Mark Peterson, M.D.

Mark Peterson, M.D.Dr. Peterson is an internationally trained spine specialist practicing minimally invasive spine surgery. He received his medical degree from Oregon Health & Science University. He completed his internship and orthopedic residency at Akron City Hospital, Akron, Ohio. Dr. Peterson also completed fellowships in spinal surgery and research at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Adelaide, South Australia; Queens Medical Center in Nottingham, England; and North Kansas City Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.

He has practiced spinal surgery in Medford since 1994 and was a founding member of Southern Oregon Orthopedics. In 2013 Dr. Peterson left the orthopedic group and founded a practice devoted exclusively to the needs of spine patients, Southern Oregon Spine Care. Dr. Peterson has over ten years experience with design and development of surgical implants, techniques, and surgeon education. He has published numerous articles and book chapters and remains active in clinical research. He is the founding member of the Providence Spine Program and current Medical Director of the Providence Southern Oregon Spine Institute.

Areas of Expertise

  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Cervical and Lumbar Disc Replacement
  • Clinical Research


Spine Fellowship
Roger P. Jackson, M.D.
North Kansas City Hospital
Kansas City, Missouri
February 1, 1994 – July 31, 1994

AO Spine Fellowship
John K. Webb, F.R.C.S.
Queens Medical Center
Nottingham, England

August 1, 1993 – January 20, 1994

Spine Research Fellowship
Robert D. Fraser, M.D., F.R.C.S.
Royal Adelaide Hospital
Adelaide, South Australia
February 1, 1993 – March 31, 1993

Orthopedic Residency/Internship
Akron City Hospital
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Akron, Ohio
1988 – 1993

Medical School
Oregon Health Sciences University
Portland, Oregon
1984 – 1988

Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, Washington
1979 – 1983

Cum Laude
B.S. Biology

High School
Medford Senior High
Medford, Oregon
Oregon Scholar Award
1975 – 1979

Professional Experience

Private Practice
Southern Oregon Spine Care
Medford, Oregon
September 2013 – present

Southern Oregon Orthopedics
Spine surgeon
Medford, Oregon
1994 – September 2013

Medical Director

Providence Medford Medical Center Spine Institute
Medford, Oregon
2003 – present

Chief of Surgery

Providence Medford Medical Center
2006 – 2007

Joint Medical Staff
Rogue Valley Medical Center and Providence Medford Medical Center
2000 – 2001

Orthopedic Section Leader

Rogue Valley Medical Center &
Providence Hospital Medical Center
Medford, Oregon
1996 – 2000

Credentials Committee member

Joint Medical Staff Rogue Valley Medical Center &
Providence Hospital Medical Center

2001 – 2003

Clinical Advisor and Design Surgeon
Nuvasive, Inc.
2001 – present


  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Certified 1996
  • Re-certified 2003


Society of Lateral Access Spine Surgery
Founding Member, 2007 – present
Board of Directors, 2007 – present
Co-Chairman Physician Education Committee, 2007 – present


North American Spine Society
Member, 1996 – present

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery
Diplomat, 1996 – present

Oregon Association of Orthopedists
Member, 1994 – present
Board of Directors, 1999 – 2005
President, 2004

Jackson County Medical Society
Member, 1994 – present

Clinical Studies

A Pivotal Multi-Center Clinical Trial Evaluating the Safety and Effectiveness of The (lateral) Lumbar TDR Device in Patients with Single-Level Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease.
Study Sponsor: NuVasive
Study status: enrollment completed
A Pivotal, Multi-Center, Randomized, Controlled Trial Evaluating the Safety and Effectiveness of the NeoDiscTM versus Instrumented Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) in Subjects with Single-Level Cervical Disc Disease.
Study Sponsor: NuVasive
Study status: enrollment complete


Radiographic Correction Achievable in Adult Degenerative Scoliosis Treated by XLIF: Influence of Choice of Fixation; Frank M Phillips, MD;Safdar N Kahn, MD; Robert E Isaacs, MD; Mark D Peterson, MD; Jonathan A Hyde, MD; Kade T Huntsman, MD; Vedat Deviren, MD; accepted for publication European Spine Journal

Dynamically evoked, discrete-threshold electromyography in the extreme lateral interbody fusion approach; Antoine G. Tohmeh, MD; William Blake Rodgers, MD; Mark D. Peterson, MD; 10.3171/2010.9.SPINE09871
Mark D. Peterson, M.D., Kelli M. Howell, (2008). Principles of Direct and Indirect Decompression With XLIF. In J.A. Goodrich and I.J. Volcan (Eds.), eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF). (pp. 61-74). St. Louis: Quality Medical Publishing, Inc.

Spinous Process Osteotomies to Facilitate Lumbar Decompressive Surgery; Brad K. Weiner, M.D.; Robert D. Fraser, M.D.; Mark D. Peterson, M.D.; Spine, Vol. 24, No.1, 1999, pp62-69

Compensatory Spinopelvic Balance Over the Hip Axis and Better Reliability in Measuring Lordosis to the Pelvic Radius on Standing Lateral Radiographs of Adult Volunteers and Patients, Roger P. Jackson, M.D., Mark D. Peterson, M.D., Anne C. McMannus, R.N., and Chris Hales, CORT, Spine, Vol. 23, No. 16, 1998. pp 1750-1767.
Instrumented Posterolateral Lumbar Fusions: Results and Comparisons with Anterior Interbody Fusion, Charles G. Greenough, M.D., Mark D. Peterson, M.D., Simon Hadlow, F.R.C.S., and Robert D. Fraser, M.D., Spine, Vol. 23, No. 4, 1998, pp 479-486.

Acute Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis: The Value and Safety of Urgent Manipulative Reduction, Mark D. Peterson, M.D., Dennis S. Weiner, M.D., Neil E. Green, M.D., and Cooper L. Terry, M.D., Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics, Vol. 17, 1997, pp648-654.

The Effects of Operative Position on Lumbar Lordosis: A Radiographic Study of Patients Under Anesthesia in the Prone and 90-90 Positions, Mark D. Peterson, M.D., Lynn M. Nelson, M.D., Anne C. McMannus, R.N., and Roger P. Jackson, M.D., Spine, Vol. 20, No. 12, 1995 pp 1419-1424.

Other Interests

Volunteer Work 

Providence Community Foundation
Board Member

2006 – 2009

Finance committee member

Asante Health System
2001 – 2004

Community Health Center

Spine clinic for indigent
Medford, Oregon
2002 – 2005

4H Leadership

Medford, Oregon
1998 – 2011