Dr. Sunil Kukreja, MD is an orthopedic-trained surgeon with additional subspecialty fellowship training in simple and complex spine surgery. He completed his medical school and orthopedic residency training from prestigious institutions in India before acquiring advanced clinical skills through fellowship programs at some of the most reputed institutions of the United States, including Harvard University.
As part of his orthopedic surgery residency, Dr. Kukreja has obtained surgical training in a wide range of general orthopedic pathologies -namely trauma, joint reconstructions, and sports medicine. However, he developed special interest in spine surgery and intended to pursue extensive and comprehensive training in this subspecialty. He dedicated extensive time performing clinical research at LSU Health Sciences (LSU-HSC), Shreveport, mainly focusing on the outcomes of minimally invasive spine surgery and spinal tumor resection procedures. He presented his findings in the annual academic spine meetings, namely AANS and CNS.
Upon completion of his research projects, he continued working at LSU-HSC as a clinical spine fellow for the year 2014-15. He obtained training in the surgical management of common spinal ailments including disc herniation, spinal stenosis, and spondylolisthesis along all the major spinal segments; cervical, thoracic and lumbar. In the year 2015-16, he moved to Ohio State University to acquire advanced fellowship training in complex and deformity spinal procedures.
He later joined a Harvard fellowship pediatric orthopedic and spine program at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston for the year 2016-17. During his stay at Harvard, he focused on obtaining the surgical skill set for the management of scoliosis deformity in the pediatric as well as in the adult age group. He also performed several general pediatric orthopedic procedures including the treatment of fractures, sports injuries, and dysplastic hip. He recently completed the spinal fellowship training at Buffalo University for the year 2017-18, where he mainly participated in minimally invasive spine surgeries including MIS-TLIF, minimally access lateral and oblique lumbar fusions.
Dr. Kukreja is a strong proponent of minimally invasive, endoscopic and small access spinal procedures. His special interests are microdiscectomy and laminectomy, minimally invasive and open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion, anterior and posterior cervical fusions, ventral access lumbar fusions including lateral, oblique and anterior fusions and spinal deformity as well as scoliosis surgeries.