Matt El-Kadi, MD, PhD

Clinical Professor
Vice Chair
Chief, Neurosurgery, UPMC Passavant
Director, UPMC Passavant Spine Center

Matt El-Kadi




Matt El-Kadi, MD, PhD, FACS, joined the Department of Neurological Surgery as a clinical assistant professor in September of 1999. He became clinical associate professor in January 2003 and clinical professor in June 2006. He became vice chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery in 2010 and has been chief of neurosurgery at UPMC Passavant since 2005. Dr. El-Kadi is also director of the UPMC Passavant Spine Center and is a member of the Tri-State Neurosurgical Associates.

Dr. El-Kadi is board-certified in neurological surgery and has been nominated as one of Pittsburgh’s best doctors in the region since 2012 and as one of the best doctors in America by Castle Connelly since 2009. He specializes in the treatment of complex spine disorders, including spinal fusion and instrumentation, and minimally invasive spinal surgery for both the cervical and lumbar spine, with a special interest in the removal of primary and secondary spinal tumors. He has authored seven books and book chapters, and has over 100 publications in circulation. He is an active participant in professional societies.

Before joining UPMC, Dr. El-Kadi received training in complex spinal surgery at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. He completed his neurosurgery residency training at West Virginia University and a one-year clinical fellowship in neurosurgery at Hartford Hospital, University of Connecticut. Dr. El-Kadi began his surgical career doing brain surgery. The minimally invasive and microscopic techniques used then on the brain have served him well as a spine surgeon for minimally invasive approaches and has been reflected in his patients’ shorter hospital stays and good outcome.

Specialized Areas of Interest

Minimally invasive spine surgery; complex spine disorders; spinal stabilization; spinal tumors.

Administrative Office:

UPMC Passavant
9100 Babcock Boulevard
2 Main/Room 2096
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Community Clinic Sites

UPMC Passavant Spine Center, Wexford
12680 Perry Highway, Suite 201
Wexford, PA 15090

Wheeling Hospital
10 Medical Park
Professional Center I
Suite 305
Wheeling WV, 26003

Greenville Medical Center
Lower Level
90 Shenango Street
Greenville, PA 16125

UPMC Monroeville
Suite 210 
600 Oxford Drive
Monroeville, PA 15146

103 Technology Drive
Butler, PA  16001

1005 Campus Circle
Hermitage, PA 16148

New Castle
Westgate Plaza
2004 West State Street
New Castle, PA 16101

Board Certifications

American Board of Neurological Surgeons

Hospital Privileges

Grove City Medical Center
Heritage Valley Hospital, Sewickley
UPMC Mercy
UPMC Passavant
UPMC Presbyterian
The Washington Hospital

Professional Organization Membership

Allegheny County Medical Society 
American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine 
American Association of Neurological Surgeons 
American Medical Association 
Congress of Neurological Surgeons 
International Spinal Injections Society 
North American Spine Society 
Ohio County Medical Society 
Pennsylvania Medical Society 
Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society 

Education & Training

MD, Second Moscow State Pirogov Medical Institute, 1983
Residency, Neurosurgery, Burdenko Neurosurgical Institute, 1989
Fellowship, Brain Tumor Research, LAC + USC Medical Center, 1992
Fellowship, Neurosurgery, University of Connecticut, 1994
Fellowship, Neurosurgery, Allegheny General Hospital, 1998
Residency, Neurosurgery, West Virginia University, 1999

Honors & Awards

Pittsburgh’s Best Doctors, Pittsburgh Magazine, 2012-18
Castle Connelly Top Doctors, 2009-2016

Selected Publications

Schuchert MJ, McCormick KN, Abbas G, Pennathur A, Landreneau JP, Landreneau JR, Pitanga A, Gomes J, Franca F, El-Kadi M, Peitzman AB, Ferson PF, Luketich JD, Landreneau RJ. Anterior thoracic surgical approaches in the treatment of spinal infections and neoplasms. Ann Thorac Surg 97(5):1750-6; discussion 1756-7, 2014.

Maroon JC, Bost JW, Petraglia AL, Lepere DB, Norwig J, Amann C, Sampson M, El-Kadi M.Outcomes after anterior cervical discectomy and fusion in professional athletes. Neurosurgery 73(1):103-12; discussion 112, 2013.

Bassioni G, Pillay AE, El Kadi M, Fegali F, Fok SC, Stephen S. Tracking traces of transition metals present in concrete mixtures by inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry studies. Eur J Mass Spectrom (Chichester, Eng) 16(6):679-92, 2010.

A complete list of Dr. El-Kadi's publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.

Research Activities

In the past year, Dr. El Kadi has evaluated the rate of surgical site infection (SSI) in his practice over a seven-year period to report a rate of 0.6%. This year, he more closely examined patient factors associated with infection, as practice improvement strategies did not appear to make a significant impact. Obesity, especially BMI greater than 35, and diabetes were associated with increased risk of SSI. He also considered the importance of case mix index (CMI) as a measure of medical complexity, noting that over the seven years, the CMI increased, which suggests increasing medical complexity in the patient population.

Media Appearances

Coming Back from a Back Injury (pdf)
Spring 2011
UPMC Today Passavant

Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Matthew El-Kadi of UPMC Passavant
October 19, 2010
Becker's Orthopedic, Spine & Pain Management Review

The Evolution of Neurosurgery at UPMC Passavant
July 2010 
North Hills Monthly

Matt El-Kadi, MD, PhD: His Success in Neurosurgery and the Reason Behind It (pdf)
Fall 2009 
M.D. News (Greater Pittsburgh Edition)

Celebrating 25 Years of Bringing the Best in Neurosurgical Care to Our Community
February 2009
The Point North Magazine

UPMC OnTopic Discussions

Spinal Surgery at UPMC Passavant
Dr. El-Kadi discusses the advanced care and expertise in spine surgery at UPMC Passavant.