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Gregory M. Mundis, Jr., MD

Gregory M. Mundis, Jr., M.D.Greg Mundis, MD currently resides in San Diego, California with his wife, Lesley, and their four children.  He presently serves as the Co-Director of the San Diego Spine Fellowship Program.  He practices complex pediatric and adult spine surgery at Scripps Green Hospital and Rady Children’s hospital.  Prior to this appointment, Dr. Mundis served as the Chief Financial Officer and Medical Director of the San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders (SDCSD).

After graduating from MU’s medical school, Dr. Mundis completed residency training in orthopedic surgery at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. He then went on to complete his spine training at the San Diego Spine Fellowship Program in La Jolla, California, before joining the SDCSD practice in 2009. Dr. Mundis treats all spine disorders and has focused his training to subspecialize in pediatric deformity and adult reconstructive surgery. He holds appointments at Scripps Green, Scripps Memorial and Rady Children’s Hospitals in San Diego.

Research is a very important to Dr. Mundis’ practice, as he feels that the study of patients and their outcomes will lead to improvement in spine care delivery. As such, he is an active member of the International Spine Study Group (ISSG) and the Growing Spine Study Group (GSSG).  He is the principle investigator for a large multicenter study group examining the effects of minimally invasive techniques in adult spinal deformity surgery.  Furthermore, he has been involved in research and development of spine related implants where he currently holds more than 10 patents.  Because of these efforts, he is a frequently invited lecturer nationally and internationally and has presented more than 230 such talks. He has served as an author or co-author on seven book chapters and 112 peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Mundis is an active member of the Scoliosis Research Society, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the North American Spine Society. In addition to fulfilling his academic and clinical duties, Dr. Mundis enjoys sitting on the board of numerous organizations including the San Diego Spine Foundation, Venture Church, Society of Lateral Access Surgery and Global Spine Outreach.

As the son of a Missionary family, Dr. Mundis has found his true passion to be serving children in need both locally in San Diego through First Start (a local non-profit), and internationally through various nonprofit organizations.  This passion has led him to serve and operate in numerous countries on 5 different continents including China, Cyprus, Kenya, Brazil, Mexico as well as in San Diego.  His most recent efforts have been in conjunction with Global Spine Outreach, who’s mission is to provide free medical care to children with complex spinal deformities around the world.  His work with GSO has provided opportunity for his family to be involved in outreach and they frequently accompany him on these trips.  They have focused most of their efforts in Mexico over the last 2 years and are developing a program that aims to provide access to 100,000 kids that currently lack access to life changing spine care.