Thinks Works is Surgeon Led and Surgeon Founded

Dr Ryan C. Murdock

Ryan Murdock

Doctor of Medicine, Master of Science


Thinks Works’ Founder & CEO, Ryan C. Murdock, MD, MS, is a mechanical engineer that became a pediatric orthopedic spine surgeon, inventor, and entrepreneur.

Dr. Murdock has been taking care of children with scoliosis both operatively and non-operatively since 2011. During this time, he saw how incredibly difficult it is for patients and their families to endure treatment with existing scoliosis braces. In 2016 he decided to change the way we brace children with scoliosis. Since then, he and his team have created a novel brace that they hope will dramatically change the entire treatment process for children with scoliosis and their families. Dr. Murdock has integrated his knowledge as a mechanical engineer and his clinical experience to create a low profile, flexible, modular brace, that will also be able measure the forces applied to the patient.

Dr. Murdock received his B.S in mechanical engineering and M.S. in biomedical engineering from the University of Rochester. He received his M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, completed his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Maryland, and completed his fellowship training in pediatric orthopedic surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Murdock has traveled internationally for scoliosis specific medical outreach. He is a board member of SpineHope, a non-profit organization based in Austin, TX that focuses on pediatric scoliosis education and training of medical professionals in regions with expressed need. He has traveled to Costa Rica and Ecuador to perform scoliosis surgery on children and train local surgeons.

Early in his career, Dr. Murdock worked for a biomedical device startup where he provided clinical support and post hoc evaluation of a biomedical device. He has been involved in multiple biomedical research projects. As a partner of his medical practice, Dr. Murdock has helped to grow a multi-physician practice. More recently, Dr. Murdock has helped to evaluate and invest in biomedical startups as a member of Central Texas Angel Network.

Expert Team

Paul Sponseller, M.D.

Paul Sponseller, M.D.

Dr. Paul Sponseller is a pediatric orthopaedic spine surgeon, a professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and an expert in the treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis.

Jamie Murdock, MS, MBA

Jamie Murdock

Jamie has over 15 years of experience in marketing orthopedic implants and technologies and has been instrumental in the development of the Thinks Works Brace.
Kevin Smith, Fractional Chief Product Officer

Kevin Smith

Kevin is a Fractional Chief Product Officer (CPO) with 20+ years of Product Management and Customer Success leadership in both B2C and B2B/Enterprise. Kevin’s career includes Google, Trilogy, and multiple startups, building products and driving innovation via best-fit technology, teams, tools, and processes.