Paul C. McAfee, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

Paul McAfee

Dr. Paul C. McAfee is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in spinal reconstructive surgery and general orthopedics. He is recognized among the Top 1% of spine experts worldwide for his expertise and contributions to the field. Dr. McAfee invented a cervical disc replacement prosthesis and procedure used in 37 countries to treat severe neck pain. He also invented and tested spinal rods for scoliosis and fractures for the National Institutes of Health. Dr. McAfee has served on the Veritas Health Medical Advisory Board for 20 years.


Dr. McAfee is Chief of Spine Surgery at the University of Maryland, St. Joseph Medical Center, and at Towson Orthopaedic Associates in Baltimore, MD. He invented cervical disc replacement and performs an average of 400 spinal reconstructive surgery procedures annually. He has served as Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. McAfee is recognized as one of the pioneers in the field of disc replacement and widely regarded as a leader in spine surgery.

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Spine Medicine Leadership

  • Member, North American Spine Society
  • Member, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Member, Orthopaedic Research Society
  • Member, International Cervical Spine Research Society
  • Member, Scoliosis Research Society
  • Member, Spine Arthroplasty Society

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Professional Awards and Recognition

  • Volvo Award for Spinal Research
  • AcroMed Award for Spinal Research
  • Russell Hibbs Award, Scoliosis Research Society
  • Founder’s Award, Eastern Orthopaedic Association
  • Blaustein Spinal Research Award


  • BA – University of Rochester
  • MD – State University of New York Upstate Medical University
  • Internship – General Surgery, University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Residency – Orthopaedic Surgery, State University of New York Upstate Medical University
  • Fellowship – Spinal Reconstructive Surgery, Case Western Reserve University

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Profile last updated: January 21, 2020.