About Dr. Murray
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeon

Michael R Murray, MD, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeon, Newark, DE

Michael R Murray, MD

Dr. Murray has dedicated his career to practicing and advancing the field of minimally invasive spine surgery. This has allowed his patients to undergo successful spinal surgery while minimizing the risk of infection and blood loss while also giving patients the shortest recovery period possible.

Dr. Murray attended medical school at the University of Illinois where he graduated with honors and first in his class. While a third year student he was inducted into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) society, an honor bestowed to the highest achieving students in his medical school class. Upon graduating medical school he completed a residency program in orthopaedic surgery at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. While a resident Dr. Murray was awarded numerous awards and grants for research as well as leadership. Following residency he completed a year of intensive fellowship training in spine surgery at the renowned Emory Spine Center in Atlanta, Georgia. While at Emory, Dr. Murray had the opportunity to learn from both orthopedic and neurosurgical disciplines utilizing techniques from both fields to get the best surgical results.

Following his training he served as a spine surgeon and clinical instructor at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. While in Maryland, Dr. Murray was part of the official medical team of the NFL Baltimore Ravens and he was also awarded the Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching. In November 2020, Dr. Murray joined Main Line Healthcare in order to provide minimally invasive and computer assisted spinal surgery.

Despite his expertise in surgical procedures, Dr. Murray always emphasizes conservative care for his patients. However, when conservative care fails, he attempts to solve every spine problem with the least invasive solution. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Murray has published numerous research papers, written book chapters, has been invited to speak at national meetings. He has also served as an instructor to surgeons of all levels of experience, teaching the latest techniques in spine surgery. In addition, Dr. Murray has been featured on the evening news, and radio broadcasts discussing the treatment of common spinal conditions.

Dr. Murray is a firm believer in minimally invasive surgery. The results generally speak for themselves... The results below are for the XLIF procedure, one of the minimally invasive procedures that Dr. Murray regularly performs.

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Radiographic Results Following Lateral Lumber Interbody Fusion (LLIF) and Indirect Decompression of Severe Spinal Stenosis

Introduction: Prior studies have demonstrated the extend of Indirect Decompression that occurs fallowing lateral lumbar interbody fusion(LLIF) within the immediate post-operative Period. There have been conflicting reports on the ability of LLIF to adequately decompress severe central canal stenosis.


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  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Northwestern University
  • Emory Univercity
  • Society of Lateral Access Surgery (SOLAS)
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons