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Joseph M. Lombardi, MD Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery The Spine Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center

Joseph Lombardi, MD, is an orthopedic spine surgeon specializing in the operative management of spinal disorders in adult and adolescent patients. His practice is focused on minimally invasive surgical treatments for both common and complex spinal conditions, including disc herniation, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and spinal deformity. Dr. Lombardi leverages the latest surgical technology – robotics, guided navigation, and advanced instrumentation – to provide patients with tailored surgical procedures, accelerated recovery times, and superior outcomes.

After receiving his undergraduate and medical degrees from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, Dr. Lombardi went on to complete his post-doctoral residency training in orthopedic surgery at Columbia University Irving Medical Center where he served as chief resident. Dr. Lombardi remained at Columbia and the NewYork-Presbyterian Och Spine Hospital for fellowship training in advanced adult and pediatric spine surgery.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Lombardi is involved in training future surgeons, and is an active member of the academic orthopedic spine community. His research interests are focused on the application of new technologies to complex spinal conditions with the goal of improving patient outcomes. To date, Dr. Lombardi has published over 15 book chapters, authored over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, and has received numerous academic awards, including: the Alpha Omega Alpha honors society, Julius S. Neviaser Award in Orthopedic Surgery, Harold M. Dick Award for Excellence in Orthopedic Surgery, and the Alexander Garcia Award for Excellence in Clinical Orthopedic Surgery. In his free time, Dr. Lombardi enjoys hiking, jogging, fishing and traveling

Education

9/1/2001-6/14/2005
St. Joseph High School
Metuchen, New Jersey
8/1/2008-5/1/2013
Doctor of Medicine
The George Washington University School of Medicine
Washington, DC

Post-Doctoral Training

6/1/2014-6/14/2015
Internship in Orthopaedic/General Surgery
New York Orthopaedic Hospital
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
New York Presbyterian Hospital
Columbia University Medical Center
Director: William N. Levine MD
6/14/2015-6/14/2019
Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery
New York Orthopaedic Hospital
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
New York Presbyterian Hospital
Columbia University Medical Center
Director: Charles M. Jobin MD
8/1/19-7/31/20
Postdoctoral Clinical Fellow
Adult and Pediatric Comprehensive Spine Surgery Fellowship
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Columbia University Medical Center

Professional Experience

8/1/2003-9/1/2005
Department of Biological Sciences, Rutgers University
High School Research Assistant
1/1/2012-5/20/2013
Department of Orthopaedics, George Washington University Medical Center
Research Assistant
Warren Yu, MD
Washington, DC
6/1/2015 - Present
The Spine Hospital at New York-Presbyterian/Allen
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center
Clinical Researcher
New York, NY
Surgeon-in-Chief: Lawrence G. Lenke, MD
3/1/2016 - Present
CUMC Orthopaedics representative to AAOS Resident Assembly
3/1/2016 - Present
Committee member AAOS Resident Health Policy Committee
6/20/2018 – Present
Chief Resident in Orthoapedic Surgery, Columbia University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Professional Societies

2008-present
GWU Phi Beta Kappa Society
2013-present
GWU Alpha Omega Alpha Society
2013
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS)
2016
North American Spine Society (NASS)
2019
Lumbar Spine Research Society (LSRS), in process

Award and Fellowships

2005-2008
University Honors, six consecutive semesters
George Washington University, Washington, DC
2008
Summa Cum Laude
George Washington University, Washington DC
2008
Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society
George Washington University, Washington DC
2013
Julius S. Neviaser Award in Orthopaedic Surgery
George Washington University, Washington, DC
2013
Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society
George Washington University, Washington, DC
2016
Harold M. Dick Award for Excellence in Orthopaedic Surgery
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Columbia University
2018
Orthopaedic In-Training Examination Score: 100th percentile
2019
Alexander Garcia Award for Excellence in Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Columbia University

Committee/Leadership Appointments

2018-2019
Academic Chief Resident, New York Orthopaedic Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center
2016-2017
CUMC Orthopaedics representative to AAOS Resident Assembly
2016-2017
Committee member AAOS Resident Health Policy
2015-2016
CUMC Orthopaedics representative to CUMC Resident Forum
2018-2019
Chief Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery

