Francis Shen

Francis Shen, MD

Spine Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location:
Spine Care Ivy Road

Suite 2304

2280 Ivy Road

Charlottesville, VA 22903



ABMS Certification:
Orthopedic Surgery-General, 2005
Research Interests:

Spinal fusion, spinal cord injury and regeneration

Clinical Practice:
Neck Fracture, Vertebral Compression Fracture, Cervical Myelopathy, Neck Sprains and Strains, Chronic Neck Pain, Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated Disc, Spinal Stenosis, Spondylolysis, Fracture, Laminectomy, Spinal Fusion, Lumbar Stenosis, Cervical Disc Disease, Lumbar Disc Herniation, Cervical Disc Herniation, Cervical Stenosis, Degenerative Scoliosis, Degenerative Spondyloisthesis, Isthmic Spondylolisthesis, 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



Dr. Shen cares for patients with spinal pathology through a combination of both operative and nonoperative techniques. When surgery is required, Dr. Shen combines both traditional open surgical techniques with cutting-edge minimal invasive techniques individualized to the patient's specific spine pathology. Dr. Shen's lab is also improving the future of patient care by applying tissue engineering principles to solve clinically relevant problems. He is dedicated to advancing the future of spine surgery by training not only post-doctorate research fellows, but also training the next generation of clinical spine surgeons as well.

Dr. Shen has special expertise in surgery of the cervical, thoracic and lumbosacral spine, including anterior and posterior approaches. He also manages degenerative conditions, spinal deformity, trauma, tumors and infections of the spine. In addition to traditional open surgery, Dr. Shen also specializes in minimally invasive surgery, image guided spine surgery and microsurgery.

  • 2019 Best Bedside Manner Awards, OurHealth Charlottesville and Shenandoah Valley Magazine; First Place, Surgery – Spine
  • 2016-2020 Best Doctors in America® List 
  • 2009 Scoliosis Research Society Traveling Fellowship
  • 2008 Young Investigator Award, Spine
  • 2007 Academy of Distinguished Educators
  • 2007 VOS Best Paper Award
  • 2007 Outstanding Clinical Paper, Spine Journal
  • 2007 Outstanding Basic Science Winner, Spine Journal
  • 2006 Outstanding Basic Science Winner, Spine Journal
  • 2005 US Bone Joint, Decade Young Participant
  • 2004 North American Spine Society Traveling
  • Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • 2003 Cervical Spine Research Society Basic Science Award-3rd place
  • 2002 Charles W. Miller Orthopaedic Teaching Award
  • 2001 Leonard Marmor Surgical Arthritis Foundation Award


University of Virginia, 1996
Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Virginia; Surgery, University of Virginia
Spine, Rush University, Chicago; Pediatric Spine, Shriners Hospital for Children, Chicago