Choosing the Right Minimally Invasive Spine Specialist

“The key to successful spine treatment is choosing the right surgeon,” says Dr. Peloza. “All of these techniques require extensive training and require a steep learning curve. You have to know what you are looking at and know what to do. This is for dedicated spine specialists who train their entire careers to get to this point.”

“Be sure the surgeon is specialized in minimally invasive spine surgery. Choose a surgeon who is credentialed and published in scientific publications, creating intellectual property, developing and improving techniques and technologies and recognized by his peers. This is an indicator the surgeon is a proven leader in his field.”


Patients from all over the country and internationally come to Dr. Peloza because of his reputation for leading edge, minimally invasive spine treatments. His office is conveniently located in Dallas.

John Peloza, M.D. 

Internationally-recognized orthopedic spine surgeon, John Peloza, M.D., has been on the true forefront of spine medicine since 1996, by being a pioneer of true minimally-invasive surgical technologies and by utilizing comparative effectiveness research. Dr. Peloza collects clinical research data on all treatments and procedures, and therefore is able to diagnose and offer patients options based on this research.

“We are able to offer our patients options and predictably successful outcomes based on years of valuable clinical research and data collection as well as published  spine literature,” says Dr. Peloza. “Often, patients don’t even need surgery and we treat them non-surgically.” His evidence-based medicine includes the completion of many clinical trials that meet strict FDA criteria.

A pioneer in minimally invasive spine surgery, Dr. Peloza has helped launch several minimally invasive technologies such as the Serengeti® Minimally Invasive Retractor System, and the RAVINE™ Lateral Access System and serves as an investigator on many nationwide clinical research trials regarding the spine. He has been selected as a “Best Doctors In America” every year since 2001, a “Top Surgeon” by the Consumers’ Research Council of America each year, one of the “50 Best Spine Specialists in America,” a Texas “Super Doctor”, and has consistently been voted as one of the “Best Doctors in Dallas” and “Best Doctors in Collin County” by D Magazine every year since 2003.


Mathew Chapman, PA-C

Originally from California, Mathew (Matt) Chapman has been working in orthopedics since graduating from high school. He began his career in orthopedics while a student attending Fresno Ste University’s National Athletic Trainer’s Association accredited athletic training program. At Fresno State Matt was the head student athletic trainer for the university’s Division I wrestling team and basketball teams.

At the age of 21, and still a student, Matt was diagnosed with metastatic malignant melanoma. In a serious battle for his life, Matt was one of the first patients to enter an experimental treatment regimen using a tumor vaccine. It was at this time that Matt began to re-evaluate his life and began to dream about taking a more active role in helping patients. As a result, he pursued the goal of becoming a physician assistant.


By 1996, Matt was in remission from cancer and graduating from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. While at UTSW Matt did not simply meet his goal, he was also a peer leader, as the President of the John Paul North Physician Assistant Student Society. Upon graduation Matt continued his career in orthopedics working in sports medicine and total joint replacement.

Mr. Chapman has treated patients with spinal disorders since 1997, and has worked with the Center for Spine Care for over 14 years. Well respected as a clinic provider and assistant surgeon in the medical community, Matt has a patient following all his own. He also has a strong background in research having been a site coordinator for FDA/IDE trials including disk replacement. Matt has participated in the care of Division I college athletes, professionals from the NFL, MLB, NHL, and PRCA, as well as Olympians from various countries.


Matt has been honored to be a guest lecturer/speaker on spinal disorders and orthopedics in various venues. The most notable are the UTSW Physician Assistant Program and the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants annual meeting. He has also has participated in the development of multiple surgical tools and devices for use in the spine, and has been asked to consult with various medical device companies and vendors.

Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), Mr. Chapman holds the title of Physician Assistant Certified (PA-C). He is licensed by the Texas State Board of Physician Assistant Examiners and is recognized as a fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Texas Academy of Physician Assistants. Matt is also a member of the North American Spine Society.

Matt, his wife Karen and two children live in Plano. Karen is an accomplished fiction author with Little Brown Publishing New York, NY ( In his spare time, Matt enjoys time with his faith family, fishing, and he is a proud participant in the Lone Star Early Bronco Club.