Biblography: Peer Reviewed Publications

  1. Danoff JR, Lombardi JM, Rosenwasser MP.  Use of a pedicled adipose flap for anterior subcutaneous transposition of the ulnar nerve.  J Hand Surg Am. 2014 Mar;39(3):552-5
  2. Gancarczyk SM, Makhni EC, Lombardi JM, Popkin CA, Ahmad CS.  Arthroscopic articular reconstruction of capitellar osteochondral defects.  Am J Sports Med. 2015 Aug 13
  3. Verveld CJ, Danoff JR, Lombardi JM, Rosenwasser MP. Adipose versus fascial sling for anterior subcutaneous transposition of the ulnar nerve.  Am J Orthop. 2016 Feb;45(2):89-94
  4. Auregan JC, Lin JD, Lombardi JM, Jang E, Macaulay W, Rosenwasser MP.  The hemisoleus rotational flap provides a novel superior autograft reconstructive option for the treatment of chronic extensor mechanism disruption.  Arthroplasty Today.  2016 Feb 26;2(2):49-52.
  5. Saifi C, Laratta JL, Shillingford JN, Lombardi JM, Hardy N, Pugely A, Phillips F, Lehman RA, An H, Lenke LG. National trends for spinal deformity surgery throughout the United States. Neurosurg Focus. 2017 Apr;42(4):A5.
  6. Laratta JL, Shillingford JN, Hardy N, Lombardi JM, Saifi C, Romanov A, Lenke LG, Lehman RA, Riew KD.  Intrawound Tobramycin Powder Eradicates Surgical Wound Contamination: An In Vivo Rabbit Study.  Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2017 April 10
  7. Laratta JL, Hardy N, Shillingford JN, Lombardi JM, Saifi C, Pugely A, An H, Phillips F, Lehman RA, Lenke LG.  National trends in the utilization of intraoperative neuromonitoring throughout the United States.  Global Spine J. 2018 Jun;8(4):382-387
  8. Noback PC, Lombardi JM, Seetharaman M, Lee DH, Strauch RJ, Rosenwasser MP.  Development and Validation of a Disease-Specific Questionnaire for Basal Joint Arthritis.  J Wrist Surg. 2017 May;6(2): 126-133
  9. Laratta J, Caldwell JM, Lombardi JM, Levine W, Ahmad C.  Evaluation of common elbow pathologies: a focus on physical examination.  Phys Sportsmed.  2017 May; 45(2):184-190
  10. Kadiyala RKK, Lombardi JM.  Denervation of the wrist joint for the treatment of chronic pain.  J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2017 Jun; 25(6): 439-447
  11. Laratta JL, Shillingford JN, Lombardi JM, Mueller JD, Reddy H, Saifi C, Fischer CR, Ludwig SC, Lenke LG. Lehman RA. Utilization of Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty Procedures Throughout the United States Over a Recent Decade: An Analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample.  J Spine Surg. 2017 Sep;3(3):364-370.
  12. Trofa DP, Lombardi JM, Noticewala MS, Ahmad CS. Ulnar Collateral Ligament Repair Using an Internal Brace.  Arthrosc Tech. 2017 Dec 25:7(1):e53-56.
  13. Shillingford JN, Laratta JL, Hardy N, Lombardi JM, Lehman RA, Riew KD. National outcomes following single-level cervical disc arthroplasty versus anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. J Spine Surg. 2017 Dec; 3(4):641-649.
  14. Barnes LF, Lombardi JM, Gardner TR, Strauch RJ, Rosenwasser MP.  Comparison of Exposure in the Kaplan Versus Kocher Approach in the Treatment of Radial Head Fractures.  Hand 2018 Jan 1
  15. Makhni MC, Jegede K, Lombardi JM, Whittier S, Gorroochurn P, Lehman RA, Riew KD.  No Clear Benefit of Chlorhexidine Use at Home Before Surgical Preparation. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2018 Jan 15;26(2):e39-e47.
