Elizabeth Yu

Elizabeth Yu, MD

  • Orthopaedic Surgery – Spine
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Physician

Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedics

Accepting new patients
4.6 out of 5
  • 253 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 89 Patient Comments

Insurances We Accept


About Me

As an orthopedic surgeon at Ohio State, I specialize in the treatment of spinal disease and disorders. Some of my clinical interests include spinal stenosis, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease and degenerative scoliosis.

I take the time to develop relationships with my patients and choose treatment options based on what is in their best interest. I work to improve their quality of life by exhausting all treatment options before considering surgery. When surgery is needed to treat a patient, my team and I are here to provide the best possible surgical care.

Working at Ohio State is great because of the friendly and compassionate environment. My job also allows me to work with amazing and talented physicians.

View my video on herniated discs: https://youtu.be/SEbUzHGWVGE
  • Recipient of Benjamin R. and Helen Slack Wiltberger Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Spine Surgery (effective November 2023)
  • Chief of the Division of Spine in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (effective August 2023)
  • Rated in top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction, 2016
  • Published peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and presented research locally, nationally and internationally
  • Invited membership to national committees advancing spine surgery research
  • Elected Member of American Orthopedic Association, Cervical Spine Research Society, and Lumbar Spine Research Society
  • Elected Member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • Fellowship Director, OSU Orthopedic Spine Fellowship program
  • Director of OSU Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Service
  • Named to Castle Connolly's Regional Top Doctors list (2019-2023)

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Spinal Cord Compression
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement
  • Spinal Curvatures
  • Kyphosis
  • Spinal Cancers
  • Scoliosis
  • Spondylarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis, Spine
  • Fracture Fixation
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Arthrodesis
  • Diskectomy
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Ankylosis
  • Intervertebral Disc Degeneration
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Lumbar Vertebrae
  • Spinal Diseases
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Fractures, Bone
  • Orthopedics
  • Back Pain

Locations Where I Practice

Spine Care

in Outpatient Care East
543 Taylor Ave.
Suite 1034
Columbus, OH 43203


in Outpatient Care New Albany
6100 North Hamilton Road
1st Floor, Suite 1B
Westerville, OH 43081

Please note: Not all physicians schedule patients at each listed location.

Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

St. Louis University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO
11/1/2002 - 5/20/2006


Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
7/1/2006 - 7/1/2011


Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Stanford, CA
8/1/2011 - 7/31/2012

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Academic Information

My Department


My Division



The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the six doctor communication related questions shown below from the Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their view and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

253 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.6 out of 5
  • Explains Things Carefully
    4.6 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    4.7 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    4.6 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    4.5 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    4.8 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    4.6 out of 5
  • Reviewed on Feb 19, 2024

    She said she was running behind because she was finishing up a surgery. She sent some of her assistants to begin the fact finding about my problems to start the exam process. She is very business like and has an excellent reputation. She had all the information about all my tests and explained what everything meant. She ordered more MRI's for this week because she wanted to see my whole spine before we decided what route to take in surgery. She is very conservative and I like that. If you don't need a big surgery, she tells you. You work with her to determine the plan for making the patient whole again.

  • Reviewed on Feb 17, 2024

    Very good

  • Reviewed on Feb 17, 2024

    Very pleased

  • Reviewed on Feb 11, 2024

    Pleasant and professional.

  • Reviewed on Feb 09, 2024

    Always straightforward & helpful - always willing to explain situation.

  • Reviewed on Feb 06, 2024

    Attentive, understanding, concrete and to the point. Good listener. Professional.

  • Reviewed on Feb 05, 2024

    Nice, listens, explains everything, caring

  • Reviewed on Jan 29, 2024

    As this was a one-time visit as a second opinion, I was looking for insight into what could be causing me so much back pain. I appreciate Dr. Yu as she asked some pertinent questions. Ultimately, I was told she wished she knew how to stop my pain from being so problematic. So from the emotional standpoint, I felt deflated in that there appeared to be no solution to my problem.

Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 09/30/2022, Dr. Yu has reported no relationships with companies or entities.

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