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Erkan Alic, MD, an orthopedic spine surgeon, joined Coastal Orthopedics in Conway, S.C. 
As taxes on medical device and drug companies continue to increase, many are finding loopholes to avoid paying. President Barack Obama recently had choice words for these companies, which now include orthopedic and spine market giant Medtronic. 
The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery recently published an article examining the incidence and in-hospital outcomes of elective major orthopedic surgery for patients older than 80. 
  Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for July 31, 2014.  
Most spine practices around the country are small businesses, owned and operated by entrepreneurial-minded surgeons who founded the group some years ago.  
Dayton, Ohio-based Wright State Physicians Orthopaedics added Mark Kayanja, MD, PhD, and he will begin seeing patients at the Wright State Physicians Health Center in Fairborn, Ohio, Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton and Atrium Medical Center in Franklin, Ohio.  
The global orthopedic trauma fixation devices market is expected to grow to $9.3 billion by 2020, according to a Transparency Market Research report.  
The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery issued the ISASS Policy Statement — Cervical Interbody in the International Journal of Spine Surgery. 
K2M reported a short interest increase during July, according to a Mideast Times report. 
NuVasive reported total revenue in the second quarter of 2014 increased 15.1 percent to $190.7 million, making it the third-largest company in the global spine market. 
Vail (Colo.)-Summit Orthopaedics hired spine surgeon James Perry, DO, who will officially begin with the practice at the end of August, according to a Vail Daily report. 
Staffing costs are a large contributor to an ambulatory surgery center's expenses. 
Some apples don't fall far from the tree. For father-son and father-daughter spine and neurosurgeon teams, that distance can sometimes be microscopic. 
The global medical robots market is expected to reach $3.7 billion by 2018, according to a MarketsandMarkets report.  
Medtronic completed its acquisition of Visualase, a Houston-based company that markets and develops an MRI-guided laser and image guided system for minimally invasive neurosurgeries. 
Exactech reported a 6 percent increase in second quarter revenue, which reached $63.9 million. 
Here are 21 orthopedic surgeons who recently joined or relocated practices. 
The FDA granted Medtronic approval for the Prestige LP Cervical Disc System to treat single-level cervical disc disease. 
Smith & Nephew CEO Olivier Bohuon is now publicly allaying rumors the company may consider a merger or sale to another medtech giant in the near future, according to a report from The Telegraph. 
Here are eight spine surgeons and neurosurgeons that joined new groups over the past few months. 
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