John M. Hicks, MD
John M. Hicks, MD

Back, Neck & Spine

Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery

Blue Ridge Region

South Asheville

Dr. John Hicks specializes in the treatment of structural disease of the spine. Whether it is a herniated disc, pinched nerve, spine fracture, or deformity problem, Dr. Hicks uses cutting edge strategies and a conservative approach to help his patients recover. Every individual has a unique disease, personal priorities, and goals. Dr. Hicks works to tailor treatment to meet each patient’s needs.

Dr Hicks performs surgery of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. Common procedures include discectomy, laminectomy, spinal fusion, cervical laminoplasty, disc replacement, and fracture stabilization. He has extensive experience with advanced surgical techniques and minimally invasive spinal fusion approaches such as lateral lumbar fusions and navigated screw and rod placement. He has expertise in motion preserving cervical laminoplasty and disc arthroplasty.

A South Carolina native, Dr. Hicks attended Davidson College and graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. After residency at the prestigious Campbell Clinic, he completed a combined Neurosurgical and Orthopedic fellowship in Spinal Surgery at the University of Virginia. Dr. Hicks has practiced in Western North Carolina since then. He enjoys his family, cycling, whitewater sports, and any excuse to get out in the mountains.

Dr. Hicks sees patients in the Hendersonville and South Asheville office locations. He performs surgery at the Asheville Outpatient Surgery Center, Pardee Hospital and AdventHealth Hendersonville Hospital.


  • Undergraduate: Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina
  • Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, South Carolina
  • Internship University of Tennessee, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Residency: Campbell Clinic, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Fellowship: University of Virginia, Charlottesville


  • Board Certification: American Board of Orthopedic Surgery


  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • North American Spine Society
  • AO Spine International
  • North Carolina Orthopedic Association
  • North Carolina Medical Society
  • Henderson and Buncombe County Medical Societies
Dr. John Hicks Discusses Robotic Spine Surgery During Virtual Seminar

Dr. John Hicks Discusses Robotic Spine Surgery During Virtual Seminar

Blue Ridge Region

Fellowship-trained spine surgeon John M. Hicks, M.D., of EmergeOrtho: Blue Ridge Region recently gave a virtual online presentation that focused on the spine as well as robotic spine surgery.

Tech in Spine Surgery: Dr. John Hicks Discusses in National Publication

Tech in Spine Surgery: Dr. John Hicks Discusses in National Publication

Blue Ridge Region

Dr. Hicks discussed current advances in spine surgery, including 3D imaging, computer navigation, and robotic assistance, and how integrating these newer platforms will impact the field of spine surgery.

Dr Hicks is a very good Physician, very personable, and professional.

George G


Dr. Hicks was informative about my condition. He thoroughly explained all the options for my care. Dr. Hicks met with my husband and myself before and after the surgery. I felt very confident about his abilities. I rarely had to wait any time before seeing Dr. Hicks in his office. The entire experience was rewarding and I recommend Dr. Hicks and Blue Ridge Bone and Joint for those with back issues.

Linda E


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