Adam L. Shimer, MD

Dr. Shimer is excited to return to the University of Virginia where he received undergraduate and medical degrees. He completed orthopedic residency at the University of Pittsburgh and a spinal surgery fellowship at the Rothman Institute if Philadelphia. His clinical areas of interest include the treatment of complex and revision cervical spine conditions and adult spinal deformity. His basic science research has been in the area of genetic and cellular treatment of degenerative disc disease.

Beyond Orthopaedics
“Outside of work, I spend as much time as I can with my wife, two children and dog, Linus. The Shimer family enjoys travelling, the outdoors and gardening.


Clinic Location:
Spine Center
415 Ray C. Hunt Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Office Phone:
434-924-BONE(2663), Option 5
Office Fax:

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 800159
Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery
Charlottesville, VA 22908


Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialty and Subspecialty

Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery

Subspecialty: Spinal Surgery

Special Expertise

Complex Cervical Spine Surgery
Adult Spinal Deformity
Minimally Invasive Treatment of Spinal Conditions


Education: 2002 Medical School, University of Virginia
1998 Undergraduate, University of Virginia, Engineering

Residency: 2002 – 2008 Orthopaedic Residency,
University of Pittsburgh2008 – 2009 The Rothman Institute and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Certification and Licenser

Orthopaedic Surgery, Virginia


2013 Nominee for North American Spine Society Value Award
2012 Runner-up North American Spine Society / The Spine Journal Outstanding Paper Award

2012 VirginiaOrthopaedic Society 65th Annual Meeting – Best Poster Award

2011 AO Spine North AmericaYoung Investigator Research Award

2009 AO Spine North America 7th Annual Fellows Forum, 1st Place

2004 North American Spine Society / The Spine Journal Outstanding Paper Award

2004 Cervical Spine Research Society 1st Place Fielding Resident/Fellow Research Award

2005 The Pittsburgh Foundation Dr. Albert B. Ferguson, Jr. Orthopaedic Fund

2002 Gratton Alexander Litz III Award

Research Description

Investigation of the cellular and biochemical pathways of intervertebral disc degeneration and developing novel modalities targeted at altering the natural course of degeneration. Specific areas of interest include gene transfer, feasibility of mesenchymal stem cell therapy for the treatment of intervertebral disc degeneration, and an improved understanding of the role that notochordal cells have in degeneration.


2014 – Dr. A. Shimer discusses “When Should You see a Doctor About Low Back Pain”….

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