Moe R. Lim, MD

Moe Lim, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedics

Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


  • BA (highest honors): Harvard College
  • MD: Harvard Medical School
  • Residency: Hospital for Special Surgery, Cornell University
  • Fellowship: Spine surgery, Rothman Institute, Thomas Jefferson University
Selected Honors, Awards, and Recognitions
  • Harvard University: Summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; John Harvard Scholarship; Barry M. Goldwater National Science Scholarship; Ford Research Grants
  • Harvard Medical School: HMS National Scholarship; Hartford Foundation/American Federation for Aging Research Geriatric Scholars Grant
  • Hospital for Special Surgery: Circle of Excellence
  • Thomas Jefferson University: Commendation Letter of the Executive Committee of the Medical Staff and Administration
  • Best Basic Science paper, DePuy Spine Fellowship Meeting, 2005
  • Member, North American Spine Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North Carolina Spine Society
Clinical Interests
  • Cervical spine
  • Spine trauma
  • Minimally invasive spinal surgery
  • Non-fusion motion-sparing alternatives
Research Interests
  • Patient preferences and outcomes in cervical spine surgery
  • Novel surgical techniques and non-fusion alternatives in cervical spine surgery
Academic Appointments
2012-present Associate Professor of Orthopaedics, UNC School of Medicine
2005-2012 Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics; UNC School of Medicine
1994-1996 Teaching Fellow; Harvard University
Selected Publications
  • Lee JY, Lim MR, Albert TJ.  Dysphagia after anterior cervical spine surgery: Pathophysiology, incidence, and prevention.  Cervical Spine Research Society, 2005.
  • Lim MR, Loder RT, Lyman S, et al.  Measurement Error of Lumbar Total Disc Replacement Range-of-Motion. Spine 31(10):E291-E297, 2006.
  • Vaccaro AR, Lim MR, Hurlbert RJ, et al.  Surgical Decision Making for Unstable Thoracolumbar Spine Injuries: Results of a Consensus Panel Review by the Spine Trauma Study Group.  J Spinal Disord Tech 2006 Feb;19(1):1-10.
  • Lim MR, Girardi FP, Yoon SC, et al.  Accuracy of computerized frameless stereotactic image-guided pedicle screw placement into previously fused lumbar spines.  Spine 30:1793-1798, 2005.
  • Lim MR, Lee JY, Vaccaro AR.  Cervical total disc replacement: Indications and experience.  In: Kim DH, Cammisa FP, Fessler RG (eds).  Dynamic Reconstruction of the Spine.  Thieme, New York, NY, 2006.
  • Lee JY, Lim MR, Albert TJ.  Inadequate decompression following anterior cervical surgery: Surgical treatment options.  Curr Opin Orthop 16:189-93, 2005.
  • Lim MR, Girardi FP, Zhang K, et al.  Measurement of total disc replacement radiographic range-of-motion: A comparison of two techniques.  J Spinal Disord Tech 18:252-6, 2005.
  • Huang RC, Lim M, Girardi FP, Cammisa FP. The prevalence of contraindications to total disc replacement in a cohort of lumbar surgical patients.  Spine 29:2538-2541, 2004.
  • Lim MR, Welch WC, Lee JY, et al.  Posterior non-fusion devices.  In: Anderson DG, Vaccaro AR (eds).  Decision Making in Spinal Care.  Thieme, New York, NY.
  • Huang RC, Girardi FP, Lim MR, et al.  Advantages and Disadvantages of Nonfusion Technology in Spine Surgery.  Orthop Clin North Am 36:263-9, 2005.
  • Lim MR, Lee JY, Albert TJ.  Facet replacements.  In: Kim DH, Cammisa FP, Fessler RG (eds).  Dynamic Reconstruction of the Spine.  Thieme, New York, NY, 2006.
  • Lim MR, Lee JY, Young P, Hilibrand AS.  Unilateral hemi-laminotomy for bilateral decompression (Lumbar sub-laminoplasty).  In: Bono, CM, Vaccaro AR (eds).  Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. Marcel-Dekker, New York, NY, 2006.
  • Lim M, Green DW, Billinghurst JE, et al.  Scheuermann’s kyphosis: Safe and effective surgical treatment using multi-segmental instrumentation.  Spine 29:1789-94, 2004.
  • Lim MR, Yoon SC, Green DW.  Symptomatic spondylolysis: Diagnosis and treatment.  Curr Opin Pediatr 16(1):37-46, 2004.
  • Lim MR, Rybak L, Albert TJ.  Imaging studies for acute and chronic neck pain.  In: Fischgrund JS (editor). Neck Pain: AAOS Monograph Series.  1st ed.  Rosemont, Illinois:  American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 11-25, 2004.
  • Lim M, Wazeka A, Boachie-Adjei O.  Ventilator weaning following a staged anterior and posterior spine fusion in a ventilator-dependent patient with severe congenital scoliosis: A case report.  Spine 28:E256-59, 2003.
  • Lim MR, Ranawat A, Pearle A, et al.  Hospital for Special Surgery: Resident Handbook of Orthopaedic Surgery.  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA.  Work in progress.
  • Lee JY, Lim MR, Albert TJ (eds).  Challenges in Cervical Spine Surgery.  Thieme, New York, NY.  Work in progress.

For more recent publications, please see the Pubmed Listing.