Dr. Heidi Hullinger – A Prestigious Spine Surgeon in New Jersey

Dr. Hullinger graduated Magna Cum Laude from Duke University and was selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the academic honor society. She then received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. She went on to complete her residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School, now Rutgers. During her orthopedic spine surgery training in the University of Texas-Houston/Texas Medical Center fellowship, Dr. Hullinger gained experience in a variety of spinal disorders, ranging from complex deformities and degenerative disease to spinal trauma and tumors, as well as non-operative techniques like spinal injections.

Dr. Hullinger has authored articles as well as textbook chapters within the field of spine surgery. She has also played an active role in medical education, having served 5 years as a board member on the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), which is responsible for ensuring the highest standards for medical professionals in the United States. She currently serves as an associate professor of orthopaedics at Rutgers, teaching orthopaedic residents about spinal surgery. She is active in various medical societies including the North American Spine Society, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and the American Medical Association. She holds several leadership roles, including serving as an orthopaedic delegate to the AMA’s house of delegates, which creates policies for the largest organized physician group in the country. She serves on multiple committees in the North American Spine Society, including one that creates evidence-based guidelines regarding when specific surgeries are a reasonable option. She has been named a “Top Doctor” by NJ Monthly as well as Castle Connolly, and was named an “Exceptional Woman in Medicine” by Castle Connolly in 2019.

In her personal life, she is an avid runner, having competed for the New York Athletic Club ever since her medical training. She is therefore particularly dedicated to getting patients back to their desired level of activity. She has many patients who have been able to get back to high-level athletics such as competition weight-lifting, high-level gymnastics, and skiing, as well as more common pursuits like running and golf. She sees a wide variety of patients, both adult and pediatric, and as one of only a handful of female spine surgeons in the area, is particularly attuned to the challenges of back pain during pregnancy or even years postpartum. She prides herself on treating an entire individual, and not just their spinal issue in isolation.

Dr Hullinger holds privileges at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, Hackensack University Medical Center, Overlook Hospital in Summit, as well as the University Hospital trauma center in Newark.