Dr. Patrick Curry is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon who specializes in treating cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spinal disorders, including disc herniation, spinal stenosis, spinal cord compression, and spinal deformities. He is an expert in performing a broad range of surgical procedures, from microdiscectomy to complex revision surgery. Dr. Curry is also devoted to providing each of his patients with the highest possible level of care to return them to a life in motion.
Born in Pennsylvania, Dr. Curry received his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from The University of Scranton, where he was a member of the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his residency training in orthopedic surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals under the guidance of Rothman Orthopaedic Institute surgeons. During his residency, he was selected to participate in The American Orthopaedic Association Resident Leadership Forum.
Dr. Curry elected to complete additional training following his residency through an orthopedic spine surgery fellowship at The University of Utah. During this year, he gained expertise in a wide range of advanced spine surgery techniques, including minimally invasive surgery, complex adult deformities, oncologic reconstruction, and high-energy trauma.
My Spine Story
The prospect of surgery can make anyone feel anxious. Recovering from surgery is no picnic, either, and post-operative restrictions can leave you feeling confined. I understand. I’ve lived those experiences myself and I will do my best to get you through it, both as a surgeon and as someone who was once a patient.
When I was nine years old my uncle, a pediatrician, noticed a slight curve in my back while our families were vacationing at the beach. Before long I was in an exam room with Dr. Drummond, a pediatric spine surgeon, at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Drummond noted a mild curve and he recommended a follow-up in six months. After half a year the curve had progressed, and Dr. Drummond devised a course of treatment. I was required to wear a custom-fit, rigid back brace twenty-three hours a day. I would wear this brace for nearly five years, from the age of nine to fourteen. Using the principles of three-point bending, the brace was an attempt to limit the progression of the curve as I grew. For the first few years, the brace did its work and controlled the curve, but as I got older, the curve grew worse.
During my freshman year in high school, Dr. Drummond recommended that I undergo spinal fusion surgery to halt the progression of the curve. In August of that year, when I was fourteen years old, I underwent a fusion of my vertebrae from T7 to L2. The surgery went well and thankfully I had a normal recovery, but it was not without its challenges. I no longer had to wear a brace, but I was sidelined from contact sports for eighteen months. My fledgling wrestling career—where I hoped to join the varsity team—was put on hold. I was grateful when I returned to the team late in the season my junior year but giving it all up for so long had been difficult.
My experience as a patient deeply informs my practice as a surgeon today. Dr. Drummond’s care and other physicians in my family sparked a lifelong interest in medicine that, in time, became a career. The stabilizing rods placed in my back during surgery are still there—at once a blessing and a reminder of the healing power of medicine properly applied.
- Adult deformity
- Anterior cervical corpectomy
- Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion
- Anterior lumbar interbody fusion
- Artificial cervical disc replacement
- Cervical laminoplasty
- Cervical radiculopathy
- Degenerative disc disease
- Facet joint syndrome
- Herniated disc
- Lumbar corpectomy
- Lumbar microdiscectomy
- Lumbar radiculopathy
- Metastatic cancer of the spine
- Post-laminectomy syndrome
- Revision surgery
- Sacroiliac joint pain
- Spinal fusion
- Spinal stenosis
- Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion
Motion Preserving Procedures
- Laminoplasty and cervical disc replacement
- Microdiscectomy and laminectomy
- Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy: The University of Scranton, Scranton, PA
- Doctor of Medicine: Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C.
- Orthopedic Surgery Residency: Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Philadelphia, PA
- Orthopedic Spine Surgery Fellowship: The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Distinctions and Recognition
My Approach to Treating Patients
Spinal disorders are complex, which is why I develop a treatment approach for each patient that is tailored to meet their individual needs and goals. Many spinal problems can be managed without surgery, but when nonoperative treatment options fail to provide relief, surgery can help alleviate pain and improve function.
The decision to proceed with surgery is an important one, and it must be made with an understanding of the risks, benefits, and alternatives to surgical intervention. As your surgeon, I will carefully explain your diagnosis, imaging results, and treatment options so that you can make the decision that is best for you.