Dr. Robert Banco, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
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Age 62
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Dr. Robert Banco, MD
Dr. Banco received his BA degree from Gettysburg College, and his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his surgical internship, bone biology and metabolism fellowship, and his orthopaedic residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Then he completed a spine fellowship at the New England Baptist Hospital. Dr. Banco was spine section chief of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery for New England Baptist Hospital from 1997-2007. During his tenure as chief at NEBH, the spine section expanded from six surgeons to fourteen. The spine section produced over 150 publications and presentations and took part in 12 FDA IDE studies. After 10 years as chief, Dr. Banco decided to step down so that he could pursue other academic initiatives. For over 15 years, Dr. Banco was the president and senior partner at the Boston Spine Group. In 2015, he started the Boston Spine Care Group practice. Dr. Banco keeps current on medical knowledge by instructing various courses locally and nationally. His research interests include the outcome of lumbar fusions, cervical myopathy, cervical and lumbar interbody fusion devices, bone graft substitutes, prosthetic disc replacement devices, and image guided surgery. In 2013, The Becker's Spine Review listed Dr. Banco as one of the top 102 spine surgeons who have made significant contributions to the field of spine surgery through research, innovation or leadership positions. Dr. Banco currently is an associate clinical professor in the orthopaedic surgery department at Tufts University School of Medicine. He is also a member of the Society of Lateral Access Surgery (SOLAS®), an organization with the intent is to foster research, training initiatives, and peer-to-peer communication that help define and advance the science and art of lateral access surgery and, particularly, the XLIF® approach. SOLAS was created by and is solely supported by funding from NuVasive®, Inc. SOLAS is shaping the future of lateral access spine surgery through collaboration among members, sharing of ideas, and the promotion of less invasive techniques that benefit patient, physician, and hospital. Dr. Banco is licensed and board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

25 Washington St Unit 1B

Wellesley, MA 02481

Contact Information

(617) 219-6300

Dr. Robert Banco, MD

Dr. Robert Banco, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • WellPoint
  • Worker's Compensation

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Spine Disorders
very high
more than 86% of peers
Osteoarthritis of Spine
more than 88% of peers
Spinal Stenosis
more than 86% of peers

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  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Arthropathy of Spinal Facet Joint
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spondylitis
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spine Disorders
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Fracture
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteoporosis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Cord Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Tumor


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  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Neuroplasty
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Surgery
  • Trigger Point Injection

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Massachusetts.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Georgetown University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated
  • Umass Memorial Med Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Ummc
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1988
  • Nebh
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1989

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • 2010 Tufts Orthopedic Residency Teaching Award, 2010
Media & Publications

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Banco's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Banco to family and friends
based on 42 total reviews (6 with comments)
Dr. Banco's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (6)
in Westminster, MA |
I cannot tell you how highly I recommend Dr. Banco !!! I had 3 back surgeries in my twenties and he did a 10 hour surgery 15 years later. He saw me when nobody gave me hope. He was very honest and told me exactly what it would be like and honest about not getting rid of all the pain. He also did a fusion on my 15 daughter and my husband. There is NO other surgeon I would recommend as highly as Dr Banco. He will tell you if surgery will not help and will give you other alternatives if possible!
in Pittsfield, MA |
This Doctor is nothing short of the Best. He is there when u need him.His skills are heavenly.The man gave me more from surgery than I thought I would get.4 months out. Functioning finer than frog hairs now. Eric Floyd.
in Fall River, MA |
I had the same problem, every Doctor I saw said it was muscluar problem. I was sent to Dr Banco, who found two vertabre in need of repair. Had the surgery in 2015, and all my problem were better than before. No one can get rid of arthitis, and that is the only problem I have now.
in Charlton, Mass |
I had 2 discs removed by Dr Banco and hardware put in place. Upon waking up I had bad problems. He performed a second surgery to remove a badly placed bolt as it had hit soft tissue. I did not get better but worse . Dr Banco refused to help me. Went to Leahy Clinic. They found all the hardware had been installed wrong and was hitting soft tissue and had it all removed. Dr Banco did offer me an anti -depressant prescription. How thoughtful !
in Shrewsbury, MA |
I can't say enough about this amazing man ! I'm 39 year old woman who was suffering since 19 with severe neck and shoulder pain . I had been seen by many other specialists who told me repeatedly it was muscles. Well one MRI and 15 mins with Dr. B and all the years of pain were now able to be fixed . I was scared to death to do the surgery but he was patient and kind, I finally got up the nerve to do it in June 2016 ! It's my new birthday because now I'm better than I've been since my teen years!
in Franklin, MA |
I read the review where the person left a bad review of Dr . Banco. I can only imagine that the reviewer didn't follow the instructions from the doctor after surgery. Dr. Banco repaired a serious back injury of mine in 2004. He was absolutely the most honest doctor I've ever met. He told me upfront that even though he could repair the mechanical issues of my spine, getting rid of the pain was something that probably wouldn't happen. I can walk today due to the ability of Dr Banco.
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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
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  • Humana
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  • MultiPlan
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Tufts Health Plan
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  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO
  • WellPoint
  • Worker's Compensation
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Newton - Wellesley Hospital
2014 Washington St
Newton, MA 02462
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