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Jayme Hiratzka, MD

Portland Orthopedic Spine Surgeon
Jayme Hiratzka, MD Jayme Hiratzka, MD

Dr. Hiratzka is a Board Certified orthopaedic spine surgeon in Portland, OR who is trained in treating all areas of spinal pathology from the base of the skull to the SI joint. Dr. Hiratzka joins Pacific Spine Specialists after 8 years of academic practice at Oregon Health & Science University. In addition to treating common adult degenerative conditions using both open and minimally invasive techniques, Dr. Hiratzka is highly experienced with the most complex of spinal conditions including trauma, deformity (scoliosis) and spinal oncology. Dr. Hiratzka has spent the last 3 years as the Spine Surgery Fellowship Director at OHSU, responsible for the training of post-residency orthopaedic surgeons and neurosurgeons in the art and science of spine surgery. He has been asked to teach courses in surgical technique across the US for both new and established surgeons. In addition to authoring 30 research articles as well as several textbook chapters, Dr. Hiratzka has presented his work nationally and internationally, and his scholarly work has been cited nearly 400 times by other authors.

Jayme Hiratzka, MD

As a former collegiate athlete and active masters athlete, Dr. Hiratzka understands the importance of physical activity for overall health and wellness in patients of all ages. Philosophically, Dr. Hiratzka believes in utilizing conservative treatment options whenever possible. When appropriate, minimally invasive and motion preserving technologies can be used to allow for return to the highest levels of recreational activity and daily function. If surgery of any kind is necessary, Dr. Hiratzka is committed to providing not only superior surgical care, but guidance and support through a comprehensive rehabilitation program to return to desired levels of activity.

In his free time, Dr. Hiratzka can be found weightlifting, obstacle course racing, skiing with his family and coaching youth sports.


  • 08/11-07/12 – Fellow, Spine Surgery, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • 07/07-06/11 – Resident, Orthopaedic Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
  • 07/06-06/07 – Intern, Orthopaedic Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University Portland, OR

Medical School

  • 08/02-06/06 – M.D., University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH


  • 08/01-12/01 – Graduate Course Work, Department of Neuroscience, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • 08/00-08/01 – M.S. (Anatomy), Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO


  • 09/96-05/00 – B.A. (Biology), University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
  • Finalist – Bausch & Lomb National Science Award & Scholarship
  • Varsity Football
  • Varsity Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field
  • 2 Time All-University Athletic Association, 4x100m Relay, 1999-2000
  • 2 Time All-University Athletic Association, Discus, 1999-2000


  • 2019-present – Pacific Spine Specialists, Tualatin, OR
  • 2019-present – Consultant – Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
  • 2012-2019 – Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation
  • 2016-2019 – Spine Fellowship Director, Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, Oregon Health & Science University
  • 2015-2017 – Medical Director – Spine Quality, Departments of Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery, Oregon Health & Science University

