Adam L Shimer

Adam L Shimer, MD

Spine Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location:
Spine Care Ivy Road

Suite 2304

2280 Ivy Road

Charlottesville, VA 22903



ABMS Certification:
Orthopedic Surgery
Research Interests:

Investigation of the cellular and biochemical pathways of intervertebral disc degeneration and developing novel modalities targeted at altering the natural course of degeneration. Specific areas of interest include gene transfer, feasibility of mesenchymal stem cell therapy for the treatment of intervertebral disc degeneration, and an improved understanding of the role that notochordal cells have in degeneration.

Clinical Practice:
Neck Fracture, Vertebral Compression Fracture, Cervical Myelopathy, Neck Sprains and Strains, Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated Disc, Spinal Stenosis, Spondylolysis, Laminectomy, Spinal Fusion, Cervical Disc Disease, Lumbar Disc Herniation, Cervical Disc Herniation, Cervical Stenosis, Degenerative Scoliosis, Degenerative Spondyloisthesis, Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease, Balloon Kyphoplasty, Cervical Artificial Discs, Computer Enhanced Navigation: Image Guided Spine Surgery, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, ALIF, DLIF, PLIF, TLIF, Spondylolisthesis, Lumbar Radiculopathy, Spine, Lordosis Treatment, Artificial Discs

Fellowship Director - Spinal Surgery
Medial Director - Orthopedic Surgery Inpatient Unit



Dr. Shimer is excited to return to UVA where he received undergraduate and medical degrees. He completed orthopedic residency at the University of Pittsburgh and a spinal surgery fellowship at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia. His clinical areas of interest include the treatment of complex and revision cervical spine conditions and adult spinal deformity. His basic science research has been in the area of genetic and cellular treatment of degenerative disc disease.

Outside of work, he spends time with his wife, two children and dog, Linus. The Shimer family enjoys travelling, the outdoors and gardening.

Special Expertise:

Complex Cervical Spine Surgery, Adult Spinal Deformity, Minimally Invasive Treatment of Spinal Conditions

  • 2015-2020 Best Doctors in America® List 
  • 2013 Nominee for North American Spine Society Value Award
  • 2012 Runner-up North American Spine Society / The Spine Journal Outstanding Paper Award
  • 2012 Virginia Orthopaedic Society 65th Annual Meeting - Best Poster Award
  • 2011 AO Spine North AmericaYoung Investigator Research Award 2009
  • AO Spine North America 7th Annual Fellows Forum, 1st Place
  • 2004 North American Spine Society / The Spine Journal Outstanding Paper Award 2
  • 2004 Cervical Spine Research Society 1st Place Fielding Resident/Fellow Research Award
  • 2005 The Pittsburgh Foundation Dr. Albert B. Ferguson, Jr. Orthopaedic Fund
  • 2002 Gratton Alexander Litz III Award


University of Virginia School of Medicine 2002
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
The Rothman Institute, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital