Alfred Bonati, MD

Founder and Chief Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Bonati is the chief orthopaedic surgeon and founder of The Bonati Spine Institute. He is a graduate of the University of Seville and the Bowman Gray Medical School, and completed internships and residencies at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, the University of Alabama, and Georgetown University. Dr. Bonati is also a Diplomate in the International College of Surgeons, the American Board of Neurological, Orthopaedic Medicine and Surgery, and the Arthroscopy Board of North America. He is the author of the book No More Back Pain: A New and Proven Program to Free Yourself from Back Pain for Life. His work on outpatient, minimally invasive spine surgery made medical history by providing an alternative to the traditional open back surgery to treat many spinal conditions.

Dr. Alfred Bonati - Portrait


Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates: Passed 1970

Education and Training

1963 – 1969 University of Seville, Seville, Spain – Medical School: M.D.


(11/70 – 11/71) Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, M.D.

(12/71 – 06/72 ) Franklin Square Hospital, Baltimore, MD, General Surgery

(07/72 – 06/73) Cook County General Hospital, Chicago, Illinois


(07/73 – 06/74) University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama. Neurosurgery supernumerary; rotation; neurosurgery – pediatric and adults at both University Hospital and Veterans Hospital under the direction of Dr. Gailbraith.

(07/74 – 06/75) Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC

(07/75 – 06/76) Georgetown University, Washington, DC, General Surgery

(07/77 – 06/81) Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, Four year Orthopaedic Residency which included: General adult orthopaedics; Crippled children’s clinic; Extensive training in clinical and surgical scoliosis management; Hand surgery and microvascular and re-implementation surgery. Moses Cone Hospital: Arthroscopy and intra-articular surgery; General orthopaedic and trauma. Forsyth Memorial Hospital/Whitaker Care Center: Rehabilitation training. Wake Forest University: Clinics in amputee and myelodysplasia.

Professional Associations

International College of Surgeons in Orthopaedic Surgery

The American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons

Southern Orthopaedic Association

International Intradiscal Therapy Society

Bowman Gray Alumni Association

Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons

Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

Southern Medical Association

American Medical Association

American Association for the Study of Headache

North American Spine Society