“Aiming for comprehensive care, my goal is to partner with my patient’s Primary Care Physician, Pediatrician, Radiologists, Neurologists, and Physical Therapists or other medical professionals to establish the best non-operative treatment plan for my patients; in most cases, and only after exhausting conservative treatment methods, I will recommend surgical treatment options. With my individual patient’s goals in mind, and if surgery is necessary, I perform spinal surgery utilizing the most effective and safe techniques tailored for each person.” (Dr Afolabi)
Dr. Afolabi is a board eligible, fellowship trained Orthopaedic surgeon, specializing in non- operative management, as well as surgical treatment of different spinal disorders, including but not limited to: degenerative disc herniation, degenerative disc disease, stenosis, deformity, scoliosis, kyphosis, flat-back, metabolic osteoporosis, fractures, and tumors of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. Dr. Afolabi graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Biology degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she served as a University Ambassador, and a recipient of their Student Leader Scholarship Award & Multicultural Achievement Awards.
Following her undergraduate training, she then attended Medical School at Rutgers- New Jersey Medical School, where she was selected to represent the Medical School as a National Institute of Health (NIH) Research Scholar & an inductee into the Gold Humanism Honor Society for showing Excellence in Clinical Care, Leadership, Compassion & Dedication to Service.
Dr. Afolabi graduated in the top 5% of her Rutgers Medical School class and received several Merit & Leadership Awards such as: the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Leadership Award, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Student Research Recognition Award, and the Student National Medical Association Scholar in Medicine Award.
After her Medical School graduation, Dr. Afolabi completed her Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at University of Maryland/Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland. During her residency training, Dr. Afolabi worked with many of the Nation’s leading Spine surgeons in the treatment of Spine trauma, scoliosis, spinal tumors, and degenerative spine pathology.
Following Orthopaedic residency, Dr. Afolabi pursued Orthopaedic specialty training as a Spine & Scoliosis Fellow at the Hospital for Special Surgery/ Weil Cornell Medical College/ New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, New York under the Chairmanship of Dr. Todd Albert, MD, former President of The Cervical Spine Research Society and President of the Scoliosis Research Society.
As a humanitarian, Dr. Afolabi has dedicated her personal time and skills as a volunteer surgeon at the FOCOS hospital in Ghana, West Africa. She worked closely with Dr. Oheneba Boachie, former President of the Scoliosis Research Society, to surgically treat some of the most rare and complex spinal deformities in both pediatric and adult patients.
Most recently, Dr. Afolabi served as an Assistant Physician Professor at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTC) in Roanoke, VA and Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) in Blacksburg, VA. She was also directly affiliated with the Carillion School of Medicine in Roanoke, VA before electing to join private practice.
Dr. Afolabi has authored several articles and textbook chapters in the field of Spine Surgery & General Orthopaedics. In addition, she has presented her medical research at various National Society Meetings. She is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Delaware Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons, AO Spine, and the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery.