North American Spine Society
American Board of Orthopedic Surgery Certified
Dr. Nicholas Mataragas
MD, Spine Surgeon
Dr. Nicholas Mataragas brings over 20 years of experience to the South Florida area and specializes in adult reconstructive spinal surgery, cervical and lumbar spine surgery, new and improved minimally invasive spinal implant technologies and the use of artificial disc replacement techniques.
Dr. Mataragas was one of the first surgeons to bring minimally invasive surgical technology to the Chicagoland area. His interest in minimally invasive techniques culminated in his mentoring of surgeons nationally and internationally. Surgeons from far-reaching places such as Spain, Greece, Korea, and Japan have visited his operating room to learn emerging techniques in spinal surgery.
In addition to attending numerous nationwide discussion panels on the evolution of spinal implant technology, he has been instrumental in the development of minimally invasive spinal surgical techniques and devices. Dr. Mataragas has been involved in design of novel spine implant technology.
Most recently, his interest in minimally invasive spinal surgery has led to his pioneering use of the minimally invasive anterior lumbar fusions and is one of the few surgeons nationally that routinely performs multilevel minimally invasive and anterior lumbar fusions. His patients have had significantly shorter hospital stays and excellent results compared to patients treated with traditional techniques.
Although Dr. Nicholas Mataragas is a specialist in spinal surgery, he believes in the importance of conservative management prior to surgical treatment.
A native of Chicago, Dr. Mataragas was Valedictorian of Marist High School class of 1991. He received his medical degree at the age of 22 from the University of Miami, after completing the prestigious six-years honors program in medicine. His surgical training continued during his residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, home of the world renowned Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and home of Ryder Trauma Center, the largest trauma center in the world.