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Dr. Colin Haines

Spine Surgeon
Director of Research

Dr. Haines utilizes modern technology to provide safer and more effective treatment options for individuals suffering from neck, back, and scoliosis conditions. Recognized as a Top Doctor in consecutive years, his world-class surgical expertise is complemented by an extensive portfolio of non-operative treatments including natural, regenerative therapies (i.e. stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma therapy).

Known for his compassion and humility, Dr. Haines’ ambition to become a spine surgeon began at a young age when he suffered a lumbar disc herniation playing soccer. After recovering successfully without surgery, he was profoundly impacted by the power of non-operative treatment. This experience fueled his desire to personally connect with patients, working together to create a tailored treatment plan that will achieve their goals for recovery.

When surgical intervention is necessary, Dr. Haines utilizes minimally invasive surgical techniques that improve patient safety and reduces recovery time. These techniques include robot-guided spine surgery, laser spine surgery, and he is one of the few spine surgeons in the nation who is an expert in endoscopic spine surgery. Additionally, Dr. Haines promotes motion preservation through the use of cervical disc replacements (an alternative to spinal fusions) and is currently a lead investigator for an FDA trial for cervical disc replacements.

As the Director of Research at Virginia Spine Institute, Dr. Haines actively facilitates research studies to advance treatment options for his patients. Notably, he is involved in the largest study on professional baseball players with back pain and is currently leading multiple FDA trials on cervical disc implants. Dr. Haines is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences, and his research findings can be found  in textbook chapters and peer-reviewed publications.

Awards & Recognition

  • Performed World's First Combined Endoscopic & Robot-Guided Surgery
  • American College of Spine Surgeons, First Place in Research Competition
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Epsilon Chapter of the University at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences


Bucknell University

Medical School

University of Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences


Orthopaedic Surgery, The George Washington University Hospital


Spine Surgery

Cleveland Clinic

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


BioMed Research International Journal, Reviewer

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

AO Spine

North American Spine Society, Reviewer

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