Michael W. Peelle, MD

Spine Surgery


Michael W. Peelle, MD, is a board-certified spine surgeon with over 15 years’ experience treating neck and back conditions. He performs detailed evaluations for adult degenerative and traumatic spinal conditions, often emphasizing non-surgical treatments. Dr. Peelle routinely performs minimally invasive spinal surgeries for cervical and lumbar disc problems.

Peelle received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where he also completed his internship and residency, serving as chief resident in his final year of orthopedic surgery training. He completed a fellowship in spine and scoliosis surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery/Weil Cornell Medical College in New York City. He then served as an Air Force orthopedic surgeon in Dayton, Ohio, and earned the Meritorious Service Medal for his deployment to Afghanistan.

He is a currently a fellow with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the North American Spine Society and South Carolina Spine Society. He has numerous peer-reviewed publications on spinal surgery and has presented research papers at multiple national meetings.

Dr. Peelle specializes in cervical disc arthroplasty procedures – a non-fusion procedure to treat ruptured discs and pinched nerves in the neck. He has traveled extensively teaching this procedure to other surgeons across the country. In addition, he specializes in using microsurgical procedures in the lumbar spine to relieve back and leg pain with minimal downtime for patients.

Dr. Peelle also performs independent medical examinations for work-related injuries and is certified by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners. He also utilizes his master’s degree in health care administration to improve the quality of care for his patients.

“Not every spine surgery is the same, and not every spinal condition is the same – and that’s important to understand. When you come to see us in the office you don’t necessarily want to listen to the person that had one thing or another done, because we’re going to cater the program to what works best for you.”


Education and training

Specialty Spine Surgery

Board CertifiedAmerican Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

EducationWashington University School of Medicine

ResidencyBarnes-Jewish Hospital

FellowshipHospital for Special Surgery

Research and publications
  • Comparison of pelvic fixation techniques in neuromuscular spinal deformity correction: Galveston rod versus iliac and lumbosacral screws. View »
    Peelle MW, Lenke LG, Bridwell KH, Sides B
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2006 Sep 15;31(20):2392-8; discussion 2399.
  • Selective posterior thoracic fusions for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: comparison of hooks versus pedicle screws. View »
    Dobbs MB, Lenke LG, Kim YJ, Kamath G, Peelle MW, Bridwell KH
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2006 Sep 15;31(20):2400-4.
  • Selective thoracic fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis with C modifier lumbar curves: 2- to 16-year radiographic and clinical results. View »
    Edwards CC 2nd, Lenke LG, Peelle M, Sides B, Rinella A, Bridwell KH
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2004 Mar 1;29(5):536-46. Review.
  • Can we predict the ultimate lumbar curve in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients undergoing a selective fusion with undercorrection of the thoracic curve? View »
    Dobbs MB, Lenke LG, Walton T, Peelle M, Della Rocca G, Steger-May K, Bridwell KH
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2004 Feb 1;29(3):277-85.

Research and Publications

Treatments and services
  • Artificial disc replacement
  • Complex restorative spine surgery
  • Computer-assisted spine treatment
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Joint injections
  • Interventional spine surgery and procedures
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Nerve root blocks
  • Radio frequency oblations
  • Spinal cord stimulators
  • Spinal oncological surgery
  • Ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks
Professional associations
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • North American Spine Society
  • South Carolina Spine Society

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