- Medical School - Baylor College of Medicine (1976-1980)
- Fellowship - Parkland Memorial Hospital (1980-1981), Surgery
- Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (1984-1985), Spine Surgery
- Internship - Parkland Memorial Hospital (1981-1985), Orthopaedic Surgery
- Fellowship - University of Vermont Medical Center (1986-1986), Orthopedic Surgery
- Fellowship - London England Hospital and Clinic (1985-1985), Spine Surgery
Kevin Gill, M.D.
- Aaron A. Hofmann, M.D., and Suzanne Hofmann Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery in Honor of Richard E. Jones, M.D.
- Orthopaedic Surgery - Spine Orthopaedics
- Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
- Back, Neck, & Spine Pain
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.
In 2018, he was included in D Magazine's Best Doctors list and was named a Texas Monthly Super Doctor.
Meet Dr. Gill
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.
- Am College of Health Care Executives
- AMA, TMA, DCMS
- Cervical Spine Research Society
- North American Spine Society
- International Society Study of the Lumbar Spine
- D Magazine Best Doctor 2020
- Kappa Delta Award-AAOS 2008, Outstanding Orthopaedic Research
- Volvo Award-ISSLS 1991, Lower Back Research
Occupational Driving and Lumbar Disc Degeneration: A Case-Control Study.
Michele C. Battie, Tapio Videman, Laura E. Gibbons, Hannu Manninen, Kevin Gill, Malcolm Pope, Jaakko Kaprio The Lancet *1st Prize Finnish Back Pain Society Meeting. 3-21-2003 November 2002 Number 9343 360
Determinants of the progression lumbar degeneration: a 5-year follow-up study of adult monozygotic twins.
Videman T, Battie MC, Ripatti S, Gill K, Mannimen H, Kaprio J. Spine March 2006 31(6) 671-8.
Two-Year Follow-up from 5 Centers Participating in the ProDisc-C IDE Trial
Jack Zigler, Richard Guyer, Kevin Gill, Richard Balderston, Frank Commisa, Raymond Linovitz Palm Beach, Florida Poster Session-November 30-December 2, 2006 December 2006
Acute Neck Pain and Cervical Herniated Disk.
Michael J Bolesta, Kevin Gill AAOS ? Spine Update-#3 December 2004
1995 Volvo Award in Clinical Sciences: Determinants of Lumbar Disc Degeneration. A Study Relating Lifetime Exposures and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Findings in Identical Twins.
Michele Battie, Tapio Videman, Laura Gibbons, Lloyd Fisher, Hannu Manninen and Kevin Gill Spine 95 20(24) 2601-2612
Similarities in Degenerative Findings in the Lumbar MRI of Identical Twins
Michele Battie, David Haynor, Lloyd Fisher, Kevin Gill and Laura Gibbons Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 1995 77-A(11) 1162-1670
1994 Volvo Award in Clinical Sciences: The Long-Term Effects of Physical Loading and Exercise Lifestyles on Back-Related Symptoms, Disability and Spinal Pathology Among Men.
Tapio Videman, Seppo Sarna, Michele Battie, Seppo Koskinen, Kevin Gill, Heli Paananen, and Laura Gibbons: Spine 1995 20(6) 699-709
1991 Volvo Award in Clinical Sciences "Smoking and Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Degeneration: An MRI Study of Identical Twins."
Michele Battie, Tapio Videman, Kevin Gill, Giovanni Moneta, Richard Nyman, Jaakko Kaprio, Markku Koskenvuo Spine 1991 16(16) 1015-1021
Associations of 25 structural, degradative, and inflammatory candidate genes with lumbar disc desiccation, bulging, and height narrowing.
Videman T, Saarela J, Kaprio J, Näkki A, Levälahti E, Gill K, Peltonen L, Battié MC Arthritis and rheumatism 2009 Feb 60 2 470-81
Genetic and environmental effects on disc degeneration by phenotype and spinal level: a multivariate twin study.
Battié MC, Videman T, Levälahti E, Gill K, Kaprio J Spine 2008 Dec 33 25 2801-8
The Twin Spine Study: contributions to a changing view of disc degeneration.
Battié MC, Videman T, Kaprio J, Gibbons LE, Gill K, Manninen H, Saarela J, Peltonen L The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society 2009 Jan-Feb 9 1 47-59
A comparison of film and computer workstation measurements of degenerative spondylolisthesis: intraobserver and interobserver reliability.
Bolesta MJ, Winslow L, Gill K Spine 2010 Jun 35 13 1300-3
Magnetic resonance neurography in chronic lumbosacral and pelvic pain: Diagnostic and management impact- Institutional audit.
Dessouky R, Xi Y, Scott KM, Khaleel M, Gill K, Jones S, Khalifa DN, Tantawy HI, Aidaros MA, Chhabra A World neurosurgery 2018 Mar
Lumbar spinal stenosis is a highly genetic condition partly mediated by disc degeneration.
Battié MC, Ortega-Alonso A, Niemelainen R, Gill K, Levalahti E, Videman T, Kaprio J Arthritis & rheumatology (Hoboken, N.J.) 2014 Aug
Automated percutaneous discectomy. Long-term clinical experience with the Nucleotome system.
Gill K, Blumenthal SL Acta orthopaedica Scandinavica. Supplementum 1993 251 30-3
The prevalence and characteristics of thoracic magnetic resonance imaging findings in men.
Niemeläinen R, Battié MC, Gill K, Videman T Spine 2008 Nov 33 23 2552-9
A new quantitative measure of disc degeneration.
Videman T, Battié MC, Gibbons LE, Gill K The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society 2017 Feb
Aging changes in lumbar discs and vertebrae and their interaction: a 15-year follow-up study.
Videman T, Battié MC, Gibbons LE, Gill K The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society 2014 Mar 14 3 469-78
Heritability of low back pain and the role of disc degeneration.
Battié MC, Videman T, Levalahti E, Gill K, Kaprio J Pain 2007 Oct 131 3 272-80
Lifetime exercise and disk degeneration: an MRI study of monozygotic twins.
Videman T, Battié MC, Gibbons LE, Manninen H, Gill K, Fisher LD, Koskenvuo M Medicine and science in sports and exercise 1997 Oct 29 10 1350-6
- Occupational Driving and Lumbar Disc Degeneration: A Case-Control Study.
- 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
- Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
- Back, Neck, & Spine Pain
- Back, Neck, & Spine Degenerative & Inflammatory Conditions
- Back, Neck, & Spine Fractures