Venu Vemuri, D.O.
Specializes in diseases of the spine with a particular expertise for and interest in minimally invasive spine surgeries.
Dr. Vemuri specializes in the treatment of and procedures related to diseases of the spine. He received the Orthopaedic Student of the Year award for excellence in orthopedics from Midwestern University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Following his position as Chief Resident during his final year of residency in orthopedic surgery, he went on to complete advanced training in orthopedic and neurosurgical spine surgery. Dr. Vemuri completed this additional training at Louisville’s Norton Leatherman Spine Center through their Spine Fellowship program.
While Dr. Vemuri is a spine surgeon, he is committed to exhausting all non-surgical treatment options before considering surgical intervention. His primary objective is to help patients get back to enjoying their lives through restoring function from painful spinal conditions. His interest in minimally invasive surgeries is due in large part to increased chances for reduced blood loss, less tissue damage, and a faster recovery time for his patients.
In addition to his medical degree, Dr. Vemuri also has a bachelor’s in cello performance from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music and a master’s degree in cello performance from the world renowned Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He also enjoys maintaining an active lifestyle through activities such as running, skiing, hiking, traveling, golfing, and cooking.
An advanced approach to spine care. Neck and back pain are among the most common health ailments that Americans face – even many young and otherwise healthy adults experience low back pain, neck stiffness, and related problems on a frequent basis.
“It’s estimated that almost 80 percent of Americans will have back pain at some point in their lives, which is a really alarming statistic,” says. Dr. Vemuri. “The spine is a remarkably complex structure and it is vulnerable to a wide variety of injuries and degenerative conditions.”
Dr. Vemuri is ready to help when spinal conditions like disc herniation, nerve compression, fractures, and muscle strains strike. Instead of rushing to surgical treatment, Dr. Vemuri uses evidence-based conservative therapies to promote spinal mobility and healing. In fact, most patients are able to effectively manage their pain through these non-surgical approaches. When surgery is clinically appropriate, however, Dr. Vemuri utilizes muscle-sparing techniques to address spine disorders with as little disruption to healthy tissues as possible.
Subspecialty: Spine Care
The spine is an intricate structure which houses the body’s nervous system. When it comes time to seek treatment for neck or back pain, be sure to consult with an experienced spine specialist like Dr. Vemuri.
Common Injuries Treated by Dr. Vemuri
Dr. Vemuri is uniquely trained to treat patients with various conditions that affect the spine, including arthritis, bulging and herniated discs, scoliosis, spinal stenosis, sciatica, neck and back strains, spinal fractures, and more.
Procedures Performed by Dr. Vemuri
Dr. Vemuri takes a personalized approach to care when performing advanced spinal procedures like spinal fusions, discectomies, cervical disc arthroplasties, laminectomies, laminotomies, and spinal decompression surgeries. Dr. Vemuri has a special interest in correcting spinal deformities like scoliosis with the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques.
Additional Information About Venu Vemuri, D.O.
4130 Dutchman's Lane
Louisville, KY 40207
Phone: (502) 897-1794
Fax: (502) 897-3852
3605 Northgate Court, Suite 207
New Albany, IN 47150
Lawrence University, B.M. Cello Performance Sept. 1988 - June 1992
Indiana University, M. M., Cello Performance Sept. 1992 - Dec.1995
University of Wisconsin Madison, Post Baccalaureate Studies-Pre Medicine June 1995 - June 1997
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, D.O. Sept. 1998 - June 2002
Midwestern University-St. James Olympia Fields, June 2002 - June 2003
Chief Resident 2006-2007
Midwestern University-St. James Olympia Fields, Orthopedic Surgery July 2003 - June 2007
Spine Fellow, Leatherman Spine Center, Louisville, KY Aug. 2007 - July 2008
Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Exam (Complex)
Level 1 Pass June 2000
Level 2 Pass Jan. 2002
Level 3 Pass June 2003
American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgeons (AOBOS)
Written Pass April 2007
Orals - Pass - 6th highest score in the country Oct. 2007
Part 3 Clinical Exam AOBOS - Pass July 2011
American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgeons (AOBOS) Nov. 2011
State of Kentucky Licensed Physician and Surgeon
State of Indiana Licensed Physician
State of Maryland Licensed Physician and Surgeon
State of Illinois Licensed Physician and Surgeon
Baptist Health – Louisville, KY
Metro Specialty Surgery Center - Jeffersonville, IN
Norton Healthcare Hospitals – Louisville, KY
Kosair Children’s Hospital – Louisville, KY
American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (AOAO)
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)
North American Spine Society (NASS)
Greater Louisville Medical Society (GLMS)
Kentucky Medical Association (KMA)
Orthopedic Surgery Student of the Year, CCOM 2002
Vitals.com Patient Satisfaction Award 2013
• SOSA Vice President: 1999-2000
• Elizabeth Black Miller Scholarship for Outstanding String Player (3 years)
• Principle Cello Lawrence Symphony Orchestra 1989-1992
• Deans List 1991-1992