Dr. Casazza received a cum laude undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1987. At Princeton, he played QB\WR on the football team and was a standout pitcher on the baseball team. In 1991, he received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois. He completed residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and a Fellowship in Spine and Sports Medicine at Northwestern University Medical School/Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He has been Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation since 1996.
Prior to coming to UNC, Dr. Casazza spent 15 years in sports medicine and spine practice in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Athens, Georgia. He served as the Director of the Division of Spine and Sports Care in the Department of PM&R at the University of Virginia and, recently, Medical Director of the Athens Regional Spine Institute. He has been selected as one of the Best Doctors in America® every year since 2005.
Dr. Casazza has co-authored several research articles and book chapters on spine and sports medicine topics. He has lectured on multiple occasions at meetings of national spine and sports medicine organizations on topics such as spine injuries, head injuries, throwing injuries, leg injuries. He has also served in leadership positions for national spine care and sports medicine organizations. For 10 years, he served as a high school team physician in Charlottesville, Virginia.
He has always loved baseball, lecturing and completing research on the biomechanics of the spine in baseball pitching. Though he no longer plays baseball, he enjoys playing golf, especially with his wife, Nancy.
For referrals and appointments with Dr. Casazza, contact the UNC Hospitals Spine Center at (919) 957-6789.