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Amit K. Bhandutia, MD

Amit K. Bhandutia, MD

About Amit K. Bhandutia, MD

Dr. Bhandutia is a native of eastern Pennsylvania with over 6 years of orthopaedic and spine surgical experience following graduation from Jefferson Medical College. He graduated from the prestigious accelerated BS-MD program in conjunction with Penn State and Jefferson Medical College. Following medical school, he went to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA – a level 1 Trauma center, chosen for excellence in all around training in orthopaedic trauma and total joint replacement, finishing his residency as a chief resident. Following orthopaedic training, Dr. Bhandutia subspecialized in spinal surgery due to his interest in its complexity in diagnosis to treatment with fellowship training at the University of Maryland. He specialized in care of patients with a wide variety of spine conditions including degenerative, trauma, deformity, and oncologic patients and ranging from minimally invasive surgery to large scale spinal deformity correction and revision surgical procedures.

Dr. Bhandutia believes foremost in the maintaining patient mobility and wants to return patients to maximal ability, whether it requires medication, injection or surgery. With a comprehensive, patient-centered approach, he focuses on identification of the pain generator and establishment of a treatment plan. Surgery is utilized as a last resort – with emphasis on trying the least invasive and non-operative treatment modalities first. Influenced by his mentors, he practices evidence based medicine and believes in minimal operations. He feels that the most gratifying part of medical practice is returning people to their best possible function.



  • College: Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
  • Medical School: Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia PA


  • Orthopaedic Surgery – Allegheny General Hospital (Level 1 Trauma Center) – Pittsburgh, PA
  • Western Pennsylvania Hospital – Pittsburgh, PA
  • Forbes Regional Hospital – Monroeville, PA
  • Akron Children’s Hospital with emphasis in Pediatric Spinal Deformity – Akron, OH
  • Chief Resident 2015-2016


  • Orthopaedic Spinal Surgery/Neurosurgery
  • AO Spine Fellowship Site
    • University of Maryland Medical Center – Baltimore, MD
    • Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center – Baltimore, MD
    • Veterans Affairs Medical Center – Baltimore, MD
    • Baltimore Washington Medical Center with emphasis on neurosurgery and stereotactic spinal navigation – Glen Burnie, MD

Board Certification

  • Board Eligible – American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2017


  • AO Spine North America
  • North American Spine Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Faculty Appointments

  • Hunterdon Medical Center

Selected Abstracts/Publications

Bhandutia AK, Brown L, Koh E, Banagan K, Ludwig SC, Gelb DE “Delayed Diagnosis of Tandem Spinal Stenosis: A Retrospective Institutional Review”

  • Poster presentation 2017 15th AOSpine Annual Fellows Forum in Banff Springs
  • Podium Presentation at Disputations Day June 2, 2017 – University of Maryland

Schmidt GL, Bhandutia AK, Altman DT. Treatment of Sacroiliac Joint Pain. Journal of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Accepted 31 May 2017.

Bhandutia AK, Nangunoori R, Whiting DM, Sangimino MJ. Scoliosis Secondary to Dystonia: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. JBJS Case Connector. 2017 Jul 12.

Bhandutia AK, Altman DT. “Upper Cervical Spine Trauma” Orthopaedic Trauma Association Resident Lecture Series Core Curriculum Version IV. February 2017.

Bhandutia AK, Zuzek Z, Schessler MJ, Tomycz ND, Altman DT. High Thoracic Disc Herniation Causing Horner Syndrome with the Intraoperative Finding of Conjoined Nerve Root Compression. JBJS Case Connector. 2017 Jan 25;7(1):e4.

Bhandutia AK, Winek NC, Tomycz ND, Altman DT. Traumatic Conus Medullaris Syndrome. JBJS Case Connector. 2016 May 25;6(2):e38.

Bhandutia AK, Whiting BB, Altman DT. The Effects of Demographics and Health Insurance Status on Physician Treatment Decisions and Patient Outcomes of Acute Spinal Fractures at an Academic Level 1 Trauma Center. The Spine Journal. 2014 Nov 1;14(11):S176.

  • Poster presentation at North American Spine Society 29th Annual Meeting (August 2014)
  • 2014 Pittsburgh Spine Summit Castellvi Research Award

Bhandutia AK, Gruskay JA, Helgeson MD, Yadlapalli NK, Gowda AL, Su BW, Ratliff JK, Anderson DG, Vaccaro AR. Treatments and Outcomes for Lower Lumbar (L3–L5) Burst Fractures: A Systematic Review. Contemporary Spine Surgery. 2011 Apr 1;12(4):1-7.


Procedures Performed
Spine Treatments

  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy/Fusion (ACDF)
  • Anterior Cervical Decompression
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy
  • Anterior Cervical Corpectomy
  • Anterior Cervical Fusion
  • Atlantoaxial Fusion (C1-C2 Fusion)
  • Occipitocervical Fusion
  • Cervical Disc Arthroplasty (CDA/)/Cervical Disc Replacement (CDR/TDR)
  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Deformity Correction
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Lumbar Microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Lumbar Decompression
  • Posterior Cervical Decompression/Fusion
  • Posterior Cervical Laminoplasty
  • Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy
  • Posterior Lumbar Fusion
  • Posterior/Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF/TLIF)
  • Sacroiliac Joint Fusion
  • Lateral Lumbar Fusion (XLIF/DLIF)
  • Revision Spine Surgery
  • Hip Fracture surgery (cephalomedullary nail/hip hemiarthroplasty)
  • Orthopaedic Trauma
  • Medical Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Diagnostic Testing


Conditions Treated
Spine Conditions

  • Vehicle Injuries
  • Work Injuries
  • Back pain
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spondylosis
  • Atlantoaxial instability
  • Occipitocervical/atlantoaxial pathology
  • Disc Herniations
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Facet Arthropathy
  • Pathologic Fracture
  • Muscle strains
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Radiculopathy
  • Myelopathy
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spine Tumor
  • Adult Spinal Deformity
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Pars Fracture
  • Sports injury
  • Spine Trauma
  • Cervical Spine Disease
  • Lumbar Spine Disease
  • Thoracic Disc Herniations

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