Dr. Jeff Lehmen
The Face of Spine Surgery

Dr. Jeff Lehmen grew up in Jefferson City and has always known he wanted his medical practice to be located here.

“I have always enjoyed the close-knit, personal feel of SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital,” Dr. Lehmen says. Dr. Lehmen graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in medicinal chemistry. He also earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia and completed his orthopedic residency at the University Hospital. He then completed a neurosurgical and orthopedic spine surgery fellowship at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, and represented Harvard as a traveling surgeon at Peking University Hospital in Beijing, China. In addition, Dr. Lehmen completed a minimally invasive spine surgery fellowship with the internationally renowned neurosurgeon Luiz Pimenta, MD, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

“…When I came here, my main goal was to create and build a spine surgery program that provided excellent outcomes for my family, friends of family, and friends of friends,” he says.

Much of that goal has been realized by achieving The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for spine surgery. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing quality care.

“This recognition shows our team meets rigorous performance standards in delivering safe, high-quality care, and I couldn’t be more proud,” Dr. Lehmen says.

St. Mary’s Hospital underwent a rigorous, unannounced on site review on July 14, 2023, to achieve this noteworthy certification. The Joint Commission reviewer evaluated compliance with related certification  standards, including surgical site infection rates, readmission rates, patient education, and other data which shows exceptional care for patients.

“The Disease Specific Care Certification – spine surgery recognizes health care organizations committed to striving for excellence and fostering continuous improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Ken Grubbs, DNP, MBA, RN, executive vice president of accreditation and certification operations and chief nursing  officer of The Joint Commission. “We commend St. Mary’s Hospital for  using The Joint Commission certification process to reduce variation in clinical processes and to strengthen its clinical program to drive safer, higher quality, and more compassionate care for individuals served.”


Jeff Lehmen, MD, is a Harvard-trained, board-certified spine surgeon with SSM Health Medical Group who specializes in minimally-invasive spine surgery and is dedicated to research.

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