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Dr. Christopher Good

Spine Surgeon
President & CEO


The field of spine surgery chose me, shaped by my father’s accident that crushed his spine. Witnessing his struggles and limitations and the impact of traditional treatments, I committed to offering a better way. Now, with minimally invasive procedures and modern technology, I provide patients with a return to normalcy, improving lives at VSI through customized solutions, advanced technology, and genuine care.

Ranked in the upper echelon of physicians nationwide (top 7%), Dr. Christopher Good stands as a distinguished leader in spine surgery. As a pioneer in the field, he has advanced surgical technology and minimally invasive techniques, significantly elevating patient outcomes for patients worldwide and getting them back to their lives faster. Dr. Good approaches each patient with empathy and sincerity, fostering meaningful connections and customizing treatment plans to achieve victories for his patients.

Among his groundbreaking achievements, Dr. Good performed the first two-level disc replacement in Metro DC, Maryland, and Virginia, providing hope to countless individuals in pursuit of relief from back and neck pain. Additionally, he spearheaded the introduction of the Mazor X™ Stealth Edition technology, evolving robotic spine surgery and further underscoring his commitment to innovation and patient safety.

Venturing beyond conventional paradigms, Dr. Good uses natural, non-surgical solutions such as regenerative stem cell therapy as a transformative alternative for common neck and back conditions. This coupled with in-house spine-specialized physical therapy, has empowered his patients to reclaim their active lifestyles without the need for surgery.

Dr. Good’s dedication to research is evident in his ongoing efforts to enhance access to modern treatments, driven by a commitment to get patients out of pain and back to their lives. His contributions have led to the development of surgical techniques that prioritize patient safety, minimize radiation exposure, and expedite recovery. Serving as the principal investigator for an FDA trial on cervical disc replacement surgery, Dr. Good remains at the forefront of innovation, driving transformative advancements. Additionally, his dedication to knowledge dissemination is underscored by his frequent presentations at international forums, ensuring that his invaluable expertise reaches far and wide.

While Dr. Good is reshaping the landscape of spine surgery his expertise extends far beyond technical skill. It encompasses a commitment to understanding each patient’s story, and creating a path toward recovery, even when patients are discouraged by ineffective previous medical experiences.


  • University of Rochester

Medical School

  • University of Rochester School of Medicine


  • Orthopedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery (New York)


  • Adult and Pediatric Spinal Surgery
  • Washington University School of Medicine
  • Barnes Jewish Hospital St. Louis Children’s Hospital
  • Shriners Hospital for Children

Double-Board Certified

  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • American Board of Spine Surgery


  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • North American Spine Surgery
  • Scoliosis Research Society
  • National Spine Health Foundation

Dr. Good’s Surgical Highlights

  • First in the Mid-Atlantic region to utilize the Mazor X™ System for transformative robotic spine surgery
  • World’s First Combined Endoscopic & Robot-Guided Surgery
  • First Endoscopic Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Performed at Reston Hospital Center
  • First Robotic Spine Surgery in the World Using the Mazor X™ Stealth Edition
  • First Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Utilizing Augmented Reality in Virginia-DC Region
  • First Two-Level Lumbar Disc Replacement in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia Region
  • First Augmented Reality Guided Personalized Spine Implant Surgery Delivered Using Artificial Intelligence

Recent Research

Cervical Hybrid Constructs Reduce Superior Adjacent Segment Burden Compared to Multilevel Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion.

Journal of Spine Surgery (2024)

Augmented Reality-Assisted Spine Surgery: An Early Experience Demonstrating Safety and Accuracy with 218 Screws.

Best Paper 2022 – Global Spine Journal, June 1, 2023.
Global Spine Journal. January 2022. 

90-Day Complication and Revision Surgery Rates Using Navigated Robotics in Thoracolumbar Spine Surgery

Best Paper 2023. “90-Day Complication and Revision Surgery Rates Using Navigated Robotics in Thoracolumbar Spine Surgery” Podium Presentation at the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, San Francisco, California, June 1-3, 2023

Which is Better: Percutaneous or Open Robot-Assisted Spine Surgery?

Prospective, Multicenter Study of 2,524 Screws in 336 Patients. Podium Presentation at the Spine Summit Meeting, Miami, Florida, March 16-19, 2023.

Enhanced Surgical Recovery for Thoracolumbar Spine Surgery is Associated with Decreased Opioid Consumption, Length of Hospital Stay, and Hospital Readmissions

“Enhanced Surgical Recovery for Thoracolumbar Spine Surgery is Associated with Decreased Opioid Consumption, Length of Hospital Stay, and Hospital Readmissions: Evaluation of 51,236 Cases” Poster Presentation at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Las Vegas, NV, March 7-11, 2023.

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