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Ben Zion Roitberg, MD

Professor of Surgery

Dr. Ben Z. Roitberg is a neurosurgeon with expertise in spine surgery -- including cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine procedures. He is skilled in the surgical treatment of disc disease, stenosis, myelopathy, radiculopathy, instability, lower back pain and other spine problems. Additionally, he specializes in the surgical management of: tumors of the spine and brain; neurological trauma; Chiari malformation; peripheral nerve entrapments; tumors and injuries; and neurovascular conditions -- including aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVM) and cavernomas.

Dr. Roitberg has more than 25 years of experience and training in neurosurgery. Also an active researcher, he leads multidisciplinary clinical studies focused on improving outcomes of neurosurgical patients with diseases of the spine. In his laboratory, Dr. Roitberg examines the characteristics of nerve cells after transplantation into stroke models to determine if neurological function is improved after transplant. He is currently studying methods to accelerate recovery after spinal cord injury.

His most current research topics include:

  • Outcomes of spine surgery and neurosurgical intensive care
  • Neurosurgical training, including virtual reality surgery, surgical stimulation, and mission rehearsal
  • Repair of spinal cord injury and brain injury

Dr. Roitberg is also editor-in-chief of the journal Neurological Research.

Practice Locations

The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certification


Medical School

Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School


University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago


American Association of Neurological Surgeons
American Medical Association
Chicago Neurological Society
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Illinois State Medical Society

Languages Spoken


Office Phone

(773) 834-9768

Office Fax

(773) 702-3518

Office Postal Address

Dr. Ben Zion Roitberg, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 3026
Chicago, IL 60637

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Clinical Interests

  • Neurosurgery
  • Spine surgery
  • Spinal cord and brain injury
  • Neurosurgical intensive care
  • Neuroendoscopy
  • Minimally invasive neurosurgery
  • Discectomy
  • Minimally disruptive advanced spine surgery
  • Peripheral nerve surgery
  • Laminotomy
  • Cervical laminoplasty
  • Lumbar fusion
  • Degenerative disease
  • Chiari malformation
  • Tumors of the central nervous system (CNS)
  • Aneurysm and arteriovenous malformations (AVM)

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Learn More About Dr. Roitberg

When her sciatica pain became too severe to ignore, Tanya Cochran sought Dr. Roitberg's surgical expertise. After spinal fusion surgery, she ran two marathons to support Dr. Roitberg's research. Read Tanya's story.

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Roitberg's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.