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Physician Bios

Matthew J. Geck, MD | John K. Stokes, MD | Eeric Truumees, MD | Eric Mayer, MD | Lee E. Moroz, MD | Enrique B. Pena, MD

Spine Surgeons

Matthew J. Geck, MD
Spine and Scoliosis Surgeon
Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
Fellowship-Trained in Adult and Pediatric Spine Surgery
Co-Chief, Texas Spine and Scoliosis, Austin Texas
Co-Founder, SpineHope, a non profit organization that transforms the lives of children with spinal deformities worldwide through surgery, education and research.

Matthew J. Geck MD is a board certified, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon who has a practice focused exclusively on spine and scoliosis surgery. For the past 10 years his Austin-based practice has focused exclusively on spine and scoliosis surgery, and since 2003 has become the largest spinal deformity practice in central Texas treating adult and pediatric scoliosis, kyphosis and other complex spinal problems. Dr. Geck also specializes in cervical disc replacement and cervical myelopathy. Dr. Geck’s practice is a referral center for some of the most complex cases of adult and pediatric scoliosis, as well as other complex problems of the adult and pediatric spine. He has performed over 1500 spine operations in practice. He has had the largest spinal deformity practice in Central Texas since 2003, treating scoliosis, kyphosis, and other complex spinal problems.

Dr. Geck was raised in Wisconsin. He performed his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin in the Medical Scholars program and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1992. He attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and graduated in 1996 Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Geck performed his orthopedic surgery residency at the UCLA Medical Center, and was Chief Resident in 2000. To add to his adult and pediatric spine training, he elected to perform two fellowships in spine surgery. He completed the first fellowship in adult and pediatric spine surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital and a second fellowship in scoliosis and kyphosis surgery at Miami Children’s Hospital. Dr. Geck was certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2003. He has been in practice in Austin, Texas since 2002. He served as medical director at his previous practice, from 2008 to 2009. Dr. Geck was then named as Co-Chief of the Texas Spine and Scoliosis in November of 2009.

Dr. Geck performed an ACGME approved spine fellowship in adult and pediatric spine surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He then spent additional time at Miami Children's Hospital focusing on complex spinal deformities such as scoliosis, kyphosis, and revision surgery for the previously operated scoliosis patient.

Dr. Geck is also the Founder of SpineHope, a non profit organization that transforms the lives of children with spinal deformities worldwide through surgery, education and research. In addition to 7 trips to Cali, Colombia performing life changing spinal surgeries for underprivileged children, Dr. Geck intends through SpineHope to develop additional global outreach programs. For his efforts in global outreach for complex spine problems Dr. Geck was given the University of Wisconsin’s Forward under 40 award in 2009. Dr. Geck has been named to the Becker's Spine Review list of "50 Spine Surgeons Focusing on Scoliosis Development." Dr. Geck is leading the way with minimally invasive scoliosis reconstruction.

Dr. Geck has written or presented more than 40 scientific papers and book chapters in the journals Spine, The Journal of Spinal Disorders, Orthopedic Clinics in North America, and at the Scoliosis Research Society, International Meeting for Advanced Spinal Techniques, North American Spine Society, Cervical Spine Research Society, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is a Fellow of the Scoliosis Research Society, North American Spine Society, and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Dr. Matthew Geck is only the third surgeon in central Texas to be accepted into the Cervical Spine Research Society. He was accepted into the society in February of 2012.

