Mark J. Spoonamore

Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery

Areas of treatment:

Complex Spine Surgery
Cervical Disc Injuries
Spine Fractures
Spine Infections and Tumors


  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery - Spine


  • Department of Orthopaedic Surgery


  • English

Mark J. Spoonamore, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery

Practicing locations:

  • Keck Hospital of USC
  • USC Healthcare Center 4

About this doctor:

Dr. Spoonamore is an associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and a spine surgeon at the USC Spine Center. He specializes in complex spine disorders, including spine tumors, spine trauma, and spinal deformity (scoliosis/kyphosis). As one of the leading authorities in spinal surgery, Dr. Spoonamore is an expert in minimally invasive spine surgery and complex revision spine surgery.

Dr. Spoonamore has a significant interest in the management of deformities of the spine. He has conducted numerous scoliosis research projects and has received the prestigious Russell Hibbs Award for Best Clinical Science Presentation from the Scoliosis Research Society. His other research interests include spinal cord injuries, bone biology and disc replacement surgery.

Highly regarded for his experience treating professional and high-performance athletes, Dr. Spoonamore is also a member of the North American Spine Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and a reviewer for the prestigious journal Spine. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and completed his fellowship training in spinal surgery at USC.


Doctor of Medicine, Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago 1995
Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana 1991


University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics 1995 - 1996


University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics - Orthopaedic Surgery 1996 - 2000


University of Southern California - Spine Surgery 2000 - 2001


Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional society memberships:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
North American Spine Society
Western Orthopaedic Association
California Orthopaedic Association
California Medical Association
Orange County Medical Association


Dr. Spoonamore was named in Becker's Spine Review's "Spine Surgeons to Know," 2014
Dr. Spoonamore was voted a Top Doctor by Pasadena Magazine in 2011.
Russel Hibbs Award, Best Clinical Research Award 1998, Scoliosis Research Society