Alfred Geissele, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Alfred Geissele, M.D., F.A.C.S.
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Dr. Alfred Geissele is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in spinal disorders in both children and adults. His areas of interest include back and neck pain, ruptured discs, fractures in the aging spine, spondylolisthesis, sacroiliac joint disorders, and scoliosis in children and adults, as well as minimally invasive surgery.

He completed his orthopaedic residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and afterward, he served as an orthopaedic surgeon and Chief of Orthopaedics for the 101st Airborne Division and 5th Special Forces Group at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, during which he served overseas. He subsequently developed expertise in spinal disorders through training at the University of Minnesota and the Twin Cities Scoliosis Spine Center in Minneapolis, where he completed the prestigious John H. Moe Fellowship. This led to an assignment as Assistant Chief of Orthopaedics, Residency Training Director, and Chief of Spine Surgery at Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon, Georgia (Augusta), where he completed 15 years of military service before coming to Hickory in 1995.

Dr. Geissele is the only orthopaedist in the Unifour area to have qualified for fellowship in the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Fellows are board-certified surgeons whose education, training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct are reviewed and found to be consistent with the high standards of the ACS.

While in Hickory, Dr. Geissele developed a volunteer scoliosis screening program in conjunction with Frye Regional Medical Center, serving the greater Hickory area and Catawba County schools. In addition, he participated in local volunteer efforts with the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, and Cooperative Christian Ministries Clinic. He also served in the Pet Partners program at Frye Regional Medical Center.

After more than 20 years with EmergeOrtho, he is one of our most senior partners. During his tenure, he has provided leadership as a managing partner and group president for several years as well as served on numerous key hospital committees.

A physician for over 30 years, Dr. Geissele has practiced both clinical and academic medicine. He is the author or co-author of eight scholarly papers and has given numerous presentations at both national and international meetings as well as throughout North Carolina.

He is an avid motorcycle enthusiast. You will likely find him on his Harley-Davidson when not practicing medicine. He also enjoys the outdoors, four-wheeling, hunting, reading, and gardening as well as Hungarian food and culture. He and his wife, Marie, are members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Their children and grandchildren live in Raleigh, Fort Mill, and Charleston.

Dr. Geissele currently sees patients at our practice locations in Hickory and Newton.


Education & Training

  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
  • John H. Moe Spine Fellowship: University of Minnesota and Twin Cities Scoliosis Spine Center, Minneapolis, MN


  • Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Association

  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow

Military Service

  • U.S. Army, Chief of Spine Surgery
  • U.S. Army, Chief of Orthopaedics

Hospital Affiliations

  • Catawba Valley Medical Center
  • Frye Regional Medical Center
  • “He is a very great doctor, and he listens to me and lets me know everything that’s going to happen before he does anything to me. ”

    – Sherry T.

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