treatment, one that has been individualized based on the patient’s back or neck problem and lifestyle. 

“Depending on the age of the patient, there are different reasons for back and neck problems,” Dr. Gill says. “For example, more disc herniations occur in patients under the age of 50. Spinal stenosis and spurs are more frequently found in patients over the age of 50.” 

Dr. Gill treats a wide range of patients, from high school gymnasts to retirees. This includes patients needing an initial diagnosis or second opinion, as well as those who need previous surgeries corrected. He currently sees patients in UT Southwestern’s Spine Center

Although he is an expert spine surgeon, Dr. Gill doesn’t always recommend surgery for patients. In fact, he says, most back and neck issues can be managed without surgery, using nonoperative, conservative treatment options. 

Innovative and Award-Winning Research

Dr. Gill has been a leader in evaluating the effectiveness of new technology and materials for artificial disc implants that allow for more flexibility or movement of the back. With the newer implants and minimally invasive spine surgery, he’s able to make a small incision of 1-2 inches, remove the damaged disc, and replace it with a new, artificial disc. The procedure takes about an hour to perform, and recovery is approximately one to two weeks. 

Dr. Gill participates in multiple clinical trials that investigate motion preservation implants and surgical techniques. His latest clinical trial is the "Triumph"-Globus Medical-posterior disc replacement system. 

In 1991, 1994, and 1995, he and his research group won the Volvo and Camp Awards in Clinical Sciences for International Low Back Pain Research.

In 2008, Dr. Gill’s research group received the Kappa Delta Orthopaedic Research Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. His work studied degenerative disc disease in identical twins that spanned 18 years. This award is among the most prestigious recognition in the world for orthopaedic surgery.    

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (1980-1981), General Surgery
  • Residency - UT Southwestern Medical Center (1981-1985), Orthopedic Surgery
  • Medical School - Baylor College of Medicine (1976-1980)
  • Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (1984-1985), Spine Surgery
  • Fellowship - University of Vermont Medical Center (1986-1986), Orthopedic Surgery
  • Fellowship - London England Hospital and Clinic (1985-1985), Spine Surgery
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Am College of Health Care Executives
  • Cervical Spine Research Society
  • North American Spine Society
  • International Society Study of the Lumbar Spine
Honors & Awards
  • D Magazine Best Doctor 2020-2022
  • Kappa Delta Award-AAOS 2008, Outstanding Orthopaedic Research
  • Volvo Award-ISSLS 1991, Lower Back Research
Books & Publications
  • Coflex Interspinous process spacer-IDE with Paradigm Spine
  • Long term 18 year follow-up in degenerative spine conditions of identical twin cohort
  • Prodisc Cervical-IDE and continued access study with Synthes Spine
  • TOPS-Total Posterior Spinal Implant-IDE with Impliant company
  • Triumph-IDE study-posterior disc replacement-Globus Medical

Clinical Focus

  • Back, Neck, & Spine Degenerative & Inflammatory Conditions
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Back, Neck, & Spine Pain

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Q&A by Dr. Gill

Super Doctors Hall of Fame

Dr. Kevin Gill has been a named a Super Doctor by Texas Monthly every year for the past 15 years.

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