Jeffrey McConnell, MD, Allentown, PA, 18104

A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. McConnell returned to his home state in 2003 to join OAA’s Pennsylvania Spine and Scoliosis Institute. He brings with him an unparalleled level of expertise and training in the discipline of spinal surgery, having completed two spine surgery fellowships and being board certified in both spinal surgery and orthopaedic surgery. Dr. McConnell had the unique opportunity to complete his second fellowship at the Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, England, with a primary focus on surgery for complex spinal deformities.

Before joining Spine Center of Excellence at OAA Orthopaedic Specialists, Dr. McConnell spent ten years in Virginia where he served as co-director of the Division of Spine Surgery at Naval Regional Medical Center, Portsmouth. He held faculty positions at two medical schools and established the Highlands Spine Institute, a center dedicated exclusively to the spine.

Dr. McConnell’s patients benefit not only from his experience and skills as a spinal surgeon, but also from his dedication and caring.

Dr. McConnell has strong subspecialty interests in treating paediatric spinal deformity (scoliosis), motion preservation technologies for spine surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery techniques. He is active in spine research and was the lead investigator for the SECURE-C Cervical Disc Replacement FDA IDE clinical trial and in a study comparing bone graft substitutes in anterior lumbar fusion surgery. Dr. McConnell has presented his research in the U.S and internationally at scientific meetings including the European Spine Society, International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, North American Spine Society, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Global Spine Congress and the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery. Dr. McConnell is also a leader in the use of cutting-edge surgical techniques, including Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF) and cervical total disc arthroplasty. Along with Dr. Ujjwal Debnath, a former Nottingham colleague, he heads “Operation Straight Spine”, a charitable mission project which provides spinal disease and deformity treatment for the poor and underserved in India.

Type of Spine Professional

  • Orthopedic Surgeon

Areas of Expertise


  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arm Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Complex Spine Disorders
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spinal Conditions
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Foot Drop
  • Fractures
  • Herniated Disc / Bulging Disc
  • Kyphosis
  • Leg Pain
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Disorders
  • Lumbar Spine Disorders/Deformities
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Disorders
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Pain/Neuralgia
  • Osteoporotic Compression Fractures
  • Pediatric Spine Disorders
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Sciatica / Radiculopathy
  • Scoliosis and Deformity
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Infections
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Thoracic spine disorders
  • Trauma
  • Tumors


  • Anterior Cervical Corpectomy
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy / Decompression
  • Anterior Cervical Fusion
  • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
  • Anterior/Posterior Lumbar Fusion
  • Artificial Disc Replacement - Cervical
  • Artificial Disc Replacement - Lumbar
  • BMP
  • Back Sugery
  • Bone Graft Substitutes
  • CT Scan
  • Cervical Spine Fusion Instrument
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Disc Arthroplasty
  • Discectomy
  • Endoscopic Microdiscectomy
  • Facet Joint Injections/Blocks
  • Interspinous process spacers
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Laminectomy / Decompression Surgery
  • Laminoplasty
  • Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (XLIF)
  • Lower Back Surgery
  • Lumbar Corpectomy
  • Lumbar Spine Fusion Instrumentation
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Microdiscectomy / Microdecompression
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neck Surgery
  • Nerve Blocks
  • PLIF (posterior lumbar interbody fusion)
  • Pediatric Spine Treatments - Non-Surgical
  • Pediatric Spine Treatments - Surgical
  • Percutaneous Spinal Fusion
  • Posterior Cervical Decompression
  • Posterior Cervical Discectomy
  • Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy
  • Posterolateral Lumbar Fusion
  • Reconstructive /Revision Spine Surgery
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injections / Blocks
  • Sacroiliac joint fusion
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Scoliosis Treatment - Non Surgical
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spine Surgery
  • TLIF (transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion)
  • Transforaminal Injections
  • Upper Back Surgery


Languages Spoken: English


  • American Board of Spine Surgery
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • American Board of Independent Medical Examiners
  • National Board of Medical Examiners

Professional Distinctions

  • Fellowships-Spine Surgery: University of Maryland Hospital; Baltimore, MD Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery, Queen’s Medical Centre, University Hospital; Nottingham, UK
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, Milton S. Hershey College of Medicine, Penn State University (Sept. 2005 – Present)
  • Clinical Adjunct Faculty, King’s College (Sept. 2004–Present)
  • AO North America – North American Spine Education Committee
  • AO ASIF Spine Faculty (March 2004-Present)

Professional Affiliations

  • American College of Spinal Surgeons
  • North American Spine Society
  • International Society for the Advancement of Spinal Surgery
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society
  • American Institute of Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
  • Pennsylvania Medical Society
  • Lehigh County Medical Society
  • AO North America – Spine Faculty Member