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10 Spine and Neurosurgeons Performing XLIF

Written by  Laura Dyrda | Wednesday, 29 June 2011 10:44
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Frank Cammisa Jr., MD (Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City). Dr. Cammisa is the chief of the spine service at the Hospital for Special Surgery and an assistant scientist in the hospital's research division. He also serves as an associate professor of surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. In his practice, Dr. Cammisa has special expertise in minimally invasive surgeries, laparoscopic spinal surgery, computer assisted spine surgery and treating athletic spinal injuries. He has performed surgical intervention for several professional athletes and earned recognition from the Eastern Orthopaedic Association for his research. Dr. Cammisa earned his medical degree at the College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York City and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at HSS. His additional training includes a spine surgery fellowship at the University of Miami and the North American Traveling Fellowship from the American Orthopaedic Association.


Guy R. Fogel, MD (San Antonio Spine Pain Be Gone, Texas).
Dr. Fogel has a professional interest in minimally invasive lumbar and cervical spine surgery, scoliosis treatment and failed back surgery. In addition to performing XLIF, Dr. Fogel performs Axial lumbar interbody fusion and cervical disc replacements. He is a member of the North American Spine Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Texas Spine Society. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Fogel has authored several scientific journal articles on spinal disorders. Dr. Fogel earned his medical degree at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic, based in Rochester, Minn. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Allan Goodrich, MD (Augusta Bone & Joint, Augusta, Ga.). Dr. Goodrich is a member of several professional medical societies, including the Cervical Spine Research Society, North American Spine Society and the Orthopaedic Trauma Association. He is also a member of the Society of Lateral Access Surgery. In his practice, Dr. Goodrich has a professional interest in using cutting-edge techniques for treating his patients. Dr. Goodrich earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and completed his residency at Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Ft. Gordon, Ga. His additional training includes a spine surgery fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta.

Sunny Kim, MD (Central Minnesota Spine Center, Alexandria, Minn.).
Dr. Kim is an orthopedic spine surgeon at Central Minnesota Spine Center and a member of the Society of Lateral Access Surgeons, North American Spine Society and the American College of Spine Surgery. He has a professional interest in performing minimally invasive surgical techniques, including the TranS1 lumbosacral fusion and X-Stop surgery. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Kim has published research in professional journals on topics such as failed back surgery and adult spondylolisthesis fusion rate. Dr. Kim earned his medical degree at The University of Chicago and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Columbia University in New York City. His additional training includes a spine surgery fellowship at the Minnesota Spine Center.

Walter X. Loyola, MD (Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Plano). Dr. Loyola is the vice-chair of the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano surgery department. He is a board-certified neurosurgeon who has an interest in performing minimally invasive spinal procedures. In addition to performing XLIF, Dr. Loyola performs transformational lumbar interbody fusions, anterior lumbar interbody fusions with instrumentation and the X-Stop procedure. He is a fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and has been recognized by Newsweek as on of the best physicians in Texas. Dr. Loyola graduated from the University Central Del Caribe in Puerto Rico and completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in San Juan. He also underwent training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School, The Institute of Neurology in London and Morristown Memorial Hospital in New Jersey.

Michael Shapiro, MD (Orlin & Cohen Orthopedic Group, Oceanside, N.Y.). Dr. Shapiro is the chief of orthopedic spine surgery at South Nassau Communities Hospital. His practice focuses on treating spinal disorders, lower back and neck pain, osteoporosis, scoliosis and sciatica. In addition to performing XLIF, Dr. Shapiro focuses on revision spine surgery and disc arthroplasty. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Spine Arthroplasty Society and the North American Spine Society. Dr. Shapiro earned his medical degree at New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y., and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at St. Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco. His additional training includes a spinal reconstructive surgery fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System in Baltimore.

Jonathan Stieber, MD (Jonathan R. Stieber, MD, New York City). Dr. Stieber is an assistant clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and the NYU School of Medicine in New York City. In his clinical practice, he has a professional interest in performing minimally invasive interventions and motion preservation surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society, Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Stieber has conducted research and authored articles in several professional publications, including Spine. He earned his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia and completed his residency at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, N.J. He also completed a spine surgery fellowship at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases.

Vikas V. Varma, MD (Manhattan Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group, New York City). Dr. Varma is a spine surgeon with Manhattan Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group and an assistant clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He has a professional interest in minimally invasive techniques for scoliosis and degenerative conditions. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society and the Scoliosis Research Society. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Varma has been involved in multiple research projects, including one that focuses on the improvements associated with XLIF for patients with large adult lumbar scoliosis. Dr. Varma earned his medical degree at the University of Maryland in Baltimore and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Connecticut in Farmingham. His additional training includes fellowships in sports medicine and arthroscopy with Orthopaedic Sports Specialists in Glastonbury, Conn., and spine surgery at the San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders.

John I. Williams, MD (Ortho NorthEast, Ft. Wayne, Ind.). Dr. Williams is a spine surgeon with SpineONE, a division of Ortho NorthEast. He is among the first spine surgeons in his region to perform XLIF. In addition to his medical practice, he is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and he speaks frequently at professional conferences. Dr. Williams earned his medical degree at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, where he also completed his internship and residency in the department of orthopedic surgery. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery at the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans.

Richard Wohns, MD (South Sound Neurosurgery, Puyallup, Wash.). Dr. Wohns is a spine surgeon and a leader in the development of ambulatory spine practices. He is the founder and president of South Sound Neurosurgery in Puyallup, Wash., and founded NeoSpine, a spine ASC development company that is currently part of Symbion Healthcare. He was one of the first neurosurgeons in the United States qualified to perform the XLIF procedure. Dr. Wohns attended medical school at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., and completed his neurosurgery residency at the University of Washington in Seattle. He holds an executive MBA from the University of Washington and is currently pursuing a law degree from Seattle University School of Law.

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