Spine Neurosurgeon

Graham J. Mouw, MD, FACS, FAANS

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Graham Mouw Spinal Surgery

Board Certified Neurosurgeon

Dr. Mouw is a Board Certified Neurosurgeon and Founder of the Motion Spine Institute. He is a nationally recognized leader in motion preservation spinal surgery and spinal restoration. His techniques have helped thousands of patients alleviate relentless back, neck, and radiating pain caused by degenerative diseases and
traumatic injuries.

Credentialed and Experienced

Dr. Mouw was a Dean’s Scholar (top 10% of his class) at USC Keck School of Medicine. He then went on to complete a prestigious complex spinal surgery fellowship at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), one of the top 3 Neurosurgery programs in the US, were he received the Chancellor’s Service Award for outstanding leadership and service. Dr. Mouw was a former faculty member of one of the best hospitals in America, the Cleveland Clinic. He has lectured at international forums, appeared on NBC, PBS, radio, and published extensively.

Advanced Techniques and Technologies To Restore The Spine

Dr. Mouw has pioneered techniques in order to restore the spine to a more natural state in order to relieve pain and suffering. Most surgeons emphasize spinal
“fusion” where bones are fused together creating a rigid state without the natural motion of the spine. Dr. Mouw is able to utilize the newest technologies, many of which he has
pioneered, to restore the spine to a more natural state with full motion. He holds the first world patent for a Total Lamina Replacement system and was one of the first Doctor’s in the world to develop mobile device Apps for telecommunication with a Doctor.

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Education & Training

  • Undergrad: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) (Los Angeles, California)
  • Medical school: University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine (USC) (Los Angeles, California)
  • Residency: University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio)
    • Neurological Surgery Residency
  • Fellowship: Spinal Reconstruction fellowship University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) (San Francisco, California)

Years of Experience

  • Over 22 years of experience


  • American Board of Neurological Surgeons

Career Accomplishments

  • Over 30 publications and presentations in the scientific community
    • Chapter in the Encyclopedia of Neurological Sciences
  • Invented the world’s first FDA approved patent for Lamina Implant and method
  • One of the first physicians to create a telecommunication app through Apple and Google Apps

Societies & Associations

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Fellow American College of Surgeons


  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Florida Atlantic University