Robert K. Hurford, Jr., MD, PhD

Board-Certified Spine Surgeon | Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Specialist

hurfordA Harvard-trained orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Hurford has been fellowship-trained in Spine Surgery and specializes in complete surgical spine care with a special interest in the cervical spine and minimally-invasive surgery. Medical research is an interest that Dr. Hurford pursued at length throughout his years at Harvard Medical School, particularly in genetics. He received several awards for his research during that time, including one during his residency in Boston. Dr. Hurford’s other interests include golf, downhill skiing, and scuba diving.


Medical Degree

  • Harvard Medical School , Boston, Massachusetts

Surgical Internship

  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

Combined Orthopedic Surgery Residency

  • Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Spine Surgery Fellowship

  • Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri



Patients that Inspire

“I am very active in all of the sports I play. After one of my games, I couldn’t reach my feet. I went to see Dr. Hurford. After an MRI and x-rays, he told me that my back was broken and surgery was the only way to fix it. I tried to avoid surgery but eventually went back to see him. I had the surgery to fuse my L4 & L5 vertebrae and I am so glad that I did. My quality of life is so much better now. Before my surgery I couldn’t lift weights, sit or lay down without pain. Now I can exercise, lift weights above my head and even ride roller coasters! I have come a long way because I trusted Dr. Hurford. I would highly recommend Southeast Orthopedic Specialists.”

-Kristen L

“I never paid any attention to my arthritic symptoms; I had pain when looking side to side, I couldn’t grip anything in my hands and I was constantly tripping over my own feet. I finally went to see Dr. Hurford about two years ago for lower back pain. After an MRI, Dr. Hurford suggested the importance of not only getting my back fixed, but my neck as well. I was reluctant to have any procedures performed, however he told me if I didn’t take action, there was a great chance with one wrong trip or fall I could become paralyzed. Dr. Hurford did a four disk spinal fusion and now I have no symptoms or pain whatsoever. Everyone in the office is wonderful each time I come in for follow up appointments. I feel they are truly concerned about my health. If I ever need additional care, I am coming back!”

-Nancy A

Shaun Janse van Rensburg, DC

Chiropractic Physician

Expert Chiropractic Medicine encompasses manual manipulations of the spine and extremities to restore proper mobility of the joint. Additionally, manual manipulations focus on proper biomechanics to avoid compensation throughout the body that could lead to pain and injury.



What is a Ganglion Cyst and Can It be Treated

Of all the ailments an orthopedic doctor can help cure, Ganglion cysts are one of the most common. Ganglion cysts are viscous fluid filled lumps or masses that form around joints and tendons. They tend to be firm to the touch and uniformly round. Often, orthopedic doctors will use a light to determine if...

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