Welcome to the future website of Ralph P. Katz, M.D. - Spinal Surgeon

Ralph KatzRalph P. Katz, MD is Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon who specializes in adult spinal disorders. He is one of a few local surgeons who performs both cervical and lumbar disc replacements. He has extensive experience in minimally invasive surgical techniques, including small incision micro discectomies and kyphoplasties on an out-patient basis. He also uses small incision and / or minimally invasive systems to accomplish cervical and lumbar spinal fusions.

Dr. Katz is currently a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orhopaedic Surgeons, and a member of the North American Spine Society. Dr. Katz is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine. He is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine where he received a Masters Degree in Anatomy in 1987, and his M.D. in 1990. He completed his Surgical internship at Tulane and his residency at the University of Iowa.

Dr. Katz also completed a Fellowship in Trauma / Spine. He joined Westside Orthopaedic Clinic in 1996 and practices at West Jefferson Medical Center.

Dr. Katz resides in New Orleans with his wife and son.

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The PDFs below contain illustrations and explanations of commonly performed spinal procedures.


 Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
 Anterior Cervical Corpectomy
 Posterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion


 Lumbar Laminectomy and Discectomy
 Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
 Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)
 Transforaminal Interbody Fusion (TLIF)