  16. Laratta JL, Ha A, Shillingford JN, Makhni MC, Lombardi JM, Thuet E, Lehman RA, Lenke LG.  Neuromonitoring in Spinal Deformity Surgery: A Multimodality Approach.  Global Spine J. 2018 Feb;8(1):68-77.
  17. Shillingford JN, Laratta JL, Lombardi JM, Mueller JD, Cerpa M, Reddy HP, Saifi C, Fischer CR, Lehman RA.  Complications Following Single-Level Interbody Fusion Procedures: an ACS-NSQIP Study. J Spine Surg 2018 Mar;4(1):17-27.
  18. Laratta JL, Shillingford JN, Lombardi JM, Alrabaa RG, Lehman RA. Accuracy of S2 Alar-Iliac Screw Placement under Robotic Guidance.  Spine Deform. 2018 Mar-Apr;6(2): 130-136.
  19. Shillingford JN, Laratta JL, Lombardi JM, Tuchman A, Park PJ, Lehman RA, Lenke LG.  Human versus Robot: A Propensity-Matched Analysis of the Accuracy of Free Hand Versus Robotic Guidance for Placement of S2 Alar-Iliac (S2AI) Screws.  Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2018 Apr 18.
  20. Laratta JL, Shillingford JN, Cohen-Tanugi SJ, Lombardi JM, Lenke LG, Riew KD, Lehman RA, Ludwig SC.  Defining the “Critical Elements” for the Most Common Procedures in Spine Surgery: A Consensus of Orthopaedic and Neurological Surgeons.  Spine 2018 May 1;43(9):E531-536.
  21. Laratta JL, Reddy H, Shillingford JN, Lombardi JM, Saifi C, Lehman RA, Lenke LG.  Utilization of Interspinous Devices throughout the United States over a Recent Decade: An Analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample. Global Spine J. 2018 Jun; 8(4): 382-387
  22. Saifi C, Lombardi JM, Phillips FM.  Transpsoas Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion for Degenerative Spine and Adult Deformity: Surgical Technique and the Evidence.  Seminars in Spine Surgery. 2018 Dec 30(4): 230-236
  23. Lombardi JM, Shillingford JN, Lenke LG, Lehman RA.  Sacropelvic Fixation: When, Why, How?.  Neurosurg Clin N Am 2018 Jul; 29(3): 389-397
  24. Laratta JL, Lombardi JM, Shillingford JN, Gvozdyev BV, Kim YJ.  Permanent implantation of antibiotic cement over exposed instrumentation eradicates deep spinal infection.  J Spine Surg. 2018 Jun;4(2):471-477.
  25. Lin JD, Tan LA, Wei C, Shillingford JN, Laratta JL, Lombardi JM, Kim YJ, Lehman RA, Lenke LG.The posterior superior iliac spine and sacral laminar slope: key anatomical landmarks for freehand S2-alar-iliac screw placement J Neurosurg Spine. 2018 Oct;29(4):429-434.
  26. Kochanski RB, Lombardi JM, Laratta JL, Lehman RA, O'Toole JE.  Image Guided Navigation and Robotics in Spine Surgery. Neurosurgery. 2019 Jan 7.
  27. Laratta JL, Lombardi JM, Shillingford JN, Grosso M, Lehman RA, Lenke LG, Levine WN, Riew KD.  The optimal management of tethered surgical drains: a cadaveric study.  J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2019 Feb 15;27(4):129-135
  28. Makhni MC, Osorio JA, Park PJ, Lombardi JM, Riew KD.  Cervical Disc Arthroplasty: Tips and Tricks. Int Orthop. 2019 Apr;43(4):777-783
  29. Cho SK, Safir S, Lombardi JM, Kim JS.  Cervical Spine Deformity: Indications, Considerations and Surgical Outcomes.  J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2019 June 15;27(12)
  30. Makhni MC, Vatan NM, Park PJ, Kabeer ZA, Cerpa M, Choi JH, Lombardi JM, Hong S, Kim YJ, Lenke LG, Lehman RA, Vycheth I, Park KB.  Path to Prevention of Spinal Trauma in a Low to Middle Income Country: A Single Center Study in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  J Am Acad Orthop Surg Global Research and Reviews. 2019 Oct IN PRESS
