Theodore A. Wagner, M.D.

Clinical Professor

Specialty: Spine

College: B.S.; Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, 1958-1963

Medical School: M.D.; Temple Medical School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1964-1968

Internship: General Surgery (2 years): Royal Victoria Hospital, (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

Residency: Orthopedic Surgery: University of Washington, (Seattle, Washington)

Fellowship: Spine Fellowship: University of Hong Kong, (Hong Kong, China)

Board Certification: Board Certified

UW Medicine Bio:

About Dr. Wagner

Dr. Wagner is a clinical professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, specializing in spine surgery. Dr. Wagner is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Trinity College in Connecticut and his medical degree from Temple Medical School in Philadelphia. After an internship in surgery in Montreal, he came to the UW for a residency in orthopaedic surgery. He also completed a spine fellowship at the University of Hong Kong. He has been a surgeon in the U.S. Navy and a private-practice physician before joining the UW faculty.

He is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery.

Patient Care Philosophy

The teaching and care of patients with spinal pathologies.

Spinal Surgery is a very definitive type of surgery with somewhat predictive complications of occurrences. We need to be responsible for teaching our patients what we know and what we don't know about their future before we do the index surgery.

Personal Interests

My wife and children, hiking and camping, bicycle riding.

Medical sabbaticals to many parts of the world.

Clinical Interests

Biological spine disk regeneration


Spine trauma

Spine degeneration

Research Interests

Tissue regeneration research related to spine injury or disease.




Orthopaedics, Orthopaedics (Spine)


Bone & Joint Surgery Center at UWMC
UW Medical Center-Roosevelt II
Second Floor
4245 Roosevelt Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 598-4288



  • King County Medical Society
  • Scoliosis Research Society
  • Chairman, Instrumentation Committee: 1995-current
  • Chairman, Coding Committee, 1998-1999
  • Western Orthopedic Association
  • Washington State Orthopedic Association
  • North Pacific Orthopedic Association
  • Orthopedic Research and Education Fund
  • 1990 Washington State Campaign Chairman
  • Director, Spine Institute- Swedish Hospital Medical Center, Seattle, WA
  • Medical Advisory Board, Acromed Company, Cleveland, Ohio, 1985-95
  • Medical Advisory Board, DuPuy Spine (div. of Johnson & Johnson), 1997- present


Howe CR, Agel J, Lee MJ, Bransford RJ, Wagner TA, Bellabarba C, Chapman JRThe Morbidity and Mortality of Fusions from the Thoracic Spine to the Pelvis in the Adult Population. Spine 2011 Jan;

Wagner TA, Kress CM, Beck I, Techapornroong M, Wittayapraparat P, Tansuphasawasdikul S, Jourdain G, Ngo-Giang-Huong N, Lallemant M, Frenkel LMDetection of HIV-1 drug resistance in women following administration of a single dose of nevirapine: comparison of plasma RNA to cellular DNA by consensus sequencing and by oligonucleotide ligation assay. Journal of clinical microbiology 2010 May; 48; 5; 1555-61

Lee LA, Newman NJ, Wagner TA, Dettori JR, Dettori NJ Postoperative ischemic optic neuropathy. Spine 2010 Apr; 35; 9 Suppl; S105-16

Wagner TA, Tobin NH, McKernan JL, Xu M, Melvin AJ, Mohan KM, Learn GH, Mullins JI, Frenkel LM Increased mutations in Env and Pol suggest greater HIV-1 replication in sputum-derived viruses compared with blood-derived viruses. AIDS (London, England) 2009 May; 23; 8; 923-8

Jense RJ, Howe CR, Bransford RJ, Wagner TA, Dunbar PJUniversity of Washington orthopedic resident experience and interest in developing an international humanitarian rotation. American journal of orthopedics (Belle Mead, N.J.) 2009 Jan; 38; 1; E18-20


  • Design of spinal instrumentation.
  • Clinical outcomes for surgery for spinal deformity.
  • Directing research for spinal tissue regeneration, i.e., biological disk replacement.


  • Pediatric and adult spinal deformity
  • Spinal fractures and tumors.

AAOS Disclosures

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Submitted on: 10/18/2013 1:52:42 PM

Item 1. Royalties from a company or supplier

The following conflicts were disclosed

  • DePuy, A Johnson & Johnson Company
Item 2. Speakers bureau/paid presentations for a company or supplier

  • No Conflict Reported
Item 3A. Paid employee for a company or supplier

  • No Conflict Reported
Item 3B. Paid consultant for a company or supplier

  • No Conflict Reported
Item 3C. Unpaid consultant for a company or supplier

  • No Conflict Reported
Item 4. Stock or stock options in a company or supplier

  • No Conflict Reported
Item 5. Research support from a company or supplier as a PI

The following conflicts were disclosed

  • DePuy, A Johnson & Johnson Company
  • Medtronic
Item 6. Other financial or material support from a company or supplier

  • No Conflict Reported
Item 7. Royalties, financial or material support from publishers

  • No Conflict Reported
Item 8. Medical/Orthopaedic publications editorial/governing board

  • No Conflict Reported
Item 9. Board member/committee appointments for a society

The following conflicts were disclosed

  • Scoliosis Research Society