Dr. Su is a Board Certified Spine Surgeon and is currently Director of Spine Surgery at the Marin Spine and Brain Institute at Marin General Hospital. He received his undergraduate education from Duke University’s School of Engineering and his medical degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Su then completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at Columbia University’s New York Presbyterian Hospital where he served as administrative chief resident in his final year and was one of the stadium physicians for the New York Yankees. He then completed an orthopaedic and neurosurgical spine surgery fellowship at the Rothman Institute at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; widely regarded as one of the most sought after and prestigious spine fellowships in the country. His training there included complex surgery of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. During that time he developed a particular interest in treating patients with cervical spine disorders secondary to arthritis or trauma.
Dr. Su has a strong interest in academic medicine and has authored over thirty full length manuscripts and book chapters in journals such as The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, SPINE, and the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has also presented over sixty podium and poster presentations and is the author of seven financial grants and recipient of thirty academic honors and awards. Dr. Su is a founding member of the nation’s first undergraduate research journal and was one of the youngest scientists to be principal investigator on a grant from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Su is a reviewer for SPINE journal and is co-editor of The 2 Volume International Textbook of Spinal Surgery.
Despite his interest in clinical research and academic spine surgery, Dr. Su joined Mt. Tam Spine Center because he believes that the same state-of-the-art care can be delivered in a private practice setting. He is a strong believer of educating patients and their families so that they fully understand their disease and all treatment options, including the peer reviewed published evidence behind it. His emphasis is always towards non-operative treatment, reserving surgery as the final option when conservative therapy fails.
Dr. Su was elected by his peers into the  Top Doctors for Spine Surgery in 2013.