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Francis Shen, MD

Department: Orthopaedic Surgery Division: Spine Surgery Title: Professor ABMS Certification: Orthopedic Surgery-General, 2005

Contact Information

Primary Location:
Spine Center
Third Floor Suite 3100 415 Ray C. Hunt Dr. Charlottesville, VA 22908 Phone: 434.243.3633 | Fax: 434.243.0382


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.


  • 2016-2018 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


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