Dr. Belanger is an orthopedic spine surgeon, specializing in the surgical treatment of sciatica, nerve pain, stenosis, disc herniations, spinal instability, spinal deformity, scoliosis, spine tumors, and spinal cord compression. He has special expertise in complex revision spine surgery, salvaging those that have had prior spinal surgery who have experienced failure, recurrence, or progression of their disease. After completing undergraduate and medical school training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he completed orthopedic surgery residency training in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and completed a spine surgery and spinal cord injury fellowship in 2002-2003 under the direction of Dr. Henry Bohlman at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a partner physician at the prestigious Texas Back Institute in Dallas, Texas.
He is the Medical Director of the Complex Spine Surgery Program at Medical City Plano Hospital, in Plano, Texas. His practice focuses on advanced surgical techniques, including complex revision and spinal deformity surgery, as well as minimally invasive and motion-sparing non-fusion surgical strategies, including artificial disc replacement. Dr. Belanger is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He is also a member of the Scoliosis Research Society, and the Cervical Spine Research Society, which are both prestigious international organizations dedicated to the advancement of spine care and spine research.
He has served as a mentor to other surgeons, having been consistently involved with training orthopedic and neurosurgical residents, as well as spine surgery fellows, throughout his practice career since 2003. He has presented at national and international spine meetings and has contributed book chapters and original research articles to the body of published literature about spine surgery. Dr. Belanger has also been the lead physician for an ongoing medical mission to Ethiopia since 2010 through the Conscience International Ethiopia Project, focused on providing advanced spinal surgery to some of the neediest people on Earth. His charitable spine work has received local and regional media attention, and he has received the 2016 Frist Humanitarian Award in recognition of this effort.
Dr. Belanger’s goal is to perform a thorough and accurate assessment of each patient’s condition, and to suggest the most appropriate care available to benefit his patients. If surgery is appropriate, he relies on a wide variety of skills and techniques to offer his patients the procedure that is the most suitable to their needs, including the most up to date and cutting-edge technology and procedures.