Gerald (Rusty) E Rodts, MD

Gerald (Rusty) 
Emory Clinic

Professor, Department of Neurosurgery and Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Emory Healthcare Network Physician
Neurological Surgery (Board certified since 1998)
Areas of Clinical Interest:
spinal surgery
spinal trauma
spinal tumors
Office(s) Locations:
Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Ctr
59 Executive Park South
Atlanta, GA 30329
404 778-7000

Ortho/Spine Priority Line
404 778-3363
Additional Spoken Language(s):
About Dr. Rodts
Dr. Rodts’ clinical interests in spine include degenerative conditions, tumors, rheumatoid arthritic conditions of the cervical spine, revision spine surgery, and traumatic injuries. He is Chief, Division of Spine Surgery, in the Emory Department of Neurosurgery, Emory School of Medicine. He joined his orthopaedic spine colleagues in the Emory Spine Center in 2005. He has held numerous leadership positions and honored speaker opportunities including:
  • President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)
  • President of the Georgia Neurosurgical Society
  • Chairman of the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine
  • Honored Guest Lecturer at the 30th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Guest Lecturer at the European Association of Neurological Surgery
  • Guest Lecturer at the Latin American Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Visiting Professor at Columbia University
  • Visiting Professor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Visiting Professor at The New England Neurosurgical Society
  • Visiting Professor at the Michigan Neurosurgical Society
  • Former Chief of the Neurosurgery Service at Crawford Long Hospital and former Clinical Chief of Neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital
Dr. Rodts serves on the editorial boards of Neurosurgery, The Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques, and the Japanese Spine Journal. He is the former Scientific Program Chairman of the CNS and of the AANS/CNS Joint Spine annual meetings. He greatly enjoys teaching post-graduate fellows, residents and medical students. He is a spine consultant to the NFL and to Georgia Tech football. Every year since 2005, he has received the Castle Connolly Research Award as a Top Neurosurgeon in the United States and has been named one of Atlanta Magazine’s Top Neurosurgeons.
Year Started Practicing: 1994
Year Started Practicing at Emory: 1995
Organizational Memberships:
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine
Georgia Neurosurgical Society
The American Academy of Neurological Surgery
The Society of Neurological Surgery
Major or Recent Publications:
  • The 2010 CNS Presidential Address: Neurosurgical Pioneers, Foundation for Future Innovation. Clinic Neurosurg. 2011;58:1-6.
  • Treatment of Cervical Stenotic Myelopathy: A Cost and Outcome Comparison of Laminoplasty Versus Laminectomy and Lateral Mass Fusion. J Neurosurgery Spine. 2011 May;14(5):619-25 (co-author).
  • Circumferential Fusion for Cervical Kyphotic Deformity. J Neurosurgery Spine. 2008 Dec;9(6):515-21 (co-author).
  • Transoral Approach to Cervical Vertebroplasty for Multiple Myeloma. American Journal of Radiology, November, 2000.
  • Bone Morphogenetic Protein in spinal fusion (rhBMP-2): overview and clinical update. Neurosurgical Focus, #10, 2001.
  • Threaded Cortical Bone Dowels for lumber interbody fusion: over 1-year mean follow up in 28 patients. Journal of Neurosurgery, 95:1-4, 2001.
  • Neuro-Orthopedics. Neuro-Orthopedics, 21:13-25.
  • Threaded Cortical Bone Dowels for lumber interbody fusion. Journal of Neurosurgery, 95:1-4.
  • Transarticular Screw Fixation For Atlanto-Axial Instabiltity: A Six Year Experience. Neurosurgery, 49:65-70, 2001.

Notable Textbooks:

  • Atlas of Cervical Spine Surgery (co-author with McLaughlin M and Haid R), Elsevier Saunders, 2005.
  • Advances in Spinal Stabilization (co-editor with Haid RW and Subach BR), Progress in Neurological Surgery, Vol. 16, Karger, 2003.
Medical School
Columbia University, New York, NY

University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA

University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA

Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA