Orthopedic Surgeon and Spinal Expert, Dr. Mark Dekutoski

July 26, 2017
One of the myriad reasons the elite CORE Institute in Arizona sought him out and wanted Dr. Mark Dekutoski to join their team is because of his love of teaching and his willingness to move the field of orthopedics into the future. Of course, in order to have a love of teaching, one should also have a love of learning and Dr. Dekutoski seems to have a lifelong desire to do that.

As one could possibly guess, Dr. Mark Dekutoski’s education is actually quite impressive, starting with the B.A. he earned from Albion University in 1982. Of course, he followed that up when he earned a medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and he became Dr. Mark Dekutoski, MD in 1986. He went on to finish an internship in general surgery and a residency in orthopedic surgery between 1987 and 1991, also under the auspices of Wayne State Medical School. He also was a John H. Moe Clinical Spine Fellow at the Twin Cities Scoliosis Spine Center at the University of Minnesota in 1993.

There is no doubt the CORE Institute was also impressed with Dr. Mark Dekutoski’s long and detailed experience and skill in medical research and writing, especially in the area of spinal disorders. Dr. Dekutoski, has also been a reviewer and collaborator for quite a few medical journals and an editor for numerous other publications. For example, he edited a supplement for Spine, which is recognized as one of the most prestigious orthopedic journals in the world. In addition, Dr. Mark Dekutoski served on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Current Surgery for some time and was an Associate Editor for the Journal of Spine Disorders for a time.

Mark Dekutoski’s Research and Teaching Journey

April 15, 2017
It is obvious that there are likely many reasons why the CORE Institute sought out Dr. Mark Dekutoski and were anxious to have him join them. In addition to his considerable research prowess, they were also likely to be very impressed with his ability to treat patients with all possible care and compassion, along with his ability and willingness and ability to help move the orthopedic surgery profession to the next level by teaching the next generation of orthopedic surgeons the newest and most effective methods for treating patients, as well as how to use those methods in a way that leads patients to lead healthier lives.

His surgical, research and writing skills cannot be denied. In fact, Dr. Mark Dekutoski, M.D. has spent a considerable amount of time as a reviewer and collaborator for various and sundry medical journals and he has served as an editor for numerous publications, such as a supplement for Spine, which has become one of the most prestigious orthopedic journals in the world. He also spent a lot of time as a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Current Surgery for a while and even more time as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Spine Disorders. All of this experience, combined with his time as a surgeon has improved his decision-making ability, even as it has helped him work to shape the future of the field of orthopedic spinal surgery.

All facets of medicine for Dr. Mark Dekutoski

January 15, 2017
Dr. Mark Dekutoski hasn’t spent his 20-plus years in medicine simply completing the surgery at hand then returning home for the night. Rather, he has engrossed himself within his job and the plethora of facets that it includes.

Since beginning his career in 1993 -- after acquiring his B.A., MD, and years of training through an internship, residency and two fellowships -- Dekutoski has worked year after year toward new endeavors beyond his specialty of orthopedic surgery. Although that has long remained his niche and focus, including increasingly challenging roles within it, he has taken on new tasks. His two decades of work with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota included surgical work as well as teaching others as a professor with the clinic’s College of Medicine, consultant appointments within other divisions toward their surgical expertises and various training sessions both conducted and attended, even at an administrative level. He has worked alongside others and alone toward research within medicine, publishing more than 60 peer-reviewed articles throughout his career. Additionally, he has and continues to serve on multiple boards and committees as well as as editor, associate editor, reviewer and collaborator for numerous industry publications. His mentorship has also aided many new surgeons within the field.

Dr. Mark Dekutoski is well-known and renowned for his surgical work, but for this accomplished surgeon, the day has never ended when the instruments were put down and the scrubs were taken off.

Dr. Mark Dekutoski and The Mayo Clinic

October 16, 2016
Before joining The CORE Institute, Dr. Mark Dekutoski worked his way up the ranks in the field of orthopedic surgery and grounded his skills at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The work he does now is general degenerative surgical work, but to get to the point of being able to be a general practitioner in this field he needed to develop his skills.

When Dr. Mark Dekutoski started at the Mayo Clinic in August of 1993, he was a Consultant for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. This position allowed him to see a lot of cases and really hone in on his craft. He continued this position the full twenty years that he worked there but in July of 2004, he added Associate Professor of Orthopedics at the College of Medicine to his resume. This position allowed him to teach and share his findings and knowledge which brought him great satisfaction and he continues to enjoy educating to this day. And finally, in July of 2007, he became a consultant to the Division of Orthopedic Spine Surgery, Department of Orthopedics Surgery there at the Mayo Clinic. This position really allowed Dr. Mark Dekutoski to develop the skills which would become his speciality and is the field in which he is planning to work at The CORE Institute. Each of these positions helped prepare him to be the surgeon that he is today.
Mark Dekutoski has already served as Chairman of the Mayo Clinic Medical School Orthopedic curriculum and Chair of the Scoliosis Research Society and AOSpine North America Educational committees. These positions allowed him to help with decision making processes in his desired field and by lending his time to these causes he is able to help shape his field.