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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Munish C. Gupta, M.D. View profile as PDF

Munish C. Gupta

Clinical Interests

Munish C. Gupta is an adult and pediatric spine care specialist. His areas of expertise focus on spinal reconstructive surgery, including repair of spinal deformities associated with scoliosis, multiple surgeries and severe spine problems. Gupta is conducting research to develop an animal model to enhance spinal fusion.


Chief of Orthopaedic Spinal Disorders Service
Co-Director of Spine Center


Orthopaedic Surgery - Spinal Disorders


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
Phone: 800-482-3284

Additional Phone:

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


M.D., Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, 1986
B.S., Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1982


Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, 1986-87


Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, 1987-91


Kenton D. Leatherman Spine Center and University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, 1991-92

Board Certifications:

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2005

Professional Memberships:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American College of Surgeons
American Medical Association
American Osteopathic Association
California Orthopaedic Association
Federation of Spine Association
Medical Advisory Board, Sacramento Valley Chapter
National Scoliosis Foundation
North American Spine Society
Paul R. Lipscomb Society
Scoliosis Association, Inc.
Scoliosis Research Society
Western Orthopaedic Association

Select Honors and Awards:

Distinguished Service Award, City of Detroit, 2004

Teacher of the Year, Orthopaedic Department, 2002

Spirit of Detroit Award for Work in West Africa, 2001

Teacher of the Year, Orthopaedic Department, 1999

Chief Residents' Special Recognition Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1998

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.

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

Khan SN, Hofer MA, Gupta MC. Lumbar degenerative scoliosis: outcomes of combined anterior and posterior pelvis surgery with minimum 2-year follow-up. Orthopedics, 32(4): 112-5. 2009

Khan, S.N., Edmonds, E.w., Titelman, RM., Gupta, M.C. Using Suture Anchors for Cervical Laminoplasty: A Reliable Safe and Simple Technique, The American Journal of Orthopaedics, Am J Orthop, 37(8): 400-2. 2008

Gupta MC, Theerajunvaporn T, Maitra S, Schmidt NB, Holy CE, Kadiyala S, Bruder SP: Efficacy of mesenchymal stem cell enriched grafts in an ovine posterolateral lumbar spine model. Spine. 2007 April 1;32(7): 720-6.

Gupta MC, Wijesekera S, Sossan A, Martin L, Vogel LC, Boakes JL, Lerman JA, McDonald CM, Betz RR: Reliability of radiographic parameters in neuromuscular scoliosis. Spine. 2007 Mar 15;32(6):691-5

Huang P, Gupta MC, Sarigul-Klihn N, Hazelwood S: Two in vivo surgical approaches for lumbar corpectomy using allograft and a metallic implant: a controlled clinical and biomechanical study. Spine J. 2006 Nov-Dec;6(6):648-58.

Cheng, I., Kim, Y., Gupta, M., Bridwell, K., Hurford, R., Lee, S., Awaya, D., Theerajunyaporn, T., Lenke, L. Apical Sublaminar Wires versus Pedicle Screws – Which Provides Better Results for Surgical Correction of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis? Spine, Vol.30(18), 2104-2112.

Gupta MC, Khan SN: Application of bone morphogenetic proteins in spinal fusion. Cytokine Growth Factor Rev. 2005 June:16(3):347-55.

Button G, Gupta M, Barrett C, Cammack P, Benson D: Three- to six-year follow-up of stand-along BAK cages implanted by a single surgeon. Spine J. 2005 Mar-Apr;5(2):155-60

To see if Munish C. Gupta is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).