For Patients
Adam M. Wegner, MD, Ph.D.

Fellowship Trained

  • Spine

Clinical Specialties

  • Spine
 

Education

  • The College of Wooster Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry 
  • Vanderbilt University - Ph.D. in Neuroscience
  • Vanderbilt University - Doctor of Medicine 
  • University of California DavisOrthopaedic Surgery Residency
  • Washington University, St. Louis - Adult and Pediatric Orthopaedic Spinal Surgery Fellowship
 

Bio

Dr. Wegner has extensive training from world leaders in both pediatric and adult spinal surgery. He treats all spinal pathologies from degenerative conditions to complex scoliosis and kyphosis, tumors, and revision surgery of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. 

He believes that a technically well-done spine surgery, performed for the correct reason, is one of the most effective interventions in modern medicine and is grateful for the opportunity to help improve the lives of his patients. He values developing a relationship with each patient through compassion and communication and strives to treat every patient as he would treat a member of his own family. He enjoys teaching and empowering his patients, so they can make informed decisions about their spine care in order to obtain the best possible results.

 

Practice

Dr. Wegner specializes in adult & pediatric deformity surgery & orthopedic spine surgery

 

Certifications

  • North Carolina Medical License
  • California Medical License
  • Missouri Medical License
  • Tennessee Medical License

  • Current Member of AOSpine
  • Current Member of North American Spine Society
  • Current Member of Orthopaedic Research Society
  • Current Member of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
 

Awards

  • AO Spine Fellow 2018-2019
  • AOA Resident Leadership Forum, 2017
  • UC Davis Healthcare Quality Forum High-Value Care Award 2nd Prize – Decreasing Postoperative Complications after Spine Surgery
  • OrthoPediatrics Scoliosis Research Society Annual Meeting/IMAST Scholarship for Residents and Fellows
  • Elsevier Young Investigator Award – Oxygen Club of California World Congress
  • The George and Barbara Burrus Medical Missions Award – Vanderbilt University School of Medicine – “A student who has demonstrated exceptional interest and participation in providing medical care to the poor either locally or abroad.”
  • David R. Freedy Memorial Award – Vanderbilt University School of Medicine – “Awarded to a graduating student whose character, integrity and courage provide inspiration to others.”
  • Director’s Award, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in the Biological Sciences – Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • UC Davis Healthcare Quality Forum High Value Care Award 2nd Prize – Decreasing Postoperative Complications after Spine Surgery – $5000
  • American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society Resident Scholar
 

