John M Rhee, MD

Emory Clinic

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery

Emory Healthcare Network Physician
Orthopaedic Surgery (Board certified since 2003)
Areas of Clinical Interest:
cervical fusion
herniated disc
lumbar decompression
lumbar disorders
lumbar fusion
spinal implants
spinal stenosis
spinal surgery
spinal trauma
spinal tumors
thoracic fusion
vertebral fractures
Office(s) Locations:
Emory Orthopaedics and Spine Center
59 Executive Park South
Atlanta, GA 30329
404 778-7000

Ortho/Spine Priority Line
404 778-3363

Ortho/Spine Priority Line
404 778-3363
About Dr. Rhee

Specializing in cervical spine surgery, lumbar spine surgery, complex spinal deformity surgery (scoliosis and kyphosis), and surgery for spinal tumors, Dr. Rhee is an active researcher and sought-after teacher/lecturer at the national and international level in multiple medical societies.  He has served as faculty and been an invited lecturer at numerous meetings and courses on spine surgery.  In addition, he has served as Program Chairman at numerous national and international spine surgery meetings.   Dr. Rhee has also published extensively in a number of peer reviewed journals and book chapters, and he has received numerous awards and honors.  He is actively involved the training of international research scholars and other spinal surgeons and has been the author and editor of numerous books on spine surgery techniques.

Year Started Practicing: 2000
Year Started Practicing at Emory: 2001
Organizational Memberships:
Chairman,, Continuing medical education committee, Cervical Spine Research Society
Chairman, 41st meeting of the Cervical Spine Research Society
Major or Recent Publications:

Rhee JM, et al.  Operative techniques in Spine Surgery.  Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2012.

Rhee JM et al: Nonoperative management of cervical myelopathy: A systematic review. Spine Aug 31, 2013.

Rhee JM, VanAlstyne EM, Skelly AC: Cervical total disc replacement: Global perspectives on use and trends.  Evidence Based Spine-Care Journal, February; 3(Suppl 1): 53–58, 2012

Rhee JM, Register B, Hamasaki T, Franklin B: Plate-only open door laminoplasty maintains stable spinal canal expansion with high rates of hinge union and no plate failures.  Spine, 36(1):9-14, 2011

Rhee JM, Heflin J, Hamasaki T, Freedman B: Prevalence of Physical Signs in Cervical Myelopathy: A Prospective, Controlled Study.  Spine, 34(9), 890-895, 2009

Rhee JM et al: Cervical radiculopathy.  Journal of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Vol 15(8): 486-494, 2007

Named among “Top 28 spine surgeons in North America
Orthopaedics This Week, July 2, 2013

First Place Award for Outstanding Clinical Research, Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS), November 2007. “Incidence of physical signs in cervical myelopathy: A prospective, controlled study.”

Second place Award for Resident/ Fellow research, Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS), December 2011. “Loss of lordosis following cervical laminoplasty.”
Medical School
University of California Medical Center, San Francisco, CA

University of California Medical Center, San Francisco, CA

University of California Medical Center, San Francisco, CA

Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St Louis, MO