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1. Dr. Thomas Chappell joins Healthpointe

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:04
Los Angeles-based Healthpointe added neurosurgeon Thomas Chappell, MD, to its medical staff.

2. Dr. Greesh John joins Newbridge Spine & Pain Center

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:01
Frederick, Md.-based Newbridge Spine & Pain Center added Greesh John, MD, to its location in Prince Frederick, Md., according to a Bay Net report.

3. 5 trends in hospital readmissions after spinal tumor surgery

Written by Laura Dyrda | Tuesday, 30 September 2014 11:43
A study published in Spine examines the hospital readmission rates after spine surgery for primary metastatic spine tumors.
Atlanta-based Morehouse College recently honored Alvin Crawford, MD, with its  "Candle in the Dark" award, according to a HCP Live report.
Although the lateral approach to spine surgery has been around for a few decades, surgeons are just beginning to fully realize its benefits. Technology has also advanced over time to make the procedure better and offer several benefits for patients and the healthcare system in general.

6. 5 things to know about spine surgery SSI

Written by Laura Dyrda | Monday, 29 September 2014 10:16
The Spine Journal recently published an article examining surgical site infection after spinal surgery.

7. 9 roadblocks to minimally invasive spine surgery adoption

Written by Laura Dyrda | Friday, 26 September 2014 16:34
Minimally invasive spine surgery is becoming more common in spinal practices. There are studies showing clinical benefits and long-term cost savings when compared with open procedures.
  Retired spine surgeon Gary K. Michelson, MD, announced a new $2,500 book scholarship for college students through The Michelson Twenty Million Minds Foundation.
Here are 11 spine surgeons and neurosurgeons in the news this week.

10. Dr. Mark Ignatius joins Pacific Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine

Written by Laura Dyrda | Thursday, 25 September 2014 14:35
  Mark Ignatius, MD, joined California Pacific Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in San Francisco.
  Minimally invasive spine surgery has become more pervasive over the past five years with enhanced techniques and technology to achieve better outcomes and lower the cost of care. Surgeons across the country are performing these less invasive techniques, and the surgeons at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush's Minimally Invasive Spine Institute have a hand in promoting minimally invasive spine surgery education, technology and advancement.

12. Maintain referral relationships: What does it take?

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Thursday, 25 September 2014 11:25
  Two spine surgeons discuss ways to maintain good referral relationships.
A study published in the Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques examines the long-term outcomes after revision neural decompression and fusion for same-level recurrent lumbar stenosis.

14. AMA publishes new CPT code for MIS SI joint fusion

Written by Laura Dyrda | Thursday, 25 September 2014 10:41
The American Medical Association's Current Procedural Technology Editorial Panel published the 2015 Professional Edition Manual, including the newly-created CPT code for minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion.

15. 8 things for spine surgeons to know for Thursday — Sept. 25

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Thursday, 25 September 2014 09:11
  Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for Sept. 25, 2014.
  A medical practice owner, like all professional practice owners, should spend some of his/her time working on the practice, not just in the practice. We know this because we have our own professional practice ourselves. However, even if the owner works "on" the practice; if they ignore one fundamental legal contract, all of his/her work may be in jeopardy — as a single bad event could wipe out everything they have worked so hard to build.
Neurological Surgery in Rockville Centre, N.Y., appointed Paolo A. Bolognese, MD, as director of the practice's new Chiari Neurosurgical Center, according to a Newsday report.
  A study published in Spine examines trends in three different surgical treatments for thoracic disc disorders for patients with myelopathy.

19. Santa Rosa Orthopaedics creates total spine health program

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Wednesday, 24 September 2014 12:27
Santa Rosa (Calif.) Orthopaedics' established a new total spine health program.

20. Crouse Hospital names Dr. Eric Deshaies a medical director

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Tuesday, 23 September 2014 15:43
  Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., appointed Eric M. Deshaies, MD, medical director for endovascular and cerebrovascular neurosurgery, according to a report by The Post-Standard.
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