Matthew J. McGirt, MD | CNSA Physician | Charlotte Spine Specialist | Charlotte Neurosurgeon

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Matthew J. McGirt, MD

Special Interests

  • Complex Spinal Surgery
  • Neurosurgeon
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Individualized Care


At Carolina NeuroSurgery & Spine Associates, Dr. Matthew McGirt specializes in spine surgery complex spinal surgery ranging from minimally invasive to complex spinal reconstruction. 

Dr. McGirt is married to Laura Y. McGirt, MD, who is a practicing dermatologist. The two met in college and have been married for more than 20 years. They have five children and enjoy spending time together as a family. Dr McGirt has several hobbies outside of work, but none are more important to him than supporting his children on the athletic fields and music halls. 

Dr. McGirt, a Charlotte native, became a doctor to help others. He’s loved the medical field since he was a young kid. His love for Charlotte brought him to CNSA after his training.  Having authored over 300 medical publications, his research passion focuses on measuring outcomes after spine surgery and is a national leader in developing personalized care approaches, as no two patients have the same disease or needs.

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  • Fellowship - Spinal Surgery, Johns Hopkins
  • Residency & Internship - Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Medical School - Duke University School of Medicine

Affiliations & Memberships

  • Adjunct Research Associate Professor, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons 
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons 
  • AANS/CNS Joint Spine Section
  • North American Spine Society 

Dr. McGirt's Care Team

Jonathan Lake, PA-C
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An Incredible Patient Story

Dean Otto was paralyzed after being hit by a truck during a morning bike ride. Within hours, Dr. McGirt, performed spine surgery that gave Dean a chance at a full recovery. One year later, Dean ran the Napa Half Marathon with Dr. McGirt and Will Huffman, the man who hit him. All three men have appeared on local TV as well as the Ellen Degeneres Show and the Sunday Today Show to share this amazing patient success story.

Click the photo below to see the Sunday Today Show story and watch Dean, Dr. McGirt and Will cross the finish line.

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Click the photo below to watch Dr. McGirt and Dean on The Ellen Degeneres Show.

Dr. McGirt and Dean on The Ellen Degneres Show

Click below to watch the story from WCNC.

Matthew McGirt, MD | CNS Paper of the Year | Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Matthew McGirt, MD, Co-Authors CNS Paper Of The Year

 The Congress of Neurological Surgeons named a published paper co-authored by Carolina NeuroSurgery & Spine Associates neurosurgeon Matthew McGirt, MD, as Paper of the Year for 2018-2019 in the Socioeconomics, Health Policy and Law section.

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Adult Spinal Deformity with Dr. Matt McGirt

As an adult, the main thing to check for is pelvic-spine-shoulder alignment, making sure that any malalignment does not progress over time. The symptoms that signal a worsening spinal deformity include more muscle strain and stress around the spine area. So if you find yourself requiring treatment, you are not alone.

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Congrats to our 2023 top doctors!

We are thrilled to announce 19 exceptional doctors who have been recognized as Charlotte Magazine "Top Doctors." Join us in celebrating the expertise and dedication of these exceptional physicians. They have consistently demonstrated their commitment to providing the highest standard of care and have impacted the lives of countless patients.

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Episode 13 - Adult Spinal Deformity with Dr. Matt McGirt