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Catherine R. Olinger, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon
4.53 out of 5 (53 ratings)

Clinical Assistant Professor
Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
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"I joined University of Iowa because of the remarkable opportunity to care for patients and contribute to the field of orthopedic spine surgery through research and education. I strive to care for each one of my patients as a whole, incorporating both surgical care and appreciation for each patient's personal attributes to better treat their spine-related diseases." — Catherine R. Olinger




Adult Specialties

  • Orthopedics
  • Work injuries

Special Procedures and Treatments

  • Cervical spine fusion
  • Discectomy
  • Foraminotomy
  • Fracture fixation
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminotomy
  • Lumbar spine fusion
  • Orthopedic fracture fixation
  • Spinal decompression
  • Spinal fusion
  • Spine reconstruction
  • Spine surgery
  • Tumor excision

Diseases and Conditions

  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Back pain
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Disc herniations
  • Foraminal stenosis
  • Lumbar disc herniation
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Myelopathy
  • Sciatica (Lumbar radiculopathy)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Spinal deformity
  • Spinal disc herniation
  • Spinal injuries
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spine disorders
  • Spine fractures
  • Spine infections
  • Spine lesions
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Vertebral compression fractures
  • Work-related injuries


200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242



  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • AO Spine
  • North American Spine
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association
  • Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society
  • Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Southern Orthopaedic Association


  • MD, Creighton University, School of Medicine, Omaha, Neb.
  • MS, Clinical Anatomy, Creighton University, Omaha, Neb.
  • BS, Biology, Creighton University, Omaha, Neb.
  • BA, Spanish, Creighton University, Omaha, Neb.


Orthopedic Surgery, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Campbell Clinic, Memphis, Tenn.


Orthopedic Spine Surgery, University of Washington Harborview Medical Center, Seattle


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Overall Rating

4.53 out of 5 (53 ratings)