Dr. Elizabeth L. Lord is a Board Eligible, fellowship trained Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon. Her practice focuses on the evaluation and treatment of degenerative spine conditions, including lumbar/cervical disc herniations, degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis. Her areas of interest spinal deformity, degenerative surgery, minimally invasive surgery, spine tumor, and spine trauma.
Dr. Lord was born in Washington, DC and raised in Kenya, Egypt, and New Hampshire. She has a particular interest in cultural competency and welcomes patients from all backgrounds and cultures.
Dr. Lord attended Harvard University for her undergraduate studies in sociology. She pursued health care consulting prior to returning to school for her medical education. She completed a post-baccalaureate premedical program at Georgetown University. She received her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She completed her intern year of orthopaedic surgery at Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She then spent a year pursuing a research fellowship in spine surgery at University of California, Los Angeles. She completed her orthopaedic residency at UCLA. She then completed a joint neurosurgery and orthopaedic spine surgery fellowship New York University Langone/Hospital for Joint Disease where she received extensive training in complex and revision deformity, minimally invasive surgery, and robotic surgery.
Her research includes bone biology and fusion in animal models, clinical research in biologics, and proximal junctional kyphosis. She has authored basic science and clinical articles in peer-reviewed journals. She has presented her research internationally and nationally.
She is especially interested in medical education, clinical research, and complex surgical problems. Dr. Lord looks forward to working with patients to tailor a treatment plan to each individual's particular diagnosis and needs.
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1. Tanjaya J, Lord EL, Wang C, Zhang Y, Kim JK, Nguyen A, Baik L, Pan HC, Chen E, Kwak JH, Zhang X, Wu B, Soo C, Ting K. The Effects of Systemic Therapy of PEGylated NEL-Like Protein 1 (NELL-1) on Fracture Healing in Mice. Am J Pathol. 2018 Mar;188(3):715-727. doi: 10.1016/j.ajpath.2017.11.018. Epub 2017 Dec 30.
2. Ajiboye RM, Park HY, Cohen JR, Vellios EE, Lord EL, Ashana AO, Buser Z, Wang JC. Demographic Trends in the Use of Intraoperative Neuromonitoring for Scoliosis Surgery in the United States. Int J Spine Surg. 2017 Dec 5; 11:33. doi: 10.14444/4033. eCollection 2017.
3. Alobaidaan R, Cohen JR, Lord EL, Buser Z, Yoon ST, Youssef JA, Park JB, Brodke DS, Wang JC, Meisel HJ. Complication rates in Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Surgery (PLIF) with human bone morphogenetic protein 2. Global Spine J. 2017 Dec;7(8):770-773. doi: 10.1177/2192568217696695. Epub 2017 May 16.
4. Zoller SD, Cao LA, Smith RA, Sheppard W, Lord EL, Hamad CD, Ghodasra JH, Lee C, Jeffcoat D. Staged reconstruction of diaphyseal fractures with segmental defects: Surgical and patient-reported outcomes. Injury. 2017 Oct;48(10):2248-2252. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2017.06.018. Epub 2017 Jun 23.
5. Lord EL, Cohen JR, Buser Z, Meisel HJ, Brodke DS, Yoon ST, Youssef JA, Wang JC, Park JB. Trends, costs and complications of anterior cervical discectomy and fusion with and without bone morphogenetic protein in the United States Medicare population. Accepted to Global Spine Journal August 2016.
6. Hayashi T, Lord EL, Suzuki A, Takahashi S, Scott TP, Phan K, Tian H, Daubs MD, Shiba K, Wang JC. A comparison of commercially available demineralized bone matrices with and without human mesenchymal stem cells in a rodent spinal fusion model. J Neurosurg Spine. 2016 Jul;25(1):133-7. doi: 10.3171/2015.12. SPINE15737.
7. Takahashi S, Lord EL, Hayashi T, Cohen JR, Lao L, Yao Q, Suzuki A, Nakamura H, Wang JC. Radiologic Factors Associated With the Dynamic Change of Dural Sac Diameter in Lumbar Spine: A Kinematic MRI Study. Clin Spine Surg. 2016 Jun 27. [Epub ahead of print] DOI: 10.1097/BSD.0000000000000403
8. Wang JC, Buser Z, Fish D, Lord EL, Roe AK, Chatterjee D, Gee EL, Mayer EN, Yanez MY, McBride OJ, Cha PI, Arnold PM, Fehlings MG, Mroz TE, Daniel Riew KD. Intra-operative Death during Cervical Spinal Surgery: A Retrospective Multi-center Study. Accepted to Global Spine Journal May 2016.
9. Pourtaheri S, Issa K, Stewart T, Shafa E, Ajiboye R, Buerba RA, Lord E, Hwang K, Mangels D, Emami A. Comparison of Instrumented and Noninstrumented Surgical Treatment of Severe Vertebral Osteomyelitis. Orthopedics. 2016 May 1;39(3):e504-8. doi: 10.3928/01477447-20160427-07. Epub 2016 May 2.
10. Ajiboye RM, D'Oro A, Ashana AO, Buerba RA, Lord EL, Buser Z, Wang JC, Pourtaheri S. The Routine Use of Intraoperative Neuromonitoring During ACDFs for the Treatment of Spondylotic Myelopathy and Radiculopathy is Questionable: A Review of 15395 Cases. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2016 Apr 23. [Epub ahead of print]
AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinician Scholar Career Development Program (CSCDP), Rosemont, IL, (Selected by the North American Spine Society (NASS)) 2019SRS North American Meeting Scholarship for Residents and Fellows, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2019Ruth Jackson Travel Grant, Orlando, FL 2016Dr. Joanne L.J. Cheek Scholarship 2010Weinstein Fellowship 2009Lisle C. Carter Scholarship 2008Harlem Hospital Centennial Scholarship 2008