  31. Hendow CJ, Beschloss A, Cazzulino A, Lombardi JM, Louie PK, Milby A, Pugely AJ, Ali K Ozturk AK, Ludwig S, Saifi C.  Changes in Rate of Primary Atlantoaxial Spinal Fusion Surgery in the United States (1993-2015).  J Neurosurg Spine. 2020 Jan 24:1-7. doi: 10.3171/2019.11.SPINE19551. Online ahead of print.PMID: 31978892
  32. Lopez CD, Boddapati V, Lombardi JM, Lee NJ, Saifi C, Dyrszka M, Sardar Z, Lenke LG, Lehman RA.  Recent Trends in Medicare Utilization and Reimbursement for Lumbar Spine Fusion and Discectomy Procedures.  Spine J. 2020 Jun 10:S1529-9430(20)30779-8. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2020.05.558
  33. Lopez CD, Boddapati V,Lombardi JM, Sardar ZM, Dyrszka MD, Lehman RA, Riew KD.  Recent Trends in Medicare Utilization and Reimbursement for Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion. Spine J. 2020 Jun 17:S1529-9430(20)30791-9. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2020.06.010. PMID: 32562771
  34. Lombardi JM, Bottiglieri T, Desai N, Riew KD, Boddapati V, Weller M, Bourgois C, McChrystal S, Lehman RA.  Addressing a National Crisis: The Spine Hospital and Department's Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in New York City. Spine J. 2020 May 31:S1529-9430(20)30760-9. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2020.05.539. Online ahead of print.PMID: 32492529
  35. Boddapati V, Lee NJ, Matthew J, Vulapalli MM, Lombardi JM, Dyrszka MD, Sardar ZM, Lehman RA, Riew KD.  Hybrid Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion and Cervical Disc Arthroplasty: An Analysis of Short-Term Complications, Reoperations, and Readmissions.  Global Spine Journal. 2020 Jul 24:2192568220941453. doi: 10.1177/2192568220941453. Online ahead of print. PMID: 32705903
  36. Lombardi JM, Vivas AC, Gornet MF, Lanman TH, McConnell JR, Dryer RF, Burkus JK, Riew KD.  The Effect of ACDF or Arthroplasty on Cervicogenic Headaches: A Post Hoc Analysis of a Prospective, Multicenter Study With 10-Year Follow-up. Clin Spine Surg. 2020 Sep 25. doi: 10.1097/BSD.0000000000001087. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32991361.
  37. Boddapati V, Matthew J, Lee NJ, Peterson JR, McCormick KL, Lombardi JM, Sardar AM, Lehman RA, Riew KD. Are Outpatient Three- and Four-Level Anterior Cervical Discectomies and Fusion Safe?.   The Spine Journal Accepted for publication.
  38. Lee NJ, Sardar ZM, Boddapati V, Matthew J, Cerpa M, Leung E, Lombardi JM, Lenke LG, Lehman RA.  Can Machine Learning Accurately Predict Postoperative Compensation for the Uninstrumented Thoracic Spine and Pelvis After Fusion From the Lower Thoracic Spine to the Sacrum?  Global Spine J. 2020 Oct 8:2192568220956978. doi: 10.1177/2192568220956978.
  39. Fields MW, Lee NJ, Hong DY, Para A, Boddapati V, Mathew J, Kim JS, Lombardi JM, Lehman RA, Riew KD. Cervical Spinal Fusion in Adult Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis: A National Analysis of Complications and 90-day Readmissions. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2020 Oct 15. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000003753.
  40. Lee NJ, Lenke LG, Cerpa M, Lombardi JM, Ha A, Park P, Leung E, Sardar ZM, Lehman RA. The 90-Day Reoperations and Readmissions in Complex Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery. Global Spine J. 2020 Sep 3:2192568220953391. doi: 10.1177/2192568220953391. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32878483.

