Alp Ozpinar, MD

  • PGY-7 Resident

Alp Ozpinar, MD, a native of Istanbul, Turkey, joined the University of Pittsburgh neurosurgery residency program in July of 2015 after receiving his medical degree from Oregon Health and Science University. While in medical school, Dr. Ozpinar was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha as a junior, and was awarded the School of Medicine Research Award and Outstanding Medical Student Scholarship upon graduation.

Dr. Ozpinar’s research activities focus on degenerative spine and spinal deformity. He has over 55 peer-reviewed journal publications, over 70 poster and oral presentations in regional and national meetings and nine book chapters. His research has been published in several high impact journals including JAMA and Molecular Aspects of Medicine. Dr. Ozpinar is pursing an enfolded fellowship in minimally invasive and complex spine surgery at the University of Pittsburgh.

Outside of neurological surgery, Dr Ozpinar is an avid tennis player and occasionally competes in men’s open tennis tournaments. His other hobbies include triathlons, skiing and travel.

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

Specialized Areas of Interest

Degenerative spine; complex spinal deformity; minimally invasive spine surgery; radiosurgery; spinal biomechanics.

Professional Organization Membership

Alpha Omega Alpha
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
American Medical Association
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Turkish American Doctors Association of Midwest

Education & Training

  • BS, Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Davis, 2009
  • MD, Oregon Health and Science University, 2015

Honors & Awards

  • Charlie Kuntz Scholar Award, AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, 2022, 2016
  • Resident Presentation Award, AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, 2018
  • Outstanding Medical Student Scholarship, Oregon Health and Science University, 2015
  • School of Medicine Research Award, Oregon Health and Science University, 2015
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 2014
  • National Dean's List, 2009