Publications / Manuscripts

  1. Kunkle WA, Ameri B, Lin C, Hiratzka J. Minimally Invasive Approaches to the Surgical Treatment of Lumbar Stenosis, Seminars in Spine Surgery, 2019 Sept; 31(3), 100714
  2. Follow this link to read Dr. Hiratzka’s article reviewing MILD as well as other minimally invasive spine procedures
  3. Lieberman EG, Boone RM, Radoslovich S, Haj V, Hiratzka J, Marshall LM, Yoo JU. Prevalence of Pre-operative Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Patients Undergoing Elective Lumbar Spine Surgery, Spine (Phila PA 1976). 2018 Oct 1;43(19):E1152-56 PMID 29561297
  4. Yoo JU, McIver TC, Hiratzka J, Carlson H, Carlson N, Radoslovich SS, Gernhart T, Boshears E, Kane MS. The Presence of Waddell Signs Depends on Age and Gender, not Diagnosis, Bone Joint J. 2018 Feb;100-B(2):219-225 PMID 29437065
  5. Rastegar F, Contag A, Daniels A, Hiratzka J, Lin C, Chang J, Than K, Raslan A, Kong C, Nguyen NL, Hostin R, Kane M, Hart R. Proximal Junctional Kyphosis: Inter- and Intra-observer Reliability of Radiographic Measurements in Adult Spinal Deformity, Spine (Phila PA 1976). 2018 Jan 1;43(1) E40-44 PMID 29232355
  6. Cox JS, Blizzard S, Carlson H, Hiratzka J, Yoo JU, Lumbar magnetic resonance imaging findings in patients with and without Waddell Signs, Spine J 17(7):990-4, Jul 2017
  7. Hart RA, Hiratzka J, Kane MS, Lafage V, Klineberg E, Ames CP, Line BG, Schwab F, Scheer JK, Bess S, Hamilton DK, Shaffrey CI, Mundis G, Smith JS, Burton DC, Sciubba DM, Deviren V, Boachie-Adjei O; International Spine Study Group., Stiffness After Pan-Lumbar Arthrodesis for Adult Spinal Deformity Does Not Significantly Impact Patient Functional Status or Satisfaction Irrespective of Proximal EndpointSpine 42(15):1151-7, Aug 1 2017
  8. Hamilton DK, Kong C, Hiratzka J, Contag AG, Ailon T, Line B, Daniels A, Smith JS, Passias P, Protopsaltis T, Sciubba D, Burton D, Shaffrey C, Klineberg E, Mundis G, Kim HJ, Lafage V, Lafage R, Scheer J, Boachie-Adjei O, Bess S, Hart RA., Patient Satisfaction After Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery Does Not Strongly Correlate with Health Related Quality of Life Scores, Radiographic Parameters, or Occurrence of Complications Spine, 42(10):764-9, May 15 2017
  9. Daniels AH, Koller H, Hiratzka SL, Mayer M, Meier O, Contag AG, Eltorai AEM, Hiratzka J, Kojo Hamilton D, Shaffrey CI, Smith JS, Bess S, Klineberg EO, Ames CP, Lafage V, Line B, Schwab FJ, Hart RA, Group ISS, Selectinve Caudal Fusion Levels: 2 Year Functional and Stiffness Outcomes with Matched Pairs Analysis in Multilevel Fusion to L5 vs S1. Eur Spine J 26(6):1645-51, Jun 2017
  10. Ward MM, Deodhar A, Akl EA, Lui A, Ermann J, Gensler LS, Smith JA, Borenstein D, Hiratzka J, Weiss PF, Inman RD, Majithia V, Haroon N, Maksymowych WP, Joyce J, Clark BM, Colbert RA, Figgie MP, Hallegua DS, Prete PE, Rosenbaum JT, Stebulis JA, van den Bosch F, Yu DT, Miller AS, Reveille JD, Caplan L. American College of Rheumatology/Spondylitis Association of America/Spondyloarthritis Research and Treatment Network 2015 Recommendations for the Treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis and Nonradiographic Axial Spondyloarthritis. Arthritis Rheumatol. 68(2):282-98, Feb 2016
  11. Ward MM, Deodhar A, Akl EA, Lui A, Ermann J, Gensler LS, Smith JA, Borenstein D, Hiratzka J, Weiss PF, Inman RD, Majithia V, Haroon N, Maksymowych WP, Joyce J, Clark BM, Colbert RA, Figgie MP, Hallegua DS, Prete PE, Rosenbaum JT, Stebulis JA, Van Den Bosch F, Yu DT, Miller AS, Reveille JD, Caplan L. American College of Rheumatology/Spondylitis Association of America/Spondyloarthritis Research and Treatment Network 2015 Recommendations for the Treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis and Nonradiographic Axial Spondyloarthritis. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken), 68(2):151-66 Feb 2016
