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Dr. McAfee received his B.A. degree from the University of Rochester, and his M.D. from the State University of New York at Syracuse. He completed his surgery training at the University of Virginia. His post graduate training was completed at Syracuse and Case Western Reserve University. He is fellowship-trained in spine surgery. Dr. McAfee's areas of expertise are in spinal reconstructive surgery and general orthopaedics.

As Chief, Spinal Reconstructive Surgery, St. Joseph Medical Center Towson, Maryland, Dr. McAfee is a respected leader in spinal surgery and is recognized as one of the pioneers in the field of disk replacement, having performed more than 200 motion-preservation procedures in 10 countries and having invented a cervical disk replacement.


His early pioneering work on CT scans for burst fractures led to a better understanding of implant behavior first with Harrington rods and, subsequently, with many other devices. He and his lab have set the standard on biomechanical testing of implant and construct performance. More recently, they have done pioneering work on disk endplate interface behavior and the effects of wear debris around the spine.

Dr. McAfee has been an investigator and international leader for minimally-invasive surgical techniques. He has led the way in understanding approach-related morbidity from conventional and minimally-invasive strategies. He has the most personal experience with lumbar artificial disk replacement of any surgeon in the United States. A member of the Committee on the Spine - American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr. McAfee also serves on the editorial boards of Spine, Journal of Spinal Disorders, and The Spine Journal. He has published extensively throughout his career.

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