Jack E. Zigler, M.D

“My main concern is what will help my patient. Surgery should be a last resort, but if it is necessary, I will do a great job for you.”
~ Jack E. Zigler, M.D.


racticing out of Plano, TX, Dr. Zigler’s specialty focus is spine surgery. He holds a Board Certification from the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. In October 2001, Dr. Zigler performed the first ProDisc-L lumbar ADR in the United States, and has been implanting ProDisc-L and ProDisc-C for over 10 years. He lectures regularly on the results of lumbar and cervical ADR in addition to teaching surgical techniques to spine surgeons all over the world.

His wide educational career includes: Arnold Fellow in Spine Surgery (1981-1982), Case Western Reserve University with Henry Bohlman, M.D., Cleveland, OH; Resident and Chief Resident in Orthopedic Surgery (1978-1981), Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY; Surgical Residency (1977-1978), Long Island Jewish-Hillside Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY; M.D. Class of 1977, SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY; B.S. Class of 1973, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Dr. Zigler holds awards and recognition: He currently serves, or has served as Associate Editor for Journal of the International Society of the Advancement of Spine; on the Scientific Program Committee, Spinal Arthroplasty Society; on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques; as Chairman of the Membership Committee, Cervical Spine Research Society; as President of the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA); Foreign Correspondent for the Coluna (Portuguese language Spine Journal); Chairman, CSRS Committee on Patient Education; Orthopedic Section Editor, The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine; President, Federation of Spine Associations (FOSA); Executive Committee and Chairman of Core Curriculum Committee CSRS; Committee on the Spine, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS); Program Chair, American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) for Federation of Spine Associations (FOSA);


merican Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) Task Force on Aging; Chairman, Task Force on Aging for the North American Spine Society (NASS); Board of Directors, American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA); Council of Spine Societies Executive Committee; American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) Spine Instrument Work Group; Contributor, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) Self-Assessment Examination/Adult Spine; Teaching Excellence Award Rancho Los Amigos; Representative, Council of Musculoskeletal Specialty Societies (COMSS) of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons; Spinal Injury Consultant, Los Angeles Olympic Committee; Academic Achievement Award given by the Alumni Association, Upstate Medical Center College of Medicine; Graduated Cum Laude, SUNY Upstate Medical Center; Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Dr. Zigler has authored over 50 articles in professional peer-reviewed journals, more than 20 textbook chapters, and has served as named Editor of three textbooks on spinal surgery. He is a former Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Southern California School of Medicine. Dr. Zigler is acknowledged as a world-class leader in the field of spinal arthroplasty.


As world-renowned leaders in the field of neck and back care, Texas Back Institute doctors are continuously writing and presenting professional articles, publications and speaking engagements to national and international audiences. To view a list of Jack E. Zigler’s impressive contributions to spine health research and education Click here to Download Dr. Jack E. Zigler CV