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Back, Neck, Spine

As a fellowship-trained and board-certified spine surgeon, Dr. Hicks specializes in the surgical treatment of the neck and back. His practice philosophy emphasizes using appropriate care to get patients better without surgery when possible, and technical excellence when surgical care is required. 

Dr. Hicks is a South Carolina native and graduated from Davidson College with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. He received his medical degree cum laude from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.  He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the renowned Campbell Clinic in Memphis, TN. Dr. Hicks pursued further training in complex spinal surgery through a combined orthopedic and neurosurgical fellowship at University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. 

When he isn't working, Dr. Hicks enjoys spending time with his family, cycling, whitewater kayaking, and exploring Western North Carolina. 


Dr. Hicks specializes in the treatment of disease and injury of the neck and back. He has special interest in lumbar and cervical stenosis, disc disease, minimally invasive care, and fracture management. His practice includes the evaluation and management of adult and pediatric deformity (scoliosis), tumors of the spinal column, and degenerative conditions. He has additional training in artificial disc replacement, minimally invasive techniques, and other cutting edge surgical techniques.

Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry: Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina, 1999
  • Doctor of Medicine: University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, South Carolina, 1999 - 2003, Cum Laude
  • General Surgery Internship: University of Tennessee, Memphis, Tennessee, 2003 - 2004
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency: Campbell Clinic, Memphis, Tennessee, 2004 - 2008
  • Spine Surgery Fellowship: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, 2008 - 2009

Certification & Licensure

  • Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • North American Spine Society
  • AO Spine International
  • North Carolina Orthopaedic Association
  • North Carolina Medical Society
  • Henderson and Buncombe County Medical Societies


  • Hicks JM, Singla A, Shen FH, Arlet V. Complications of Pedicle Screw Fixation in Scoliosis Surgery: A Systematic Review. Spine 2010 May 15;35(11):E465-70.
  • Arlet V, Ouellet JA, Shilt J, Shen FH, Wood K, Chan D, Hicks J, Bersusky E, Reddi V. Subjective evaluation of treatment outcomes of instrumentation with pedicle screws or hybrid constructs in Lenke Type 1 and 2 adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: what happens when judges are blinded to the instrumentation? Eur Spine J. 2009 Dec;18(12):1927-35.
  • Crockarell JR Jr, Hicks JM, et al. Total Knee Arthroplasty with Asymmetric Femoral Condyles and Tibial Tray: Minimum Five Year Follow-up. J Arthroplasty 2009 Jan 14.
  • Sawyer JR, Hicks J, Beaty JH, Canale ST, Warner Jr. WC, Beaty JH (2009) The Hammerlock Position for Treatment of Medial Epicondyle Fractures”. Current Orthopaedic Practice 20(5):572-4 .
  • Cho HS, Robertson JT, Hicks, JM, Hasty KA. Comparison of the Efficacy of BMP 6 and TGF beta-1 to Downregulate MMP 1 in Intervertebral Disc Tissues. Poster presented at Orthopaedic Research Society, February 2007.

Scientific Presentations

  • Dr. Hicks presented his research on Pedicle Screw Complications in Scoliosis Surgery at the National Meeting of the North American Spine Society.

Hospital Privileges 

  • Pardee Hospital
  • Park Ridge Hospital

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“I’m so glad that I was seen by Dr. Myers Hicks's grandson and a Davidson man! John Hicks, MD, took the approach of let’s don’t rush things because my back is slowly getting better. He was polite and took the time to answer my questions and my daughter’s questions as we were on a conference call with her, and she was in Texas.”
– Ann W.
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