James Dwyer, MD

Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon & Medical Director
  • Fellow American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Specializing in Trauma and Reconstruction Surgery of the Spine
  • Member North American Spine Society
  • Former President of Garden State Orthopedic Network

About Dr. Dwyer

Dr. James W. Dwyer is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon credentialed by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He has completed his Bachelor of Science Degree at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ with honors and received his medical degree from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ.


Training in general and orthopedic surgery was performed at UMDNJ. Dr. Dwyer completed four years of orthopedic residency at its various affiliated hospitals. Dr. Dwyer’s spine surgery fellowship was completed at St. Mary’s Spine Center and Seton Medical Center in San Francisco with the Spine Care Medical Group, San Francisco Spine Institute, Stanford University Hospital, and Kaiser Hospital Oakland. Dr. Dwyer trained in one of the most prestigious spine fellowship programs under the directorship of Dr. Arthur White.

Special Interests/Educator:

Dr. Dwyer’s area of special interest is in degenerative and traumatic orthopedic spinal disorders. Dr. Dwyer is the former Director of Spine Surgery at Jersey City Medical Center, Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at New Jersey Medical School – UMDNJ, Newark, NJ, and Director of the New Jersey Spine Institute, P.A. Dr. Dwyer has presented many formal lectures to orthopedic surgical residents and is presently involved in their training.


One of Dr. Dwyer’s most notable accomplishments includes performing the first arthroscopic microdiscectomy in New Jersey as well as the first laparoscopically assisted lumbar interbody fusion. Dr. Dwyer has also been invited to become an FDA approved site for investigation of laparoscopic spinal fusion, which again, has a potential for significant reduction in postoperative pain and overall recovery. Dr. Dwyer has also been requested to participate in numerous FDA protocols.

In addition, Dr. Dwyer is a member of a select group of surgeons in the U.S. who were chosen to receive advanced training in artificial disc replacement. He performed the 1st artificial disc replacement at the L4-L5 level in New Jersey.


Dr. Dwyer’s practice includes a full spectrum of conservative and surgical spine treatment modalities, including diagnostic and therapeutic spine injections, minimally invasive spine surgery including outpatient laminectomy/discectomies, as well as a full compliment of reconstructive and trauma surgeries for the cervical spine and lumbar spine.


Dr. Dwyer has published articles in peer reviewed journals, including the International Society for the Study of Lumbar Spine, Boston, MA, and the North American Spine Society, Monterey, CA. Dr. Dwyer has submitted several papers for publication in medical journals on the effects of bone grafting percutaneously injected allograft marrow cells and osteosynthesis and has authored chapters in textbooks of spinal surgery.


Dr. Dwyer is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He is a member of the American Medical Association, New Jersey Medical Society, Somerset County Medical Society, New Jersey Spine Society, New Jersey Orthopedic Society, North American Spine Society, International Spinal Injection Society, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Irish American Orthopedic Society, American College of Spine Surgeons, and is the former President of the Garden State Orthopedic Network. Dr. Dwyer is the Medical Director of the New Jersey Spine Institute, P.A. in Bedminster, NJ.


Dr. Dwyer maintains full privileges at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, NJ. He has consultant privileges at Hackettstown Community Hospital in Hackettstown, NJ


Although proud of his accomplishments and credentials, Dr. Dwyer prides himself as being a caring and competent surgeon. He holds the well-being of his patients in the highest regard. He strives to remain on the “cutting edge” of spine surgery.

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