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Vedat Deviren, M.D.

Orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Vedat Deviren specializes in the treatment of spinal disorders and has a particular interest in problems affecting the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, including deformities such as adult scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, failed back surgeries, degenerative conditions such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, fractures and tumors. He is is one of the most experienced surgeons in the world in extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF), a minimally invasive procedure performed through the side of the body to treat spinal disorders. Since 2007, he has completed over 200 XLIF procedures and has trained over 100 surgeons worldwide on the advanced technique.

Deviren's research addresses spine surgery outcomes, minimally invasive surgery, spinal biomechanics and instrumentation of the spine and strives to make the most advanced technologies available to patients. He has published numerous articles and abstracts on spinal disorders and their surgical outcomes. Deviren, who joined UCSF Medical Center in 2001, is an assistant clinical professor orthopedic surgery. He completed postgraduate theoretical and practical courses in orthopedics and traumatology at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. He had additional training in spine surgery as a clinical and research fellow at UCSF.


Spine Center
400 Parnassus Ave., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-0332
Phone: (866) 81-SPINE or Neuro-spine Fax: (415) 353-2176
Ortho-spine Fax: (415) 353-4047

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Hacettepe University Medical School 1992


Hacettepe University Medical School, Orthopaedic Surgery 1999


UCSF, Spine 2001

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Clark AJ, Tang JA, Leasure JM, Ivan ME, Kondrashov D, Buckley JM, Deviren V, Ames CP. Gait-simulating fatigue loading analysis and sagittal alignment failure of spinal pelvic reconstruction after total sacrectomy: comparison of 3 techniques. J Neurosurg Spine. 2014 Jan 24.
  2. Scheer JK, Lafage V, Smith JS, Deviren V, Hostin R, McCarthy IM, Mundis GM, Burton DC, Klineberg E, Gupta MC, Kebaish KM, Shaffrey CI, Bess S, Schwab F, Ames CP. Impact of age on the likelihood of reaching a minimum clinically important difference in 374 three-column spinal osteotomies. J Neurosurg Spine. 2014 Jan 3.
  3. Nacar OA, Ulu MO, Pekmezci M, Deviren V, Ames C. Successful treatment of a very rare angiosarcoma involving the lumbar spine via en-bloc resection and radiotherapy: case report. Turk Neurosurg. 2014; 24(1):140-5.
  4. Maruo K, Ha Y, Inoue S, Samuel S, Okada E, Hu SS, Deviren V, Burch S, William S, Ames CP, Mummaneni PV, Chou D, Berven SH. Predictive factors for proximal junctional kyphosis in long fusions to the sacrum in adult spinal deformity. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Nov 1; 38(23):E1469-76.
  5. Abdul-Jabbar A, Berven SH, Hu SS, Chou D, Mummaneni PV, Takemoto S, Ames C, Deviren V, Tay B, Weinstein P, Burch S, Liu C. Surgical site infections in spine surgery: identification of microbiologic and surgical characteristics in 239 cases. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Oct 15; 38(22):E1425-31.
  6. Terran J, Schwab F, Shaffrey CI, Smith JS, Devos P, Ames CP, Fu KM, Burton D, Hostin R, Klineberg E, Gupta M, Deviren V, Mundis G, Hart R, Bess S, Lafage V. The SRS-Schwab adult spinal deformity classification: assessment and clinical correlations based on a prospective operative and nonoperative cohort. Neurosurgery. 2013 Oct; 73(4):559-68.
