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1. 5 surgeons weigh in on spine surgery cost containment

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Thursday, 22 June 2017 22:18
Five spine surgeons give advice on controlling the cost of spine procedures.
Dwight Saulle, MD, a neurosurgeon at St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington, W.Va., is using the SI-BONE iFuse Implant System to treat patients with chronic back pain, The State Journal reports.
Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for June 22, 2017.

4. 5 key notes on orthopedic residency chair production

Written by Laura Dyrda | Thursday, 22 June 2017 10:22
A new study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery examines the publication productivity of orthopedic surgeons who chair their departments.
Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals teamed up with the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association to create the Pain Stewardship Program.
Spine surgeons Robert G. Watkins III, MD, and Robert G Watkins IV, MD, have developed a new app called The Back Doctor to help users guide through core strengthening and rehabilitation.
Chicago-based Rush University Medical Center honored David Cheng, MD, as the "Dr. Sukunya Dunphy Memorial Teacher of the Year."
St. George, Utah-based Southwest Spine & Pain Center now offers Vertiflex's Superion Indirect Decompression System.
Surgeon and entrepreneur Gary Michelson, MD, and his foundation Michelson 20MM Foundation, launched an online course focused on patents, trademarks, copyright and trade secrets.
Ernest E. Braxton, MD, is a specialty-trained neurosurgeon joining Vail-Summit Orthopaedics in July 2017. Dr. Braxton will serve patients at the Edwards, Frisco and Vail, Colo., locations.
Alliance Spine hired two new regional sales managers — Martin Jones and Christopher Miller.
As a doctor, our goal is to help patients get back to a pre-injury state or to help manage a condition so that a person can live life to the fullest. But we can only do so much. Patients need to put the work in on their end as well if they want to experience the best results from medical treatment.
Here are 10 hospitals, practices and organizations with job openings and listings for spine surgeons as of June 19, 2017.
Seven spine surgeons weigh in on the most common stigmas surrounding spine surgery and how they deal with patients who misconstrue spine care.
Ara Deukmedjian, MD, of Deuk Spine Institute in Melbourne, Fla., was selected to be among the first neurosurgeons included in the Expert Network. Deuk Spine Institute was also selected as the first Spine Center of Excellence in the world by Johnson & Johnson.
Torrance (Cal.) Medical Center will fund two new medical institutes for South Bay, Cal., residents with a $32 million donation from Richard and Melanie Lundquist, according to Daily Breeze. Mr. and Ms. Lundquist are community members who began donating to the hospital when Ms. Lundquist started volunteering there11 years ago.
Here are six spine surgeons in the news this week.
A new study published in The Spine Journal examines adjacent segment disease after cervical disc arthroplasty and anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.
The Congress of Neurological Surgeons granted Paper of the Year awards to highlight the best original science published in the journal Neurosurgery over the past year, according to Newswise.
Frank J. Schwab, MD, is the chief of spine service at the Hospital of Special Surgery in New York, N.Y., and founder of Nemaris. Dr. Schwab crafted a five step process to improve spinal surgery planning for treating adult spinal deformity, according to an interview by Medscape.
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