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At the Southwest Scoliosis and Spine Institute, our doctors specialize in scoliosis, complex spine, and revision surgeries for all ages. Upon visiting our world-renowned medical practice, patients will find that we offer hope to those with even the most complex scoliosis and spinal conditions. To date, we have helped over 100,000 patients.

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As a result of our dedication, our Doctors have successfully performed more than 16,000 surgeries.


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To begin with, Richard Hostin, MD, Devesh Ramnath, MD, Ishaq Y. Syed, MD, Shyam Kishan, MD, and Kathryn Wiesman, MD comprise the expert spine doctors at the Southwest Scoliosis and Spine Institute (SWSI).  Furthermore, the Scoliosis Institute prioritizes diagnosis, treatment, and care for scoliosis, complex spine, and revision surgery.

At our world-renowned spine center, research meets patient care.  For example, we actively conduct research to ensure an evidence-based approach exists for all of our patient treatment plans. For instance, we strongly believe in research and that’s why we have our very own research team.  As a result, our research brings a wealth of clinical and research expertise to help treat our patients.  Above all, our research team conducts investigator-initiated and sponsored research. The goal is to share fact-based evidence for the advancement of worldwide spine care. In view of this proactive approach to research, our fellowship-trained and board-certified doctors have a huge advantage when it comes to a correct and successful diagnosis and treatment.

To clarify, we always start with nonsurgical treatments for children and adults with scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, and other complex spinal diseases. Because we have the expertise and a long history of focusing on scoliosis and complex spine cases, we can offer a broad range of research-based treatment options, starting with a conservative one.

In addition, we pride ourselves on patient education. In view of this, each patient is given plenty of time with their doctor to discuss any symptoms or concerns as the doctors devise the most successful treatment. Finally, our doctors always take the time needed to help our patients understand their condition and explain the best treatment plan available.

Mission Statement and Core Values

Our mission is to treat every patient who visits our institute as a potential lifetime patient.  As such, we will always work hard to provide an accurate diagnosis and determine the very best treatment plan. Furthermore, our doctors and staff will communicate and encompass the utmost professionalism while embracing honesty and a deep concern for each patient. For instance, our values start with honesty, dependability, integrity, and treating every patient with the best and highest quality care. There is more on why to choose us.

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Richard Hostin, MD at the Southwest Scoliosis and Spine Institute

Doctor Richard A. Hostin

Hailing from the sunny coast of Southern California where he grew up, Dr. Hostin came to Texas with a desire to “work someplace I would want to go as a patient”.  Because his primary focus is on patient care, Dr. Hostin has built the Southwest Scoliosis and Spine Institute that focuses on providing optimal care for patients, “allowing us to build a world-class team that includes specialty-trained doctors, researchers, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, radiologic technologists, registered nurses, medical assistants, and lots of devoted and caring staff.”

Dr. Shyam Kishan

Doctor Shyam Kishan

To demonstrate Dr. Kishan’s expertise, he is board certified In both the U.S. and India. To clarify, he specializes in pediatric orthopedic conditions, including the management of early-onset scoliosis (using Mehta casting, Magec growing rods) and other complex spine conditions. In his own words: “I involve my patients and their families in the decision-making of their child’s treatment, carefully tailoring the management of their medical and social needs and constraints.  Also, “I believe in an informed patient and family, treating every child as I would my own.”

Devesh Ramnath, MD

Doctor Devesh Ramnath

Specializing in minimally invasive spine surgery throughout Dallas and surrounding areas, Dr. Ramnath is a board-certified fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in adult degenerative spine conditions. He was trained in the North Eastern Ohio College of Medicine in a 6-year BSMD program. He also did an orthopedic residency at Henry Ford in Detroit and a fellowship at the TX Spine Institute, Dr. Ramnath says “I treat my patients like they are one of my family members, meaning going through their expectations, looking at all aspects of their condition and coming up with a treatment plan together – starting with a conservative one. The most gratifying part of my day is when my patients feel their quality of life has improved.”

Dr. Ishaq Syed

 Doctor Ishaq Syed

As one of the expert spine surgeons, Dr. Syed is a highly-skilled, board-certified, fellowship-trained spine surgeon who specializes in both traditional and minimally invasive surgeries. He participates in teaching orthopedic residents and spine research. Doctor Syed graduated from Johns Hopkins University and Case Western Reserve University. He completed his residency at Rush University Medical Center and his fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Syed Meanwhile, as a graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas Medical Branch, I listen to my patients to understand what their exact symptoms are and collaborate with them for an effective treatment plan.”

Kathryn Wiesman, MD at the Southwest Scoliosis and Spine Institute

Doctor Kathryn Wiesman

As one of the top surgeons in the Dallas Metroplex, Dr. Wiesman is a board-certified pediatric orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the management of congenital, developmental, and traumatic orthopedic spine conditions affecting children. Meanwhile, as a graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas Medical Branch, Dr. Wiesman says she “loves working with parents and their families to develop the right treatment plan and finds it very rewarding that families entrust their children to her care.” 

Reba Dawson, Scoliosis Patient

Sadly, Reba’s curves were 65 degrees and causing bone on bone, and therefore, she was in constant pain. In view of this, she opted for surgery. Because of the skill of her surgeon, her pain was gone when she woke up from surgery. She is still pain-free and living life to the fullest. In her youth, Reba was diagnosed with Scoliosis. As she got older, she learned that she had a double curve and in her 40s she started having a lot of pain. In 2017, she realized that the pain was taking over her life, day and night. Then she found Dr. Richard Hostin. And after that, she made an appointment and started her healing journey. So, “I’m pain-free and feeling amazing!”- Reba Dawson

            “At the Southwest Scoliosis and Spine Institute, my doctor spent time with me like I was his only patient.  In addition, he thoroughly discussed everything about my case. In a day where doctors let their assistants take over their office visits, these doctors are hands-on and very smart.”
~ Kenneth Reed, Patient

In order to see a Scoliosis or Spine Doctor, Call 214-556-0555, and have our staff schedule your appointment with us.