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Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Matthew El-Kadi of UPMC Passavant

Written by  Laura Miller | Tuesday, 19 October 2010 16:12
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As chief of neurosurgical surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Passavant spine center, Matthew El-Kadi, MD, has been instrumental in growing the facility and expanding its services beyond traditional spine surgery. Dr. El-Kadi has a professional interest in treating patients with fusion and minimally invasive spine surgery techniques.


The new spine surgery center includes a suite operating room which allows physicians, residents and administrators to observe the surgical techniques performed there. The navigation suite also includes advanced spine navigation software, SpineMap 3D and the Siemens Arcadis Orbic 3D c-arm. Six other regular operating rooms are equipped with microscopes for minimally invasive procedures.

"These tools enhance visualization of the nervous structures through small incisions, which help to decrease intraoperative complications, shorten hospital stays and improve outcomes," Dr. El-Kadi said in a North Hills Monthly Magazine report.

Although Dr. El-Kadi is known for his interest in new technology, he makes sure the procedures are safe before performing them on the patient.

"I'll only use a new approach after it's been tried and tested thoroughly," he said in an M.D. News report, adding that surgery often is not the first option he tries. "I emphasize a conservative approach with my patients because I believe surgery should only be considered as the very last option and only in cases of neurological loss of function or when there is relentless, painful pressure on a patient's spine."

In addition to his practice, Dr. El-Kadi has published several articles on spine surgery and authored more than seven books and book chapters. He is associated with the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, North American Spine Society and the International Spinal Injections Society.

Dr. El-Kadi earned his medical degree from Second Moscow (Russia) State Pirogov Medical Institute and completed residencies with West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown and the USC Medical Center in Los Angeles. He completed a fellowship with the Pittsburgh University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington.

Read other coverage on orthopedic and spine industry leaders:

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Timothy E. Kremchek of Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Thomas Best of OSU Sports Medicine


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