Special Interests

  • Spinal Deformity
    • Adult and pediatric scoliosis
    • Previously Operated Scoliosis
    • Spondylolisthesis
    • Conservative treatment of spinal deformities
    • Kyphosis
    • Failed spine surgery
    • Flatback Syndrome
  • Cervical disc replacement.
  • Cervical myelopathy.
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery, including XLIF, MAST, and other technologies.
  • Degenerative disease of the neck and back.
  • Herniated discs in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine.
  • Cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spinal stenosis

Clinical Services

Spinal Deformity

  • Conservative care of adult and pediatric spinal deformities
  • Adult and pediatric scoliosis surgery
  • Adult and pediatric kyphosis surgery
  • Care for the previously operated scoliosis patient
  • Brace treatments for scoliosis and kyphosis
  • Growing rods for early onset scoliosis
  • Titanium rib/VEPTR for early onset scoliosis
  • Spinal osteotomies for complex scoliosis or kyphosis
  • Complex spinal instrumentation
  • Minimally invasive/Less invasive surgery for spinal deformities

Degenerative Spine

  • Conservative care of degenerative spinal disorders
  • Cervical and lumbar disc replacement
  • Microscopic cervical and lumbar discectomy
  • Minimally invasive/less invasive spinal surgery
  • MAST: Minimal Access Spinal Technologies
  • XLIF: Lateral Access Surgery
  • Cervical and lumbar spinal decompression for stenosis
  • Cervical and lumbar reconstruction for spinal instability

Tumor

  • Primary spine tumors and metastases to the spine.

Dr. Matthew Geck shares educational videos and information on spine and scoliosis procedures

Click here to watch videos featuring the latest spine surgery and scoliosis surgery techniques and innovations. Videos include Dr. Matthew Geck featured on Austin, Texas news stations. Also view patient educational videos of spine and scoliosis procedures including: "Rod Capture like Sideloading Screws", DLIF procedure, TLIF procedure, XLIF procedure, Scoliosis Care, Patient Success Stories, Minimally Invasive Scoliosis Surgery and more.

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John K. Stokes, MD
Board-Certified Neurosurgeon
Fellowship-Trained in Spinal Neurosurgery
Co-Chief, Texas Spine and Scoliosis

Dr. Stokes is a board-certified neurosurgeon, fellowship-trained in spinal surgery with a practice entirely focused on spinal surgery. He has been in practice in Austin for more than 12 years and has performed thousands of spinal procedures. His practice serves as a referral center for general and complex spinal problems in the region. He maintains one of the busiest surgical practices in the region while practicing an ethical “conservative care first” philosophy.

Dr. Stokes was raised in East Texas and completed undergraduate training at the University of Texas- Austin in 1991 adding to a long family history of Longhorn graduates. Dr. Stokes subsequently obtained his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1995. He then began Neurosurgical training at the University of North Carolina becoming the Chief resident in Neurosurgery in 1996 and completing training there in 2001. A keen interest in spinal neurosurgery prompted advanced fellowship training at the Cedars-Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders and UCLA ending in 2002. After completing his fellowship training, Dr. Stokes moved back to Austin with his family to practice spinal neurosurgery. He was named Co-chief of the Texas Spine and Scoliosis in 2009 and is the only fellowship-trained spinal neurosurgeon in the Seton Brain and Spine Institute.

Dr. Stokes obtained board certification from the American Board of Neurological Surgery in 2005 and remains a member in good standing. He is also a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Stokes has and continues to publish numerous scientific articles in peer reviewed journals maintaining an active research interest in addition to his busy clinical practice. He was a principal investigator in the Mobi-C cervical artificial disc IDE (investigational device exemption) study. Recently, this artificial disc was the first to become FDA approved for two level implantation.

Special interests:

  • Cervical artificial disc implantation
  • Minimally invasive and endoscopic spine surgery
  • Spinal cord and spinal column tumors

Clinical Services:

Degenerative spine

  • Conservative care of degenerative spinal disorders
  • Lumbar and Cervical artificial disc placement
  • Minimally invasive cervical, thoracic and lumbar micro discectomy
  • Endoscopic discectomy
  • Minimally invasive spinal fusion
  • Open spinal fusion
  • Cervical, thoracic and lumbar decompression for stenosis
  • Cervical, thoracic and lumbar reconstruction for instability
  • Cervical and thoracic treatment of myelopathy