Research

  1. PUBLICATIONS 
    Peer-Reviewed:
  1. Dhar, SI, Wegner, AM, Rodnoi, P, Wuellner, JC, Mehdizadeh, OB, Shen, SC, Nachalon, Y, Nativ-Zeltzer, N, Belafsky, PC, Klineberg, EO. Fluoroscopic Swallowing Abnormalities in Dysphagic Patients After Anterior Cervical Spine. Acta Oto-Laryngologica. (submitted)
  2. Wegner, AM, Hassanzadeh, H, Jain, A, Puvanesarajah, V, Shaffrey, Smith, JS, Bess,
    S, Burton, DC, Lafage, V, Kim, HJ, Scubbia, DM, Ames, CP, Scheer, JK, Gupta, MC, Klineberg, EO. Medical Complication Profile for Elective Orthopaedic Surgery in the Elderly, Establishment of a Baseline Complication Rate for THA, TKA, and Spine Fusion. Spine J. (in revision)
  3. Ratnayake RP, Wegner AM, Priester J, Durbin-Johnson B, Kyalwazi B, Klineberg EO, Javidan Y, Roberto, RF. Risk Factors Associated with Dysphagia and Dysphonia after Anterior Cervical Spine Surgery. Spine J. (In revision)
  4. Dhar, SI, Wegner, AM, Rodnoi, P, Wuellner, JC, Mehdizadeh, OB, Shen, SC, Nachalon, Y, Nativ-Zeltzer, N, Klineberg, EO, Belafsky, PC. Swallowing Characteristics in Zenker’s-Like Diverticulum After Anterior Cervical Spine Surgery. Laryngoscope. (Accepted Aug 11, 2019) PMID: 31461167
  5. Wegner, AM, Campos, N, Robbins, MA, Haddad, AF, Yik, JHN, Christiansen, BA, Carlson, CS, Haudenschild, DR. Acute Inhibition of Nox4 Decreases Early Changes of Post Traumatic Arthritis. J. Orthop. Res. 2019 Jul 15. doi: 10.1002/jor.24417. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31304988
  6. Wegner, AM, Wolinsky, PR, Robbins, MA, Garcia, TC, Maitra, S, Amanatullah, DF. Headless Compression Screw Fixation of Vertical Medial Malleolus Fractures is Superior to Unicortical Screw Fixation. 2018 Aug; 47(8). Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). PMID: 30180221 
  7. Wegner, AM, Wolinsky, PR, Robbins, MA, Garcia, TC, Amanatullah, DF. Mini-Fragment Fixation is Equivalent to Bicortical Screw Fixation for Horizontal Medial Malleolus Fractures. Orthopedics. 2018 May 1; 41(3), e395-9. PMID: 29658979.
  8. Cheng, R, Wegner, AM, Behn, AW, Amanatullah, DF. Headless Compression Screw for Horizontal Medial Malleolus Fractures. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2018 Mar; 55: 1-6. PMID: 29604557.
  9. Wegner, AM, Wuellner, JC, Haus, BM. Pseudomonas aeruginosa Septic Arthritis and Osteomyelitis After Closed Reduction and Percutaneous Pinning of a Supracondylar Humerus Fracture: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. Case Rep Orthop. 2017 Nov 14. PMID: 29348955.
  10. Robbins, MA, Haudenschild, DR, Wegner, AM, Klineberg, EO. Stem Cells in Spinal Fusion. Global Spine J. 2017 Dec; 7(8): 801-10. PMID: 29238646.
  11. Wegner, AM, Look, Nicole, Haus, BM. Surgical Management of Multijoint Septic Arthritis due to Rat-Bite Fever in a Pediatric Patient: A Case Study. Case Rep Orthop. 2017 Jan 31. PMID: 28255484.
  12. Wegner, AM, Wolinsky, PR, Cheng, R, Robbins, MA, Garcia, TC, Amanatullah, DF. Sled Fixation for Horizontal Medial Malleolus Fractures. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2017 Jan 16; 42: 92-96. PMID: 28119205.
  13. Zuckerman, SL, Wegner, AM, Roos, KG, Djoko, A, Dompier, TP, Kerr, ZY. Injuries Sustained in National Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s and Women’s Basketball, 2009/10-2014/15. Br J Sports Med. 2016 Jun 30. PMID: 27364907.
  14. Wegner, AM, Wolinsky, PR, Robbins, MA, Garcia, TC, Maitra, S, Amanatullah, DF. Antiglide Plating of Vertical Medial Malleolus Fractures Provides Stiffer Initial Fixation than Bicortical or Unicortical Screw Fixation. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2016 Jan; 31: 29-32. PMID 26482240.
  15. Bible, JE, Wegner, A, McClure, JM, Kadakia, RJ, Richards, JE, Bauer, JM, Mir, HR. One-year mortality after acetabular fractures in elderly patients presenting to a level-one trauma center. J Orthop Trauma. 2014 Mar; 28(3): 154-9. PMID 23760179.
  16. Bible, JE, Kadakia, RJ, Wegner, A, Richards, JE, Mir, HR. One-year mortality after isolated pelvic fractures with posterior ring involvement in elderly patients. Orthopaedics. 2013 Jun 1; 36(6): 760-764. PMID 23746012.
  17. Kleinfeld, K, Mobley, B, Hedera, P, Wegner, A, Subramaniam, S, Pawate, S. Adult onset leukoencephalopathy with neuroaxonal spheroids and pigmented glia: a report of 5 cases and new mutation. J. Neurol. 2013 Feb; 260(2): 558-71. PMID 23052599.
  18. Wegner, AM, Nebhan, CA, Hu, L, Majumdar, D, Meier, KM, Weaver, AM, Webb, DJ. N-WASP and the Arp2/3 complex are critical regulators of actin in the development of dendritic spines and synapses. J. Biol. Chem. 2008; 283(23): 15912-15920. PMID 18430734.
  19. Studenov, AR, Wegner, AM, Ding, Y-S. Radiosynthesis and PET studies of [11C]RJR-2403, a nicotinic agonist. J. Labelled Compd. Radiopharm. 2001 May, 44(6): 425-436.

Reviews:

  1. Yahanda, AT, Buchowski, JM, Wegner AM. Treatment, Complications, and Outcomes of Metastatic Disease to the Spine: from Patchell to PROMIS. Ann Transl Med. 2019 May; 7(10): 216. PMID: 31297381.
  2. Wuellner, JC, Wegner, AM, Klineberg, EO. Update on Lumbar Stenosis and Degenerative Scoliosis: Defromity Considerations When Treating Lumbar Stenosis. Semin Spine Surg. (in press, available online April, 11, 2019)

Book Chapters:

  1. Wegner, AM, Eastman, JG, Giza, E. Arthroscopically Assisted Ankle Fracture Fixation. In M.W. Chapman and M.A. James (Eds.) Chapman’s Comprehensive Orthopaedic Surgery, 4th Ed. Oct 1, 2018. Jaypee Brothers Medical Pub.
  2. Wegner, AM, Prior, DM, Klineberg, EO. Minimally Invasive Lateral Approach for the Management of Adult Degenerative Scoliosis. In T.L. Gerlinger and J. Parvizi (Eds.) Instr Course Lect. Mar 1, 2017. AAOS. 66: 367-377. PMID 28594513.
  3. Anderson, RL, Engbretsen, L, Kennedy, N, LaPrade, R, Wegner, AM, Giza, E. Epidemiology and mechanisms of ankle pathology in football. In P.P.R.N. d’Hooghe, G.M.M.J. Kerkhoffs (Eds.) The Ankle in Football. 2014. Paris: Springer. 31-59.
  4. Wegner, AM, McConnell, JL, Blakely, RD, Wadzinski, BE. An automated fluorescence-based method for continuous assay of PP2A activity. In Methods Mol. Bio. 2007; 365: 61-69. PMID 17200554.


ABSTRACTS AND PRESENTATIONS

National Oral Presentations:

  1. Wegner, AM, Iyer, S, Lenke, LG, Kim, HJ, Kelly, MP. Global Alignment and Proportion (GAP) Scores in an Asymptomatic Nonoperative Cohort. SRS Annual Meeting. Montreal, Canada (2019).
  2. Wegner, AM, Iyer, S, Lenke, LG, Kim, HJ, Kelly, MP. Global Alignment and Proportion (GAP) Scores in an Asymptomatic Nonoperative Cohort. AO Fellows Forum. Banff, Canada (2019).
  3. Ratnayake, RP, Wegner, AM, Priester, J, Kyalwazi, B, Durbin-Johnson, B, Klineberg, EO, Javidan, Y, Roberto, RF. Risk Factors for Dysphagia/Dysphonia after Anterior Cervical Spine Surgery. Western Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting Rapid Fire Session 6E (2019).
  4. Wegner, AM, Wolinsky, PR, Robbins, MA, Garcia, TC, Amanatullah, DF. Mini-Fragment Fixation is Equivalent to Bicortical Screws for Horizontal Medial Malleolus Fractures. Western Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting Rapid Fire Session 10B (2016).
  5. Lucas, JF, Wegner, AM, Wolinsky, PR, Steffner, RJ. Do You Know When Your Open Fractures Actually Receive Antibiotics? Western Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting Rapid Fire Session 10B (2016).
  6. Wegner, AM, Wolinsky, PW, Robbins, MA, Garcia, TC, Amanatullah, DF. Biomechanics of Acutrak Screw Fixation of Vertical Medial Malleolus Fractures. Western Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting Rapid Fire Session 7B (2015).
  7. Bible, JE, Bauer, JM, Wegner, AM, Kadakia, R, Richards, JE, Mir, HE. One-year mortality after isolated pelvic fractures with posterior ring involvement in elderly patients. AAOS Annual Meeting Paper #204 (2013).
  8. Bible, JE, Wegner, AM, Bauer, JM, Kadakia, R, Richards, JE, Mir, HR. One-year mortality after isolated acetabular fractures in elderly patients. AAOS Annual Meeting Paper #376 (2013).
  9. Wegner, AM, Nebhan, CA, Majumdar, D, Meier, KM, Weaver, AM, Webb, DJ. WASP family proteins are critical regulators of actin in the development of dendritic spines and synapses in hippocampal neurons. American Society for Cell Biology 2400 (2007). 

