Matt El-Kadi, MD, PhDClinical Professor of Neurological Surgery
Chief of Neurosurgery, UPMC Passavant
Director, UPMC Passavant Spine Center
Matt El-Kadi, MD, PhD, FACS joined the Department of Neurological Surgery as a clinical assistant professor in September of 1999. He became clinical associate professor in January 2003 and clinical professor in June 2006. He became vice chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery in 2010 and has been chief of neurosurgery at UPMC Passavant since 2005. Dr. El-Kadi is also director of the UPMC Passavant Spine Center and is a member of the Tri-State Neurosurgical Associates.
Dr. El-Kadi board-certified in neurological surgery and has been nominated as one of Pittsburgh’s best doctors in the region for 2012, 2013 and 2014. Dr. El-Kadi specializes in the treatment of complex spine disorders, including spinal fusion and instrumentation, and minimally invasive spinal surgery for both the cervical and lumbar spine, with a special interest in the removal of primary and secondary spinal tumors. He has authored seven books and book chapters, and has over 100 publications in circulation. He is an active participant in professional societies.
Before joining UPMC, Dr. El-Kadi received training in complex spinal surgery at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. He completed his neurosurgery residency training at West Virginia University and a one-year clinical fellowship in neurosurgery at Hartford Hospital, University of Connecticut. Dr. El-Kadi began his surgical career doing brain surgery. The minimally invasive and microscopic techniques used then on the brain have served him well as a spine surgeon for minimally invasive approaches and has been reflected in his patients’ shorter hospital stays and good outcome.
Dr. El-Kadi's publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.
Specialized Areas of Interest
Minimally invasive spine surgery; complex spine disorders; spinal stabilization; spinal tumors.
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Coming Back from a Back Injury (pdf)
UPMC Today Passavant
Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Matthew El-Kadi of UPMC Passavant
October 19, 2010
Becker's Orthopedic, Spine & Pain Management Review
The Evolution of Neurosurgery at UPMC Passavant
North Hills Monthly
Matt El-Kadi, MD, PhD: His Success in Neurosurgery and the Reason Behind It (pdf)
M.D. News (Greater Pittsburgh Edition)
Celebrating 25 Years of Bringing the Best in Neurosurgical Care to Our Community
The Point North Magazine
UPMC OnTopic Discussions
Spinal Surgery at UPMC Passavant
Dr. El-Kadi discusses the advanced care and expertise in spine surgery at UPMC Passavant.
Dr. El-Kadi has been collecting data regarding patients that have undergone lumbar spinal fusion. He has been analyzing variables that affect length of stay and patient outcome. He has found that obesity alone is not an indication of poor surgical outcome or prolonged hospital stay. The data emphasizes the importance of pain control and social services to facilitate transfer to rehabilitation facilities when appropriate. He has analyzed among these patients variables that may predispose to screw fracture, and this data will be published soon.