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10 Spine Surgeons Performing Minimally Invasive Sacroiliac Joint Surgery

Written by  Laura Dyrda | Tuesday, 07 June 2011 15:58
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Neel Anand, MD (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles). Dr. Anand is the director of orthopedic spine surgery at Cedars-Sinai Spine Center, where he also researches minimally invasive surgical techniques for spinal disorders and traumas. During his career, he has been actively involved in developing technologies for non-fusion spine surgery and served as a principle investigator for several FDA device exemption studies. Dr. Anand has published papers in several professional journals, including the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. He is a member of the North American Spine Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He earned his medical degree from the University of Mumbai, Topiwala National Medical College in India. He also completed a spine surgery fellowship at the University of Florida Spinal Health Centers in Gainesville and a trauma fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.


Gilbert Aust, MD (The Orthopaedic Center, Huntsville, Ala.). Dr. Aust is a spine surgeon at The Orthopaedic Center and the founder of Edius, a minimally invasive spine fusion company. He has a professional interest in treating disorders of the lower back, and he has given several presentations on minimally invasive spine surgery techniques. Dr. Aust holds eight instrumentation and device patents associated with spinal procedures. He is a member of several professional societies, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the North American Spine Society. In 2000, he was also among the first surgeons to perform posterior lumbar endoscopic fusion in the United States. He earned his medical degree at the University of South Alabama in Mobile and completed his residency at The Campbell Clinic in Memphis, Tenn.

Bruce Dall, MD (Borgess Brain & Spine, Kalamazoo, Mich.).
Dr. Dall is a surgeon with Neurosurgery of Kalamazoo, part of Borgess Brain & Spine Institute. He has been interested in intervention for lower back pain and sacroiliac joint procedures throughout his career and published an article in The Journal of Spinal Disorders about the less invasive procedure he performs. Dr. Dall inserts a small cage containing bone-growth-spurring material into the patient's spine to keep bones from rubbing together. He earned his medical degree at the University of Nebraska in Omaha and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the Southwestern Michigan Area Health Education Center in Kalamazoo. His additional training includes a spine surgery fellowship at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield.

Mitchell S. Garden, MD (New Milford Hospital, Danbury, Conn.).
Dr. Garden recently performed the first minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fixation surgery using the SI-Bone's iFuse implant system. During the procedure, Dr. Garden placed three titanium implants across the SI joint through a small incision. Previously, Dr. Garden served as the chairman of the orthopedics department at St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital Medical Staff in Newburgh, N.Y. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, National Association of Spine Surgeons and the North American Spine Society. Dr. Garden earned his medical degree at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and completed a fellowship in spine surgery at the New England Baptist Bone & Joint Institute in Boston.

Steven R. Garfin, MD (University of California, San Diego).
Dr. Garfin is the chairman of the department of orthopedic surgery at UCSD and has served as chair of the medical advisory board for SI-Bone, a device maker for sacroiliac joint pathology. In his role with SI-Bone, he focuses on the algorithm and process for SI joint dysfunctions to educate surgeons on the minimally invasive treatment options. During his career, Dr. Garfin has been instrumental in designing and assessing new spine surgery techniques to treat deformities, disorders and injuries. He has served as deputy editor of Spine and a reviewer for several other medical journals. His research has earned awards from several professional societies, including the North American Spine Society. Dr. Garfin earned his medical degree at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at UCSD. He also completed a fellowship in spine disorders at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.

Arnold Graham Smith, MD (Baptist Medical Center South, Jacksonville, Fla.).
Dr. Graham Smith performs minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion using the Arthrodesis process, which makes three incisions across the SI joint and then stabilizes it by implanting three porous, triangular rods through the joint. During his career, he has served as the director of the spinal cord injury program at the Rehabilitation Center in Jacksonville and authored publications on sacroiliac joint injury and dysfunction. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and has been a member of the board of directors for the American Board of Spine Surgery. Dr. Graham Smith graduated MBBS from London University and completed a fellowship at Rancho Los Amigos Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Hospital in Los Angeles.

Richard A. Kube II, MD (Prairie Spine & Pain Institute, Peoria, Ill.). Dr. Kube recently performed the minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion surgery using the SImmetry system from Zyga Technologies. Throughout his career, Dr. Kube has focused on performing advanced and minimally invasive procedures for the spine. He has presented his research on motion preservation at more than 20 venues around Asia, Europe and North America. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Kube serves as a faculty member at the University of Illinois School of Medicine in Peoria. He earned his medical degree at Saint Louis University, where he also completed his residency. His additional training includes a spine surgery fellowship with Spine Surgery PSC in Louisville, Ky.

Frank M. Phillips, MD (Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Chicago).
Dr. Phillips is the director of the section of minimally invasive spine surgery at Rush University Medical Center. He has a professional interest in motion preserving and minimally invasive spinal procedures, cervical reconstruction and intervertebral disc biology and regeneration. During his career, Dr. Phillips has served as a past president for the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and served on committees for the Society for Advanced Spine Surgery. Dr. Phillips earned his medical degree at the University of Witwatersrand Medical School in South Africa and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at University of Chicago Hospitals. He also completed a fellowship in orthopedic surgery at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland.

Ralph F. Rashbaum, MD (Texas Back Institute, Plano). Dr. Rashbaum is a co-founder of Texas Back Institute, where he has a professional interest in diagnosing and treating chronic lower back pain. During his career, Dr. Rashbaum has published several professional articles on back pain treatment and spine surgery and served as vice president of the Texas Pain Society. He is also a member of the North American Spine Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Rashbaum has also worked with several companies to improve devices for back pain intervention and serves on the medical advisory board for SI-Bone, a device maker for sacroiliac joint pathology. He earned his medical degree at Chicago Medical School and completed residencies at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., and University Hospital of Cleveland. He also completed a fellowship in spine surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.

Leonard Rudolf, MD (Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, Lebanon, N.H.).
Dr. Rudolf is an orthopedic surgeon at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, where he performs several orthopedic procedures that include minimally invasive sacroiliac joint surgery. During his career, he has traveled to Nicaragua to work with orthopedic surgeons there and demonstrate surgical techniques for them. He earned his medical degree at the Université De Franche-Compté in Besançon, France, and completed his residency at Jewish Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. He completed an additional residency at Harlem Hospital Center and a fellowship in spine and scoliosis surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, both in New York City.

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