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8 Leaders in Scoliosis Surgery to Know

Written by  Laura Dyrda | Tuesday, 18 January 2011 15:44
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Here are eight spine surgeon leaders with an emphasis on scoliosis surgery.

 

Neel Anand, MD (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles). Dr. Anand is the director of orthopedic surgery at Cedars Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders in Los Angeles. He previously served as the director of minimally invasive spinal surgery and spine trauma at Cedars-Sinai. He has a professional interest in treating spinal curvature in adults and was among the first surgeons to perform a combination of three minimally invasive procedures to correct adult lumbar degenerative scoliosis. During his career, Dr. Anand has been a founding member of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and the Society for Lateral Access Surgery. He is the national director of ONE Spine Society and a member of the Society of Nucleus Arthroplasty. Dr. Anand earned his medical degree from the University of Bombay, T.N. Medical College in India and completed his residencies in orthopedic surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y., and Texas Back Institute in Plano.


Vincent Arlet, MD (University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville).
Dr. Arlet is a spine surgeon and professor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville and has a professional interest in treating scoliosis. He is also the creator of the online scoliosis database Scolisoft, which can be used to monitor and predict outcomes of scoliosis surgery. Dr. Arlet’s professional interests include spinal deformity surgery, congenital malformation and minimally invasive solutions for spine surgery. During his career, Dr. Arlet has served patients in several countries, including underprivileged populations in Trinadad and Tobago. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Arlet serves as the editor of the European Spine Journal. Dr. Arlet earned his medical degree from Medical School Paris V University and completed his residency at France University of Paris. He has previously served as the director of the spine fellowship program at McGill University in Quebec, Canada.


Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, MD (Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City).
Dr. Boachie-Adjei is the chief of the scoliosis service at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He also serves as a professor of orthopedic surgery at Weill Cornel Medical College and an attending orthopedic surgeon at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, both in New York City. During his career, Dr. Boachie-Adjei has conducted research in spine surgery and invented devices used during spine surgery. His current research involves genetic mapping studies of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and osteogenic differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells. He started the Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine to provide orthopedic care to underserved populations. He has been awarded the Humanitarian Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Science and Peace Gold Medal from Albert Schweitzer International University in Switzerland for his humanitarian work in West Africa. He has served as the president of the Scoliosis Research Society. Dr. Boachie-Adjei earned his medical degree at Columbia University in New York City and completed a fellowship at Twin Cities Scoliosis Center and the Minnesota Spine Center.


Christopher J. DeWald, MD (Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Chicago).
Dr. DeWald is a spine surgeon with a professional interest in treating scoliosis and performing adult spinal reconstruction. He has served as the chief of the section of spinal surgery/scoliosis at the Hospital of Cook County in Chicago and is a physician at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. Dr. DeWald’s current interests include fusionless scoliosis surgery. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. DeWald has served on the editorial board for the Journal of Spinal Disorders and the editorial advisory board of the Spine Journal. He is a member of the Scoliosis Research Society and the North American Spine Society. He earned his medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago and completed his residency at the University of Illinois Hospital and Clinics. He also completed a research and spine surgery fellowship in Chicago and additional fellowships at the University of Hidelberg in Germany, Institut Calot in France and Hokkaido University School of Medicine in Japan.


Thomas Errico, MD (New York University Hospital for Joint Disease, New York City).
Dr. Errico is the chief of the division of spine surgery at the New York University Hospital for Joint Disease and has a professional interest in treating pediatric and adult scoliosis and spinal deformity. Dr. Errico is the current president of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery and a past president of the North American Spine Society. He currently serves on the board of directors for the World Spine Society and Spine Arthroplasty Society. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Errico also conducts research that is published in professional journals and has participated in the development of spinal implants, such as Stryker’s Cervicore cervical total disc replacement. Dr. Errico earned his medical degree at the New Jersey College of Medicine, where he also completed his residency in orthopedic surgery. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery in Toronto.


Kamal N. Ibrahim, MD (M&M Orthopaedics, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.).
Dr. Ibrahim is a clinical professor of orthopedics at Loyola University in Chicago and serves as the vice president of the Scoliosis Research Society. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society and the International Society of Orthopedic Surgery & Traumatology. During his career, Dr. Ibrahim has led the AAOS program to educate healthcare providers in Africa about orthopedic care and treatment. He has a professional interest in treating scoliosis and spine deformities and hip conditions in children and he regularly speaks on his research in these subjects. Dr. Ibrahim earned his medical degree at Cairo University Faculty of Medicine and completed his residency in orthopedics at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in the United Kingdom, McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He also completed fellowships in orthopedics at Toronto University Hospitals and pediatric orthopedic and scoliosis surgery at Alfred I. duPont Institute in Delaware.


Lawrence Lenke, MD (Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis).
Dr. Lenke is the co-chief of adult and pediatric spinal, scoliosis and reconstructive surgery at Washington University School of Medicine and the director of spinal surgery at Shriners Hospital for Children, both in St. Louis. He has a professional interest in treating complex spinal disorders, scoliosis and spinal trauma. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Lenke serves as a spinal consultant to the St. Louis Rams, St. Louis Blues and St. Louis Cardinals. His research interests include lumbar and thoracic scoliosis, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and fusion surgery. He has published his research in several professional journals and currently serves as the president of the Scoliosis Research Society. Dr. Lenke earned his medical degree at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago and completed his residency at Washington University School of Medicine. He also completed a fellowship in pediatric and adult spinal surgery at Washington University.


Stuart L. Weinstein, MD (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City).
Dr. Weinstein has served of president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Orthopaedic Association and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America. He has a professional interest in treating pediatric spinal deformity using both surgical and non-surgical methods of treatment. In addition to his practice, Dr. Weinstein conducts research in pediatric orthopedics and has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics and Spine. During his career, he has served as a chairman on the United States Bone and Joint Decade and the International Center for Orthopaedic Education. He also corresponds with orthopedic associations in several other countries, including Britain, Australia and Germany. He earned his medical degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where he also completed his residency.


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