David B. Musante, MD

David B. Musante, MD

Back, Neck & Spine

Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery

Triangle Region


Dr. David Musante is the current President of EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region and has served as the Medical Director of the NC Specialty Hospital in Durham, North Carolina since 2016. Prior to that, he served as President of the NC Specialty Hospital Medical Staff.

Dr. Musante has extensive education, experience, and training in the treating of back, neck and spine conditions and injuries. He specializes in advanced and innovative, minimally-invasive spinal surgery and artificial cervical and lumbar disc replacement surgery, helping EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region patients Emerge Stronger. Healthier. Better.

Education and Expertise

Following graduation from the University of Virginia School of Engineering with Distinction and the University of Virginia School of Medicine, he trained in neurological surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle and in orthopedic surgery at Duke University Medical Center. He then obtained additional fellowship training in spinal surgery at the Texas Back Institute in Plano, Texas. Raised in Durham and Chapel Hill since childhood, Dr. Musante was happy to return to the Triangle to join EmergeOrtho (formerly Triangle Orthopedic Associates) in 2005.

Dr. Musante has been board-certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery since 2007. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a member of the North American Spine Society, the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, the North Carolina Spine Association, the North Carolina Medical Society, and the Durham-Orange County Medical Society.

He has received extensive regional recognition as one of Vitals.com’s Top 10 Doctors in orthopedic surgery for the state of North Carolina and has been honored with the Vitals.com Patients’ Choice Award every year since 2011.

Dr. Musante devotes his practice to the treatment of a wide range of spinal problems which include:

  • Degenerative cervical and lumbar disorders
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Deformity
  • Trauma
  • Pars fracture/Pars defect

Dr. Musante has special interest and expertise in minimally-invasive spinal surgery and artificial cervical and lumbar disc replacement surgery. With his extensive experience and skill set, he performs the following procedures:

  • Outpatient spine surgery
  • Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF)
  • Extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF)
  • Cervical discectomy and fusion
  • Lumbar discectomy/laminectomy
  • Lumbar fusion
  • Cervical laminoplasty
  • Posterior cervical foraminotomy/discectomy
  • Kyphoplasty

Community Connections

Dr. Musante serves as Director of the Clinical Research Program and for over 15 years as an Investigator in FDA clinical trials on disc replacement and numerous other spinal treatments. He has published several medical articles and has been involved in multiple clinical trials. For a full list of articles, click here.

Dr. David Musante was recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine on the Efficacy and Safety of NVX-CoV2373 in Adults in the United States and Mexico. NVX-CoV2373 (Novavax), a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine made up of full-length, stabilized, prefusion, recombinant spike protein trimers produced from the Wuhan-Hu-1 sequence. The vaccine may help to address the continually evolving Covid-19 pandemic and the concurrent global vaccine shortage. In conclusion, NVX-CoV2373 was safe and effective for the prevention of Covid-19. Most breakthrough cases were caused by contemporary variant strains.


  • Undergraduate: University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Medical school: University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • General Surgery Intern: University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Residency:
    • Neurological Surgery Resident, University of Washington School of Medicine
    • Orthopedic Surgery Resident, Duke University School of Medicine
    • Orthopedic Surgery Chief Resident, Duke University School of Medicine
  • Fellowship: Spine Fellowship Texas Back Institute, Plano, Texas


  • Vitals Patients’ Choice Award (2011 – 2018, 2020)
  • Vitals Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2012 – 2018, 2020)
  • Vitals Top 10 Doctor – Orthopedic Surgeon – North Carolina (2014)
  • Vitals Top 10 Doctor – Orthopedic Surgeon – Metro Area – Raleigh (2014)
  • Vitals Top 10 Doctor – Orthopedic Surgeon – City – Raleigh (2014)


  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • North American Spine Society
  • International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery
  • North Carolina Spine Association
  • North Carolina Medical Society
  • Durham-Orange County Medical Society
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Request a consultation with Dr. Musante now. Or, call us at 919-220-5255 any time to speak with an EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region team member.

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