W. Zachary Ray

W. Zachary Ray, MD, MBA

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Specializes In
  • Neurosurgery
  • Spine Surgery
Languages Spoken
  • English


Sees Patients For

General neurosurgery, spinal oncology, spinal cord injury, complex spinal reconstruction, cervical spondylosis, spondylolithesis, spinal tumors, cancer, inflammatory disease, ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, congenital disorders, cervical spine surgery, spinal instrumentation, cervical root injection, spinal disorders resulting from degenerative disease, disorders of cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine; disorders of craniocervical junction, Peripheral nerve injuries, brachial plexus injuries, nerve transfers, nerve transfers for spinal cord injury

Hospital Affiliations

  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  • Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital



Board Certifications

  • Neurological Surgery

Academic Title(s)

Professor, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering
Vice Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Chief, Division of Spine Surgery
Director, Peripheral Nerve Fellowship

Research Interests

Dr. Ray is interested in strategies to improve nerve regeneration and the development of innovative technology targeting peripheral nerve/neuroprosthetic interfaces. The management of spinal cord injuries utilizing novel imaging modalities and surgical techniques to help predict functional recovery and provide patients with spinal cord injuries improved distal limb function. Dr. Ray is fellowship-trained in both peripheral nerve and spinal oncology. He is the co-director of the Center for Spinal Cord Injury and is the principal investigator of multiple clinical trials on acute spinal cord injury and cervical myelopathy.


B.S. (Biology)

1998 - University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts, Iowa City, IA

Medical School

2004 - University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA


2008 - Neurosurgery, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO


2010 - Peripheral Nerve, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO


2010 - Neurosurgery, Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch Public Hospital, Christchurch, New Zealand

Chief Resident

2011 - Neurosurgery, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO


2012 - Spine Surgery, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT


2023 - Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Financial Disclosures
  • Acera Surgical
    • Royalties: $40,000 - $59,999
    • Equity: Yes
    • Reporting Date: 05/01/2023
  • DePuy Synthes
    • Consulting/Advisory Board: $10,000 - $19,999
    • Reporting Date: 05/01/2023
  • Globus
    • Speaker Fees: $10,000 - $19,999
    • Reporting Date: 05/01/2023

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