Dr. Spector clearly explained my problem in laymen’s terms and answered all my questions.... very knowledgeable it easy to understand. His manner was warm and unhurried. He is the third doctor I’ve seen for this issue and was, by far, the best. I feel that I am in the best hands possible.

- Paula
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Fellowship Trained

  • Spine

Clinical Specialties

  • Spine


  • Colgate University -- Bachelor of Arts
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School -- Doctor of Medicine
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School -- Residency
  • OrthoCarolina Spine Center -- Fellowship


  • Chief Quality Officer of OrthoCarolina
  • Co-Director of the Fellowship Program at the OrthoCarolina Spine Center
  • Board member of the OrthoCarolina Foundation


  • Specializes in spine surgery

  • President of the North Carolina Spine Society
  • Member of the Lumbar Spine Research Society
  • Member of the Cervical Spine Research Society
  • Board Certified Surgeon


  • Madigan L, Vaccaro AR, Spector LR, Milam RA: Management of Symptomatic Lumbar Degenerative Disk Disease. Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. 2009; 17:102-111
  • Spector LR, Madigan L, Darden BV, Rhyne AR, Kim DH: Cauda Equina Syndrome: Diagnosis and Management. Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. 2008; 16:471-479
  • Murrey DB, Janssen ME, Odum SM, Gottlieb JR, Spector LR, Darden BV: Two-Year Results of a Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial Comparing ProDisc-C and Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion. Spine Arthroplasty Society Journal. 2008; 2 (2): 76-85
  • Rhyne A, Siddiqui F, Spector L, Madigan L, Odum S, Darden B, and Schmidt G: Anatomic Mapping and Evaluation of the Esophagus in Relation to the Cervical Vertebral Body. European Spine Journal. 2007 16:1267-1272.
  • Spector LR, Kim DH, Affonso J, Hilebrand A, Albert TJ, Vaccaro AR: Use of Computed Tomography to Predict Failure of Nonoperative Treatment of Unilateral Facet Fractures of the Cervical Spine. Spine. 2006 Nov; 31 (24): 2827-2835
  • Moshirfar A, Jenis LG, Spector LR, Burke PJ, Losina E, Katz JN, Rand FF, Tromanhauser SG, Banco RJ: Computed Tomography Evaluation of Superior Segment Facet Joint Violation after Pedicle Instrumentation of the Lumbar Spine with a Midline Surgical Approach. Spine. 2006 Oct; 31 (22): 2624-2629.
  • Vittimberga, Jr., FJ, Nolan B, Perugini RA, Spector L, Callery MP: Laparoscopy and Kupffer Cell Activation. Surgical Endoscopy. 2000 Dec; 14 (12): 1171-6

PA Team

Taylor Golden, PA-C

Taylor Golden, PA-C

Clinical Specialties

Specialties, Spine