Dr. Stephen Esses

Your favorite Spine Surgeon

Dr. Esses is an internationally recognized expert in the field of spinal disorders who has developed several new surgical techniques and implants for the treatment of spinal problems. Dr. Esses is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He has lectured throughout the world and published numerous articles and book chapters on spine-related problems. Dr. Esses is author of “TEXTBOOK OF SPINAL DISORDERS” which is a standard reference for spinal medical personnel

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
American Board of Spine Surgeons
American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review


Lillian Wadell Scholarship
L.V. Redman Prize
Galllie-Bateman Prize in Surgery
Medical Research of Canada Fellowship
North American Traveling Fellowship
R.I. Harris Award
McLaughlin Fellowship
North American Sine Society Video Award
The Toronto Hospital Award for Excellence in Teaching
Johnson and Johnson Traveling Fellowship
Cervical Spine Research Society Award
Houston Top Docs
North American Sine Society Best Poster Display
America’s Top Orthopedists by Consumers’ Research Council of America
Doctor’s Choice Award by Health and Fitness Magazine
Patients’ Choice Award
Compassionate Doctor Award


Dr. Esses earned an M.S. and his M.D. from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. After finishing his orthopedic residency there, Dr. Esses completed two years of fellowship training in spinal surgery, including one year at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, six months at Chiba University in Japan, and six months as a McLaughlin fellow in Europe.

Clinical Interests

Surgery of the Spine
Biomechanics of the Spine
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Coccygeal Pain

Editorial Board

Associate Editorial Board -Spine
Associate Editorial Board- The Spine Journal
Associate Editorial Board- Advances in Orthopedics


Former Board Member of:

American Back Society
Scoliosis Research Society
North American Spine Society

Active Staff

HCA Houston Healthcare Hospital
Elite Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery of Oakbend Medical Center
Townsen Memorial Hospital
Altus Baytown Hospital
Advanced Diagnostic Hospital -East
East Side Surgery Center
St. Lukes Episcopal Hospital
Surgery Specialty Hospital

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