Local Oral Presentations:

  1. Wegner, AM. Value-Based Spine Care. UC Davis Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds. 2/2017.
  2. Wegner, AM. Academic Spine Surgery North of the Border, Eh? UC Davis Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds. 1/2017.


National Poster Presentations:

  1. Dhar SI, Wegner AM, Rodnoi P, Mehdizadeh O, Shen SC, Nachalon Y, Nativ-Zeltzer N, Klineberg EO, Belafsky PC. Differences in Objective Swallowing Characteristics in Zenker’s-Like Traction Diverticulum Following Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion. ABEA Annual Meeting. COSM, May 2019. Podium Presentation
  2. Dhar SI, Wegner AM, Rodnoi P, Mehdizadeh O, Shen SC, Nachalon Y, Nativ-Zeltzer N, Belafsky PC, Klineberg EO. Objective Swallowing Abnormalities in Patients with Dysphagia Following Anterior Cervical Spine Surgery. ABEA Annual Meeting. COSM, May 2019. Podium Presentation
  3. Wegner, AM, Wolinsky, PR, Robbins, MA, Garcia, TC, Maitra, S, Amanatullah, DF. Sled Fixation for Horizontal Medial Malleolus Fractures. Western Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting E-Poster Session (2016).
  4. Wegner, AM, Robbins, MA, Campos, NR, Haddad, AF, Christiansen, BA, Yak, JHN, Haudenschild, DR. Acute Changes in Nox4 Activity in Early Post-Traumatic Arthritis. Oxygen Club of California Poster #129 (2016).
  5. Wegner, AM, Robbins, MA, Campos, NR, Haddad, AF, Christiansen, BA, Yak, JHN, Haudenschild, DR. Acute Changes in Nox4 Activity in Early Post-Traumatic Arthritis. Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting Poster #1362 (2016).
  6. Kleinfeld, K, Mobley, B, Wegner, A, Pawate, S. Clinical, imaging, and histopathological features of adult onset leukoencephalopathy with neuroaxonal spheroids and pigmented glia: A Report of 4 Cases. American Academy of Neurology P02.149 (2012).
  7. Wegner, AM, Nebhan, CA, Majumdar, D, Meier, KM, Weaver, AM, Webb, DJ. N-WASP and the Arp2/3 complex are critical regulators of actin in the development of dendritic spines and synapses. Gordon Conference on Cell Biology of the Neuron (2008).
  8. Webb, DJ, Majumdar, D, Wegner AM. Adhesion signaling through actin regulates the formation of dendritic spines and synapses in hippocampal neurons. American Society for Neurochemistry C04-01 (2008).
  9. Wegner, AM, Nebhan, CA, Majumdar, D, Meier, KM, Weaver, AM, Webb, DJ. Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome family proteins play critical roles in the development of dendritic spines and synapses in hippocampal neurons. Society for Neuroscience 871.3 (2007).
  10. Wegner, AM, Sung, U, Blakely, RD, Wadzinski, BE. Protein phosphatase 2A associates with the N-terminal tail of the norepinephrine transporter and modulates transport activity. Society for Neuroscience 39.5 (2005).


Local Poster Presentations:

  1. Wegner, AM, Harper, RA, Javidan, Y, Roberto, RF, Klineberg, EO. Decreasing Post-Operative Complications After Spine Surgery. UC Davis Healthcare Quality Forum (2018).
  2. Wegner, AM, Javidan, Y, Roberto, RF, Klineberg, EO. Decreasing Post-Operative Complications After Spine Surgery. UC Davis Healthcare Quality Forum (2016).