Book Chapters

  1. Lombardi JM, Rodriguez R, Rosenwasser MP: The Reduction and Association of the Scaphoid and Lunate. IN Shin AY, Day CS, eds. Chicago, IL: American Society for Surgery of the Hand, 2014: Advances in Scapholunate Ligament Treatment.
  2. Lombardi JM, Wilkerson J, Rosenwasser MP: Reduction and Association of the Scaphoid and the Lunate for Scapholunate Instability.  IN Weisel SW ed. Pub July 2015: Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery, Volume 3: Hand, Shoulder, and Elbow.
  3. Lombardi JM, Watling JP, Makhni EC, Ahmad CS: Physical exam of the Thrower’s Shoulder.  IN Levine WN, Jobin CM, Ahmad CS:  Physical Exam and Diagnosis of Shoulder and Elbow Disorders.
  4. Lombardi JM: Digital Amputations. IN Makhni MC, Makhni EC, Swart EF, Day CS, eds. Orthopedic Emergencies. Springer International Publishing Switzerland; 2016
  5. Lombardi JM: Phalanx Fractures. IN Makhni MC, Makhni EC, Swart EF, Day CS, eds. Orthopedic Emergencies. Springer International Publishing Switzerland; 2016
  6. Lombardi JM: Scaphoid Fractures. IN Makhni MC, Makhni EC, Swart EF, Day CS, eds. Orthopedic Emergencies. Springer International Publishing Switzerland; 2016
  7. Lombardi JM: Distal Radius Fractures. IN Makhni MC, Makhni EC, Swart EF, Day CS, eds. Orthopedic Emergencies. Springer International Publishing Switzerland; 2016
  8. Lombardi JM: Metacarpal Fractures. IN Makhni MC, Makhni EC, Swart EF, Day CS, eds. Orthopedic Emergencies. Springer International Publishing Switzerland; 2016
  9. Lombardi JM, Saifi C, Phillips F: Anterior and Lateral Interbody Fusion: Indications and Techniques in Lumbar Scoliosis.  IN Lumbar Spine Online Textbook; publication pending.
  10. Lin JD, Shillingford JN, Lombardi JM, Schutzer RW, Lehman RA: Pre-Psoas Approaches for Thoracolumbar Interbody Fusion.  IN Phillips FM, Lieberman IH, Polly D, eds.  Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery; publication pending
  11. Lombardi JM, Lehman RA:  Spondylolisthesis.  IN Scoliosis Research Society E-Textbook; publication pending
  12. Lombardi JM, Makhni MC, Trofa DP, Lehman RA: Lumbar Spine Injuries in Baseball Players.  IN Ahmad CS ed. Baseball Sports Medicine; publication pending.
  13. Lombardi JM, Lenke LG: Classifcation of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis for Surgical Intervention.  IN Harms J ed. Idiopathic Scoliosis, The Harms Study Group Treatment Guide; publication pending.
  14. Saifi C, Lombardi JM, Philips FM: Anterior and Lateral Interbody Fusion: Indicatiosn and Techniques in Lumbar Scoliosis.  IN International Society for the Study of Lumbar Spine.  Lumbar Spine Online Textbook
  15. Lombardi JM, Vivas AC, Lehman RA: What is the Role of Antepsoas, Transpsoas and Anterior Interbody Fusion in the Treatment of Adult Spinal Deformity.  IN American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Instructional Course Lecture 70.  Publication pending
  16. Lombardi JM, Lee N, Lehman RA: Common Complications in Spine Surgery: Pseudarthrosis. IN Benzel’s Spine Surgery 5e Publication Pending

Practice Locations

  • Columbia Doctors Central New Jersey

    10 Parsonage Road 3rd Floor
    Suite 312

    Edison, NJ 08837

  • Columbia Doctors Midtown

    51 West 51st Street
    Suite 370

    New York, NY 10019

  • New York-Presbyterian Och Spine Hospital

    5141 Broadway, 3FW
    New York, NY 10034

  • NewYork-Presbyterian
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  • The Spine Hospital
  • The George Washington University
  • North American Spine Society
  • Scoliosis Research Society
  • Columbia University in the City of New York
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • CSRS - Cervical Spine Research Society
  • Lumbar Spine Research Society
  • International Meeting on Advance Spine Techniques