Founder and Chief Orthopaedic Surgeon
In 1985, Dr. Bonati founded The Bonati Spine Institute, the first orthopedic ambulatory surgical center in the United States to be granted a Certificate of Need to build and operate a surgical facility outside a hospital.
Dr. Bonati was an advocate of arthroscopic surgery because the scarring was minimal, the patient’s recovery time was reduced to days, complications such as infections and bleeding were minimized, and the surgery could be performed on an outpatient basis using only local anesthesia rather than at a hospital.
These new techniques are now practiced and accepted standards of care for orthopedic and neurosurgery patients across the country and overseas.
In 1986, Dr. Bonati turned his focus on arthroscopic surgery to correct problems in the spine and began performing percutaneous discectomies.
During this time, he developed advanced arthroscopic techniques and instruments for spine surgery and obtained patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for his methods and instruments.
In 1991, based on the work of Dr. Alfred Bonati and Dr. Henry Sherk, the FDA approved the use of Holmium YAG laser on the human spine. These methods and instruments are known today as The Bonati Spine Procedures.
Dr. Bonati quickly gained worldwide recognition as a pioneer in the research and development of advanced surgical techniques in spine surgery, made presentations to surgeons and scientists around the world about The Bonati Spine Surgical Procedures.
This dedication to innovation that is in the best interest of the patient continues on. In 2005, Dr. Bonati obtained a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office on his method and instruments for removing pain-producing orthopedic hardware. In 2006, he obtained a second patent from the United State Patent and Trademark Office for additional surgical instruments for the use in removing orthopedic hardware in failed back surgery correction.
Today, the benefits of the Bonati Spine Procedures have been proven in over 40,000 surgeries performed at the Bonati Spine Institute in Hudson, Florida, having greater than 90% success in the most challenging medical cases.
From Open Wound to the most advanced spine surgical procedures, the Bonati Procedures have led the way for more than 25 years for better, safer, results-oriented surgical procedures of the spine.
Education and Training
- University of Seville, Seville, Spain - Medical School: M.D.
- 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.
- Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC
- Georgetown University, Washington, DC, General Surgery
- Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
- Four-year orthopedic residency which included: General adult orthopedics; 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 orthopedic and trauma.
- Forsyth Memorial Hospital/ Whitaker Care Center
- Wake Forest University
Clinics in amputee and myelodysplasia
- Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, M.D.
- Franklin Square Hospital, Baltimore, MD, General Surgery
- Cook County General Hospital, Chicago, Illinois General Surgery
International College of Surgeons in Orthopedic Surgery
The American Academy of Neurological and Orthopedic Surgeons
Southern Orthopedic 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
North American Spine Society