J. Abbott Byrd III, MD, FACS, FAAOS
Dr. Byrd is a Norfolk, Virginia native who graduated from Norfolk Christian High School in 1971 as the class salutatorian. He then attended the University of Richmond until 1974 graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. This was followed by four years at the Medical College of Virginia in the School of Medicine, where he graduated with honors. Dr. Byrd then served two years in the general surgery program at Emory University Hospitals, followed by four years of orthopaedic training at Duke University Medical Center. His formal training was then completed in 1985 with a one year spinal surgery fellowship at the prestigious Twin Cities Scoliosis Center in Minneapolis.
Dr. Byrd then served as Chief of Spinal Surgery in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at West Virginia University until 1987 when he returned to his home in Norfolk to practice spinal surgery as a board certified orthopaedic surgeon.
Spinal implant development has been a special interest of Dr. Byrd’s since his fellowship days, and he is holder of numerous patents on implant devices. He also developed Synergy Spinal Systems which are distributed worldwide to help patients with spinal problems. Dr. Byrd is well published and continues to publish and lecture in the U.S. and internationally. In addition, Dr. Byrd currently serves on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer of the Scoliosis Research Society, and is an active member of the North American Spinal Society. Both organizations are select societies dedicated to treating patients with spinal disorders.
Dr. Byrd specializes in the treatment of both pediatric and adult patients with complex spinal problems, such as degenerative and herniated lumbar and cervical disc disease, scoliosis, kyphosis, as well as tumors and trauma of the spine. A large portion of Dr. Byrd’s practice is devoted to patients that have continued pain following lumbar surgery and require further evaluation and treatment. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Byrd has guided many patients from a state of chronic, debilitating pain back to leading healthy, productive lives.
During his 30 year career of caring for patients with spinal deformities, Dr. Byrd has dedicated much of his time treating patients with sagittal plane deformity or lumbar flatback.