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The Spine Center

World Class Spine Treatment in Milton

The Spine Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Milton (BID Milton) offers a unique combined leadership from a neurosurgeon, orthopedic surgeon and pain medicine specialist. If you suffer from neck or back pain, our multi-specialty team will work with you to develop the best treatment plan — so that you can participate in your favorite activities again. Often, the best spine treatment is not surgery.

Spine conditions are common, and many different types of doctors offer care for problems related to the back and neck.

Neurology or Orthopedic: Which Specialist Should I See?

Patients who have complex problems involving the bones and nerves in the spine usually do best under the care of a specialist. This is especially true when patients may be candidates for surgical treatment of their condition.

When this is the case, often patients wonder if they should choose a neurosurgeon (a surgeon specializing in problems related to the nerves), or an orthopedic surgeon (a surgeon specializing in problems with the bones).

Seek Expertise In Treating Your Spine Condition

Both neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons are highly skilled in treating problems related to the spine. For many conditions that require a surgical specialist, a well-qualified neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon will be able to provide effective, comprehensive care. Rather than asking "which specialty" is best, it usually makes more sense to ask about the training and experience a particular surgeon has had in treating a specific condition.

There are some relatively rare problems that are best served by one specialist — for example, spinal cord tumors and other intradural conditions are treated by neurosurgeons, while adult scoliosis and other spinal deformities are usually treated by orthopedic spine surgeons. In these cases, at a comprehensive Spine Center like the one at Beth Israel Deaconess we can quickly guide the patient to the right specialist.


BID Milton's Division of Neurosurgery provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art care for adults with a broad range of conditions affecting the nervous system. Our neurosurgeons, neurosurgical nurse practitioners, and other clinical and support staff work as a team to ensure that patients have the best possible outcomes.

BID Milton neurosurgeons treat a wide range of spine disorders with the latest diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, using minimally invasive surgical procedures whenever possible.

We work closely with the BIDMC Spine Center to provide multidisciplinary, well-coordinated care.

We treat all spine conditions from the base of the skull (cervical spine) to the pelvis (lumbar spine). This includes conditions such as:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal trauma
  • Lumbar stenosis
  • Cervical stenosis and cervical myelopathy
  • Spondylolisthesis

Our surgeons are adept at revision surgeries for patients who have previously had surgery elsewhere and are experiencing problems, as well as providing comprehensive evaluation of new problems.

Efstathios Papavassiliou, MD
Medical School: University of Athens, School of Medicine
Internship: Hahnemann/MCP University
Residency: Hahnemann/MCP University
Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin
Appointments: 617-313-1420