Anthony Yeung, MD, founder of Desert Institute for Spine Care in Phoenix, discussed his thoughts on how spine surgery will evolve over the next five years.
The Cervical Spine Research Society elected its 2016-17 officers. Darrel S. Brodke, MD, of Salt Lake City-based The University of Utah School of Medicine was elected president; Jeffrey C. Wang, MD, of Los Angeles-based Keck Medicine of USC was named president-elect; Alexander Vaccaro, MD, PhD, of Philadelphia-based Rothman Institute is vice president; Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD, of Charlottesville-based University of Virginia Health System is treasurer and Rick Sasso, MD, of Carmel-based Indiana Spine Group is the new secretary.
Scott Blumenthal, MD, co-founder of the Center for Disc Replacement Texas Back Institute in Plano, laid out the big challenges and opportunities private practice spine surgeons face today. Dr. Blumenthal also performed the nation's first herniated disc repair surgery with the AnchorKnot Tissue Approximation Kit by Burlington, Mass.-based Anchor Orthopaedics.
Stephen Hochschuler, MD, co-founder of Texas Back Institute in Plano, talked about bundled payments for global episodes of care and how the spine field is adapting to value-based payments.
Kern Singh, MD, of Chicago-based Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush; Brian R. Gantwerker, MD, of the Craniospinal Center of Los Angeles; Richard Kube, MD, of Peoria, Ill.-based Prairie Spine & Pain Institute; and Alden Milam, MD, of Charlotte, N.C.-based OrthoCarolina shared their thoughts on having difficult conversations with colleagues.
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