Adam Kanter, MD

Adam Kanter, MD

Neurosurgeon at UPMC Department of Neurosurgery

Meet Adam Kanter, MD

Dr. Adam Kanter is assistant professor of neurological surgery and director of the Minimally Invasive Spine and Fellowship programs at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Kanter received his medical degree from the University of Vermont and completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of Virginia. He completed further subspecialty fellowship training at the University of California, San Francisco and Auckland City Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand. Dr. Kanter has published numerous book chapters and journal articles in such publications as The Spine Journal, Neurosurgery, Journal of Neurosurgery, and Neurosurgical Focus. He has received several honors and awards, including his most recent acknowledgments as one of America’s Top Doctors, Pittsburgh’s Best Doctors, and a Patients’ Choice Award. Dr. Kanter is recognized as a leading expert in lateral access surgical techniques and travels the globe to teach and lecture on the extreme lateral approach to minimally invasive interbody fusion.

Dr. Kanter is a neurosurgeon with UPMC Department of Neurosurgery.

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Pittsburgh, PA

How Adam Kanter, MD Can Help You


  • Neurosurgeon

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Adult Scoliosis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Degenerative Conditions
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Herniation
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Fractures
  • Kyphosis
  • Lordosis
  • Meningioma
  • Metastatic Tumor
  • Nerve Compression
  • Nerve Entrapments
  • Neurofibroma
  • Schwannoma
  • Spinal Compression Fractures
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Deformities
  • Spinal Lesions
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Trauma
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Traumatic Injuries
  • Ulnar Nerve Entrapment


  • CT-Guided Surgery
  • Cervical Discectomy
  • Endoscopic Spinal Tumor Resection
  • Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF)
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microforaminotomy
  • Microlaminectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstruction
  • Traditional Surgery
  • Tumor Resection
  • Vertebroplasty

What Patients are Saying About Adam Kanter, MD

  • This was my fifth visit concerning need for surgery for pain control and possibility of surgical intervention. Two of these visits were with in-network orthosurgeons; two with in-network neurosurgeons and then finally with Dr. Kanter. The two orthosurgeons wanted to do surgery to release entrapped nerve and stabilize part of the spine with rods and plates. First neurosurgeon would not operate because he said I could come out with more problems. Second neurosurgeon referred me to Dr. Kanter. I finally have connected with the right doctor. Dr. Kanter, the resident who did my initial intake and all staff from receptionist to schedulers were amazing. Even when I had a question and called the nurses office the response was quick and she answered all my questions. Can't say enough about this neurosurgery department. It is still uncertain about my treatment plan until further testing is done but I know I am in the best of hands.
    — UPMC Patient
  • Dr. Kantor is prompt, thorough and professional. When it became clear that I would need back surgery, my wife and I asked around the medical community for recommendations; Dr. Kantors' name was overwhelmingly the response. I feel the recommendations were warranted and Dr. Kantor is worth his reputation.
    — UPMC Patient

Accolades for Adam Kanter, MD

Professional Distinctions

  • Fellowship trained, University of California at San Francisco

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Society of Lateral Access Surgeons
  • Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeons
  • North American Spine Society
  • AANS/CNS Joint Section on Spine & Peripheral Nerves
  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Surgeons

Office Information for Adam Kanter, MD

UPMC Presbyterian
200 Lothrop Street
Suite A-402
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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Primary Location:

UPMC Presbyterian
200 Lothrop Street
Suite A-402
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

UPMC Department of Neurosurgery's Website

Profile last updated: August 31, 2016. This information was supplied by or on behalf of the provider.