Dr. Stephanie de Vere

Fellowship-trained Orthopedic Spine Expert

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Dr. de vere:

Dr. Stephanie de Vere is a dual fellowship trained orthopedic spine surgeon practicing at Sano Orthopedics.


Dr. de Vere was born and raised in Canada. She received her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience, from the University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, and later obtained her medical degree from the Cummings School of Medicine, Calgary, Alberta.

After completing her residency at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Dr. de Vere completed two spine fellowships. First, she completed a fellowship in Complex Spine surgery through the University of Toronto, Ontario, one of the largest trauma centers in North America. There, she received significant exposure to spinal trauma and oncology. Additionally, she did a second hybrid spine fellowship with cross-appointment to the Divisions of Neurosurgical and Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario. This fellowship experience has allowed her to perform a high volume of complex spinal surgeries and develop world-class expertise in the area.

Dr. de Vere is well-known and highly regarded and has given talks and presentations at the international and national level. She has a passion for improving patient outcomes and her research on nutrition and outcomes in spine surgery was presented at the Canadian Spine Society. She has also presented at the international level at the American Academy of Neurosurgery at the Joint Symposium of the International and National Neurotrauma Societies.

Dr. de Vere is compassionate and caring for patients of all ages. She always has their best interests in mind and will exhaust all non-operative treatment options before surgery is offered. She is candid with patients, ensuring that they understand the proposed treatment, risks and benefits of each intervention or surgery, prior to their planned procedure.

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Medical School: Cummings School of Medicine in Calgary, Alberta

Residency: University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta


  • Complex Spine Surgery, University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario
  • Combined Neurosurgical and Orthopedic Surgery Complex Spine, University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery I exam
  • Podium presentation Canadian Spine Society (2019)
  • Speaker at the Joint Symposium of the International and National Neurotrauma Societies and AANS/CNS Section on Neurotrauma (2018)
Interests & Hobbies

When Dr. de Vere is not at work, she is spending time with her young family. She enjoys completing DIY projects, travel, and attending concerts and music festivals.


Dr. de Vere sees patients in our Leawood, KS, and Lee’s Summit, MO, offices.

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Dr. de Vere’s Specialties

Degenerative Neck Conditions

The cervical spine, which is often referred to simply as the neck, connects the skull and the upper back. Neck pain occurs when neck vertebrae, ligaments, tendons, or muscles are diseased or injured. Dr. Stephanie de Vere completed two fellowships in complex spine so she could see a high volume and variety of the most complicated cervical spine issues.

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Degenerative Back Conditions

Back pain is one of the most common orthopedic conditions, especially in athletes, active individuals, manual laborers, and the older population. Many cases of back pain will gradually go away on their own or improve after a short period of rest. Back pain that lingers on or is severe should be seen by a Sano Orthopedic Spine Specialist. An accurate diagnosis can be made and a customized treatment plan can be prescribed to help relieve symptoms as soon as possible.

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Disc Herniations

A herniated disc, which is often referred to as a slipped or bulged disc, is a common spine condition. A herniated disc can be effectively treated using non-surgical treatment options and our team creates treatment plans based on your lifestyle and goals. When surgery is an option, Dr. de Vere’s is an expert in performing microdiscectomy and laminectomy spine surgeries. She is trained in minimal access as well as open techniques. The approach is dependent on each patient.

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Revision Surgery

Like all surgery, spine surgery comes with risks and complications. Failed back surgery, when surgery does not fix the condition, can be complex. Non-surgical treatment may be the best path for reducing pain. Some patients become candidates for revision spine surgery. Given Dr. de Vere’s extensive training in orthopedic spine surgery and neuro spine, she has been sought out throughout Kansas City for her revision spine surgery expertise.

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Spinal Deformity

Adult spinal deformity is a common spine condition, especially in the older population. Adult spinal deformity is a personal interest of Dr. Stephanie de Vere and she loves helping patients recover and return to function.

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Spinal Tumors

Spinal tumors or growths of any kind can lead to pain. With Dr. de Vere’s interest and training in complex spine, she has seen a wide variety of spinal tumors. She has the technical surgical training to treat even the most serious spinal tumors. 

Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion (ACDF)

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion, often referred to as ACDF, is the most frequently performed procedure to treat neck pain, cervical radiculopathy, and myelopathy.  Primary Care Physicians and patients alike in Kansas City for her successful surgical outcomes. 

Cervical Disc Replacement

Cervical disc replacement (also known as cervical disc arthroplasty) is a procedure that removes a cervical disc that has been damaged due to arthritis and replaces it with an artificial disc device.  The procedure is one of the most well-known and most effective in spine surgery because it dramatically improves neck pain and quality of life. Dr. Stephanie de Vere is a fellowship trained orthopedic spine surgeon who specializes in neck pain and treatment, including Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery.

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Long Segment Correction & Fusion

Dr. Stephanie de Vere has extensive training in orthopedic surgery and neuro surgery. Her technical expertise and patient outcomes has made her a highly regarded surgeon early in her career. 

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Dr. de Vere’s Blogs

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Dr. de Vere: Cervical Disc Replacement vs Spinal Infusion

Cervical Disc Arthroplasty is a procedure that removes a damaged cervical disc and replaces it with an artificial disc device.  A cervical disc replacement may be recommended to treat severe arthritis that does not respond to nonsurgical treatment. Dr. de Vere explains the difference

dr de vere featured in the KC star newspaper regarding walk-in clinic

Walk-In Clinic for low back pain

Dr. Stephanie de Vere, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, recently spoke with the Kansas City Star about Sano’s new orthopedic urgent care. Sano opened the walk-in clinic in response to the global Covid-19 pandemic.  It’s been a success, especially for patients experiencing low back pain.  

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An Overview: Herniated Discs

While surgery is one treatment option for some people suffering from a herniated disc, surgery is not usually necessary to relieve the problem.

Symptoms may range from very mild to severe, but treating a herniated disc in its early stages can prevent symptoms from getting worse.

James, Healthgrades review

Dr de Vere performed a Lumbar Laminectomy surgery for me and did a wonderful job. I felt like she truly listens and never did I feel like my appointments were rushed. I was recommended to Dr de Vere by my PC Physician and I had better care than a larger hospital in KC.

Susan, Google review

This office is wonderful! Dr. DeVere is amazing. She explained my diagnosis and the results of my test in layman’s terms even though I have been in health-care for over 30 years. She thoughtfully went over every detail and I welcomed her treatment recommendations. I feel she really cares for her patients. It was a refreshing experience and I would highly recommend her to anyone in need of her help!!

Jack, Google review

Let me start off by saying there aren’t Enough stars to pick for Dr de Vere and the five they offer here are not quite enough. I had an extensive spinal fusion surgery and was frankly walking into this blind and on faith. Dr. de Vere didn’t miss a beat from the first visit to my last she has a bed side manor that doctors just no longer have. The talent she exhibits is second to none. I am no longer draging my feet and legs to walk and the sciatic never pain is gone. I am back in the gym in less then 90 days and was back at work in 10 weeks. I am so grateful for Dr de Vere, her awesome nurse, the folks at Lees Summit Medical and my wife. Today at 54 years young I am a new man!!

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