Dr. Michael Rimlawi

Dr. Michael Rimlawi

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeon, Board certified, Fellowship-Trained

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeon Dr. Michael Rimlawi is Director and Founder of the MISI team. He is a board-certified, fellowship-trained spine surgeon who completed unique training in both orthopedic-spine and neurosurgery-spine at the renowned University of California San Diego. Dr. Michael Rimlawi treats all aspects of spinal disease including degenerative and traumatic conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. More than just a back doctor, he is a leader in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery and a pioneer in endoscopic laser spine surgery.


  • Becker’s Spine Review Spine Surgeons to Know 2016
  • Best Docs Network 2013
  • Compassionate Award 2010, 2011
  • Health Care Heroes 2010, 2011
  • Patients Choice Award 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Eagle Condor Humanitarian Award
  • 2010 “Top Orthopedic Surgeons” by America’s Top 10

Dr. Rimlawi prides himself on a personal approach to patient care. In recognition of his devotion to patients, Dr. Rimlawi has been honored with numerous awards and accolades including the Patient’s Choice Award for three consecutive years! Last year, America Top 10 also deemed him one of the “Top Orthopedic Surgeons” in Dallas.

Key to this is deciding which patients would benefit most from surgery, when other conservative therapies have failed. Dr. Michael Rimlawi utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostic procedures to determine the precise location of pain, facilitating the least invasive surgery possible and minimizing postoperative pain and recovery time. Last year, his commitment to patient care won him the prestigious Health Heroes Award.

In addition to caring for patients, Dr. Rimlawi is involved in ongoing research that aims to improve minimally invasive surgical techniques and devices. He was the first surgeon in America to perform the Globus Minimally Invasive XLIF procedure and the first in the country to perform a Minimally Invasive Lumbar fusion using STORKS endoscopic camera system. Dr. Rimlawi was also the first surgeon in Texas to perform the newest micro-endoscopic spine surgery. This new technique involves an incision less than a quarter of the size of even standard minimally invasive spine surgeries. No general anesthetic or stitches are needed. Patients go home one hour after the procedure with a simple Band-Aid®. He regularly performs minimally invasive fusion procedures and even treats complex scoliosis surgeries with minimally invasive techniques.

As an active member of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeons, Dr. Rimlawi regularly trains other spine surgeons around the world on the newest minimally invasive techniques. He is also a member of The North American Spine Society and the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS). Dr. Rimlawi is a scientific advisor to numerous international spine technology companies and regularly appears as a consulting spine expert for NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, Health of the Nation with Dr. Mitchell Brooks and 105.3 FM The Fan.

Ultimately, Dr. Rimlawi’s practice is defined by experience, honesty and skill. As a result of his prestigious surgical training, his expertise with technological advances in minimally invasive spine surgery, and most importantly, his tireless commitment to patients and their families, Dr. Michael Rimlawi has become a leader in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery.