Eric M. Vess, M.D.

Back, Neck, & Spine

Dr. Eric Vess is joining Tidewater Orthopaedics as a back, neck, and spine surgeon in September 2023. He comes to the Hampton Roads area after completing a spine surgery fellowship at the University of Alabama Birmingham.   

Dr. Vess earned his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 2017. He then completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Rochester Department of Orthopedics, where he received several awards, including the Soles-Tisdale-Lepel hip arthroplasty Resident Award.  

His research has focused on hindfoot biomechanics and minimally invasive approaches to metastatic spine disease. Dr. Vess has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on these topics.   

In addition to his clinical and research experience, Dr. Vess has received many academic honors. He graduated magna cum laude from James Madison University with a degree in chemistry. He received travel awards to present his research during medical school and was honored at graduation.  

Dr. Vess brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for spine surgery to Tidewater Orthopaedics. His specialized fellowship training in complex spine procedures and his dedication to research will allow him to provide excellent care for patients with back, neck, and spinal disorders.  

Excited to return to Virginia, Dr. Vess and his wife are eager to explore their new home area with their dog.  


  • 2022 -2023 

University of Alabama Birmingham
Birmingham, AL
Spine Surgery Fellow

  • 2017 - 2022

University of Rochester, Department of Orthopedics
Rochester, NY
Orthopedic Surgery Resident 

2013 - 2017
University of Virginia Medical School
Charlottesville, VA 
Doctor of Medicine

2009 - 2013 
James Madison University 
Harrisonburg, VA
Bachelor of Science, Chemistry


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