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Ann Arbor-based University of Michigan Health System has become one of 13 hospitals in the country to offer a procedure that partially corrects spina bifida while the foetus is still inside the womb, according to the Detroit Free Press.

2. 15 spine surgeons making headlines this week — Feb. 27

Written by Laura Dyrda | Friday, 27 February 2015 00:00
Here are 15 spine surgeons who were in the news this week.
Alejandro Betancourt, MD, of Harlingen (Texas) Spine & Neurosurgical Institute, performed Rio Grande Valley's first sacroiliac joint fusion surgery at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, according to a Valley Morning Star report.

4. Dr. Alex Etemad joins Healthpointe

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:00
Anaheim, Calif.-based Healthpointe added Alex Etemad, MD, to its physician team.
The first non-industry sponsored study to examine fusion rates for live mesenchymal stem cell-containing allogenic bone grafts was published in The Spine Journal.
Navigating through an ever-changing healthcare landscape and forging the path to success as a spine surgeon makes for a challenging but rewarding journey. Here, 13 spine surgeons give advice to young surgeons who are just starting out.

7. 8 things for spine surgeons to know for Thursday — Feb. 26

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:00
Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for Feb. 26, 2015.
Sanjeev J. Suratwala, MD, an orthopedic spine surgeon at North Shore-LIJ Health System and assistant professor in the department of orthopedic surgery at Hofstra NS LIJ School of Medicine, discusses outpatient spine surgery and where the driving trends are heading in the future.
North American Spine added Stefano M. Sinicropi, MD, as a new partner physician to its Greenway Surgery Center in Minneapolis.

10. International Journal of Spine Surgery now on PubMed

Written by Laura Dyrda | Wednesday, 25 February 2015 00:00
PubMed Central will now include results from the International Journal of Spine Surgery, the journal of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery.

11. The spine surgeon MBA: Is it necessary to run a good practice?

Written by Laura Dyrda | Tuesday, 24 February 2015 00:00
Business philosophy is important for running a spine practice, but do you need an MBA to get there?

12. Dr. Richard Harrison takes to the sky to see his patients

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Tuesday, 24 February 2015 00:00
Richard Harrison, MD, a neurosurgeon practicing with Green Bay, Wis.-based BayCare Clinic, is determined to see his patients in person no matter where they live. He owns a single-engine plane and often flies his medical team to remote areas to see patients, according to an ABC 2 WBAY report.
Both anterior cervical discectomy and fusion and posterior cervical foraminotomy are treatments for patients with cervical radiculopathy with similar outcomes. However, a new study seeks to determine whether their long-term reoperation rates could signify which procedure is better.

14. Spinal tumor surgery with robots — 5 things to know

Written by Laura Dyrda | Monday, 23 February 2015 00:00
Can robots help surgeons treat spinal tumors?
Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee became the next clinical site for InVivo Therapeutics' spinal cord injury treatment investigational device exemption clinical trial.
Here are 10 spine and neurosurgeons in the news over this past week.
A new study published in the Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques examines whether CT scans overestimated fusion rates after anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.
The implementation deadline for the ICD-10 coding system is set for Oct. 1, 2015. Pushed back by a year from the original implementation deadline in 2014, spine practices have had an additional year to prepare. But the question remains: Are they ready?
Williamsville, N.Y.-based Buffalo Spine and Sports Medicine opened a new location in Batavia, N.Y., according to a Buffalo Business First report.
St. Petersburg (Fla.) General Hospital appointed several new members to the board of trustees, including spine surgeon Ahmad Nematbakhsh, DO, according to a report from Tampa Bay Newspaper.
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