I. David Kaye, M.D.

Dr. Kaye is an ABOS board-certified, fellowship trained spine surgeon and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY, graduating with honors as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Society. He then completed his internship in general surgery and his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York, NY where he was awarded with the Nate Bondi Award, a distinction given for excellence in leadership, teamwork, and academic integrity. He completed a fellowship in Spine Surgery at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Kaye has authored numerous publications, book chapters and abstracts, and has presented nationally on topics related to conditions of the spine.  His ongoing research includes evaluating the long term effects of lumbar fusion and analyzing predictive factors to optimize outcomes after neck surgery.  He has a particular interest in managing disorders of the cervical and lumbar spine with techniques ranging from complex reconstruction to minimally invasive access.  With a team approach incorporating non-operative specialists, therapists, and care managers, he tailors a specific treatment plan for each patient.

Professional Profile

  • B.A., Yeshiva University, Schottenstein Honors Program, New York, NY
  • M.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
  • Internship, General Surgery, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY
  • Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery, NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York, NY
  • Fellowship, Spine Surgery, Rothman Orthopaedic Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Hospital Affiliations
  • Capital Health
  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

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Publications and Research Experience


Peer-reviewed articles


Paul JC, Lonner BS, Vira S, Kaye ID, Errico TJ. Reoperation Rates After Long Posterior Spinal Fusion: Use of Recombinant Bone Morphogenetic Protein in Idiopathic and Non-idiopathic Scoliosis. Spine Deform. 2016 Jul;4(4):304-309.


Kaye ID, Protopsaltis TS. Cervical facet joint infection and associated epidural abscess with streptococcus intermedius from a dental infection; a case report and review. Bull Hosp Jt Dis (2013). 2016 Sep;74(3):237-43.


Kaye ID, Patel DN, Strauss EJ, Alaia MJ, Garofolo G, Martinez A, Jazrawi LM. Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism after Arthroscopic Knee Surgery in a Low-Risk Population with the Use of Aspirin A Randomized Trial. Bull Hosp Jt Dis (2013). 2015 Dec;73(4):243-8.


Paul JC, Lonner BS, Vira S, Kaye ID, Errico TJ. Use of recombinant bone morphogenic protein is associated with reduced risk of reapportion after spine fusion for adult spinal deformity. Spine 2016 Jan;41(1):E15-21.

Kaye ID, Marascalchi BJ, Macagno AE, Boniello AJ, Yang S, Bendo JA, Passias PG. Predictors of morbidity and mortality risk among cervical spondylotic myelopathy patients treated surgically. Eur Spine Journal 2015:24(12): 2910-7.


Bronson W, Kaye ID, Egol KE. Atypical femur fractures: a review. Current Osteoporosis Reports. 2014 Dec; 12(4):446-453.

Snir N, Kaye ID, Klifto CS, Hamula MJ, Wolfson TS, Schwarzkopf R, Jaffe FF. 10-year follow-up wear analysis of first-generation highly crosslinked polyethylene in primary total hip arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2014 Mar;29(3):630-3.

Goldstein RY, Kaye ID, Slover J, Feldman DS. Hip dysplasia in the skeletally mature patient. Bulletin of the Hospital for Joint Diseases 2014;72(1):28-42.

Sharan AD, Kaye D, Charles Malveaux WM, Riew KD. Dropped head syndrome: etiology and management. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2012 Dec;20(12):766-74.


Peer-reviewed manuscripts in press

Accepted to Clinical Spine:

Kaye ID, Adrados M, Karia R, Protopsaltis TS, Bosco JA. The effect of severity of illness on spine surgery costs across New York State hospitals: an analysis of 69,831 cases.

Accepted to JBJS Reviews

Kaye ID, Yoon RS, Vaccaro AR, Liporace F. Operative management of multiplanar sacral fractures.

Accepted to Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine

Kaye ID, Kepler CK, Hilibrand A. Adjacent level disease in cervical spine surgery; how has cervical disc replacement changed the course?

Accepted to Seminars in Spine Surgery Volume 30

Kaye ID, Murphy H, Vaccaro AR. Mini-open anterior lumbar interbody fusion: surgical technique and the evidence.

Accepted to The Bulletin for Hospital for Joint Diseases

Kaye ID, Passias PG. Minimally invasive approaches to thoracolumbar trauma.



Submitted to JBJS Reviews

Kaye ID, Prasad S, Vaccaro AR, Hilibrand A. Cortical bone screws in spine surgery: a review and update.


Submitted to Journal of Arthroplasty:         Kaye ID, Klifto CS, Bookman J, Snir N, Meere PM, Jaffe FF. 14-year follow-up wear analysis of third generation highly crosslinked polyethylene in primary total hip arthroplasty.

Submitted to Journal of Arthroplasty:       Capogna B, Kaye ID, Gage MS, Hannon M, Davidovitch RI, Adler EM. Effect of approach and intra-operative technique on limb length discrepancy, offset restoration and acetabular component positioning.


Submitted to Injury

Kaye ID, Bronson W, Egol KE. Atypical femur fractures. Current Concepts.



Book Chapters

Kaye ID, Shah M. (2014) Luxatio erecta: evaluation and management. In Zuckerman JD, Oh L, Strauss EJ. (Eds.) Clinical Decision Support: Shoulder and Elbow. Wilmington, DE: Decision Support in Medicine.

Kaye ID, Shah M. (2014) Sternoclavicular joint arthritis. In Zuckerman JD, Oh L, Strauss EJ. (Eds.) Clinical Decision Support: Shoulder and Elbow. Wilmington, DE: Decision Support in Medicine.

Kaye ID. (2012, May 13) Pediatric spinal trauma.  OrthopaedicsOne. Retrieved from http://www.orthopaedicsone.com/display/MSKMed/Pediatric+spinal+trauma

Haynes PT, Kaye D, Sharan AD. (2012) In Scher L, Weinberg G. (Eds.) General Surgery Board Review, 4th ed. (pp. 334-366) Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins.

Kaye ID, Sharan AD. (2010). Recurrent lumbar disc herniation. In Bono C, Fisher CG (Eds.), Prove it! Evidence-based analysis of common spine problems (pp. 244-250). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins.


Book Chapters in press:

Kaye ID, Passias PG. (2015) Spinal Trauma. In Elkwood and Martin (Ed.) Rehabilitative Surgery. New Jersey, Springer.

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