About Dr. Hepler

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Dr. Matthew Hepler – Orthopedic Spine Surgeon Fort Lauderdale

Matthew D Hepler, M.D. – Top Spine Surgeon in Palm Beach County

If you’re looking for a leading expert in operative and non-operative treatments of the spine, you came to the right place.

Dr. Hepler is a leading orthopedic spine surgeon in Palm Beach County with fellowship training in both adult and pediatric spine surgery. He has a subspecialty interest in complex spine reconstruction. That includes scoliosis, kyphosis, and spondylolisthesis but treats all spine conditions including disc herniations, radiculopathy, discogenic disc disease, lumbar and cervical stenosis, traumatic and osteoporotic fractures.

He is also an expert in back surgery and spinal stenosis treatment in Palm Beach County.


Dr. Hepler graduated with honors from the Johns Hopkins University (BA) where he was an All-American swimmer and water polo player. He then completed his post-graduate training at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (MD and residency) in New York City under full scholarship. There he received his medical degree.

He also received his orthopaedic residency training in NYC at New York Orthopaedic Hospital and adult and pediatric spine fellowship training at the renowned Twin Cities Spine and Scoliosis Center (Fellowship), Minneapolis Minnesota.

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Dr. Hepler worked as an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Northwestern University before entering into private practice.

He has authored multiple research publications and textbook chapters and presented research and talks at numerous national and international forums.

Dr. Hepler is an active member of the North American Spine Society and Scoliosis Research Society. There he serves on various committees and an editor of the journal Spine Deformity. He also had the pleasure to serve as a US Naval Flight Surgeon (LCDR).

He completed two tours to the Mediterranean and middle east aboard the aircraft carrier USS Roosevelt and one tour with the F-18 strike fighter training squadron.

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Dr. Hepler is an adult and pediatric Orthopedic spine surgeon in Delray Beach and Fort Lauderdale. He treats all conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, including spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and many other conditions.

In addition to performing back surgery in Fort Lauderdale, he also provides non-operative treatment options, such as pain medications, steroid injections, and physical therapy and operative treatment including both minimally invasive techniques and complex reconstruction.

His practice philosophy is to treat patients with the same interest and concern that he would family and friends.

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What makes Dr. Hepler an excellent orthopedic spine surgeon in Palm Beach County?

When considering the services of a spine surgeon in Palm Beach County, keep in mind that his assistance does not only include diagnosis and surgical treatment, as the name of the profession may suggest.

Dr. Hepler approaches his job with an underlying philosophy of helping people to return to an active lifestyle; therefore, he believes his responsibilities go beyond long hours in the operating room.

1. Dr. Hepler’s role is to educate you first and assist you in the decision-making process.

He will provide you with information about your full range of treatment options, as well as describe what is technically possible, the challenges and risks of the procedure, and the potential benefits. You are the only one who knows how bad your pain is, and the decision to proceed with the surgery is yours alone.

2. Academic work.

Research and publications are a vital part of the orthopedic spine surgery profession. Due to the rapid changes in medicine and advances in this field, particularly, surgeons need to keep their fingers on the pulse, continuously enriching their knowledge and developing or adopting innovative approaches in their practice. This enables them to offer their patients the most evidence-based treatment recommendations.

3. Continuous care.

After spine surgery, you’ll need rehabilitation to regain the functioning of the affected area to the fullest extent possible. The team of orthopedic spine surgeons in our clinic in Palm Beach County will work with you to create a customized rehabilitation plan that moves at your pace. During rehab, you’ll work with physical therapists who specialize in spine rehabilitation. These expert physical therapists have extra training in working with people after back surgery, helping them feel better and move more easily. Our physical therapists will be regularly monitoring your progress and changing the treatment plan when necessary so you can achieve your recovery goals.

Here are just a couple of testimonials gathered during his 17 years of practice as a spine surgeon in Palm Beach County:

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