Dr. Michael J. DePalma MD

President & Medical Director, Virginia iSpine Physicians, PC

Michael J. DePalma, MD is President and Medical Director of Virginia iSpine Physicians, PC where he practices Interventional Spine Care. Dr. DePalma completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Ohio State University Medical Center in 2003, and fellowship training in Interventional Spine Care at the Penn Spine Center of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 2004.

In 2004, Dr. DePalma moved to Richmond, VA to help develop the Sheltering Arms Spine Clinic and was subsequently appointed the Medical Directorship role at the VCU Spine Center in 2007. In 2011, Dr. DePalma established Virginia iSpine Physicians, PC and the Virginia Spine Research Institute, Inc in order to optimally dispense Interventional Spine Care and pursue innovative spine research.

Dr. DePalma has authored or co-authored over 85 articles and abstracts in peer reviewed journals, 21 textbook chapters, and edited a 49 chapter textbook iSpine: Evidence Based Interventional Spine Care. He serves on multiple professional committees and boards for the North American Spine Society, International Spine Intervention Society, and American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. DePalma is a reviewer for six leading peer reviewed journals within his specialty and one online patient education website ( He serves as Director of the Virginia iSpine Physicians Interventional Spine Care Fellowship program, and Chairman and Director of Research of Virginia Spine Research Institute.

Dr. DePalma has been named by his peer physicians as a “Top Doc” in Richmond magazine in April 2008, 2011, and 2012. This esteemed recognition places Dr. DePalma within the top 10% of recognized physicians in this area.

Dr. DePalma is an active spine researcher and participated as clinical investigator on a variety of FDA regulated trials and federally funded lumbar spinal stenosis trials. His research has corroborated prevalence data on chronic low back pain, and clarified predictor variables for the source of chronic low back pain, and the etiology of chronic low back pain induced by motor vehicle collision. He was the lead investigator at VCU in the largest prospective study of an innovative non-surgical technique to stabilize painful pelvic fractures in osteoporotic patients. His research has been recognized twice by the The Spine Intervention Society as the “Best Clinical Paper” and “Best Basic Science Abstract,” and he is an international speaker.


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