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Specialty: Spine Surgery
Born in St. Louis, 1949
He and his wife, Judy, have 7 children and nine grandchildren.
Board Certified: Dr. Piper founded what is now Advanced Bone & Joint Surgery in 1980, after completing an Orthopedic surgery residency at Barnes Hospital, Washington University in St. Louis. His M.D. was earned at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Piper also attended St. Louis University for his undergraduate degree, majoring in chemistry. He has been certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery since 1982, and is a diplomate of the American Board of Spine Surgery. Dr. Piper is a member of AO Spine of North America. He has been the course director of many spine seminars/courses held at the Practical Anatomy Workshop of St. Louis University, in St. Louis. These are well recognized spinal surgery conferences that feature faculty and participants from around the world. These have been held since 1997. Dr. Piper has collaborated with spine device manufacturers to improve the quality of instrumentation and implants used in the repair of spinal degenerative conditions.
Dr. Piper treats spinal disorders of the neck, chest, and low back. His emphasis is on degenerative conditions of the spine. When applicable, he has an increasing preference for minimally invasive surgical procedures that utilize smaller incisions allowing faster rehabilitation and recovery.
Public Service: He has served as a medical missionary for the Crudem Foundation as a volunteer Orhtopedic Surgeon to the Haitian poor yearly since 1994-2006. Dr. Piper has performed over 300 surgeries in Haiti ranging from the correction of pediatric deformities to repairing long bone fractures and eradicating long standing bony infections. He has also operated in the Dominican Republic to treat adolescent scoliosis. He has traveled to many countries to further his ongoing education in the treatment of spinal disorders, some of which include England, Germany, Brazil, Italy, Canada, France and Switzerland.
Dr. Piper specializes in spine surgery. He is Board Certified in the specialty of Spine Surgery, passing in 1997 the American Board of Spine Surgery Certifying Examination. He is board certified orthopedic surgeon with the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons since 1982.
Dr. Piper partners with Chris Hemmer, DNP. They have been together for 15 years and closely collaborate as a team on the care of all patients. Dr. Theodore Rummel is affiliated with Piper Spine Care, and he performs general orthopedic surgery. Lastly, Garrett Ungerer is a physician assistant who recently joined the practice. Garrett assists Dr. Piper in surgery and also sees patients in the office.