Owoicho Adogwa, M.D.

Owoicho Adogwa, M.D.

Effective August 30, 2021, Dr. Adogwa will be closing his practice at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

The clinic will be happy to recommend a physician to assume your care. Patients can obtain a copy of their medical records by calling 214-645-3030 or by email at


Owoicho Adogwa, M.D., M.P.H., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He focuses on the treatment of spinal diseases, with primary expertise in adult and pediatric scoliosis, degenerative spinal pathologies, and spinal oncology. He is a specialist both in advanced minimally invasive and traditional open techniques. 

His special interests include cervical degenerative disease, cervical deformity, adult and pediatric deformities, neuromuscular deformities, spinal oncology, lumbar degenerative pathologies, and complex primary and revisional spinal surgery. 

After earning his medical degree at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Dr. Adogwa performed his residencies in neurological surgery at Duke University Medical Center and Rush University Medical Center. 

Dr. Adogwa believes that a surgeon with the most comprehensive training is best able to treat disorders of the spine effectively. During his residency at RUSH, he completed an advanced complex spine and minimally invasive spine surgery fellowship under internationally renowned spine surgeons Vincent Traynelis, M.D., and Richard Fessler, M.D. Post-residency, he completed an adult and pediatric deformity fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, where he trained under the direction of world-renowned surgeons Munish Gupta, M.D., Keith Bridwell, M.D., Michael Kelly, M.D., Jacob Buchowski, M.D., and others. Dr. Adogwa then pursued additional surgical training in advanced osteotomy techniques in Lyon, France, under the tutelage of Pierre Roussouly, M.D., and in Accra, Ghana, under the mentorship of Oheneba Boachie, M.D. (founder of FOCOS Hospital and past president of the Scoliosis Research Society). 

Given this background, Dr. Adogwa is one of only a few surgeons in the world who is cross-trained in both orthopedic spine surgery and neurosurgery, which has provided him with unique qualifications to treat patients with complex spinal conditions, bringing to each patient the expertise necessary to evaluate and, if required, surgically treat disorders of the spine. 

Dr. Adogwa is a prolific surgeon-scientist, having published more than 180 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters and presented as an invited speaker, program faculty, or guest lecturer at more than 160 scientific meetings across the world. 

He has served on the editorial board of numerous scientific journals, including as Associate Editor of The Spine Journal, and is a reviewer for more than 20 neurosurgery and orthopedic journals.

He has held numerous leadership positions in neurosurgery and spine surgery organizations and is a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the North American Spine Society, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Lumbar Spine Research Society, AO Spine, the Scoliosis Research Society, the Texas Medical Association, the Dallas Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons, and the Council of State Neurological Societies.

Among his numerous honors and awards, Dr. Adogwa has received the prestigious Journalistic and Academic Neurosurgical Excellence (J.A.N.E) Award for research excellence from the 2017 Joint Spine Section; the Charlie Kuntz Scholar Award; best paper awards at the 2014 and 2017 North American Spine Society Meetings; the 2016 Robert Florin Resident Award from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons; the 2014 Regis W. Haid Jr. Deformity Research Award from the Joint Spine Section; the 2014 Mayfield Clinical Research Award and Outcomes Committee Award; and a 2021 Rising Star from Texas Monthly Super Doctors.

Education & Training
  • Medical School - Vanderbilt University Medical Center (2007-2012)
  • Graduate School - University of Kentucky College of Public Health (2005-2007), Public Health
  • Residency - Duke University Medical Center (2012-2015), Neurological Surgery
  • Residency - Rush University Medical Center (2015-2018), Neurological Surgery
  • Fellowship - Washington University/B-JH/SLCH Consortium (2018-2019), Orthopedic Surgery
Honors & Awards
  • Rising Star, Super Doctors by Texas Monthly 2021

Clinical Focus

  • Cervical Degenerative Disease
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Cervical Stenosis
  • Cervical Deformity
  • Lumbar Degenerative Disease
  • Spinal Column Tumors
  • Scoliosis
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

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