Dr. Sean Michael Rider

Dr. Sean Michael Rider

Board Eligible, Fellowship Trained

Northshore Spine Surgeon, Dr. Sean Michael Rider was born and raised in Eunice, Louisiana. He received his Bachelor’s degree at LSU in Baton Rouge before moving down to New Orleans to complete medical school at LSU Health in New Orleans. Dr. Rider went on to receive incredible training at Harvard Medical School during his 5-year residency before moving to St. Louis to complete his spine surgery fellowship at Washington University.

When asked why Dr. Rider wanted to become a highly trained spine specialist he says “Making people feel better – as a spine surgeon, I have the honor to make a positive impact on someone’s life. This opportunity allows me to have one of the most fulfilling careers possible.” 

Dr. Rider treats patients with spine conditions including cervical and thoracic myelopathy, radiculopathy, sciatica, herniated discs, neck or back pain, degenerative disc disease, stenosis, neurogenic claudication, traumatic injuries, tumors of the spine including pathological fractures, vertebral compression fractures, spondylolisthesis, deformity, and scoliosis.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Dr. Rider is trained in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. This approach provides smaller incisions, reduces the risk of infection, minimizes postoperative discomfort, and results in shorter recovery times.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery can help patients dealing with sciatica, herniated discs, neck or back pain, degenerative disc disease, stenosis, vertebral compression fractures, and spondylolisthesis.

Unlike traditional, “open” spine surgery, entry and repair to the damaged disc or vertebrae is achieved without harming nearby muscles and tissues. Less muscle and tissue damage results in less pain and a faster recovery. Click here to learn more.

Dr. Rider has regular clinic hours for patients in Slidell, Metairie, Hammond and Covington.

Precision Assisted by Robots

Northshore spine surgeon, Dr. K. Samer Shamieh is among a handful of doctors around the world trained to use robotics during minimally invasive spine procedures.

DISC of Louisiana uses the Globus ExcelsiusGPS to plan each patient’s surgery based on the specific anatomy of each person. Medical images are imported into ExcelsiusGPS and the surgeon uses them to determine the size and placement of each implant. ExcelsiusGPS will also guide the surgeon to the specific region of your spine to help place implants accurately. A screen will display the surgical instruments and implants through the entire procedure for your doctor to monitor. Click here to learn more.


Dr. Rider received his Medical Doctorate from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Rider completed his Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA and Fellowship in Combined Neurosurgery/Orthopaedic Spine Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He also completed the AO North American Spine Fellowship. 

Dr. Rider’s area of expertise is in the cervical spine and minimally invasive spine surgery. While having the privilege to train at Harvard and Washington University, Dr. Rider received premier training in cervical and lumbar spine surgery. He has a unique set of skills to perform a wide array of procedures, from simple primary surgeries to complex deformity and revisions of the cervical and lumbar spine.

Education and Training

  • Undergraduate – Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Medical – Louisiana State University Medical School, New Orleans, LA
  • Orthopaedic Residency – Harvard Orthopedic Surgery, Boston, MA
  • Spine Fellowship – Washington University Orthopedic and Neurosurgical Spine Surgery, St. Louis, MO

When he is not practicing medicine, Dr. Rider is an avid LSU fan, golfer, hunter, and fisherman. He also enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially his wife and two wonderful daughters.