Chief, Division of Spine Surgery
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Brown University
Director, Brown University Fellowship in Spine Surgery
Vice President, University Orthopedics Incorporated
Patient Appointments, Surgical Scheduling & Administration
Chief, Division of Spine Surgery
Board-certifed Orthopedic Surgeon
Fellowship-trained Spine Surgeon
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Mark Palumbo MD is a board-certified and fellowship-trained spine surgeon at University Orthopedics. He specializes in reconstructive surgery of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine for the adult patient. These operations function to relieve compression of the neurologic structures and to restore structural integrity to the spinal column. Dr Palumbo has special expertise in disorders of the cervical spine including extensive experience in cervical total disc replacement. His clinical and research interests encompass spinal stenosis, disc herniation, scoliosis and athletic injuries of the spine.
Dr Palumbo was born and raised in Rhode Island. He attended Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick and went on to receive his B.A. and Doctorate of Medicine from Boston University.
He completed his orthopedic residency at Brown University followed by fellowship training in spine surgery at Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Dr Palumbo serves as Professor and Chief of the Division of Spine Surgery in the Department of Orthopedics at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He serves as a consultant Team Physician for the Brown University Department of Athletics and is on the medical staff of Rhode Island Hospital, the Miriam Hospital and Westerly Hospital.
Dr Palumbo is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a member of the North American Spine Society, the Rhode Island Orthopedic Society and the American Medical Association. He has received numerous teaching awards, published over sixty peer-reviewed articles and serves on multiple committees within the Brown University Department of Orthopedics and the national academic spine societies.
On a personal note, Dr Palumbo resides in West Greenwich with his wife, Anne, and their three children. In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking, hiking, skiing and fishing.
1598 South County Trail
East Greenwich, RI
1 Kettle Point Ave.
East Providence, RI
Kailey E. Lyford, PA-C
Kailey E. Lyford, PA-C is a physician assistant (PA) who specializes in spine disorders and works with Mark A. Palumbo, MD and Alan H. Daniels, MD. She spends her time both in the office seeing patients as well as assisting in the operating room alongside Dr. Palumbo and Dr. Daniels.
Kailey grew up in southern Rhode Island and received her undergraduate degree in Allied Health Science at University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut. She then completed her Master in Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies in 2013 at Arcadia University in Christiana, Delaware. Kailey is a board-certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) as well as a member of Pi Alpha, the National Honor Society for Physician Assistants. Kailey is also the Clinical Liaison between University Orthopedics and Bryant University’s Physician Assistant program, coordinating rotations for students at our practice and acting as one of their clinical preceptors.
Prior to moving back to Rhode Island and joining University Orthopedics in 2015, Kailey practiced pediatric orthopedics at the Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. While she spent time working in general pediatric orthopedic care, she specialized in cerebral palsy and neuromuscular conditions.
Krista Szatkowski, PA-C
Krista Szatkowski is a physician assistant who specializes in spinal disorders, working with Mark Palumbo, MD and Alan Daniels, MD. Krista is involved in the many facets of care for our spine patients; seeing patients in the office as well as assisting both Dr. Palumbo and Dr. Daniels in the operating room.
Krista grew up in Rhode Island and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Rhode Island in Biological Sciences and went on to earn her Masters of Science degree at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. She is nationally certified by the National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and is also a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA).
Prior to joining University Orthopedics in 2016, Krista began her career in Neurosurgery focusing on spine disorders and pain management.
|Dr. Mark Palumbo Comments||Would Recommend|
Encouraging use of medical device not covered by my insurance was quite disappointing. Before offering such device it would be
|Brilliant, compassionate caring physician.....||100%|
|The visit went very well for me and I look forward to seeing Dr. Smith on March 1.||100%|
|Caring and conpassionate||100%|
|Mark was one of the first doctors I've ever met who made me feel like he was listening and "leaning in" when I was describing all the
factors I thought were pertinent AND what I hoped to achieve as an outcome. He was warm, empathetic, thoughtful, and humorous... but
also practical and down‐to‐earth. What blew me away is how he came into the room having spent some time thinking about me as an
individual and about the complex nuances of my case. He recognized me, which was remarkable enough after all the people he must
see... and it was not a generic answer he came up with... but something creative and considerate, keeping in mind that I still hope to have
some years left to be athletic. I came away knowing that I was in good hands with him and his staff... all so very professional... and this
curbed much of my anxiety. His flexible thinking and multi‐faceted approach to problems are as much his strengths as his curiosity, active
listening, and soft‐spoken delivery. I can't tell you how much that meant to me.
|So impressed with the office and staff and very excited to be a patient of theirs!||100%|
Dr. Palumbo is very caring and understanding. I had to postpone my surgery 3 times because of situations with my foot. Dr. Palumbo was
|Very thorough and professional||100%|
|Thank you dr plumbo is one of the best !!! Highly recommended . Very polite and understanding||100%|
|Excellent care at all times from all members of the team. Feel lucky to have had such good care before, during and after my major
|The staff are also excellent and should receive recognition for that.||100%|
|Dr. Palumbo saved my life, thought I was the road to spend my life in a wheel chair. Also his assistant was excellent.||100%|
|Outstanding communication and timely direction of a treatment||100%|
|My wife and I see Dr Palumbo after surgery care and followup visits and we are extremely satisfied||100%|
|I have always had wonderful experiences with Dr. Palumbo and everyone on his office staff ﴾Fatima and Leah﴿ as well as PA's Kaylie and
|Dr. Palumbo was very easy to talk to. Not uncomfortable at all. Very straight shooter..and that is what i would want in a Dr. Especially when it is as serious as a spine injury. Bis staff is excellent as well. Krista ﴾i hope i got it right﴿ was very helpful as well. She listened, and seemed genuinely concerned for my health. So id assume that is how she is with all of her patients. All around i would give Mark Palumbo and his staff 100%. They are top shelf in my opinion.||100%|
|A quality skilled compassionate physician !!!!||100%|
|He gave me a very informed decision about my back issue relating to my lifestyle.||100%|
|Dr. Palumbo was incredible nice. I felt comfortable with him the minute I met him. I found him to be very knowledgable. He explained
everything in a way I could understand. He took the time to listen to all of my concerns and answer all of my questions. Something I really appreciated was that he was very laid back. I also appreciated that he stayed with me as long as I needed unlike some doctors who seem to want to get finished as quickly as possible to move on to their next patient. I am very confident that he will take care of my back issue.
