SOS welcomes spine surgeon Jessica R. Albanese, MD

Jessica R. Albanese

Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists (SOS) announced orthopedic surgeon Jessica R. Albanese will join the practice’s neck and back Team.

A fellowship-trained spine surgeon she will join a team of experts who use a team approach to diagnose and care for spinal conditions and injuries.

Prior to joining SOS, Albanese completed a fellowship in adult spine surgery at Duke University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and received her medical degree from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. Albanese received her bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University, graduating summa cum laude. She has held several leadership positions during her academic career and presented at many conferences. Albanese is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Medical Association, American Medical Women’s Association, Association of Women Surgeons, North American Spine Society, and the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society.

“SOS is thrilled to welcome Dr. Albanese to our practice,” said Mike Humphrey, CEO, Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists. “She has received outstanding training in spine care at prestigious institutions and her skill and expertise will be of great benefit to patients needing neck and back care in Central New York.”

Albanese brings a unique perspective to SOS. Initially she thought of focusing on geriatric care for her medical career. As she began anatomy labs and working with her hands, she realized she enjoyed the focus on biomechanics and fell in love with surgery. “The spine offers interesting, complex problems and we’re able to provide solutions for many patients, not only pain management,” she said. Her early work in geriatrics enables her to connect with the many older adults she sees with aging-related spinal issues.

Albanese is also one of a growing number of female orthopedic surgeons.

In 2022, Medscape’s Physician Compensation Report indicated that the percentage of female orthopedic surgeons was at its highest at 9%.