Dr. Zigler received his undergraduate BS degree With Distinction from Cornell University in 1973, and received his MD degree Cum Laude from the Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York.
Following completion of a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, Dr. Zigler did a 1 year Fellowship in Spine Surgery and Spinal Cord Injury at the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, with Dr. Henry Bohlman.
After Fellowship, Dr. Zigler served as Chief of the Spinal Injury Service at Rancho Los Amigos, was a Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Southern California, and maintained a private practice in Orange County, California.
In 1996, Dr. Zigler moved to Dallas to join the Texas Back Institute, where he served for more than 10 years as its Medical Director. He is a Past-President of the American Spinal Injury Association, served on the Board of the CSRS for more than 10 years, and is currently the Immediate Past-President of ISASS.
Dr. Zigler has authored over 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 26 textbook chapters, and has edited three textbooks on Spine Trauma and Spine Arthroplasty. He is a frequent international speaker on spine-related topics, and has trained over 120 Spine Fellows. He has been married for 46 years (to the same woman!) and has two children and one grandchild.