Tumors

  • Primary tumors of the spinal cord and associated structures (glioma, meningioma, schwannoma, etc.)
  • Primary tumors of the spinal column
  • Metastatic tumors of the spinal column

Spinal Deformity

  • Conservative care of adult spinal deformity
  • Adult scoliosis surgery
  • Adult kyphosis surgery
  • Care for the previously operated scoliosis patient
  • Complex spinal instrumentation

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Eeric Truumees, MD
Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
Fellowship-Trained in Spine Surgery

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Dr. Eeric Truumees is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Texas Spine and Scoliosis in Austin, Texas. He earned his undergraduate and medical degrees, with high honors, at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He then completed an internship in General Surgery followed by a residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland. Dr. Truumees furthered his education by completing a fellowship in Spinal Surgery at William Beaumont Hospital with the world renowned Dr. Harry Herkowitz in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Prior to moving to Austin in 2010, Dr. Truumees was an attending spine surgeon at William Beaumont Hospital in Michigan, where he also served as Clinical Director for the Harold W. Gehring Center for Biomechanical Research and Implant Retrieval He also served as Adjunct Faculty for the Bioengineering Center at Wayne State University in Detroit. Today, he serves as faculty for the University of Texas, Dell School of Medicine and will be Spine Subspecialty Director for the coming residency in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Truumees is internationally recognized as a leader in spine surgery. He sits on the Board of Directors for the North American Spine Society, where he serves as Council Director for the Administration and Development Council. Dr. Truumees serves in the Communiucations Cabinet for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is the Editor-in-Chief of AAOS Now. Dr. Truumees is Deputy Editor of The Spine Journal and sits on the editorial boards of several other prestigious spine journals including Spine and Clinical Spine.

With his partners in Austin, and with colleagues around the world, Dr. Truumees remains actively involved in spine research. Our spine center has three active trials. He has published widely in journals such as Spine, Medical Engineering & Physics, The Spine Journal, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics, Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery - British Volume and many more. Recently, Dr. Truumees and his partners completed an "Essential Technique" guide on microdiscectomy surgery for The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Essential Surgical Techniques. He has published more than 100 peer reviewed articles and textbook chapters.

Dr. Truumees is a member of the following professional societies: the American Orthopaedic Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the North American Spine Society, the Cervical Spine Research Society, the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association, the Foundation for Orthopaedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS), and many more.

At Texas Spine and Scoliosis in central Texas, Dr. Truumees treats cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine disorders. His specialties include spinal trauma and complex/revision spine surgery.

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Non-surgical Spine Physicians

dr eric mayer pmr austin texasEric Mayer, MD
Board-Certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine
Fellowship Trained in Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine

Eric Kano Mayer, MD is a Staff Physician with Texas Spine and Scoliosis in Austin, Texas. Dr. Mayer has an impressive background in the nonsurgical treatment of back pain and neck pain.

Prior to moving to Austin in 2018, Dr. Mayer spent 10 years as Associate Director of the Center for Spine Health at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic. He had a dual appointment in Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Neurological Restoration. He previously acted as Center Director of Clinical Outcomes and later as Associate Director for Clinical Transformation.

Before the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Mayer spent three years in Dallas from 2005 to 2008 at the well-known PRIDE center (Productive Rehabilitation Institute of Dallas for Ergonomics). This center was nationally known for its work with helping those with complex back injuries return to activity and their jobs. He also worked for three years with a large orthopedic group in Plano, Texas.

Dr. Mayer is dual board-certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and in Sports Medicine. He completed a fellowship (the highest level of medical education in the U.S.) at the Cleveland Clinic in the specialty of Spine Medicine. His has special expertise in clinical outcomes measurement systems, spinal interventional procedures, spine health, sports medicine and functional restoration.

Dr. Mayer received his medical degree in 2001 from Georgetown University School of Medicine and his bachelor’s degree in 1995 from Georgetown University. He completed a surgical internship at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago in 2002. Dr. Mayer completed his residency at Harvard University Medical School / Spaudling Rehabilitation Hospital in 2005. Dr. Mayer began his career private practice in Dallas, Texas, before moving to Cleveland, OH.

