Our surgeons at Austin Surgical Institute offer immense experience and education in their field.
Specializing in a wide range of minimally invasive surgical techniques and treatments for spinal deformities, Scoliosis, and Disc Replacement, they have traveled internationally, authored textbooks, and continue to speak on the topic. Fellowship-trained and true experts in their practice, they are equally passionate and compassionate about your pain, and provide the sophisticated technology necessary to treat it.
Dr. Craig A. Kuhns
Spine Surgeon, Board certified, Fellowship-Trained
Dr. Craig A. Kuhns has vast and unique experience in treating complex spinal disorders and working with a multitude of patients living with spinal pain, injuries, tumors and spinal deformity (Kyphosis and Scoliosis).
Dr. Kuhns’ interest in the spine dates back to when he shadowed spine surgeons in San Diego as an undergraduate student at the University of California. Upon graduation he was awarded the highest GPA in the major of Biochemistry and Cellular Biology.
Kuhns went on to attend medical school at UCLA where he was inducted into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Dr. Kuhns furthered his stay at UCLA and worked closely with both Neurosurgical and Orthopedic spine surgery mentors, eventually graduating from the orthopedic residency at UCLA in 2005 with extensive expertise in complex spinal surgery.
In 2005, Dr. Kuhns was accepted into an elite complex spine surgical fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, where he trained under world renowned physicians such as Daniel Riew, M.D., Larry Lenke, M.D., and Keith Bridwell, M.D.
The majority of Dr. Kuhns’ training was focused on the complex surgery of the cervical spine, as well as additional training on complex adult and pediatric spinal deformity surgery. Dr. Kuhns served as a clinical instructor during his tenure at Washington University.
In 2006, Dr. Kuhns was recruited as faculty at the University of Missouri in Columbia where he worked as Assistant Professor and established the Missouri Spine Center. The establishment has evolved into a regional and national referral center for complex spine trauma and disorders.
Fellow-ship trained Dr. Kuhns was appointed as Director of the Spine Fellowship in 2011 at the University of Missouri. He was awarded by his peers and resident surgeons with the “Barry Gainor” award, as recognition for his ongoing excellence in spinal surgery instruction.
Dr. Kuhns has published numerous peer reviewed scientific papers on spinal surgery, authored several book chapters on the subject, and continues to present research at national and international meetings. Kuhns delivers optimal spinal care to his patients by using his combined training and knowledge of the latest advancements in technology, research and surgical techniques.
- Undergraduate: University of California at San Diego, San Diego, CA
- Medical: University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
- Internship: University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
- Orthopedic Surgery Residency: University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
- Spinal Surgery Fellowship: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
- North American Spine Society
- Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- Member of Travis County Medical Society