John G. Heller, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

John Heller

Dr. John Heller is an orthopedic surgeon and world-renowned lecturer. He specializes in the research and development of instrumentation in cervical spine surgery, including cervical disc replacement and laminoplasty. Dr. Heller has served on the Veritas Health Medical Advisory Board for 20 years.


Dr. Heller is an orthopedic surgeon at Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center. He specializes in cervical spine disorders and has been a practicing spine surgeon for more than 30 years. Dr. Heller trained under Dr. Henry Bohlman and Dr. Steven Garfin, two of the founding fathers of modern spine surgery. He is an educator and researcher, having served as Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine and acting as the Director of Spine Fellowship at Emory Spine Center.

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Spine Medicine Leadership

  • Member, North American Spine Society
  • Member, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Member, American Orthopaedic Association
  • Member, Spine Arthroplasty Society
  • Member, Cervical Spine Research Society
  • Member, Southern Orthopaedic Association

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Professional Awards and Recognition

  • CIBA Community Service Award
  • Mario Boui Award
  • Volvo Low Back Pain Research Award
  • Cervical Spine Research Society Research Award
  • Teacher of the Year, Emory Orthopaedic Resident Selection


  • AB – Biochemistry, Harvard University
  • MD – Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Residency – Orthopedic Surgery, Case Western Reserve University Hospital
  • Fellowship – Orthopedic Spine Surgery, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

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Profile last updated: January 21, 2020.