Ralph Maxy, M.D.

Ralph Maxy, M.D.
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Dr. Ralph Maxy is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in treating adult and pediatric spinal disorders.

Dr. Maxy completed his undergraduate degree at Columbia College of Columbia University in New York. He subsequently completed his medical training a the New York University School of Medicine where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Honor Medical Society. He returned to Columbia University to complete an orthopaedic residency, followed by spinal surgery fellowship at the prestigious Kenton D. Leatherman Spine Institute in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Maxy has authored a number of scientific papers and has made presentations at national orthopaedic and North American Spine Society meetings.

His practice encompasses the treatment of a wide variety of spinal conditions, including scoliosis, lumbar degenerative disorders, disc herniations, and spinal neoplasm, and he specializes in a variety of techniques, including minimally invasive lumbar laminectomy and fusion procedures.

Dr. Maxy joined EmergeOrtho in August of 2000 and serves the Burke and Catawba communities at our practice locations in Hickory and Morganton. He resides in Hickory with his wife, Rachele, and two very energetic sons.


Education & Training

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Columbia University, New York, NY
  • Doctor of Medicine: New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency: Columbia University, New York, NY
  • Spine Surgery Fellowship: Kenton D. Leatherman Spine Institute, Louisville, KY


  • Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Association

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

Hospital Affiliations

  • Catawba Valley Medical Center
  • Frye Regional Medical Center