Dr. Joseph Laratta, MD

Dr. Joseph Laratta, MD

Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery  ·  
Dr. Joseph Laratta, MD is a minimally invasive orthopedic spine surgery specialist in Louisville, KY. He graduated from Rutgers University Medical School and specializes in minimally invasive orthopedic spine surgery, orthopedic surgery, and more.Read his story

210 E Gray St Ste 900

Louisville, KY 40202

Contact Information

(502) 584-7525

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  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Sagamore Health Network

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Dr. Laratta's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Laratta "Joseph L. Laratta, MD was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey and graduated from Montville Township High School. Dr. Laratta earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. With a major in the Biological sciences and a minor in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Dr. Laratta graduated from the University with highest distinction. He was awarded multiple honors at the University of Michigan, including the William J. Branstrom Prize, James B. Angell Scholar, and eight consecutive semesters of University Honors. Dr. Laratta returned to his home state of New Jersey for his medical education at the Rutgers' New Jersey Medical School. Throughout medical school, he excelled academically and was awarded entrance into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society as a junior. In recognition of his scholastic achievements, Dr. Laratta was honored as the recipient of the prestigious Columbian Foundation Scholarship and Abe Weinstein Memorial Scholarship. He formally received his medical degree after graduating in the top 2% of his class. Dr. Laratta completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center and served as Chief Resident his final year in charge of Grand Rounds. He was awarded the Harold M. Dick Award and Frank E. Stinchfield Award for Excellence in Orthopaedic Surgery as a junior and senior resident, respectively. He completed a comprehensive adult and pediatric spine surgery fellowship in both Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery at the Norton Leatherman Spine Center. He then completed a Neurosurgical Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Fellowship at the Western Regional Center for Brain and Spine. Dr. Laratta is named in over $50,000 in grant funding for scientific and research endeavors. He has produced greater than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, academic presentations and book chapters. Dr. Laratta is actively involved in the peer-review of orthopaedic literature, serving on the editorial board for multiple scholarly journals. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), North American Spine Society (NASS) and Lumbar Spine Research Society (LSRS). Dr. Laratta is active in multiple philanthropic enterprises, including the World Spine Outreach program and a collaboration between the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center and the New York City Ballet. As a member of the World Spine Outreach, Dr. Laratta helps to provide advanced orthopedic spinal and neurosurgical care to underserved areas around the globe, irrespective of economics or ideology. Throughout his career, Dr. Laratta will constantly strive for excellence through the integration of optimal patient selection, data-driven indications, refined technical skill, and astute clinical acumen. He pledges a lifelong journey dedicated to the improvement of patient lives and advancement in the field of spine surgery."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Laratta "My philosophy of care is not a viewpoint; it is a commitment. The most important part of patient care lies in the relationship between a physician and patient and the joint effort in accomplishing a desired goal. My role is to provide the patient with all of the information about their diagnosis, including the options of treatment that are available in managing a particular condition. These options are both surgical and non-operative. As a Columbia University trained surgeon with dual fellowship training in orthopaedic and neurosurgical spine surgery, my skills in the operating room are extremely sub-specialized, for both adults and children. Each day, I apply my experience, technical skills, and clinical acumen to every patient that steps into my office. "
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7  Specialties

  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Neurological Spine Reconstructive Surgery
  • Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Reconstructive Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

0  Board Certifications

Dr. Laratta does not have any board certifications listed.

47  Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Cervical Spondylitis
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Cervical Sprain
  • Congenital Spine Disorders
  • Degenerative Spine Disorders
  • Discitis
  • Discogenic Pain
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lumbar Sprain
  • Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament of the Spine
  • Pediatric Spine Deformities
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Spinal Compression Fracture
  • Spinal Cord Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tuberculosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Dislocation
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylarthropathy
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Thoracic Disc Disorders
  • Thoracic Disorders
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thoracic Tumors
  • Vertebral Body Fusion Overgrowth
  • Vertebral Column Tumors
  • Vertebral Compression Fractures
  • Vertebral Fracture
  • Vertebral Subluxation
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50  Procedures

  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Plating and Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Microdiscectomy With Fusion
  • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Surgery (ALIF)
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Microdiscectomy
  • Cervical Spine Reconstruction
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Decompression
  • Decompression Surgery
  • Disc Arthroplasty
  • Disc Replacement
  • Disc Surgery
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Image-Guided Spine Surgery
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Kyphosis Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Laminotomy
  • Lumbar Disc Replacement
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Lumbar Microdiscectomy
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microsurgical Procedure
  • Microsurgical Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Decompression for Spinal Stenosis
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Percutaneous Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy
  • Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Surgery (PLIF)
  • Sacroiliac Joint Fusion
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Discectomy
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Tumor Surgery
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Surgery
  • Thoracic Disc Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgical Procedure
  • Thoracic Tumor resection
  • Total Disc Replacement
  • Vertebroplasty
  • XLIF® (eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion) Procedure
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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • Rutgers University Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated
  • General Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Chief Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Orthopaedic Surgery at Columbia University
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Neurosurgical Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at Western Regional Center for Brain and Spine
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed
  • Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Comprehensive Adult and Pediatric Spine Surgery at Norton Leatherman Spine Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

Dr. Laratta has no awards or honors listed.

Media & Publications

Dr. Laratta has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Laratta's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Laratta to family and friends
42 total reviews (37 have comments)

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Dr. Laratta's Performance

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    10 to 15 minutes
Dr. Laratta Says:

A description of the patient experience written by my patients themselves is invaluable. I encourage all of my patients to share their experiences with the online community with the intention of improving and guiding care for future patients. The greatest gift I have received in my life is the ability to care for patients. I can only hope that my patients receive the same satisfaction and gratification that I receive during


Patient Comments (37)

I was planning on writing a glowing review for Dr. Laratta, but I must address one of the comments below regarding his postoperative pain control. Dr. Laratta is a minimally invasive surgeon who uses the absolutely smallest incisions and least destructive methods to perform safe surgery in the...more
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I have had the pleasure of getting to know Dr. Laratta for the past 2 months. Although he looks young, he is one of the most highly trained spine surgeons in his field. He is one of only a few spine surgeons in the entire United States that did TWO spine fellowships after his residency. He is...more
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Janice- It is so nice to see how well you did!! The XLIF procedure is an incredible advancement in spine surgery that very few spine surgeons are trained in performing. It is the most minimally invasive and least destructive method for achieving spine fusion. Our goal is to preserve as much normal anatomy and muscular attachments while still addressing the pathology. The minimal pain after surgery is just an added bonus! We are committed to your continued success!

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Dr Laratta was filling in for our daughter's regular surgeon after her recent thoracic fusion for scoliosis. Orders for pain medicine were messed up on her second day in the hospital, and when the nurses tried calling him (over and over for more than 4 hours) they were unable to get a call back. My...more
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We apologize that your daughter did not receive pain medications in a timely fashion! That is unacceptable, and we will look into why this happened. We are constantly trying to improve care for our patients and this is an opportunity to make an improvement. Typically, we have a partnership with the pediatric anesthesia team who takes care of the postoperative pain medication for our pediatric patients since dosing is complicated. There must have been a miscommunication. We apologize again.

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There is a reason he is such an influential leader in his field.
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Thank you. It has been an honor to take part in your care.

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Dr. Laratta performed my spinal fusion surgery September 2017 after fracturing my spine in a terrible car accident. I have had excellent results and now I am back pain free and able to perform daily activities. I feel blessed to have had such an experienced and caring surgeon. Dr. Laratta has given...more
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You can thank us when you are running around doing back flips!! Keep up the good work!

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