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Robert Ryu, M.D.

My goal as a spine surgeon is to restore function and relieve pain with the most advanced, minimally invasive treatments available today.

Dr. Robert Ryu is a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon. He received his bachelor’s degree in bioengineering with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, and went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Ryu completed his orthopedic surgery residency at The Ohio State University. Following residency, Dr. Ryu completed the renowned Spinal Surgery Fellowship Program at Cedars-Sinai Spine Center in Los Angeles, California - a combined orthopaedic-neurosurgical spine surgery fellowship that provides comprehensive training in adult and adolescent spinal disorders.

Dr. Ryu has extensive training in minimally invasive surgery, cervical and lumbar disc arthroplasty, motion preservation technology, and navigation-guided and robotic-assisted spinal surgery to treat degenerative spinal disorders, spinal deformity and spinal trauma.

A productive researcher as well, Dr. Ryu has numerous publications on advanced spine technology, including artificial disc replacements and stem cell therapies. Dr. Ryu also authored a book chapter in the textbook “Robotic and Navigated Spine Surgery.”

In addition to his traditional medical career, Dr. Ryu has served as a medical officer and an F-16 flight surgeon in the United States Air Force and in the Ohio Air National Guard. A decorated combat veteran, Dr. Ryu deployed with the 77th Fighter Squadron to Kandahar, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 2012-2013. He continues to serve as a senior flight surgeon in the 112th Fighter Squadron - Toledo Ohio Air National Guard.


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  • Anonymous

    I was admitted to Dublin Methodist after I herniated my L5-S1 disc. I met Dr. Ryu the following day, and my first impression was that he was so friendly. He took the time to show me my MRI and CT and clearly ex... Read More
  • Anonymous

    Dr. Ryu performed lumbosacral fusion therapy and fusion of the sacral joints on my sister at Riverside Methodist Hospital. His surgical skills were excellent. He was professional, friendly, and explained everything to my sister and to me in a way that was easy to understand. He is a remarkable surgeon. I am from Boston, and a health care attorney, and have a great deal of experience around surgeons and physicians. He is one of the best! Thank you! ... Read More

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More About Dr. Ryu

  • Riverside Methodist Hospital
  • Ohio Orthopedic Surgery Institute
  • Dublin Methodist Hospital
  • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Undergraduate Degree:
University of California, Berkeley, California
Medical Degree:
University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California.
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