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John Gorup, M.D. has been providing highly advanced and specialized surgical spine care to Lafayette, Indiana and the surrounding communities since 1997.

Dr. Gorup attended Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, and completed his residency at the State University of New York Health Sciences, Center Downstate Medical Center of Brooklyn. He was North Central Indiana’s first fellowship trained, board-certified orthopaedic spine surgeon, and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

Dr. Gorup’s professional dedication, highly technical skills, and extensive clinical training has earned him many accolades, including international recognition for his work and numerous articles published in peer-reviewed journals. In addition, Dr. Gorup sits on the teaching faculty and product development teams for some of the world’s largest spinal implant manufacturers.

Dr. Gorup performs minimally invasive spinal procedures, including microdiscectomy, cervical fusion, and SI joint fusion. His areas of expertise include degenerative conditions and deformities of the cervical and lumbar spines.

Dr. Gorup is serving patients in our Lafayette office.


Medical School
Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana

State University of New York Health Sciences, Center of Downstate Medical Center of Brooklyn

Fellowship Training
Lakewood Orthopedic Clinic


Certifications & Professional Memberships

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

Awards & Recognition

Russell A. Hibbs Award for Excellence in Clinical Research, Scoliosis Research Society

John H. Moe Award for Best Basic Research, Scoliosis Research Society

Publications, Books & Presentations

Publications Peer Reviewed Journals

1. Computer Tomographic Evaluation of the Normal Odontoid: Implications for Internal Fixation. Spine 1995; 20: 264-270.

2. Meta-Analysis of Surgical Outcome in Scoliosis: A Thirty-One Year Review of Eleven Thousand Patients. Spine 2005; 20: 1575-1584.

3. Surgical Fusion of the Spine to the Pelvis. Eur Spine J 1996; 5(3): 125-131.

4. Computer Tomography in the Preoperative Planning of Pilon Fractures. ClinOrthop 1996; 323: 273-276.

5. The Use of Finite Analysis in Orthopaedic Surgery. Spine: State of the Art
Reviews 1996; 10(2): 249-254.

6. The Occiput: Anatomic Considerations for Internal Fixation. Spine: State of the Art Reviews 1996; 10(2): 269-274.

7. Mechanical Characterization if Spinal Fusion Implant Assemblies Using a
Vertebrectomy Model. . Spine: State of the Art Reviews 1996; 10(3):379-396.

8. Construction and Validation of a Specific Quality of Life Instrument for
Adolescents with Spine Deformities. J Ped Orthop 1996; 16(2): 276.

9. The Biomechanics of Transpedicular Fixation. Spine: State of the Art Reviews 1996; 10(3): 489-496.

10. Occiput Morphology: An Anatomic Guide to Internal Fixation. Spine 1996; 21: 1719-1724.

11. Return to Contact Sports after Spinal Injury. Sports Medicine and
Arthroscopy Review 1997; 10: 234-240.

12. Eccrine Carcinoma of the Hand. A Case Report. J of Hand Surgery (AM)
1997; 22A(2): 737-739.

13. Delayed Onset of Posterior Interosseous Nerve Palsy Following Distal Biceps Tendon Repair. J Shoulder and Elbow 1997; 6(4): 393-395.

14. Substitution of Transpedicular Screws by Hook Claws in a Vertebrectomy
Model. J Spinal Disord 1998; 11: 36-40.

15. Anterior Thorascopic and Posterior Hemivertebral Resection for Congenital Scoliosis. Spine: State of the Art Reviews 1996; 12(3): 723-727.

16. Technique for the Harvesting of Human Cadaveric Spines. Spine 1998; 23: 2222-2225.

17. Occipital Screw Pullout Strength. Spine 1999; 24:5-9.
18. Results of the Scoliosis Research Society Instrument for the Evaluation of Surgical Outcome in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: A Multicenter Study of 244 Patients. Spine 1999; 24(14): 1435-1440.

19. Radiofrequency Medial Branch Neurotomy in Litigant and Nonlitigant
Patients with Cervical Whiplash: A Prospective Study. Spine 2001; 26(12):

20. Anatomic Considerations for Standard and Modified Techniques of Cervical Lateral Mass Screw Placement. Spine J 2002; 2(6): 430-435.

Book Chapters

1. The Non-Operative Treatment of Thoracic Burst Fractures. In: Controversies in Spinal Surgery, ed Zdeblick T, Benzel E, Anderson P, Stillerman C. Quality Medical Publishing, St. Louis, MO.

2. The Biomechanics of the Scoliosis Derotation Maneuver. In: Textbook of Spinal Surgery, ed by Birdwell, Dewald R. Lippincott-Raven, Philadelphia, PA.

3. Instrumented Fusions of the Lumbosacral Spine: A Technical Overview. In: Lumbosacral Fusions, ed Marguilles JY, Floman Y, Farcy JP, Neuwirth M.
Lippincott-Raven, Philadelphia, PA.

4. Extremities. In: The Textbook of Penetrating Trauma, ed by Ivatury RR, Cayten CG. Quality Medical Publishing, St. Louis, MO.

5. Surgical Fusion of the Spine to the Sacrum. In: Movement, Stability and Low Back Pain, ed by Vleming A, et al. Churchill Livingstone, London, England.

6. Thoracic Disc Disease: Retropleural Approach. In: Surgical Techniques of the Spine, ed by Haher TR, Merola AA. Thieme Publishing, New York, NY.

7. Postoperative Management and Complications after Spine Surgery. In: Spine Secrets, ed by Devlin VJ. Hanley & Belfus, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

8. Patient Health Outcomes. In: Modern Anterior Scoliosis Surgery, ed by Lenke LG. Quality Medical Publishing, St. Louis, MO.