Kushagra Verma, M.D., M.S.

Kushagra Verma, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Specialties: Spine

College: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Graduate School: New York University, New York, NY

Medical School: New York University, New York, NY

Residency: Rothman Institute, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Fellowship: University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA (Spine)

About Dr. Verma

Dr. Verma is an assistant clinical professor of spine surgery at University of Washington.  He is an expert in all disorders of the spine including pediatric and adult scoliosis surgery.  

Dr. Verma has a strong interest in clinical research and has authored over 30 publications, 6 book chapters, and 80 research presentations, presented both nationally and internationally.  He has a long interest in adolescent and adult scoliosis in addition to other forms of spine deformity.  He regularly attends and presents at the Scoliosis Research Society meetings and has been awarded the prestigious Russell Hibbs award in 2010 for his work in reducing blood loss in spine surgery.  He was nominated for the award in 2013 as well.  He presently is a reviewer for the International Journal of Spine Surgery and is an editor for the AO spine.

Dr. Verma earned his bachelor’s of science degree in biomedical engineering from Cornell University and went on to obtain a master’s of science and medical doctorate from New York University.  During this time he developed an interest in spine deformity, where leading scoliosis surgeons mentored him.  He completed residency at the prestigious Rothman Institute at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, known to be one of the most sought after residency programs in the country.

Dr. Verma then completed spine fellowship at the University of California in San Francisco, known as a premier institution for adult and pediatric scoliosis and spinal deformity.  Over the last 7 years, Dr. Verma has also volunteered his services on several medical mission trips to Africa to help perform surgery on children and adults with scoliosis.  Dr. Verma believes that academic practice offers the highest quality experience for patients and a personalized setting.  He has relocated from San Francisco to Seattle with his wife Katie.

In the News!

Dr. Verma Quoted by US News and World Reports on Rheumatoid Arthritis and Cervical Myelopathy

Personal Interests

Bicycling, hiking, scuba diving, travel photography, and I’m new to sailing.

Patient Care Philosophy

"I like to involve patients and family members during a clinic visit.  I pride myself on explaining the disease process, reviewing imaging with my patients, and providing all the resources needed to help patients make an informed decision.

Non-operative treatment is the mainstay of treatment and most spine problems are successfully managed without surgery.  When surgery is considered, I like to discuss the potential surgical options and develop a personalized surgical treatment plan together.  The science of spine surgery is rapidly evolving and as a surgeon I find that very exciting.  We are able to help patients much more effectively and safely than even a few years ago.  I am especially enthusiastic when patients are actively engaged in their care."

Patient Testimonials

"We were struck by the professionalism and the compassion of Dr. Verma. Even though my mother-in-law had language barriers as she hardly spoke any english, it was personal for Dr. Verma to make sure that she understood what was causing her back pain and the treatment options. Dr. Verma was always compassionately patient with her, and his calm demeanor gave my mother-in-law a lot of confidence and faith that she will be fine with the surgery. Surgery was the last thing she wanted and before meeting Dr. Verma, she dreaded the idea of having a second surgery on her back. Her fears were all put to rest when she met Dr. Verma. Even after the surgery, Dr. Verma was as involved in the care for my mother-in-law and practically became like a family member who passionately cared for her full and quick recovery." - Sam

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Clinical Interests

  • adolescent scoliosis
  • adult degenerative scoliosis
  • kyphosis
  • sagittal plane imbalance
  • complex spinal deformity
  • spine tumors
  • lumbar spinal spinal stenosis
  • spondylolisthesis
  • degenerative disc disease
  • disc herniation
  • cervical stenosis
  • cervical myelopathy
  • adjacent segment disease
  • revision spine surgery 

Research Interests

  • clinical research in pediatric scoliosis and adult degenerative scoliosis
  • kyphosis
  • complex spinal deformity
  • reduction of blood loss during spine surgery
  • international volunteerism 

Provider Locations

UWMC - Roosevelt
4245 Roosevelt Way NE
Second Floor
Seattle, WA 98105

Phone: 206-520-5000
Fax: 206-598-5876