Fellowship-Trained Orthopedic Surgeons

Richard Hostin, MD

Medical Director
Baylor Scott & White Scoliosis Center
A fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon, Dr. Hostin provides medical direction at Baylor Scott & White Scoliosis Center for the treatment of spinal diseases including pediatric and adult spinal deformity and degenerative conditions of the spine, as well as spinal trauma, tumors and infections.
Dr. Hostin was raised in Southern California and earned his bachelor’s degree from UC Berkley. He went on to complete medical school at the University of Oklahoma, earning membership in the medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at UC Davis in Sacramento and received additional specialized training in spinal surgery during his fellowship at the Twin Cities Spine Center in Minneapolis.
He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Western Orthopedic Association, Scoliosis Research Society and the North American Spine Society.

Michael O’Brien, MD

Medical Director of Research
Baylor Scott & White Scoliosis Center
Dr. O’Brien is a fellowship trained and board certified orthopedic surgeon  in the diagnosis and treatment of spinal disorders and deformities including reconstructive spine surgery for children, adolescents and adults.
He has a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and completed medical school at the State University of New York at Downstate in Brooklyn, NY, where he also completed a surgical internship and orthopedic surgical residency. He completed a spine surgery fellowship at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, MO., an international spine fellowship at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, and a Scoliosis Research Society traveling fellowship in Chicago, Ill.
Dr. O’Brien’s research accomplishments include publishing 14 book chapters and numerous journal articles. He has been invited to present his research papers at more than 100 professional meetings. 

Ioannis Alexander Avramis, MD

Dr. Avramis is the Medical Director of Scoliosis Research at the Baylor Scoliosis Center through which he investigates the development of innovative treatments for spine conditions. As a fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Avramis focuses on research related to the comprehensive treatment of adult and pediatric spinal deformity.

He was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Southern California earning his bachelor’s degree from UCLA and graduated Summa cum Laude. He completed medical school at UC Davis in Sacramento, California and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at USC and Los Angeles County Hospital before receiving additional specialized training in adult and pediatric spinal surgery during his fellowship at UC Davis Medical Center and Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California.

Dr. Avramis is involved in the advancement of the field of spinal surgery through research, publication and membership in various societies such as the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society and the Scoliosis Research Society. Dr. Avramis has contributed to more than 30 medical publications and spine textbook chapters, and he has a medical patent to his credit. In addition to the book chapters and research projects he has published, Dr. Avramis is interested in developing tools and techniques allowing patients to have a more successful and less painful surgical experience.