Rick B. Delamarter, MD
Vice Chair for Spine Services, Department of Surgery
Co-Medical Director, Cedars-Sinai Spine Center
Rick B. Delamarter, MD is Vice Chair for Spine Services at the Department of Surgery and Co-Medical Director at the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
A board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Rick Delamarter, MD is a pioneer and world leader in artificial disc replacements, motion preservation technology, non-fusion technologies and minimally invasive spine surgery. He is a leading researcher on spinal cord injury, the use of growth factors for fusion and the use of stem cells to repair degenerative disc disease. He was among the first to use growth factor tissue engineering for intervertebral discs, multi-level artificial disc replacement for both the lumbar and cervical spine, and other novel medical devices for dynamic stabilization and minimally invasive spine surgery.
Dr. Delamarter has won national and international research awards, including the Volvo Award from the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, the New Investigator Recognition Award from the Orthopaedic Research Society and the Acromed Award from the North American Spine Society. He has written more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and abstracts.
After receiving his medical degree from the University of Oregon Health Science Center, Dr. Delamarter completed his surgical internship and orthopedic residency at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center. He also completed a spine fellowship at Case Western Reserve University and received training at the Acute Spinal Cord Injury Unit at Cleveland Veteran's Hospital. He was awarded a visiting fellowship at Groupe Hospitalier Pitie-Salpetriere in Paris, France.