Dr. Mayer has authored numerous book chapters and scientific papers, and he has lectured throughout North America. He is a member of several professional societies as a committee member and chairman. Dr. Mayer has an interest in clinical education and previously taught at Case Western and Lerner College of medicine as well as teaching residents and fellows. Recently, Dr. Mayer has co-founded a Spine and Musculoskeltal Medicine fellowship nationwide in 19 locations. Dr. Mayer has a focus in in socio-economic matters, representing the North America Spine Society to the Relative-Value utilization committee of AMA-CMS. He has completed advanced courses at the Mayo Clinic related to EMGs and neurophysiology.

Dr. Mayer is married with four active children. Together, they attend church and enjoy hiking, snow-skiing and paddling. Dr. Mayer plays in a soccer league and volunteers for medical outreach in the US and Central America.

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Lee E. Moroz, MD
Board-Certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Dr. Moroz is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Moroz’s undergraduate work was completed at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. He received his medical degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and went on to complete his residency training at NYU Medical Center’s Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation. Dr. Moroz served as Chief Resident in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Manhattan V.A. Hospital.

At Texas Spine and Scoliosis in Austin, Dr. Moroz specializes in helping patients return to activity without having to resort to surgery. His focus of care is the diagnosis and assessment of back and neck pain problems. Dr. Moroz is proficient in pain relieving spinal injections.

The work of Dr. Moroz has been published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

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Enrique B. Pena, MD
Board-Certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Fellowship Trained in Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine

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Dr. Pena is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He earned his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at New York University in New York. Dr. Enrique Pena received his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School in Newark. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Morristown Memorial Hospital / Atlantic Health Systems in Morristown. Following his internship, Dr. Pena fulfilled residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Pena furthered his education by completing a fellowship in Interventional Spine, Musculoskeletal and Electrodiagnostic Medicine at The Spine Center at New England Baptist Bone & Joint Institute in Boston. Dr. Pena served as a Staff Physician and Clinical Instructor in the Department of Orthopaedics at Tufts University Medical School, The Spine Center at New England Baptist Bone & Joint Institute in Boston.

At Texas Spine and Scoliosis in Austin, Dr. Pena specializes in the non-surgical treatment of patients with back and neck problems. His focus of care is the diagnosis and assessment of musculoskeletal and spine problems.

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Physicians
  • Matthew J. Geck, MD
    • Matthew J. Geck MD is a board certified, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon who has a practice focused exclusively on spine and scoliosis surgery.
  • John K. Stokes, MD
    • Dr. Stokes is a board-certified neurosurgeon, fellowship-trained in spinal surgery with a practice entirely focused on spinal surgery.
  • Eeric Truumees, MD
    • Dr. Eeric Truumees is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Texas Spine and Scoliosis in Austin, Texas. He specializes in cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine disorders
  • Eric Mayer, MD
    • Dr. Mayer is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation who specializes in nonsurgical treatment of back pain and neck pain.
  • Lee E. Moroz, MD
    • Dr. Moroz is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation who specializes in helping patients return to activity without having to resort to surgery.
  • Enrique B. Pena, MD
    • Dr. Pena is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation who specializes in the non-surgical treatment of patients with back and neck problems.
What do Your Symptoms Indicate?
  • Red Flag Symptoms
    • Many back problems can improve on their own or with non-surgical treatment. They key is to understand which symptoms are emergencies and need to be seen immediately.
Brochures & Journals
  • Back to Life Journal
    • Subscribe to our Back to Life Journal to read information on the latest advances on back and neck pain treatment.
Home Remedy Book
  • Home Remedy Book
    • Have back or neck pain? Learn what causes symptoms and the home remedies that relieve pain. Texas Spine and Scoliosis mails out Home Remedy Books to residents throughout the Austin area.

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