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About Dr. Donnally Raised Locally, Trained Globally

  • Extensive spine trauma experience with the foremost experts in the field
  • Trained as a SPINE SURGERY fellow at the world-renowned Rothman Institute in Philadelphia
  • Completed his Orthopedic Surgery Training at University of Miami Hospital/Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • Graduated top of his class with a Distinction in Research from Texas Tech Health Science Center
  • Member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Societies
  • Dallas born and raised-Eagle Scout with local Troop 82, magna cum laude while at SMU

Dr. Donnally prides himself on performing the least invasive surgery to alleviate a patient’s spinal pathology while concurrently to accelerating The Patient’s post-operative rehabilitation. Additionally, he stresses surgical techniques that minimize post-operative pain and medication use.

Stories from Real Patients and their Families

  • Was able to take care of my pain with physical therapy and non-surgical modalities!
    Stephen Jones
  • 1000 stars.
    I woke up from my surgery and my pain was gone! My life had degraded to daily torture from pain. I was 43 years old walking with a cane living on on pain pills.

    All other doctors wanted to do was keep giving me steroid shots

    Dr Donnally look...
    Matt Baraga

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is the latest technology available to perform spinal surgeries through small, less than one-inch-long incisions. It involves the use of special surgical instruments, devices and advanced imaging techniques to visualize and perform the surgery through such small incisions.

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robotic spine

robotic navigated spine surgery

Robotic spine surgery is a procedure where your surgeon is assisted by a robotic system to perform surgery to the spine. Precision is very important when performing spine surgery. Robotic systems are becoming increasingly popular in the medical fraternity as it offers better precision and reduces the risk of complications associated with conventional surgery.

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research & publications

  • publications

    Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy: A Guide to Diagnosis and Management

    McCormick, J. R., Sama, A. J., Schiller, N. C., Butler, A. J., & Donnally, C. J., 3rd (2020). Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

    Cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) is a neurologic condition that develops insidiously over time...

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    Current Incidence of Adjacent Segment Pathology Following Lumbar Fusion Versus Motion-Preserving Procedures: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Recent Projections

    Donnally, C. J., 3rd, Patel, P. D., Canseco, J. A., Divi, S. N., Goz, V., Sherman, M. B., Shenoy, K., Markowitz, M., Rihn, J. A., & Vaccaro, A. R. (2020). The Spine Journal.

    Lumbar fusion has shown to be an effective...

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    The Most Influential Publications in Cervical Myelopathy

    Donnally, C. J., 3rd, Butler, A. J., Rush, A. J., 3rd, Bondar, K. J., Wang, M. Y., & Eismont, F. J. (2018). Journal of Spine Surgery.

    Management of cervical myelopathy (CM) has continued to evolve through a better understanding...

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    Is There a Correlation Between Preoperative or Postoperative Vitamin D Levels With Pseudarthrosis, Hardware Failure, and Revisions After Lumbar Spine Fusion?

    Donnally, C. J., 3rd, Sheu, J. I., Bondar, K. J., Mouhanna, J. N., Li, D. J., Butler, A. J., Rush, A. J., 3rd, & Gjolaj, J. P. (2019). World Neurosurgery.

    Vitamin D deficiency is a well-known cause of postoperative...

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out-of-Town Patients

Dr. Donnally treats patients from all over the country. Our team is happy to assist in coordinating your travel to allow for a smooth experience to receive the care that you and your family deserve. Additionally, Dr. Donnally is experienced and well published in the use of telemedicine for spine issues. His team happily accepts televisits to diagnose and manage your pain.

Learn more about Dr. Donnally’s latest publication - Is Evaluation With Telemedicine Sufficient Before Spine Surgery

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Patient Resources

Learn more about the various conditions affecting your back and spine, and their treatment options. You can also find more information to help you familiarize with Dr. Donnally’s practice.

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