Dr. Kepler is an ABOS Board Certified Spine Surgeon. He completed a two year fellowship in spine surgery and spine research at Rothman Institute and Thomas Jefferson University. Prior to fellowship, Dr. Kepler completed his residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He received his M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2005 and also attended business school at Columbia, receiving an MBA. He has published more than a hundred peer-reviewed articles and presents regularly at national and international spine meetings. He has multiple ongoing research interests including a strong interest in basic research where he studies the molecular biology of disc degeneration and strategies to prevent postoperative infection, research which is funded by the NIH. Dr. Kepler has a faculty appointment at Thomas Jefferson University where he directs a basic science lab and is heavily involved in clinical research.
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Dr. Kepler's Care Philosophy
Performing surgery is always used as a last resort, only after all other avenues have been explored. When surgery is necessary, I perform the least invasive surgery which I think will address a patient's complaints and avoid spinal fusion whenever possible. I encourage open lines of communication with my patients and this is reflected in the amount of time spent with patients and the careful attention that I give to everyone to help sort through their problems regardless of whether they will ultimately need surgery.
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Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kepler to family and friends is 4.7 out of 5