  12. Hiratzka J, Rastegar F, Contag AG, Norvell DC, Anderson PA, Hart RA, Adverse Event Recording and Reporting in Clinical Trials Comparing Lumbar Disk Replacement with Lumbar Fusion: A Systematic Review.Global Spine J, 5(6):486-95 Dec 2015
  13. Daniels AH, Smith JS, Hiratzka J, Ames CP, Bess S, Shaffrey CI, Schwab FJ, Lafage V, Klineberg EO, Burton D, Mundis GM, Line B, Hart RA, International Spine Study Group (ISSG), Functional Limitations Due to Lumbar Stiffness in Adults With and Without Spinal Deformity, Spine, 40(20):1599-604, Oct 2015
  14. Sciubba DM, Scheer JK, Smith JS, Lafage V, Klineberg E, Gupta M, Mundis GM, Protopsaltis TS, Kim HJ, Hiratzka JR, Koski T, Shaffrey CI, Bess S, Hart RA, Ames CP; International Spine Study Group (ISSG). Which daily functions are most affected by stiffness following total lumbar fusion: comparison of upper thoracic and thoracolumbar proximal endpoints. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1;40(17):1338-44, Sep 2015
  15. Hart RA, Marshall LM, Hiratzka SL, Kane MS, Volpi J, Hiratzka JR, Functional limitations due to stiffness as a collateral impact of instrumented arthrodesis of the lumbar spine. Spine (Phila Pa 1976).;39(24):E1468-74, Nov 2014
  16. Mohamed AS, Yoo J, Hart R, Ragel BT, Hiratzka J, Hamilton DK, Barnes PD, Ching AC. Posterior fixation without debridement for vertebral body osteomyelitis and discitis. Neurosurg Focus 37(2):E6, Aug 2014
  17. Shinseki MS, Zusman NL, Hiratzka J, Marshall LM, Yoo JU, Association between advanced degenerative changes of the atlanto-dens joint and presence of dens fracture. J Bone Joint Surg Am;96(9):712-7, May 2014
  18. Hiratzka JR, Yoo JU, Ko JW, Zusman NL, Anderson JC Hiratzka SL, Ching AC, Traditional cutoffs for retropharyngeal soft tissue swelling are poorly sensitive for the detection of cervical spine injury on computed tomography in adult trauma patients, Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Feb 15;38(4):E211-6
  19. Hiratzka JR, Hart RA, Ching A, Degenerative Cervical Kyphosis, Part 1: Anatomy, Biomechanics and Etiology, Seminars in Spine Surgery, 23(3):170-2, Sep 2011
  20. Hiratzka JR, Ching A, Hart RA, Degenerative Cervical Kyphosis, Part 2: Treatment, Complications and Outcomes, Seminars in Spine Surgery, 23(3):165-9, Sep 2011
  21. Tatsumi R, Ching A, Byrd G, Hiratzka JR, Threlkeld J, Hart RA, Predictors and Prevalence of Vertebral Compression Fractures in Patients Undergoing Additional Kyphoplasty Procedures After an Initial Kyphoplasty Procedure, Spine J, 10(11):979-86, Nov 2010
  22. Archdeacon MT, McCoy B, Hiratzka JR, Kazemi N, Russell G, Fellows Corner: Grand Rounds From the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Acute Tibial Shaft Fractures with Pre-Existent Malunions Treated with a Modified “Clamshell” Osteotomy, submitted for publication 10/09 – Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
  23. Hart RA, Tatsumi R, Hiratzka JR, Yoo JU, Peri-operative Complications of Combined Anterior and Posterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion Crossing the Cervico-Thoracic Junction. Spine, 33(26):2887-91, Dec 15 2008
  24. Hart RA, Hiratzka JR, Deodhar A, Vertebral Compression Fracture in a Fused and Instrumented Lumbar Segment. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 458:226-8, May 2007
  25. Archdeacon MT, Hiratzka JR, The Trochanteric C-Clamp for Provisional Pelvic Stability. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma,  20(1):47-51, Jan 2006

Book Chapters

  1. Hiratzka JR, Brodke DS, Anterolateral Transthoracic Approach to the Thoracic Spine, In: Kim D (Ed.), Surgical Approaches and Techniques to the Spine, Elsevier, Philadelphia PA. 2013
  2. Yoo JU, Hiratzka JR, Dysphagia and Dysphonia. In: Benzel E (Ed.), The Cervical Spine, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA. 2012
  3. Hiratzka JR, Hart RA, Bohlman HH, Degenerative Diseases of the Thoracic Spine. In: Bulstrode C. (ed.), Oxford Textbook of Orthopaedics and Trauma, Oxford University Press, 2011:179-82