Paul Park, MD

Paul Park, M.D.

Director, Neurosurgery Spine Program
Professor, Neurological Surgery
Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery


Paul Park, MD is a Professor of Neurosurgery as well as the Director of the Spine Program and Spine Fellowship Director at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He was born in Los Angeles, CA and attended UCLA for college where he earned bachelor and master's degrees in biology. Dr Park subsequently obtained a MD degree from the University of Michigan and completed a neurosurgical residency at the University of Michigan. Given his interest in the spine, Dr Park completed an enfolded fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Spine Institute as well as a post-residency fellowship in minimally invasive spinal surgery at the Semmes-Murphey Clinic. Dr. Park’s clinical focus encompasses minimally invasive techniques, complex spinal reconstruction, degenerative conditions such as spondylolisthesis, infection, spinal deformity, and spinal oncology. 

Dr. Park’s treatment philosophy is patient centered. Each patient is unique and requires careful evaluation to determine the best management plan. Recommendations may involve non-operative alternatives but when it comes to surgical treatment, Dr. Park will offer the least invasive option although at times the most appropriate treatment may involve complex surgery. 

Dr. Park’s research interests are varied including basic research on disc degeneration and spine related cancer as well clinical investigations into spinal surgery techniques and outcomes. He has been the principal investigator or co-investigator of numerous clinical trials involving spinal infection, minimally invasive surgery, spinal deformity, spinal cord injury, among others. Dr. Park has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles in addition to numerous book chapters and edited two texts on spinal surgery. Dr. Park also regularly presents nationally and internationally at scientific meetings on spine related topics. He is an active member of multiple neurosurgical and spinal societies serving on numerous committees. Dr. Park serves or has served on the editorial boards of multiple neurosurgical and spine journals.

Clinical Interests

Surgical treatment of degenerative spinal disorders, spinal trauma, spinal deformity, complex revision surgery, and spinal tumors.


Medical School

The University of Michigan, 1998


Neurosurgery, The University of Michigan, 2005


Spine Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic and Semmes-Murphey Clinic (University of Tennessee)

Board Certification

Neurological Surgery


A complete list of Dr. Park's current grant support is located here.

Published Articles or Reviews

A complete list of Dr. Park's recent publications is located here.