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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Eric O. Klineberg, M.D. View profile as PDF

Eric O. Klineberg

Clinical Interests

Dr. Klineberg's clinical interests include all aspects of spinal degeneration, deformity, tumor and fracture. He has a particular interest in minimal access surgery and cervical compression and deformity. Dr. Klineberg's research interests focus on cartilage regeneration in degenerative disc disease as well as biomechanical models of spinal stability.


Assistant Residency Director
Associate Professor
Spine Fellowship Program Director


Orthopaedic Surgery


Orthopaedic Surgery


Orthopaedic Surgery

Center/Program Affiliation:


Cannery Building
Spine Center
3301 C St., Suite 1500
Sacramento, CA 95816
Driving Directions
Phone: 916-734-7463

Additional Phone:

Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)


M.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, 2001
B.A., Rice University, Houston, Texas, 1994
M.S., University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 1996


University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2002


University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2006


Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, 2007

Board Certifications:

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2009

Professional Memberships:

AO Spine North America
California Orthopaedic Association
North American Spine Society (NASS)
Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSMS)
Western Orthopaedic Association

Select Honors and Awards:

American Orthopaedic Association (JOA) Japanese Traveling Fellowship, 2012

Select Recent Publications:

Chan, D, Khan, S, Ye, X, Curtiss, S, Gupta, M, Klineberg, E . Mechanical Deformation and Glycosaminoglycan Content Changes in a Rabbit Annular Puncture Disc Degeneration Model, Neu, C, Spine 2011 Jan 25.

Klineberg E, Schwab FJ, Ames CP, Hostin R, Bess S, Smith JS, Gupta, MC, Boachie-Adjei, O, Hart, RA, Akbarnia, BA, Butron, DC, Lafage V. Acute Reciprocal Changes Distant from the Site of Spinal Osteotomies Affect Global Postoperative Alignment, The International Spine Study Group, Advances in Orthopedics, vol. 2011, Article ID 415946, 7 pages, 2011.

Lafage V, Smith JS, Bess S, Schwab FJ, Ames CP, Klineberg E, Arlet V, Hostin R, Burton DC, Shaffrey CI . Sagittal spino-pelvic alignment failures following three column thoracic osteotomy for adult spinal deformity. The International Spine Study Group.Eur Spine J. 2011 Aug 12.

Tang, Y, Ye, X, Klineberg, E, Curtiss, S, Maitra, S, Gupta . Temporal and spatial expression of BMP’s and BMP antagonists during posterolateral lumbar fusion, MC, Spine, 2010 Nov 19.

Klineberg E . Cervical spondylotic myelopathy: a review of the evidence, , Orthop Clin North Am. 2010 Apr;41(2):193-202.

Klineberg, E, McHenry, T, Bellabarba, C, Wagner, T, Chapman, J, Sacral Insufficiency Fractures Caudal to Instrumented Posterior Lumbosacral Arthrodesis, submitted Spine Journal 2008 Jul 15;33(16); 1806-11.

Minimally invasive surgical treatment of Bertolotti's syndrome: a case report and review of the literature, Ugokwe K, Chen T, Klineberg E, Steinmetz M, Neurosurgery, 2008 May; 62(ONSE 454-5)

Nicandri, GT, Klineberg, EO, Wahl, CJ, Mills, WJ, Treatment of Posterior Cruciate Ligament Tibial Avulsion Fractures Through a Modified Open Posterior Approach: Operative Technique and Twelve to Forty-Eight Month Outcomes, J Orthop Trauma, May-Jun;22(5):317-24. 2008

Surgical management of lumbar spinal stenosis: Khan SN, Klineberg E Sheth and Lonner: Gowned and Gloved Orthopaedics - Introduction to Common Procedures Edited by Neil P. Sheth, MD and Baron Lonner, MD Elsevier Science Inc, Philadelphia, PA, 2008

TASR-1 regulates alternative splicing of collagen genes in chondrogenic cells. Matsushita H, Blackburn ML, Klineberg E, Zielinska-Kwiatkowska A, Bolander ME, Sarkar G, Suva LJ, Chansky HA, Yang L. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2007 May 4;356(2):411-7.

Klineberg EO, McLain R, Bell G, Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy: Anterior Approach: Multilevel ACDF vs. Corpectomy, Seminars in Spine Surgery. 19:1:27-34

Klineberg, EO, Mazanec D, Orr D, DeMicco R, Bell G, McLain R, Masquerade: Medical Causes of Low Back Pain, Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine. 2007 Dec;74(12):905-13.

Klineberg, EO, Crites, B, Flinn, W, Archibald, J, Moorman III, C, The Role of Arteriography in Assessing Popliteal Artery Injury in Knee Dislocations, J Trauma. 56:786 –790

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