|All around great doctor!||100%|
|Dr. Palumbo is my savior! There aren't enough words for thanks!!||100%|
|I always feel confident with Dr. Palumbo and his Associate‐Dr. Dominic Kleinhenz, and I know they will do their best during and after my Cervical disk and Fusion procedure on 11/21/18||100%|
|Spent less than 2 minutes with me. His assistant was excellent! He took as much time that I needed to explain my condition and options for treatment and answered my questions patiently.||40%|
|Office, sign in and waitng is poor.... Not personal, feels like factory work||50%|
|He is a kind, compassionate, caring, knowledgable, proffessional!||100%|
|I was pleased with my visit to the office and his assistant was just as knowledgeable as Dr Palumbo||100%|
|Very nice office. Very modern. Very clean. Doctor was kind and confident.||100%|
|Excellent doctor and surgeon, the entire staff at this facility was outstanding. Cheerful and competent , an excellent but rare combination.||100%|
|So far, very pleased with your organization||90%|
|Dr. Palombo great physician very caring person. My family and I think a lot of him. Had surgery on my back twice and DR PALUMBO was always there for me. He’s been treating me for over 20 years. Cares very much for our veterans and being in a Vietnam Veteran I appreciate that. He is a great surgeon I would recommend him to anybody.I know a lot of professional people being a Retied Deputy Sheriff with the State Of R.||100%|
Dr. Palumbo was engaging and thorough. I was glad to receive his evaluation of my spinal condition.
Very pleased with his attention to my situation and explanation to what was to be done. very pleased with the outcome to date.
I was so impressed with Dr. Palumbo and his team. They were prompt, considerate, compassionate, respectful, and professional. I so thoroughly enjoyed this informative consultation that I asked Dr. Palumbo if he would consider treating me. I am so happy that surgery has been scheduled.
Just keep doing what you doing I would recommend him
Dr Palumbo is a very kind hearted Dr who is very straight forward and I like that about him! He explains what to expect and will keep explaining until I understand. I am going to be going through a very serious operation and I am very nervous about it. I want to THANK Dr Palumbo very much for explaining everything and having such patience and understanding with me! Sincerely Patricia Allen
Driving 40 min. to appointment, and then waitting 1hr 15 min. to be seen is not good pr.
I am very happy the way He splaing to me my problem.
|Dr. Palumbo is my savior! There aren't enough words for thanks!!||100%|
|An excellent experience and left fully informed of my options, which were explained in English.||100%|
|Dr. Palumbo is a very caring and compassionate doctor who makes you feel like you’re his most important patient while you’re with him. He’s informative and talks so he’s understood. Makes sure you don’t leave with any unanswered questions. I feel very well cared for!||100%|
|He gave me back my daily life... I will be forever thankful.||100%|
|Majority of visit was with Dr kleinhenz‐ new, young Dr in this practice. All comments refer to him. Saw Dr palumbo for 5‐10 min at end of visit. He seconded Dr kleinhenz’s recommendations.||100%|
|I think mark plumblo is the best out there and I will not let anyone else touch by back, only him, he kind, understand and take
time to listen to his patience and there worry
|Dr Palumbo is the best. I've had back surgery before and my experience this time with Dr Palumbo was by far way better than last time. He knows that everyone is not the same and treats you according. I will never go to another back Dr again.||100%|
|I am very confident in the diagnosis and options presented to me.||100%|
|Honest, forthright, sincere and of highest integrity.||100%|
|Dr. Palumbo is a Wonderful man and so kind!!!||100%|
|Very kind and compassionate Doctor.||100%|
|Dr. M Palumbo is the best! I’m so happy that I found him. I refer anyone I know with back issues to him.||100%|
Patient Testimonial - What can you say to the people who saved your mother’s life?
March 24, 2013 — After Dr. Mark Palumbo removed a cancerous spinal tumor, Pat's mother is looking forward to enjoying her first cruise — with her daughter, Pat, and two granddaughters. Click here to read Pat's recollection of the care Dr. Palumbo provided her mother, who was suffering from a cancerous spinal tumor.
Ken is an active individual who owns his own business and takes pride in staying physically fit. When debilitating neck pain affected his work and home life he met with University Orthopedic's spine surgeon Dr. Mark Palumbo to diagnose the condition. Together they decided that Laminoplasty surgery was the best course of action. This video tells Ken's story.
Doctor: Mark Palumbo, M.D.
There is nothing funny about chronic back pain. As a comedian, business owner and mother, Coleen found this out the hard way. She turned to Dr. Mark Palumbo and the Center for Spine Health to get her back on track to enjoying life again.
Tennis, golf and mountain climbing were just a few activities that Lorenzo was able to return to after undergoing a cervical disc replacement at the Center for Spine Health at University Orthopedics, Inc.. In the video below we hear from Dr. Mark Palumbo about the procedure and how it got Lorenzo back to doing the things he loves to do.
As Orthopedic Patients Get Younger, Procedures Get More Advanced
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From Stuck in Bed to Climbing Mountains
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