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Melvin C Makhni, M.D.

Cervical Spine Surgeon, Director of Complex Spine Surgery

Trained in both Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical aspects of Spine Surgery, Dr. Melvin C. Makhni is the Cervical Spine Surgeon, Director of Complex Spine Surgery in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Makhni uses the most up-to-date techniques in minimally invasive, microscopic, motion-sparing, ultrasonic, and computer navigation surgery to optimize treatment success.

Dr. Makhni treats the entire spectrum of spine conditions. He has published techniques of fusion-less cervical spine surgery such as artificial disc replacements. His interest in the Athlete Spine led to his collaboration with Major League Baseball, from which he has presented his work to international audiences. He integrates minimally invasive and open techniques in scoliosis and spinal reconstructive surgery, and has published and presented innovative techniques to help patients suffering with spinal disorders such as the "Kickstand Rod" technique for coronal imbalance.

Dr. Makhni is a fellowship-trained Spine Surgeon on faculty at Harvard Medical School and on staff at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School, and completed his Orthopaedic then his combined Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Spine training in New York City at Columbia University. Dr. Makhni serves on advisory panels at the North American Spine Society and has internationally published two textbooks, and has published / presented over fifty scientific articles and abstracts to national and international audiences.



  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Medical School

  • Harvard Medical School

PostGraduate Studies

  • Harvard Business School


  • Columbia University Medical Center


  • Columbia University Medical Center

Brigham & Women's Hospital

 Brigham and Women's Hospital

Brigham and Women’s Hospital is a world-class academic medical center based in Boston, Massachusetts. The Brigham serves patients from New England, across the United States and from 120 countries around the world. A major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital has a legacy of clinical excellence that continues to grow year after year.

The Brigham is a part of Brigham Health, which includes 1,200 doctors throughout New England working across 150 outpatient practices. An international leader in virtually every area of medicine, Brigham Health has led numerous medical and scientific breakthroughs that have improved lives around the world.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Brigham and Women’s Hospital among the best hospitals in many specialty areas, including cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrine disorders, ear, nose and throat, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatric care, gynecology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, rheumatology, and urology.

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