Elite Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, LLC
Elite Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, LLC
Stephen Esses, M.D.

Spine Surgeon

Dr. Esses is an internationally recognized expert in the field of spinal disorders. He has developed several new surgical techniques and implants for the treatment of spinal problems.

Dr. Esses is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. In addition to a special interest in workers' compensation injuries, Dr. Esses' clinical interests are:

  • Surgery of the Spine
  • Biomechanics of the Spine
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Coccygeal Pain

Staff Affiliations

Dr. Esses has active staff affiliations with the following organizations:

  • The Methodist Hospital
  • St. Lukes Episcopal Hospital
  • Texas Children's Hospital
  • Veterans Administration Hospital
  • University General Hospital
  • Surgery Specialty Hospital
  • Park Plaza Hospital


Dr. Esses has lectured throughout the world and published numerous articles and book chapters on spine-related problems. Dr. Esses is author of "TEXTBOOK OF SPINAL DISORDERS," which is a standard reference for spinal medical personnel. He also serves as the associate editor of a number of publications, including Spine, The Spine Journal, Orthopedic and Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research.


Dr. Esses earned his M.S. and M.D. from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. After finishing his orthopedic residency at the aforementioned institution, Dr. Esses completed two years of fellowship training in spinal surgery. His fellowship training included spending one year at Harvard University in Boston, Mass., six months at Chiba University in Japan, and six months as a McLaughlin fellow in Europe.


Dr. Esses is a member of the following professional organizations:

  • Academic Orthopedic Society
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American Board of Spine Surgery
  • American Back Society
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Spinal Injury Association
  • Canadian Orthopedic Association
  • Harris County Medical Society
  • North American Spine Society
  • Scoliosis Research Society
  • Spine Society of Australia
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Texas Orthopaedic Association

He also formerly served as a Board Member of the American Back Society, the Scoliosis Research Society and the North American Spine Society.