Board-Certified Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon
Jessica Aidlen M.D.
Dr. Jessica Aidlen knew from an early age that she wanted to have a career as a surgeon and was very driven by her interest in science and medicine, particularly with the idea of restoring function. She went on to study biochemistry at LeMoyne College, where she also played Division II soccer, and graduated summa cum laude. From there, she completed medical school at the University at Buffalo, where she was very active in working with their prestigious Department of Orthopaedics doing research in sports medicine and joint arthroplasty. She completed orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Massachusetts, and pursued a fellowship in Adult Reconstructive Spine Surgery at Brown University. She is currently the Chief of the Spine Surgery Division at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, as well as the Medical Director of the NWH Spine Center and Spine Consultant for Boston College Athletics. At Newton-Wellesley Hospital, she has led several institutional initiatives to improve access and care for spine patients. In the area of orthopaedic research, she has several peer-reviewed published journal articles in her areas of expertise particularly related to spine surgery. She credits her successes to the many strong professional mentorships that she benefited from. For over a decade, Dr. Aidlen has paid forward the knowledge and guidance she received in the beginning of her career by teaching residents and fellows, with a specific focus on female leadership in a male-dominated field.
She thinks fondly of minimally invasive spine surgery as art and science combined. She sees time and time again how choosing the right minimally invasive procedure for a patient gives amazing outcomes that boosts their quality of life immediately. Her heart is to give her patients, no matter the age, the quality of life they deserve–from the 65 year old marathon runner to the 18 year old landscape employee. Her holistic approach includes facets such as patient education, preventive measures via lifestyle changes, nutrition, exercise programs, psychological evaluations, and more. This team approach in conjunction with her minimally invasive techniques allows the patients who need surgery to experience quicker and stronger recovery, less need for opiates, and the best solution possible