Oheneba Boachie Adjei

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Oheneba Boachie-Adjei

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Place of Birth:
Kumasi, Ghana

Oheneba Boachie-Adjei is a Ghanaian orthopedic surgeon. He specializes in spinal reconstruction and the treatment of kyphosis and scoliosis.

He was born on 16 December 1950 in Kumasi, Ghana to Mary Akosua Dwomoh and Mr. Boakye Dankwa. He fell critically ill at the age of six and by a locally-born, Western-trained physician. He then vowed and dedicated his life to saving others.

Leaving Ghana at the age of 21, he went to the United States and graduated with Honors from Brooklyn College in New York in 1976 and graduated from Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons with his MD in 1980.

He is a professor of orthopedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, in the United States, and is an orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, all in New York City.

Oheneba Boachie-Adjei has invented and patented several devices used in spinal surgery. He has also lectured and published on the subject.

He is the president and founder of the Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine in Accra, Ghana.


In 2006, he was named the David B. Levine Endowed Clinical Research Chair at Hospital for Special Surgery.

the Humanitarian Award of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in 2004.

President of the Scoliosis Research Society from 2008 to 2009.

He appeared in a documentary on the Discovery Channel, “Surgery Saved My Life”

In 2019, he received the Ghana UK-Based Achievement Awards (GUBA) for his contributions in the field of medicine.

Orthopedic Surgeon
One of New York magazine's "Best Doctors in New York - June 2001"

Chief of Spinal Deformity service at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital in Downey California. 1991-1994. Associate Medical Director, Southern California Complex Spine And Scoliosis center. Presbyterian Intercommunity hospital Whittier CA 1990-1994. Chief, Scoliosis Service, Hospital for Special Surgery 1994 to present. Author and Inventor
Orthopaedic Surgery. Adult and Pediatric Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders.
Faculty Position
Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery (Orthopaedics), Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Board Certification
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Medical School
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
General Surgery: St. Vincent’s Hospital & Medical Center, New York, NY
Orthopaedic Surgery: The Hosptial for Special Surgery, New York, NY
1) Orthopaedic Pathology: The Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY (Lead to publication of classic "Atlas of Spinal disease")
2) Spine, Reconstructive and Deformity Surgery: Twin Cities Scoliosis Center, Minneapolis, MN
Special Clinical Interests
Spine reconstructive and deformity surgery in pediatric and adult patients.
Research Projects
Scoliosis Research Society Russell Hibbs Award for Best Clinical Paper, 1989.
Finalist for Scoliosis Research Society Russell Hibbs Award for Best Clinical Paper, 1991 and 1993.
Professional Memberships
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Scoliosis Research Society, North American Spine Society, Spine Society, American Medical Association.

Research Projects

  • Clinical outcome studies in adult and pediatric spinal reconstructive surgery
  • Spinal instrumentation design and Biomechanics
  • Endoscopic techniques in spinal deformity surgery

    Current Research

  • Spinal instrumentation design and application
  • Salvage and revision spinal surgery in pediatric and adult patients
  • Isola instrumentation principles and applications for spinal deformity
  • Gait analysis in patients undergoing sacropelvic fixation
  • Classification, evaluation and management of spinal sagittal imbalance syndromes
  • Outcome assessment in spinal deformity surgery