EDUCATION

  • College: Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, A.B.
  • Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH, M.D. degree with honors
  • Internship: General Surgery, Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA,PGY-1
  • Residency: Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Fellowships:
    • Combined Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Fellowship in Spine Surgery, Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia
    • A.O.  Fellow in Adult Reconstruction: M.E. Muller Foundation European Fellowship in Adult Reconstruction, Bern, Switzerland
    • Chief, Beth Israel Orthopaedic Trauma Service, Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. David Kramer specializes in the surgical treatment of spinal disorders including revision spinal surgery, correction of adolescent and adult spinal deformity, and minimally invasive management of spinal stenosis, disc herniations, spondylolisthesis, spinal trauma and tumors.  Despite being recognized for his successful surgical outcome, he has built his reputation on his conservative approach.

Dr. Kramer earned his medical degree with honors at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, NH. He subsequently completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.  He then served as Chief of the Orthopedic Trauma Service at Harvard’s Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, MA.  Dr. Kramer was then selected for the prestigious European Fellowship in Adult Reconstruction at the ME Muller Foundation in Berne, Switzerland. After returning to the U.S.,  Dr. Kramer completed the combined orthopaedic/neurosurgery fellowship in spine surgery at the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. 

Dr. Kramer is presently the Ervie and Carolyn Hawley Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Spine Surgery at Danbury Hospital and Nuvance Health Network, as well as Chief  of the Section of Spine Surgery at Danbury Hospital.

AWARDS & HONORS

Inaugural Recipient of the Ervie and Carolyn Hawley Endowed Chair In Orthopaedic Spine Surgery at Danbury Hospital and Nuvance Health Network, 2015 – present
Cervical Spine Research Society Resident/Fellow Award for Research; 1996
American Orthopaedic Association Zimmer Award for Orthopaedic Research; 1996
Thomas Jefferson University and the Rothman Institute. Award for Outstanding Research; 1996
American Orthopaedic Association Award for Outstanding Research; 1996
Jefferson Orthopaedic Society Research Day Award; 1996
Dartmouth Medical School Surgical Scholar Award; 1989
Alpha Omega Alpha, Dartmouth Medical School; 1989
Daniel Webster Scholar, Dartmouth College; 1981
Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd. Award, America’s Top Doctors; 2008 -2022
America’s Best Physicians, 2017- present
Doctor’s Choice Award; 2017-present
Connecticut Magazine Top Doctors; 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020, 2021, 2022
Greenwich Magazine and Fairfield Living Top Doctors; 2016-2022
Castle Connolly Metro Area Top Docs; 2013 – 2022
The Patients’ Choice Award; 2008 – present

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Cervical Spine Research Society
  • North American Spine Society
  • Connecticut State Medical Society
  • Danbury Hospital/Nuvance Health Department of Surgery
  • Fairfield County Medical Association
  • Harvard Orthopedic Alumni Association
  • Jefferson Orthopedic Society
  • The Spine Center at Danbury Hospital
  • The Spine Study Group

PUBLISHED RESEARCH

Interspinous Process Decompression with the X-Stop Device for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: A Retrospective Review.

Madonia-Barr JR, Kramer DL. Submitted for publication to the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2008.

Traumatic Injuries of the Occipitocervical Junction. Mastercases:

Kramer DL, Shah SA, Klein GR, Vaccaro AR, Cotler JM. Spine Surgery. 288-296. Eds. Alexander R. Vaccaro and Todd J. Albert. New York: Thieme, 2001.

Placement of Pedicle Screws in the Human Cadaveric Cervical Spine: Comparative Accuracy of Three Techniques.

Kramer DL, Ludwig SC, Balderston RA, Vaccaro AR, Foley KF, Albert TJ. Spine. 25 (13): 1655-1667, 2000.

Transpedicle Screw Fixation of the Cervical Spine.

Ludwig SC, Kramer DL, Vaccaro AR, Albert TJ.  Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. 359: 77-88, February 1999.

The Spinal Cord and its Reaction to Traumatic Injury: Implications for the Timing of Surgical Intervention.

Kramer DL, Albert TJ. Comprehensive Management in Spine Trauma. 346-349. Eds. Daniel A. Capen and Willi Haye. St. Louis, Mosby, 1998.

Posterior Cervical Instrumentation

Kramer DL, Vaccaro AR, Albert, TJ:  Seminars in Spine Surgery, Vol. 9 (3): 240-249, 1997.

Instrumentation for Occipitocervical Fusion

Vaccaro AR, Kramer DL, Albert TJ: Seminars in Spine Surgery, Vol. 9 (3): 227-232, 1997.

Posterior Lumbar Approach

Kramer DL, Booth RE, Albert TJ, Balderston RA:  Surgical Approaches to the Spine. 173-192. Eds. Albert TJ, Balderston RA, Northrup BE. Philadelphia: W.S. Saunders Co., 1997.

Transpedicular Instrumentation of the Cervical Spine

Ludwig SC, Kramer DL, Albert TJ, Vaccaro AR:  (Accepted for publication in Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research,) 1997.

Placement of Pedicle Screws in the Cervical Spine

Kramer DL, Ludwig SC, Balderston RA, Vaccaro AR, Albert TJ: Part I: A Morphometric Analysis of the Subaxial Cervical Pedicles. CSRS Fellow Award winning paper Orthopedic Transactions 21:496, 1997.

Placement of Pedicle Screws in the Cervical Spine

Kramer DL, Ludwig SC, Balderston RA, Vaccaro AR, Albert TJ:  Part II: Comparative Accuracy of Cervical Pedicle Screw Placement Using Three Techniques. CSRS Fellow Award winning paper Orthopedic Transactions 21:496, 1997.

Cervical Laminectomy for Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy

Dante S, Kramer DL, Heary R: Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery, Vol. 6 (1): 30-37, 1996.

Methodology and Timing of Surgery for Spinal Cord Injury

Kramer DL, Albert TJ:  (Accepted for publication in Capen, D.A., Comprehensive Management in Spine Trauma,) 1996.

Transpedicular Instrumentation and Short Segment Fusion of Thoracolumbar Fractures: A Prospective Study Using a Single Instrumentation System.

Kramer DL, Rodgers WB, Mansfield FL: Journal of Ortho Trauma, 9 (6): 499-506, 1995.