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Director, Spine Center; Co-Chief, Division of Spinal Surgery; Neurosurgeon; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department + Services
Clinical Focus Areas
Minimally invasive spine surgery, spinal deformity and scoliosis, complex and reconstructive spine surgery, pinched nerves, sciatica, spinal stenosis, disc herniation, spondylolisthesis, spinal tumors, radiculopathy, and myelopathy
Seeing Patients In
Tufts Medical Center
800 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02111
Phone #: 617-636-8484
Fax #: 617-636-7587
2021, "Top Doctor", Boston Magazine
2020, "Top Doctor," Boston Magazine
2018/2019, "Top Doctor," Boston Magazine
2017, "Top Doctor," Boston Magazine
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
Excellence in Teaching Award, Tufts University School of Medicine
Ron Riesenburger, MD is the Director of the Spine Center at Tufts Medical Center. The Tufts MC Spine Center team treats thousands of patients and performs over one thousand spinal operations and injections each year. Dr. Riesenburger is proud to be part of this exceptional team. He has a busy clinical practice and has expertise treating patients with spinal conditions including pinched nerves, sciatica, spinal stenosis, disc herniation, spondylolisthesis, spinal tumors, radiculopathy, and myelopathy.
Dr. Riesenburger’s primary research investigates spinal amyloidosis and possible relationships with cardiac amyloidosis and carpal tunnel syndrome. He takes great pride in his collaborative approach to research. At Tufts Medical Center, he has collaborated and co-authored publications with physicians from over ten different departments and divisions. He also has ongoing research collaborations with physicians from Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Dell Medical School, Maine Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University, and SUNY Upstate Medical University. He has published over 70 peer reviewed papers and book chapters and has presented his research nationally and internationally.
Dr. Riesenburger enjoys mentorship and education. He is the Tufts MC Neurosurgery Residency Associate Program Director. He is also Director of the Neurosurgery Clerkship and is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM). In this capacity, he has mentored several TUSM students and neurosurgery residents. As of 2021, he has co-authored manuscripts and book chapters with over 40 TUSM students and residents. Several TUSM students have received research awards and grants with his mentorship.
He is very committed to the success of Tufts Medical Center. He serves on several committees and has served as Chair of the Large Capital Budget Committee for FY 20 and FY 21.
In 2018, The Massachusetts Department of Public Health selected him to be one of two physician advisors to the Massachusetts Spinal Cord Injury Program. In this capacity, he has helped Massachusetts award millions of dollars in grant money for spinal cord injury research. Dr. Riesenburger also serves on the Executive Board of the New England Neurosurgical Society.
Dr. Riesenburger is board certified in Neurosurgery and is accepting new patients. He is a co-investigator of the NIH grant “Analysis of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Specimens for Early Identification of TTR Cardiac Amyloidosis.” Lumbar spinal stenosis patients older than 55 may be eligible to enroll in this study.