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10 Spine Surgeons Focusing on Trauma

Written by  Laura Miller | Wednesday, 22 February 2012 12:40
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Here are 10 spine surgeons who focus on trauma care.

Scott L. Blumenthal, MD (Texas Back Institute, Plano).
Dr. Blumenthal is a spine consultant for the Dallas Mavericks and a partner with Texas Back Institute. He has a professional interest in treating spinal conditions, including spinal trauma. During his career, Dr. Blumenthal has served as a principle investigator for SB III Charite Artificial Disc and clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He is a member of several professional organizations, including North American Spine Society, Spine Arthroplasty Society and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has authored numerous articles about spinal surgery that are published in professional journals. Dr. Blumenthal earned his medical degree at Northwestern University Medical School in Evanston, Ill., and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas. His additional training includes a fellowship in spinal trauma at Midwestern Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

George A. Frey, MD (Colorado Comprehensive Spine Institute, Englewood).
Dr. Frey is founder of Colorado Comprehensive Spine Institute and has a professional interest in complex spinal disorders. Throughout his career, Dr. Frey has focused on the development of new surgical techniques, spinal systems and implants. He holds dozens of patents in the United States and worldwide. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Frey has co-authored several articles on spine surgery. He earned his medical degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and completed his residency and spine surgery fellowship at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago. His additional training includes a fellowship in reconstructive and traumatic spine surgery.

Mitchel B. Harris, MD (Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston). Dr. Harris is the chief of the Brigham and Women's Hospital Orthopedic Trauma Service. He has a professional interest in treating orthopedic trauma injuries and traumatic spine-related conditions, including peri-articular injuries and non-unions. He also performs spinal surgery for non-traumatic conditions. During his career, Dr. Harris has authored several articles based on his research into spinal conditions and injuries published in professional journals. His research interests include the outcomes of geriatric spinal fracture management and stem cell augmentation of fracture healing. Dr. Harris earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. His additional training includes fellowships in orthopedic spine and trauma surgery at the University of Toronto, Sunny Brook Health Science Center and in trauma and adult spine surgery at Queen's Medical Centre in the United Kingdom.

Isador Lieberman (Texas Back Institute, Plano).
Dr. Lieberman is a partner at Texas Back Institute and has a professional interest in treating spinal deformity, tumors and trauma. He is on the medical advisory board for Mazor Robotics and has been involved in the research and development of SpineAssist. Throughout his career, Dr. Lieberman has received several awards for his research, including the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Innovations Award. He is a member of several professional societies, including North American Spine Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Scoliosis Research Society. Throughout his career, he has been committed to providing charitable spine care in Uganda. Dr. Lieberman earned his medical degree at the University of Toronto in Canada and completed his residency at several hospitals in Toronto. His additional training includes a spine and trauma fellowship at Toronto Hospital and spine surgery at The Queen’s Medical Center in England.

David O. Okonkwo, MD (University of Pittsburg Medical Center).
Dr. Okonkwo is the director of neurotrauma and spinal deformity at UPMC Presbyterian and clinical director of the Brain Trauma Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Hew was also recently named the associate director for the Center for Injury Research and Control. He has a professional interest in traumatic spine and brain injuries and scoliosis surgery. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Okonkwo is the principle investigator for a study of the pathophysiology of traumatic brain injury. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons as well as national and international neurotrauma societies. Dr. Okonkwo earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia and completed his residency at the University of Virginia. His additional training includes a fellowship at Auckland Public Hospital in New Zealand.

Sheeraz A. Qureshi, MD (Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City).
Dr. Qureshi is an assistant professor of spinal surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital and chief of spinal trauma at Elmhurst Hospital Center. He has a professional interest in performing minimally invasive spinal surgery and caring for patients with spinal tumors or trauma. Throughout his career, Dr. Qureshi has authored articles and contributed to spine-related textbooks. His research interests include the biological and biomechanical effects of motion sparing spinal technology. Dr. Qureshi earned his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. His additional training includes a spine surgery fellowship at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and was a Cervical Spine Research Society Training Fellow.

J. Rafe Sales, MD (Summit Orthopaedics, Portland).
Dr. Sales is founder and director of spine surgery at Summit Orthopaedics' Summit Spine Institute. He is also the medical director of spinal trauma at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. He is a member of several professional societies, including North American Spine Society and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has a professional interest in minimally invasive and complex spine surgery. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Sales has authored several articles on spine surgery published in professional orthopedic and trauma journals. Dr. Sales earned his medical degree from Albany (N.Y.) Medical College and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. His additional training includes a spinal trauma fellowship at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and a fellowship in spine surgery at San Francisco Spine Institute.

Philip F. Stahel, MD (Denver Health).
Dr. Stahel is the director of the department of orthopedics at Denver Health. He has a professional interest in orthopedic and spine surgery and trauma care. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Stahel conducts research in spinal cord injury, management of complex peri-articular fractures and the pathophysiology of traumatic brain injury. He is a member of several professional societies, including the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and American Spinal Injury Association. During his career, Dr. Stahel served in editorial positions of the European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery, Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery and the European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology. Dr. Stahel earned his medical degree at the University of Zurich in Switzerland and completed his residency in the department of trauma surgery at the University Hospital in Zurich. HI additional raining includes a trauma fellowship at Charite University Medical Center in Berlin and a research fellowship at the University of Alabama.

John Steinmann, DO (Arrowhead Orthopaedics, Redlands, Calif.).
Dr. Steinmann is a partner with Arrowhead Orthopaedics and director of spine trauma at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. He also serves as an assistant clinical physician at Western University in Pomona, Calif. He has a professional interest in traumatic and spinal injuries as well as degenerative conditions of the cervical and lumbar spine. He is a member of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and North American Spine Society.  In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Steinmann completed his DO at Western University of Health Sciences and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich. His additional training includes a spine surgery fellowship at the University of Washington/Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Alex Vaccaro, MD (Rothman Institute, Philadelphia).
Dr. Vaccaro is vice chairman of the department of orthopedics and co-director of the Spine Fellowship Program at Thomas Jefferson Hospital. He is also co-director of the Regional Spinal cord Injury Center of the Delaware Valley and a partner with Rothman Institute. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Vaccaro is a member of several professional societies, including North American Spine Society, Cervical Spine Research Society and Scoliosis Research Society. He has published several articles about spinal conditions in peer-review journals throughout his career and presented findings based on his research at professional meetings across the country. Dr. Vaccaro earned his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and completed a PhD in spinal trauma. His additional training includes an orthopedic residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and spinal fellowship at the University of San Diego.

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