Brian W. Su, MD

Brian W Su MD
About Provider

Dr. Brian Su is a Board Certified Spine Surgeon and Medical Director of Spine Surgery at Marin Health Medical Center. He is the past Surgeon in Chief of California Orthopedics and Spine. Dr. Su received his undergraduate education from Duke University’s School of Engineering and his medical degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Su completed an orthopedic surgery residency at Columbia University’s New York Presbyterian Hospital where he served as Administrative Chief Resident and was one of the stadium physicians for the New York Yankees.

Dr. Su then completed an orthopedic and neurosurgical spine surgery fellowship at the Rothman Institute at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; widely regarded as one of the most sought after and prestigious spine fellowships in the country. His training there included complex surgery of the spine and during that time he developed a particular interest in treating disorders of the cervical spine.

Dr. Su has an interest in research and has authored over 50 manuscripts and book chapters and presented over 120 podium and poster presentations. He is also the author of seven financial grants and recipient of 40 academic honors and awards. Dr. Su is one of nine international editors of a 2-Volume textbook on spine surgery. He is a founding member of the nation’s first undergraduate research journal and was one of the youngest scientists to be a principal investigator on a grant from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Su is a peer reviewer for SPINE, Clinical Spine Surgery, and The Spine Journal. Dr. Su is a member and serves on program committees for the Cervical Spine Research Society, North American Spine Society, and California Orthopedic Association. He is currently co-Chair of the communications committee for the Cervical Spine Research Society. He remains active in teaching, clinical research, device innovation, and collects patient reported outcomes data for all surgical patients.

Dr. Su believes that state-of-the-art care at academic centers can be delivered in a personalized private practice setting. He educates patients so that they fully understand their disease and treatment options, including the evidence-based medicine behind it. In 2020, he launched The Spine Guy, a patient education YouTube channel focused on spinal care with over 2.5 million views. His emphasis is always toward nonoperative treatment, reserving surgery as the last option. When surgery is necessary, Dr. Su seeks the solution that leaves the most minimally invasive surgical footprint. He has had the privilege of operating on several physicians, surgeons, and their family members.

Dr. Su was elected by his peers into Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors, San Francisco Magazine Top Doctors, [415] Top Doctors for Spine Surgery, Pacific Sun’s Best Orthopedic Surgeon, and a Sonoma Top Doctor. He was also awarded the Patient’s Choice and Compassionate Doctor Award by In 2016, Dr. Su was named one of 15 young physician leaders to know by Becker’s Hospital Review.

Dr. Su is the Medical Director of Spine Surgery at MarinHealth Medical Center and Chairman of the governing body of Marin Specialty Surgery Center. In 2018 and 2022, Dr. Su was elected by the residents of Marin County as a Director of the Marin Healthcare District Board and currently serves as its Chairperson.

Medical Group
  • MarinHealth Medical Network | UCSF Health
Primary Service
  • Spine Surgery
Additional Languages
  • Chinese - Mandarin
Board Certification
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Columbia University Medical Center - Orthopedic Surgery
Medical School
  • Columbia University
  • Thomas Jefferson University The Rothman Institute - Orthopedic and Neurosurgical Spine Fellowship
  • New York Presbyterian - General Surgery
Professional Societies and Affiliations
North American Spine Society; Medical Director Spine & Brain Institute; AOA Emerging Leaders Program
Honors and Awards
Top Doctor Marin Magazine 2014 2016 2017 2019 and 2020; San Francisco Magazine Top Doc 2018; Authored over 25 full length manuscripts and book chapters 50 presentations and recipient of thirty academic honors and awards; Active in spinal surgery research and device innovation