David O. Okonkwo

David O. Okonkwo

Neurosurgeon at UPMC Department of Neurosurgery

Meet David O. Okonkwo

David O. Okonkwo, MD, PhD, is Professor and Executive Vice Chair of Neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Okonkwo specializes in the treatment of scoliosis and other spinal deformities and experimental therapies for spinal cord injuries.

Dr. Okonkwo completed his undergraduate work at the University of Virginia, he received his medical and doctoral degrees at Virginia Commonwealth University. He joined the University of Pittsburgh in 2006 following completion of neurosurgical residency at the University of Virginia and a fellowship at Auckland Public Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand.

Dr. Okonkwo has published more than 130 papers and gives lectures around the world to advance innovations in the minimally-invasive treatment of spinal deformity.

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

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Pittsburgh, PA

How David O. Okonkwo Can Help You

Specialties

  • Neurosurgeon

Conditions

  • Adult Scoliosis
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spinal Trauma
  • Syringomyelia

Treatments

  • Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF)
  • Hydrocephalus Shunts
  • Kypholasty
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

What Patients are Saying About David O. Okonkwo

  • Dr Okonkwo has treated 2 other family members and of course there was no question on whom I needed to see for my problem. He is very respectful and compassionate. He is willing to explain things in easy to understand terms and explain them fully. He is an extremely skilled and educated surgeon who is not quick to rush to surgery for his patients and explores all options available to his patients. I trust him with my life. The PA was very polite and professional but seems to downplay your symptoms a bit when you're discussing them with him. When you're in a position where you feel that you need to see a Neurosurgeon (at least in my case) its not a decision made lightly, and your symptoms are very important and concerning as the patient. Dr. Okonkwo does not downplay anything that you are feeling. He is very interested and concerned.
    — UPMC Patient
  • My care with this surgeon and his team have been excellent.
    — UPMC Patient
  • Each time I have met with Dr. Okonkwo and his staff, everyone has been very professional. They have listen to my concerns and responded in the manner that I would understand.
    — UPMC Patient
  • Dr Okonkwo and ALL of his staff have been immensely helpful in dealing with my issues. All of them seem to genuinely care about my well-being. They listen while I describe the issues that I'm having and it's obvious that they are actually listening and pondering, not just waiting to give me a standard response. While I did have a setback, I'm again moving in the right direction.
    — UPMC Patient
  • Dr Okonkwo is a superior physician with an amazing compassion and understanding of patient's needs. I have been to many different doctor's regarding my medical issue, and he was the only one who found a solution to solve the problem. He takes a great deal of time at each visit to make sure that I understand the options, and risks, as well as seek the best possibility.
    — UPMC Patient

Accolades for David O. Okonkwo

Professional Distinctions

  • Professor and Executive Vice Chair, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)
  • Fellowship Trained, Auckland City Hospital

Professional Affiliations

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons (Associate Member)
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • International Neurotrauma Society
  • National Neurotrauma Society

Office Information for David O. Okonkwo

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.