Dr. Derek Snook

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Specializes in: minimally invasive spine surgery, disc replacement, outpatient spinal fusion, complex revision surgery including deformity correction

Dr. Snook joined JIS in 2018 and spearheaded the JIS Neck & Spine Department

– Practicing spine surgeon for 15 years
– Board Certified, fellowship trained
– Early adopter and developer of Spinal Implants

Dr. Snook completed his Bachelor of Science from Indiana University South Bend graduating Summa cum Laude. He then completed his medical doctorate with honors while receiving several merit-based scholarships at Indiana University including the prestigious Pittman Surgical Scholarship. He was appointed the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. His orthopedic surgery residency was completed at Akron General Medical Center, now part of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where he served as Chief Resident. He completed a fellowship in spinal surgery at the San Francisco Spine Institute in 2003. Since coming to Columbus, he helped build the largest orthopedic practice in Ohio. He is elated to now be a part of a world recognized center, Joint Implant Surgeons.

Dr. Snook has completed several research projects during his tenure that have been published in textbooks and peer reviewed journals. He has presented research at the International Society for Study of the Lumbar Spine, the North American Spine Society, and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. From 2002-2018 he was a faculty member of the Mount Carmel Orthopedic Residency. He has instructed and mentored many orthopedic residents, family practice residents, internal medicine residents, medical students, and physician-assistant students. He is a member of the North American Spine Society and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery Dr. Snook has served the Mt. Carmel Health System as a physician leader. He has been a past Vice President of Orthopedic Surgery at Mt Carmel East, Chairman of Surgery at Mt Carmel New Albany 2015 and 2016. He is currently chairmen of the Medical Peer Review Committee and president elect of the medical staff there. He also is part of the co-management team with his colleagues and Mt. Carmel Health System.

Although his practice includes non-operative management of spinal conditions, his practice is focused on surgical treatment and procedural treatment of spinal conditions. His interests are less invasive surgery including the use of the microscope. Due to this, he was able to help start White Fence Surgical Suites with his partners where he has performed hundreds of outpatient spinal surgeries.

If you’re considering whether your back pain or neck pain needs surgery, consider reading Dr. Snook’s blog about what back or neck pain may need surgery, here. You can also schedule a consultation with Dr. Derek Snook below! Dr. Snook would love to see you and help you live without limits!

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