Dr. Noel Goldthwaite is an orthopedic spine surgeon who has been in practice for more than 25 years. Dr. Goldthwaite is the Chief of orthopedic surgery at the SpineCare Medical Group, a position he has held since 1988. In addition to lecturing nationally, Dr. Goldthwaite has authored numerous research studies and has given original research presentations on spinal fusions and many other cutting edge surgical techniques; the treatment of neck pain; the lumbar spine; pre- and post-operative evaluations of patient pain and pain management; and the impact of surgical decisions on patients. He also has written articles for Spine, Surgical Rounds for Orthopedics, International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine and numerous other medical journals. Dr. Goldthwaite attended medical school at the University of California at Davis, and is a member of the San Francisco Medical Society.