  7. Phillips FM, Isaacs RE, Rodgers WB, Khajavi K, Tohmeh AG, Deviren V, Peterson MD, Hyde J, Kurd M. Adult degenerative scoliosis treated with XLIF: clinical and radiographical results of a prospective multicenter study with 24-month follow-up. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Oct 1; 38(21):1853-61.
  8. Hart R, McCarthy I, O'brien M, Bess S, Line B, Adjei OB, Burton D, Gupta M, Ames C, Deviren V, Kebaish K, Shaffrey C, Wood K, Hostin R. Identification of decision criteria for revision surgery among patients with proximal junctional failure after surgical treatment of spinal deformity. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Sep 1; 38(19):E1223-7.
  9. Schairer WW, Carrer A, Deviren V, Hu SS, Takemoto S, Mummaneni P, Chou D, Ames C, Burch S, Tay B, Sawyer A, Berven SH. Hospital Readmission After Spine Fusion for AdultSpinal Deformity. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Sep 1; 38(19):1681-9.
  10. Scheer JK, Tang JA, Smith JS, Klineberg E, Hart RA, Mundis GM, Burton DC, Hostin R, O'Brien MF, Bess S, Kebaish KM, Deviren V, Lafage V, Schwab F, Shaffrey CI, Ames CP. Reoperation rates and impact on outcome in a large, prospective, multicenter, adult spinal deformity database: clinical article. J Neurosurg Spine. 2013 Oct; 19(4):464-70.
  11. Dede O, Thuillier D, Pekmezci M, Ames CP, Hu SS, Berven SH, Deviren V. Revision surgery for lumbar pseudarthrosis. Spine J. 2013 Jul 19.
  12. Ha Y, Maruo K, Racine L, Schairer WW, Hu SS, Deviren V, Burch S, Tay B, Chou D, Mummaneni PV, Ames CP, Berven SH. Proximal junctional kyphosis and clinical outcomes in adult spinal deformity surgery with fusion from the thoracic spine to the sacrum: a comparison of proximal and distal upper instrumented vertebrae. J Neurosurg Spine. 2013 Sep; 19(3):360-9.
  13. Ames CP, Smith JS, Scheer JK, Shaffrey CI, Lafage V, Deviren V, Moal B, Protopsaltis T, Mummaneni PV, Mundis GM, Hostin R, Klineberg E, Burton DC, Hart R, Bess S, Schwab FJ. A standardized nomenclature for cervical spine soft-tissue release and osteotomy for deformity correction: clinical article. J Neurosurg Spine. 2013 Sep; 19(3):269-78.
  14. Scheer JK, Tang JA, Smith JS, Acosta FL, Protopsaltis TS, Blondel B, Bess S, Shaffrey CI, Deviren V, Lafage V, Schwab F, Ames CP. Cervical spine alignment, sagittal deformity, and clinical implications: a review. J Neurosurg Spine. 2013 Aug; 19(2):141-59.
  15. Uribe JS, Smith WD, Pimenta L, Härtl R, Deviren V. Response. Thoracic disc. J Neurosurg Spine. 2013 May; 18(5):530-3.
  16. Nacar OA, Ulu MO, Pekmezci M, Deviren V. Surgical treatment of thoracic disc disease via minimally invasive lateral transthoracic trans/retropleural approach: analysis of 33 patients. Neurosurg Rev. 2013 Jul; 36(3):455-65.
  17. Scheer JK, Ames CP, Deviren V. Assessment and treatment of cervical deformity. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2013 Apr; 24(2):249-74.
  18. Mummaneni PV, Tu TH, Ziewacz JE, Akinbo OC, Deviren V, Mundis GM. The role of minimally invasive techniques in the treatment of adult spinal deformity. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2013 Apr; 24(2):231-48.
  19. Bederman SS, Le VH, Pahlavan S, Kiester DP, Bhatia NN, Deviren V. Use of lateral access in the treatment of the revision spine patient. ScientificWorldJournal. 2012; 2012:308209.
  20. Deviren V, Tang JA, Scheer JK, Buckley JM, Pekmezci M, McClellan RT, Ames CP. Construct Rigidity after Fatigue Loading in Pedicle Subtraction Osteotomy with or without Adjacent Interbody Structural Cages. Global Spine J. 2012 Dec; 2(4):213-20.

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