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History of Norton Leatherman Spine Center

Norton Leatherman Spine Center - Restoring Lives

Restoring lives for more than 50 years

Internationally known. Prestigious. Esteemed.
These words are commonly used to describe Norton Leatherman Spine Center.

Norton Leatherman Spine Center was established by Kenton D. Leatherman, M.D., who graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine shortly before the beginning of World War II and then began a career at University Hospital. He developed an interest in diseases of the spine, particularly scoliosis, and explored new approaches to treating scoliosis.

Dr. Leatherman went on to establish the Kosair Children's Hospital Department of Orthopaedics and cared for many patients suffering from the effects of tuberculosis and polio, both of which caused severe spinal deformities. Upon his return from World War II, he organized the area's first scoliosis clinic, the Scoliosis and Spine Treatment Center, which would eventually evolve into Norton Leatherman Spine Center.

Today the center is a multidisciplinary program that embraces a combined orthopaedic and neurosurgical approach to spine care. The center's surgeons have pioneered many important breakthroughs in spinal treatment that are performed in the U.S. and around the world. In fact, patients from as far away as South America, southeast Asia and Europe have traveled to Louisville for treatment.

Over the years, the physicians of Norton Leatherman Spine Center have collected numerous awards for their work, including the prestigious Russell A. Hibbs Award from the Scoliosis Research Society. Their accomplishments have also been recognized by the North American Spine Society, the American Orthopaedic Association and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

The center's outstanding team of surgeons remains focused on the same legacy Dr. Leatherman aspired to more than half a century ago: Working to change lives.

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