P.Douglas Kiester

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Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
School of Medicine


M.D., Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN

Phone: (714) 456-1699
Fax: (714) 456-7547
Email: pkiester@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
101 The City Dr. S.
Pavilion III
Orange, CA 92868
Research Interests
Adult and Adolescent Scoliosis
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Academic Distinctions
Resident Faculty Teaching Award
Appointments
Dr. Kiester continues to work on the mechanics of Adolescent Scoliosis, Adult Scoliosis, the function of the low back facet joints, which control the function of the spinal disks of the low back, and other research projects. His 19th patent application is currently pending, and seeks to treat adolescent scoliosis with injections, and thus eliminate the need for bracing or surgery.
Research Abstract
Dr. Kiester specializes in minimally invasive spinal procedures, in addition to major reconstructive surgery. He has written a book chapter in The Practice of Minimally Invasive Spinal Technique.

He also does major spinal reconstruction including spinal stenosis, tumors, scoliosis, and cervical or neck surgery.

Dr. Kiester holds 18 patents. His most successful patent was the MAGEC which was designed for adolescent scoliosis but is primarily used for early onset scoliosis. The PRECICE limb lengthening device is based on the same technology. He has currently applied for a patent to surgically treat scoliosis without fusion.

He is also ACTAR (Traffic accident reconstruction) certified, and has appeared as an expert over 300 times in trial. One of his recent cases was written-up in the Law Review. Dr. Kiester has helped several companies design devices on request.
Awards and Honors
Dr. Kiester's scoliosis patent for a magnetically powered surgically implanted growth rod was developed by Ellipse Technologies into the MAGEC which has been implanted in over 30,000 children world wide. It was also used to develop the PRECISE surgically implanted long bone lengthening device. These were the only two products that company had. The company sold to NuVasive for $385 million in 2015.
Short Biography
Dr. Kiester graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine. His internship was at LA county/USC. He graduated from Orthopaedic Residency from Bronx-Lebanon Hospital in New York City. He was a Cedars-Sinai for 10 years before joining UCI in 1998.
Publications
Ritter, Merrill A., Kiester, P. Douglas: Femoral Stem Failures in Total Hip Arthroplasty: An Unusual Casual Mechanism. Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research, 1982 May (165): 176-9.

Kiester PD, Connolly JF. Fibular Head Dislocation—another differential in the diagnosis of knee injury. Nebraska Medical Journal, 1985 Jan;70(1):26-7.

Kiester, P.D., Duke, A.D., Is It Malingering, or is it "Real"?, Eight Signs That Point To Non-Organic Back Pain: Postgraduate Medicine, December 1999: 106 (7): 77-84.

Alli, B., Kiester, P.D., Psychological Aspects Of Back And Neck Pain, In The Practice of Minimally Invasive Spinal Technique, Editors: Savitz, Chiu, Yeung: Pub CCS, Lima, Ohio , 2000 p.181-186 (Book Chapter).

Rosen, C.; Kiester, P.D.; Lee, T. Q.; Lumbar Disk Replacement Failures: Review of 29 Patients and Rationale for Revision, Orthopedics, 2009; 32(8), p. 256.

Drivers of surgery for the degenerative hip, knee, and spine: a systematic review. Bederman SS, Rosen CD, Bhatia NN, Kiester PD, Gupta R. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2012 Apr;(470(4)1090-105.

Use of lateral access in the treatment of the revision spine patient. Bederman SS, Le VH, Pahlavan S, Kiester PD, Bhatia NN, Deviren V., Scientific World Journal. 2012;2012:308209.

Fixation techniques for complex traumatic transverse sacral fractures: a systematic review. Bederman SS, Hassan JM, Shah KN, Kiester PD, Bhatia NN, Zamorano DP. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Jul 15;38(16):E1028-40.

Robotic Guidance for S2-Alar-Iliac Screws In Spinal Deformity Correction. Bederman SS, Hahn P, Colin V, Kiester DP, Bhatia NN. Clin Spine Surg. 2016 May 26.

Surgical techniques for spinopelvic reconstruction following total sacrectomy: a systematic review. Bederman SS, Shah KN, Hassan JM, Hoang BH, Kiester PD, Bhatia NN. Eur Spine J. 2014 Feb;23(2):305-19.

ICD-10 and Its Relevance to Spine Surgeons. Doermann, Alex; Massel, Dustin H.; Mayo, Benjamin C.; Kiester, Douglas; Bhatia, Nitin; Lee, Yu-Po. Contemporary Spine Surgery. 17(9):1-5, September 2016.

Does the Addition of Tobramycin Decrease Infection Risk in Patients undergoing Lumbar Spinal Instrumented Fusions? Lee, Yu-Po; Bhatia, Nitin N.; Kiester, P D; Farhan, Saif Bassam. (thespnejournalonline.com); http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.spinee.2016.07.066.

Smith-Peterson and pedicle subtraction osteotomies. Halim, Alex; Kiester, P Douglas; Lee, Yu-Po. DOI: 10.1053/j.semss.2016.12.004.

Accuracy of Pedicle Screw placement in Revision Spine Surgery using Robotic Guidance. Bederman, Samuel s; Jain, Nick; Kiester, P Douglas; Bhatia, Nitin. Global Spine Journal, Vol 5, Issue 1-Supp, pages: s-0035-1554210-s-0035-1554210.

Robotic Guidance for S2-Alar-Illiac Screws in Spinal Deformity Correction. Bederman, SS; Hahn, P; Kiester, PD; Bhatia, N. Clinical Spine Surgery: February 2017, Vol 30, Issue 1, pages e49-e53.

Variables Affecting Return to Work After Spinal Surgery in a Non-workers’ Compensation Population: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Lee, Yu-Po; Farhan, Saifal-Deen; Kiester, P Douglas; Rosen, Charles; Pendi, Arif. JAAOS (J. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons), December 2017, Vol 25, Issue 12, pages e282-e288.

Outcomes and Complications After Spinal Fusion in Patients With Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Lee, Yu-Po; Kiester, PD; Lu, Y; Lin, CC; et. al. Global Spine Journal 2018, Vol 9, Issue 3.

Compartment Syndrome with Rhabdomyolysis in a Marathon Runner: Brinley, A; Chakravarthy, B; Kiester, D; Lotfipour, S; et al.; Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine 2018. Aug; 2(3): 197-199.

Traumatic Atlantoaxial Lateral Subluxation with Chronic Type II Odontoid Fracture: A Case Report: Musa, A; Farhan, A; Kiester, PD: International Journal of Spine Surgery 2019, Vol 13, No. 1: p. 1-5.
Professional Societies
Western Orthopaedic Association
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Orange County Medical Association
California Association of Accident Reconstruction Specialists
Accident Reconstruction Communications Network
1989—2002 American Medical Association.
1989—1998 Los Angeles County Medical Association
2014—present European Spine Society
Other Experience
Research
Rancho Los Amigos Biomechanics 1980—1981

Graduate Programs
Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine (ORS)

Last updated
04/21/2021