P. Douglas Kiester, MD

Douglas P. Kiester

Title: Professor of Orthopedics
Company: University of California, Irvine
Location: Orange, California, United States

P. Douglas Kiester, MD, Professor of Orthopedics at University of California, Irvine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Medicine.

Dr. Kiester has followed his father’s footsteps into the field of surgery, and is currently both a professor and spinal reconstruction surgeon with the University of California, Irvine. He has always wanted to know how things work, which has taken him far in a field that prizes scientific curiosity. Dr. Kiester is known for his development of a method for treatment of adolescent scoliosis without instrumentation or fusion, and traveled to Jordan to work with doctors on performing the procedure.

An alumnus of the University of Utah, Dr. Kiester earned an MD from Indiana University and interned with the University of Southern California, followed by training in orthopedic surgery as a resident of the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. He was a fellow of the Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital, now the Rush University Medical Center, and served a fellowship in pathokinesiology with the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Kiester is certified in orthopedic surgery by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, Inc. He is a professor in the department of orthopedic surgery at the University of California, Irvine, and specializes as a spine reconstruction surgeon in its operating rooms.

Dr. Kiester has been honored as one of the 2013 America’s Top Doctors in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Neck Surgery, Scoliosis, Spinal Tumors, and Spine Reconstruction by Castle Connolly. He received a 2004 Faculty Teaching Award from the department of orthopedic surgery at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Kiester developed a patent for the “expanding growth rod” which was picked up by Ellipse Technologies to develop the “magnetically controlled growth rod,” subsequently selling for $385 million.

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