Jeffrey R. McConnell

Jeffrey R. McConnell

Orthopedic Surgeon at Spine Center of Excellence at OAA Orthopaedic Specialists

Meet Jeffrey R. McConnell

A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. McConnell returned to his home state in 2003 to join Spine Center of Excellence at OAA Orthopaedic Specialists’ 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 OAA, 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 pediatric spinal deformity (scoliosis), motion preservation technologies for spine surgery, and minimally invasive spine surgery techniques. Dr. McConnell is known in the region for his years of experience with cervical disc arthroplasty. He utilizes the Secure-C and ProDisc-C technologies for total disc replacement.

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. Additionally he is currently the lead investigator at LVH for the two-level Prestige-LP cervical disc replacement IDE clinical trial.

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 treatment for spinal disease and spinal deformity for the poor and underserved in Kolkata, India.

Directions to our primary location in

Allentown, PA

How Jeffrey R. McConnell Can Help You


  • Orthopedic Surgeon

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Back Pain
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Complex Spine Disorders
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spine Conditions
  • Herniated Disc / Bulging Disc
  • Kyphosis
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Disorders
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Pain
  • Sciatica / Radiculopathy
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Conditions
  • Spine Injuries
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Thoracic spine disorders
  • Trauma
  • Tumors


  • ALIF: Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Disc Arthroplasty
  • Endoscopic Microdiscectomy
  • Epidural Steriod Injections
  • Facet Joint Injections / Blocks
  • Laminectomy / Decompression Surgery
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Non-Surgical Treatment and Diagnosis
  • Pain Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Reconstructive / Revision Spine Surgery
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Scoliosis Treatment - Non-Surgical
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spine Surgery
  • Vertebroplasty / Kyphoplasty
  • XLIF: Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion

What Patients are Saying About Jeffrey R. McConnell

  • Dr. Jeffery McConnel, I must say I was afraid of spinal surgery at my age 78. Dr. McConnell was the second doctor I consulted before my surgery. The first dr. scared me and said I could die during surgery. Dr. McConnell did not try to scare me. He is a wonderful person and also a highly expert surgeon. Thanks to his expert skill I am walking again and have a new life. Also, Lehigh Valley Hospital gave me excellent care during my stay there.
    — James
  • Dr McConnell never made me feel rushed while he was with me and I would recommend him to others. My experience at OAA was very good.
    — Jean
  • There are many people that I wish to thank for all the help that I've received prior to and after my surgery. To the staff and other Physicians thank you. To Dr. Jeffery McConnell you have given my fiancé' and I a new lease on life with the 14-hour complicated surgery you performed. There aren't enough words to express my feelings to a gifted surgeon that pulled me through this amazing procedure. God bless you Dr. McConnell.
    — Mark
  • I surely didn't want surgery, but at least I had a great surgeon. I need to thank you Dr. McConnell for giving me a better life. I was worried about little things back then like carrying our newborn child around. Now, he's six and we have an 11 month old. I am coaching football and baseball for our six-year-old and running around the fields like I never had back problems to begin with. Thank you again!
    — Doug
  • Today is 2 weeks since I've had my spine fused and a cyst removed. I want to thank OAA and Dr. McConnell for everything you have done for me! I am getting my life back one day at a time! Two weeks ago I couldn't sleep and had pain constantly. Today, I am like a new woman. I no longer have leg pain and am progressing from my surgery rapidly. I couldn't have done it without the finest doctor around. I cannot express my gratitude enough for everything Dr. McConnell has done for me. He had wonderful bedside manners, answered every question with sincerity and ease, and made me feel that I had nothing to worry about from day 1. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!! I would highly recommend OAA and Dr. McConnell to anyone out there in need! Thank you.
    — Kim
  • I had a micro discectomy at L4 with Dr. McConnell after suffering from acute sciatic pain for 9 weeks. I tried many different modalities in that time with no relief. I am presently almost back to my normal busy schedule - doing gardening, teaching yoga, sewing, etc. At 68 years old I am very happy not to suffer the chronic pain I had for many years. Dr. McConnell was very kind, and patient with explanations of what was happening in my body. I cannot thank him enough for a successful surgery.
    — Claire

Accolades for Jeffrey R. McConnell

Professional Distinctions

  • Fellowship, Spine Surgery: University of Maryland
  • Fellowship, Spine Surgery: Queens Medical Centre

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Lateral Access Surgery
  • North American Spine Society
  • International Society for the Advancement of Spine
  • American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society
  • Pennsylvania Medical Society
  • Lehigh County Medical Society
  • AOSpine International

Board Certifications

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

Office Information for Jeffrey R. McConnell

250 Cetronia Road
Allentown, PA 18104
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Primary Location:

250 Cetronia Road
Allentown, PA 18104


Monday: 08:00 - 05:00
Tuesday:: 08:00 - 05:00
Wednesday: 08:00 - 05:00
Thursday: 08:00 - 05:00
Friday: 08:00 - 05:00

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