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John R. Dimar II, M.D.

Dr. John R. Dimar II

Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery

Having received his B.A. with honors from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, Dr. John R. Dimar II received his medical degree from Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. His residency training in orthopedics was completed through the Lutheran Hospital Orthopedic Residency Program in Fort Wayne, Indiana, followed by a six-month chief resident internship with the Leatherman Spine Center. Dr. Dimar then served in the United States Air Force at the Regional Hospital in Minot, North Dakota, serving as Chief of Surgery and Assistant Chief of Hospital Services. He then returned to Louisville to complete a spine fellowship with the Leatherman Spine Center.

Dr. Dimar is a clinical professor with the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Chief Pediatric Orthopedic surgeon at Kosair Children's Hospital and Director of Resident Basic Science Education at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He is active in instructing orthopedic surgeons and residents in the treatment of deformities, tumors, degenerative disease and trauma involving the spine. His particular area of interest is the treatment of cervical spine disease, degenerative spine disease and spine trauma.

Dr. Dimar is actively involved with research. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on the treatment of spinal problems and has spoken widely at many national and international spine meetings.

He is a member of the North American Spine Society, the Scoliosis Research Society and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery in which he has won both best clinical and research paper awards.

To schedule an appointment or for more information, contact Norton Leatherman Spine Center:

Norton Leatherman Spine Center
210 E. Gray St.
Suite 900
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 584-7525


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