Alex Cruz, MD
Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
Spine, Neck, Back
Alex Cruz, MD is a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in spine surgery. Dr. Cruz is a first generation American, with heritage from the Dominican Republic. For the convenience of patients, he is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Dr. Cruz earned his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology at the University of Florida, his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of South Florida and an orthopedic surgical residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Cruz then completed his spine fellowship training with Dr. Thomas Zdeblick at the University of Wisconsin, one of the most esteemed fellowships in the country.
In caring for his patients, he takes a conservative approach, making sure all options are considered. When surgery is indicated, Dr. Cruz often offers motion preservation or minimally-invasive procedures in the treatment of spine conditions.
Conditions and Treatments include:
- Cervical Spine Surgery
- Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
- Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Disc Herniation or Slipped Disc
- Laminectomy and Laminotomy
- Lumbar Interbody Fusion
- Lumbar Spine Surgery
- Minimally-Invasive Spine Surgery
- Spinal Stenosis
- Vertebral Body Fractures
Dr. Cruz is highly regarded by his colleagues and received multiple awards and recognitions during his medical training. As a junior resident, he was awarded the Baylor Orthopedics Wooden Pager award for the best junior resident in his class. In addition, he was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society as a fourth-year resident for his compassionate care. He received the “Bronze Hammer” award for best overall resident in his program prior to graduating from residency. Also, he was selected to represent his training program at the American Orthopedic Association (AOA) and was inducted into the prestigious “Emerging Leaders” program of the AOA. Dr. Cruz has also completed a prestigious international fellowship through the AO Trauma foundation at the Korea University Guru Hospital in Seoul, South Korea. Currently, he is a member of the North American Spine Society and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
Dr. Cruz has been recognized by his peers as a Texas Monthly Super Doctors Rising Star in 2023. Most recently, Dr. Cruz has been voted by his peers and recognized in Austin Monthly Magazine as a Top Doctor in 2024.
In his free time, Dr. Cruz enjoys exploring new restaurants, hiking, traveling and DJing at home. He is a big baseball fan and enjoys attending live sports games and concerts.
- Undergraduate Education:
- University of Florida
- Medical School:
- University of South Florida
- Baylor College of Medicine
- University of Wisconsin