John J. Vaughan, MD

Dr. Vaughan graduated from the University of Kentucky with high distinction. He earned his medical degree at the University of Louisville, where he also completed his internship and his orthopedic surgery residency. He was administrative chief resident in his final year of residency training. He received the Kuntscher Award for Excellence in Resident Teaching in his final year of residency. Dr. Vaughan completed a spine surgery fellowship at the Minnesota Spine Center in Minneapolis under Dr. Robert Winter and Dr. John Lonstein.

Dr. Vaughan is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He has served in leadership roles for several regional organizations; he is the president of the Kentucky Orthopaedic Society and is past president of the Bluegrass Orthopaedic Society. Dr. Vaughan is former chief of staff at Samaritan Hospital. Dr. Vaughan also is an assistant clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Vaughan is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the North American Spine Society, the Scoliosis Research Society, the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association, the Southern Medical Association, and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Vaughan has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Spine, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, and the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. He is in demand as a speaker and has presented talks at local, regional, national, and international meetings. Dr. Vaughan and his partners have been hosts of national meetings dealing with the surgical treatment of orthopedic disorders.

In addition to his practice in Lexington, Dr. Vaughan conducts scoliosis clinics in Somerset for the Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs.

Chris Stephens, MD

A native Kentuckian from Floyd County, Dr. Stephens graduated from Transylvania University in Lexington, where he was valedictorian of his graduating class. He earned his medical degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and also completed his internship and his orthopedic residency at Vanderbilt. Dr. Stephens completed a spine surgery fellowship with Dr. Henry Bohlman, a world-renowned spine surgeon, at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He was assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine before joining the Kentucky Spine Institute.

Dr. Stephens is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He has presented many talks at local, regional, national, and international meetings. Dr. Stephens also has published multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Spine, the Journal of Clinical Pathology, the Journal of Surgical Oncology, and the Journal of Spinal Disorders. He is a member of the North American Spine Society, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Kentucky Orthopaedic Society. 

Dr. Stephens specializes in the treatment of degenerative conditions and tumors of the cervical and lumbar spine. In addition, he treats general orthopedic conditions.

Thomas E. Menke, MD

 

 

A native of Covington, Kentucky, Dr. Menke graduated summa cum laude from St. Louis University. He set school records in four events as a member of the varsity swim team while at St. Louis University. Dr. Menke earned his medical degree with high distinction at the University of Kentucky, where he also completed his internship and his orthopedic surgery residency.

Dr. Menke is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of the North American Spine Society, the American Medical Association, the Kentucky Medical Association, and the Kentucky Orthopaedic Society. He has continued his education by completing courses in innovative spinal surgery techniques and has presented talks at local, national and international meetings.

Dr. Menke has a volunteer faculty appointment in the Department of Surgery at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. He is on the Active Medical Staff of the Commission for Child with Special Health Care Needs and conducts clinics in Ashland and Morehead. He is president of the Bluegrass Orthopaedic Society (2000-2003) and Chief of Surgery at Samaritan Hospital (2002-2003).

Dr. Menke treats both spinal and general orthopaedic conditions.

Brooks Morgan, MD, Emeritus

 

H. Brooks Morgan, MD, was the founder and first medical director of the Kentucky Spine Institute. He graduated from Vanderbilt University Medical School and completed his orthopedic surgery training there in 1973. Before his retirement from active practice, Dr. Morgan specialized in surgery of the spine and had extensive experience in treating scoliosis, spinal deformity, and degenerative spinal diseases. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in general orthopedics and spinal surgery. He was an examiner for the Board in spine conditions. Dr. Morgan is a member of the North American Spine Society, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. His research interests include outcome studies in lumbar disc treatment, both open and closed, and segmental fixation of the spine. He participated in the national FDA study on pedicle screw fixation.

         

 

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