Scott L. Blumenthal

” ‘Refuse to Fuse’ – My goal is to get my patients back to life using the most advanced motion-preserving technologies. This includes lumbar and cervical artificial discs as well as posterior dynamic stabilization and interspinous process distraction.” ~ Scott L. Blumenthal, M.D.


r. Blumenthal maintains his practice in Plano, TX where he specializes in spine surgery. He played a key leadership role in the clinical trial of the first Charité in the United States as well as performing the first total disc replacement (TDR) procedure in the United States. He published landmark work on the two- and five-year follow up results of TDR in addition to his work internationally, teaching his surgical techniques and lecturing widely on the topics of lumbar and cervical TDR.

Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery with fellowship training in Spine Surgery, Dr. Blumenthal’s educational background includes: a Spinal Trauma Fellowship (1987) at Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL; Orthopedic Surgery Residency (1983-1987) at University of Texas Health Science Center, Dallas, TX (Chief of Service: Vert Mooney, M.D.); General Surgery Internship (1982-1983) at University of Texas Health Science Center, Dallas, TX; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Fellowship (1982) at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; M.D., Class of 1982, Northwestern University Medical School, Evanston, IL; B.S., Medicine, Class of 1978, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.


r. Blumenthal also serves as the private Spine Consultant for the Dallas Mavericks, in addition to his role as Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, TX.

He earned an award as the “Best Doctor Award” from D Magazine (Dallas, TX), as well as multiple recognitions including: Principal Investigator, SB III Charité Artificial Disc (first artificial disc in the country); Graduation with Distinction from Northwestern Medical School, Evanston, Illinois; Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society; and the Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.


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 Scott L. Blumenthal’s impressive contributions to spine health research and education, click here.