Jesse Even, MD

Jesse Even, MD
Low Back Pain Center of Excellence

Spine Surgeon and Orthopedic Consultant

Texas Rangers Baseball Club (MLB)

Dallas Stars Hockey Club (NHL)

Jesse L. Even, M.D. specializes in surgery of all degenerative, traumatic, sports-related and oncologic disorders of the spine. He has special interest in conditions that affect the cervical spine and sports-related spine injuries. Dr. Even is a proficient researcher and contributes to numerous publications in the field of spine surgery. He was recently inducted into the Cervical Spine Research Society in December to 2016, which is the world’s most prestigious spine society. He has been awarded speaking opportunities and research awards at national spine meetings, including the Cervical Spine Research Society, North American Spine Society, Lumbar Spine Research Society and American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He has published manuscripts in every major orthopedic and spine journal including Spine, The Spine Journal, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Bone, Journal of the Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the Journal of Orthopedic Trauma. Dr. Even has also written several chapters for world-renowned spine texts including chapters on cervical disc replacement, cervical spine injury in athletes, axial neck pain, and transpedicular fixation in the lumbar spine. All this research experience allows him to use evidence-based medicine that has proven efficacy in clinical trials and when appropriate, he employs minimally invasive and microscopic spine surgery techniques.

Dr. Even currently holds hospital appointments at Baylor Scott and White Surgical Hospital at Las Colinas, Trinity Park Surgical Center, USMD-Arlington, Medical City Arlington, Baylor Medical Center at Irving, Baylor Medical Center at Grapevine. He is committed to the collaborative effort of surgical and nonsurgical care of all spinal disorders.

Dr. Even was born and raised in Conroe, Texas. He majored in biomedical science and minored in business while on a full athletic scholarship at Texas A&M University. His medical degree was obtained from the University of Texas-Houston Medical School at the world-renowned Texas Medical Center. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the prestigious Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. And finally, Dr. Even completed his fellowship training, specializing in spinal surgery, at the highly-esteemed University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he worked closely with prominent leaders in the field of spine surgery including Drs. James D. Kang, William F. Donaldson, III, Joon Y. Lee and Timothy Ward. While at the University of Pittsburgh he became proficient in every aspect of spinal care from the treatment of adolescent scoliosis and sports related spine injuries to complex cervical and lumbar reconstruction and revision surgery.

Dr. Even has a unique view on suffering from spine injuries. He suffered a fracture in his spine while diving off the ten-meter Olympic platform as a senior in high school while training for the US Diving National Championship. He was treated by an orthopedic surgeon who demonstrated to him the great passion and satisfaction that could be obtained in a career of orthopedic surgery. This incident, while very painful, helped him to realize his future calling and have a true respect for the pain and suffering associated with a spine injury. Dr. Even recovered from his spinal fracture and after red-shirting his collegiate freshman year, went on to become a five-time NCAA division I All-American, Academic All-American, and earned the most prestigious award given to student-athletes at Texas A&M, the Bill Erwin Scholar Athlete of the year Award in 2002. He was awarded post-graduate scholarships by the Big XII Conference and the NCAA to attend medical school at the University of Texas-Houston Medical School

Dr. Even is an orthopedic and spine consultant for the Texas Rangers Baseball Club, LLC and for the Dallas Stars Hockey Club, LLC. He has been voted as a Best Doctor by the D Magazine and the Ft Worth Magazine.

Dr. Even is married and has four children. He spends his free time with his family and enjoys boating, water-skiing, sporting events, working out, and being an active member of Gateway Church. He is very active in medical missions and spends two weeks per year in Guatemala providing free spine care to the people of Guatemala through the organization Faith in Practice.


  • Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 1997-2002

Medical Degree

  • University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center, Houston, TX, 2002-2006


  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, 2006-2007

Orthopedic Residency

  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, 2007-2011


  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 2011-2012

Board Certifications

  • National Board of Medical Examiners - 2008
  • Board-Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon - 2011/2014

Specializing in:

  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Thoracic Spine Surgery
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Total Disc Arthroplasty/Replacement
  • Sports-Related Spine Injuries
  • Scoliosis and Flat Back Deformity Reconstruction
  • Degenerative Spinal Conditions
  • Spinal Trauma
  • Oncologic/Infectious Spinal Reconstruction

Current Hospital Appointments

  • Baylor Scott and White Surgical Hospital at Las Colinas
  • Trinity Park Surgical Center
  • Baylor Medical Center at Irving
  • Baylor Medical Center at Grapevine
  • USMD-Arlington
  • Medical City Arlington

Medical Licenses

  • Texas

Professional / Society Memberships


  • North American Spine Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Cervical Spine Research Society
  • Lumbar Spine Research Society
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Tarrant County Medical Society
  • Pittsburgh Alumni Spine Society
  • Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Society
  • Tennessee Medical Association


  • Texas A&M University Association of Former Students
  • Texas A&M University Letterman’s Association
  • Faith in Practice Medical Missions

Honors and Awards


  • Best Clinical Poster at Annual Orthopaedic Trauma Association Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, 2011
  • Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Society Kathy Cramer Resident Research Award, 2011
  • Tennessee Medical Association Resident Fellow Section Best Poster Competition Winner, 2011
  • Best Preoperative Plan, AO Fracture Course, Denver, Colorado, 2007


  • Texas Medical Liability Trust Memorial Scholarship, 2005
  • Montgomery County Medical Society Scholarship, 2005
  • NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, 2002
  • Big XII Conference Postgraduate Scholarship, 2002


  • Texas A&M University Scholar-Athlete of the Year, 2002
  • NCAA Academic All-American, 2002
  • Five-time NCAA Division-I Swimming/Diving All-American, 1999-2002
  • Varsity Diving Men’s Team Captain, 1999-2002
  • Big XII Conference Athlete of the Year Finalist, 2002
  • Four-time Big XII All-Conference 1st Team, 1999-2002
  • Five-time Big XII Conference Academic 1st Team, 1998-2002
  • Texas A&M University GTE Academic Achievement Award, 1998-2002
  • Two-time Division-5A Texas High School State Diving Champion, 1996-1997
  • Junior Olympic 3-Meter National Diving Champion, 1996