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 is board-certified in neurological surgery and has been nominated as one of Pittsburgh’s best doctors in the region since 2012 and as one of the best doctors in America by Castle Connelly since 2009. He 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.
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Community Clinic Sites
UPMC Passavant Spine Center, Wexford
12680 Perry Highway, Suite 201
Wexford, PA 15090
10 Medical Park
Professional Center I
Wheeling WV, 26003
Greenville Medical Center
90 Shenango Street
Greenville, PA 16125
600 Oxford Drive
Monroeville, PA 15146
103 Technology Drive
Butler, PA 16001
1005 Campus Circle
Hermitage, PA 16148
2004 West State Street
New Castle, PA 16101
Specialized Areas of Interest
American Board of Neurological Surgeons
Professional Organization Membership
Education & Training
- MD, Second Moscow State Pirogov Medical Institute, 1983
- Residency, Neurosurgery, Burdenko Neurosurgical Institute, 1989
- Fellowship, Brain Tumor Research, LAC + USC Medical Center, 1992
- Fellowship, Neurosurgery, University of Connecticut, 1994
- Fellowship, Neurosurgery, Allegheny General Hospital, 1998
- Residency, Neurosurgery, West Virginia University, 1999
Honors & Awards
- Pittsburgh’s Best Doctors, Pittsburgh Magazine, 2012-19
- Castle Connelly Top Doctors, 2009-2016
El-Kadi M, Donovan E, Kerr L, Cunningham C, Osio V, Abdallah S, Kazan J. Risk factors for postoperative spinal infection: A retrospective analysis of 5065 cases. Surg Neurol Int 10:121, 2019.
Schuchert MJ, McCormick KN, Abbas G, Pennathur A, Landreneau JP, Landreneau JR, Pitanga A, Gomes J, Franca F, El-Kadi M, Peitzman AB, Ferson PF, Luketich JD, Landreneau RJ. Anterior thoracic surgical approaches in the treatment of spinal infections and neoplasms. Ann Thorac Surg 97(5):1750-6; discussion 1756-7, 2014.
Maroon JC, Bost JW, Petraglia AL, Lepere DB, Norwig J, Amann C, Sampson M, El-Kadi M.Outcomes after anterior cervical discectomy and fusion in professional athletes. Neurosurgery 73(1):103-12; discussion 112, 2013.
Bassioni G, Pillay AE, El Kadi M, Fegali F, Fok SC, Stephen S. Tracking traces of transition metals present in concrete mixtures by inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry studies. Eur J Mass Spectrom (Chichester, Eng) 16(6):679-92, 2010.
A complete list of Dr. El-Kadi's publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.
In the past year, Dr. El Kadi has evaluated the rate of surgical site infection (SSI) in his practice over a seven-year period to report a rate of 0.6%. This year, he more closely examined patient factors associated with infection, as practice improvement strategies did not appear to make a significant impact. Obesity, especially BMI greater than 35, and diabetes were associated with increased risk of SSI. He also considered the importance of case mix index (CMI) as a measure of medical complexity, noting that over the seven years, the CMI increased, which suggests increasing medical complexity in the patient population.
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.