Jamal Shillingford, MD


Dr. Jamal Shillingford is a minimally invasive degenerative and robotic spine specialist at California Orthopedics and Spine. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University with the highest distinction in Chemistry and classical piano, he began a decade-long tenure in New York City, where he attended Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) for his medical education. He continued to excel academically and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society as a junior. In recognition of his scholarly achievements, he received the prestigious John F. Bohmfalk Scholarship and the Virgin Islands Medical Institute Scholarship. He graduated in the top 2% of his class and formally received his medical degree from Columbia University.

Dr. Shillingford then completed an Orthopedic Surgery residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell, where he served as the chief spine resident. As a member of World Spine Outreach, in association with the Butterfly Foundation, he took an active role in providing advanced pediatric spinal surgical care and teaching to underserved areas around the world.

Dr. Shillingford completed an orthopedic and neurosurgical spine surgery fellowship at the Norton Leatherman Spine Center in Louisville, Kentucky, which is highly regarded as one of the most esteemed spine fellowships in the country. His training encompassed all areas of the spine, including complex cervical and thoracolumbar deformity, scoliosis, trauma, oncology, infection, cervical/lumbar degenerative spine conditions, and motion preservation surgery, in addition to specific training in minimally invasive spine procedures utilizing both robotic guidance and navigation as well as lateral and oblique interbody techniques.

Dr. Shillingford has managed to produce over 35 peer-reviewed manuscripts in addition to over 25 published abstracts, 10 book chapters, and over 50 academic presentations at some of the largest and most prestigious international spine conferences, including the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST), Lumbar Spine Research Society (LSRS), and Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS). He is actively involved in the peer-review process for multiple scholarly orthopedic journals and is currently a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), AOSpine North America, and North American Spine Society (NASS). He remains active in clinical research and device innovation.

Dr. Shillingford has made a lifelong commitment to providing the highest level of care to as many patients as possible and remaining at the forefront of the advancement of the field of spine surgery. His primary goal is to educate patients and provide them with a full understanding of their diagnosis, including the evidence-based non-operative and operative treatments for the management of their specific condition. He believes that the relationship between a physician and patient is of utmost importance and remains a critical aspect in the joint effort toward accomplishing the desired outcome.