Zachary Tempel, MD

Chief Resident

Zach Tempel




Zachary J. Tempel, MD, graduated summa cum laude from Miami University in 2006 with degrees in zoology and french. In 2010, he received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine. During medical school, Dr. Tempel was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha as a junior. Additionally, he was awarded the inaugural Julius M. Goodman scholarship for excellence in neurological surgery.

As a senior medical student, Dr. Tempel was selected as a Pittman Surgical Scholar for academic achievement in surgery.

During his PGY-5 and PGY-6 years, Dr. Tempel will complete an enfolded spine fellowship focusing on minimally invasive techniques and complex spinal deformity under the direction of Adam Kanter, MD, and David Okonkwo, MD, PhD.

Dr. Tempel—born and raised in Indianapolis, Ind.—is married to Claire Tempel, an audiologist at UPMC and enjoys traveling, scuba diving, soccer and other outdoor activities.

Dr. Tempel's publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.

Specialized Areas of Interest

Minimally invasive spine surgery; scoliosis and spinal deformity; outcome measures and cost-effectivement in spine surgery; biomechanics and spinopelvic alignment; traumatic brain injury and concussions.

Professional Organization Membership

Alpha Omega Alpha
American Association of Neurological Surgeons 
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Society of Lateral Access Surgery

Honors and Awards

  • Runner-up Presentation Award, Stuart Rowe Research Day, 2014
  • Inaugural Julius M. Goodman Award in Neurosurgery 2010
  • Pittmann Surgical Scholarship 2010
  • BT Maxam Scholarship, 2009
  • Class of 1961 William K. Nasser Scholarship, 2008
  • Joseph, Samuel and Donald Ferrara Scholarship, 2007
  • ED Johns Fellowship, 2007
  • Summa Cum Laude, Miami University, 2005
  • W.R. Krickenberger Memorial Scholarship
  • William Marion Miller French Scholarship
  • L.H. Skinner Memorial French Award
  • Culler Physics Award