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Michael Roh, MD

Michael Roh, MD

Dr. Roh is co-founder of Rockford Spine Center, and has long been dedicated to creating a comprehensive spine center that provides superior and compassionate patient care. He has special expertise in cervical spine surgery and minimally invasive surgery. As one of the select core faculty members for The Prestige® Cervical Disc, he traveled around the country teaching other surgeons this innovative disc replacement procedure. He has also lectured across the country on deformity surgery and advanced minimally-invasive techniques. Prior to co-founding Rockford Spine Center, Dr. Roh completed the prestigious fellowship in spine surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, considered by many to be among the best training programs for spine surgery in the U.S.

Dr. Roh envisions Rockford Spine Center as a "one-stop shop", where patients can be evaluated and treated, regardless of their spinal condition. "Spine problems are complicated and risky,’ notes Dr. Roh.“At Rockford Spine Center we assist your primary care physician in the diagnosis and treatment of complex spine conditions. Physicians can send their patients to us, comfortable in the knowledge that we will figure things out and find a solution. Of course, many of our patients are now sent to us by former patients who were highly satisfied with their care."

Dr. Roh believes in treating patients with a combination of compassion and perfectionism. “Part of my job is to recognize the anxiety and fear that can surround spinal disorders and address the emotional as well as physical aspects of care. I also understand that if surgery is required, patients want a definitive surgical solution, with the highest chance of a successful outcome. Therefore, I pride myself on knowing the latest techniques and holding myself and my team to the highest standards. In doing so, I strive to achieve the best possible surgical result for my patients.”

Dr. Roh is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society, and Scoliosis Research Society. He is currently a cabinet member and committee co-chair for the Scoliosis Research Society. And, for nine years, he has provided charitable orthopedic care at the Walter Lawson Children's Home in Loves Park, Illinois.

Dr. Roh earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University, where he graduated first in his medical school class. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Columbia University in New York City. He is fluent in Spanish and enjoys skiing, golf, tennis and wine in his spare time. But most of all, he enjoys spending time and making memories with his wife and three children.

Dr. Roh's Team

Hospital Affiliations:

  • OSF St. Anthony Medical Center
  • Rockford Memorial Hospital
  • Swedish American Hospital
  • CGH Medical Center


Spinal Surgery

Washington University

St. Louis, MO


Orthopaedic Surgery

Columbia University

New York, NY


Columbia University

New York, NY

Medical School:

Brown University School of Medicine

Providence, RI

Clinical Assistant Professor

University of Illinois, Rockford

College of Medicine

Board Certification:

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Awards & Honors:


  • Becker’s Spine Review: Spine Surgeons to Know


  • Becker’s Spine Review: Spine Surgeons to Know


  • Premier Spine Surgeons by Newsweek
  • Becker’s Spine Review: Spine Surgeons to Know
  • Compassionate Doctor Award
  • Patient’s Choice Award


  • Top Doctors in Orthopaedic Spine Surgery
  • 240 Spine Surgeons to Know, Becker’s Spine Review
  • Patients’ Choice Award, Patients’
  • Top 10 Doctor – State,
  • Top 10 Doctor – City,
  • On-Time Doctor Award,


  • Patients’ Choice Award, Patients’ Compassionate
  • Doctor Recognition, Patients’


  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition, Patients’
  • Nations Leading Spine Surgeons, Newsweek Magazine
  • Patients’ Choice Award, Patients’
  • Top 50 Spine Surgery Practices to Know, Becker’s Spine Review
  • Top 200 Spine Surgeons and Specialists to Know in 2012, Becker’s Spine Review
  • 20 People You Should Know, Rockford Chamber of Commerce


  • Patients’ Choice Award, Patients’
  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition, Patients’

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