Benjamin Elder, MD

Dr. Elder is a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon with expertise in complex spinal surgery, spinal deformity surgery, and spinal oncology. He specializes in the treatment of adult spinal deformities, scoliosis, revision spine surgery, and conditions such as spinal tumors, spinal stenosis, and normal pressure hydrocephalus. Dr. Elder employs a patient-centered approach to develop personalized, minimally invasive treatments to improve pain and function, ranging from nonsurgical management to major reconstructive surgeries.

His clinical interests include degenerative spine pathology, complex adult spinal deformities, spine tumors, herniated discs, and craniocervical junction pathology. Dr. Elder also focuses on regenerative medicine and tissue engineering strategies for spinal repair, leveraging his role as the principal investigator at the Mayo Clinic Stem Cell Therapeutics and Tissue Engineering Laboratory. His research explores innovative regenerative approaches using stem cells and biomaterials for spinal bone and cartilage repair, and he is deeply involved in optimizing bone health and managing osteoporosis in spinal surgery patients.

Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN)