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:
    • Spine: Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
    • Combined Orthopaedic/Neurosurgery, 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 such as spinal stenosis, disc herniations, spondylolisthesis, spinal deformity, spinal trauma and tumors. He is experienced with minimally invasive spinal fusion surgery, cervical laminoplasty, minimally invasive lumbar decompression, and other advanced procedures. He employs non-operative management of spinal conditions whenever possible, customizing each treatment plan to the patient, and recommends surgery only when necessary.

Dr. Kramer earned his medical degree at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, MA. He also completed his residency in Orthopedic surgery at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program. He completed a combined orthopaedic/neurosurgery spine fellowship at the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also completed fellowship training in adult reconstruction at the ME Muller Foundation European Fellowship in Berne, Switzerland. He served as Chief at Beth Israel Orthopedic Trauma Service, Beth Israel Hospital at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.

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

AWARDS & HONORS

Inaugural Recipient of The Ervie and Carolyn Hawley Endowed Chair In Orthopaedic Spine Surgery at Danbury Hospital and Western Connecticut Health Network, 2015 – present
America’s Best Physicians; 2017
Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd. Award, America’s Top Doctors; 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Connecticut Magazine Top Doctors; 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Doctor’s Choice Award; 2017
Greenwich Magazine and Fairfield Living Top Doctors; 2016, 2017
Marquis Who’s Who; 2017
Metro Area Top Docs; 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
The Patients’ Choice Award; 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Consumers’ Research Council of America Award for America’s Top Orthopedists; 2010
American Orthopaedic Association Zimmer Award for Orthopaedic Research; 1996
Cervical Spine Research Society Resident/Fellow Award for 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

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Cervical Spine Research Society
  • Connecticut State Medical Society
  • Danbury Hospital Department of Surgery
  • Fairfield County Medical Association
  • Harvard Orthopedic Alumni Association
  • Jefferson Orthopedic Society
  • Orthopaedics Overseas
  • 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.