John K. Starr, MD

Complex Spine Surgery and Reconstruction Specialist

John K. Starr, MD

Dr. John K. Starr, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in complex spinal surgery. Dr. Starr’s sub-specializations include complex deformity, revision reconstruction, spinal trauma and tumors.

Dr. Starr completed his orthopaedic residency training at the University of Pittsburgh and two spinal surgical fellowships at the University of Miami. He came to George Washington University in 1992 and served as the orthopaedic director of spinal surgery. He has practiced in Washington, D.C., for over 20 years. Dr. Starr is currently on the medical board for the FBI, Secret Service, and State Department.

Dr. Starr’s research interests include spinal fixation, spinal trauma care and complex tumor resection and reconstruction. He is a member of numerous scientific societies and served an advisory role for both the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration. He has served on the Panel of Examiners for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery for over 10 years. This panel supports the continuing medical education and maintenance of certification efforts of the board. He has also chaired the spine panel for oral examinations for the ABOS.

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Lectures and Presentations

  • Total Cervical Disc Arthroplasty vs. Diskectomy and Fusion: Current Science

  • Cervical Deformity: Surgical Assessment and Planning

  • Controversies in Lumbosacral Fusion Surgery: Two-stage anterior-posterior approach vs. T.L.I.F/P.L.I.F

  • Surgical Strategies for Thoracolumbar Adjacent-level Breakdown


  • Complications in Spinal Surgery: The Efficacy and Safety of Tranexamic Acid

Research and Publications

  • Design of Integrated Plate-Expandable Cage Implant for Spinal Bone Defects (Amendia Corporation)

  • Analysis of Best Model for Healthcare Missions Abroad: What do Underserved Areas Need Most, What Can We Deliver Best, and is There a Match? (Health Volunteers Overseas and Orthopaedics Overseas)