Spine, Scoliosis Surgeon Dr. Bassel Diebo Joins University Orthopedics Spine Team

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (July 26, 2023) — University Orthopedics, one of the region’s largest, most comprehensive orthopedic practices, is pleased to announce the addition of Bassel Diebo, MD to the practice’s Center for Spine Health.

Fellowship-trained in spine and scoliosis surgery, as well as both spine and orthopaedic research, Dr. Diebo is now seeing patients at the practice’s locations in East Providence, Johnston, and Cranston. Dr. Diebo brings a wealth of experience to the practice and carries significant name recognition. In 2023, Dr. Diebo was the recipient of Brown University’s Lucas-Palumbo Award for Excellence in Orthopaedic Spine Surgery; was named one of Becker’s Spine Review’s “Ten Spine Surgeons Under 45 to Know” in 2022; and in 2020 he was listed among North American Spine Society’s “20 under 40.”

Dr. Diebo is considered a leading authority in spinal alignment and posture and one of the most published spine surgeons of his generation with more than 250 publications at the National Library of Medicine and upward of 1,000 podium presentations, books, and chapters under his name. He was also named one of ExpertScape’s Top World Experts in Lordosis, Kyphosis, and Scoliosis.

“Committed to improving his patients’ quality of life, Dr. Diebo has spent years not only studying and researching spinal deformities but he’s also been on the forefront of finding innovative solutions and treatments,” said Dr. Edward Akelman, president of University Orthopedics. “The tenacity, determination, and compassion with which he approaches some of the most complex spinal deformities will undoubtedly be an asset to our team and, more importantly, to our patients.”

Dr. Diebo treats all spine disorders and scoliosis conditions across adolescence and adulthood, including degenerative spinal conditions (stenosis and spondylolisthesis), and spinal curvatures such as scoliosis, kyphosis, and lordosis. His areas of focus are complex and revision spinal reconstruction, flatback syndrome, adolescent and adult scoliosis, Hip-Spine Syndrome, full-body, three-dimensional alignment and posture.

“University Orthopedics is already leading Rhode Island and the region in terms of spinal care. Now we want to take it to the next level by becoming one of the top spine institutions in the country,” Dr. Diebo said. “By publishing, innovating, and continuing to successfully treat complex spinal deformities, I’m excited to show the world what we can do.”

Dr. Diebo attended medical school at Aleppo University in Syria before fleeing the war-torn country. Once in the United States, Dr. Diebo obtained extensive medical and surgical training through fellowship and residency programs. Dr. Diebo completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at The State University of New York in Brooklyn, New York. Previously, completed research fellowships in spine surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery and NYU Langone Medical Center’s Hospital for Joint Diseases, both in New York. Most recently, Dr. Diebo completed a fellowship in complex adolescent and adult spine and scoliosis surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and took part as an inaugural traveling fellow with the International Spine Study Group (ISSG) which is accepted as one of the leading foundations of spine surgery research in the world.

Watch his story in the video below.

About Dr. Diebo

Dr. Bassel Diebo treats all spine disorders and scoliosis conditions across adolescence and adulthood, including degenerative spinal conditions (stenosis and spondylolisthesis), and spinal curvatures such as scoliosis, kyphosis and lordosis. His areas of focus are complex and revision spinal reconstruction, flatback syndrome, adolescent and adult scoliosis, Hip-Spine Syndrome, full-body, three-dimensional alignment and posture.