Dennis J. Maiman, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurosurgery

Dennis J. Maiman, MD, PhD


Dr. Maiman is a Medical College of Wisconsin neurosurgeon who specializes in the managment of complex spine disorders, integrating his extensive research experience into his clinical practice. Dr. Maiman was involved in the creation of the SpineCare Clinic, the Spinal Cord Injury Center, and directs the fellowship in spinal surgery. All three programs are nationally recognized. He emphasizes the importance of patient participation in their care, with a strong educational focus.

Dr. Maiman holds a secondary academic appointment at the college as a Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He holds the hospital appointment of Senior Attending Neurosurgeon at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, where he is also the Founding Medical Director of both the regional Spinal Cord Injury Center and SpineCare a unique transdisciplinary clinic for the management of spine problems. Additionally, he is the Director of the Spine Surgery Fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

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Dr. Maiman earned his Medical Degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and his Doctorate of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering from Marquette University. His PhD dissertation was the Biomechanics of spinal injuries produced by vertical compression. Dr. Maiman’s Surgical Internship was at the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals as was his Residency in Neurological Surgery. He completed his Fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Milwaukee.

Dr. Maiman is an active member of many professional organizations and serves on various committees. He is a member of many national professional organizations, including The American Association of Neurological Surgeons, AANS/CNS Joint Section on Spinal Disorders, AANS/CNS Joint Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care, American Medical Association, Cervical Spine Research society, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the North American Spine Society.

With a book currently in press titled, “Surgery of the Lumbar Spine”, Dr. Maiman contributes to published research on spine issues. He has contributed 28 chapters to medical books, 80 peer-reviewed journals, 109 abstracts and many invited papers.

In addition to directing fellowships and spine patient care, Dr. Maiman is an active member of his community.

Patient Care

Patient Care Focus


  • Cervical, lumbar and thoracic spine
  • Disc herniations
  • Spinal degenerative disease
  • Spinal stenosis and spinal instability

  • Spinal tumors
  • Fractures
  • Trauma and infections
  • Spine disorders

Surgical Services

  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Spinal fusion and instrumentation

Hospital Affiliations

  • Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, WI

Education, Training & Board Certification


  • Doctor of Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 1977
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, 1986


  • Fellowship, Spinal Cord Injury, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 1982-1984

Board Certification

  • Neurological Surgery

Research & Publications

Primary Research Area

Spine biomechanics and spinal cord injury