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10 Spine Surgeon Directors of Fellowship Programs

Written by  Laura Dyrda | Tuesday, 02 August 2011 19:54
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Here are 10 spine surgeons who serve as directors for spine fellowship programs across the country.
Howard An, MD (Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Chicago). Dr. An is a professor of orthopedic surgery and director of the division of spine surgery and spine fellowship program at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He has a professional interest in cervical spine surgery and treatment of scoliosis. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. An is interested in researching tissue engineering of the intervertebral disc and spinal biomechanics. He is a member of several professional organizations, including North American Spine Society, International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine and the Cervical Spine and Scoliosis Research Societies. Dr. An earned his medical degree at Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, where he also completed his residency. His additional experience includes fellowships in spine surgery at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and traveling fellowships from American Orthopaedic Association and Scoliosis Research Society.

Frank Eismont, MD (University of Miami Miller School of Medicine). Dr. Eismont is the chairman of the department of orthopedics, chief of the spine division and director of fellow education at The University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. His research interests include treatment for cervical spine disorders, and he has published several articles in professional journals, such as the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, on his research. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Eismont is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He earned his medical degree at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) School of Medicine and completed his residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He also completed fellowships at Case Western and Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.

John G. Heller, MD (Emory Healthcare, Atlanta). Dr. Heller is a professor of orthopedic surgery and spine fellowship director at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta. He has a professional interest in research and development of instrumentation for cervical spine surgery, including disc arthroplasty and laminoplasty plates. Dr. Heller is a past-president of the Cervical Spine Research Society and has served in leadership roles with North American Spine Society and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He earned his medical degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore and completed his residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. His additional training includes a fellowship at the University of California in San Diego.

Steven Ludwig, MD (University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore). Dr. Ludwig is the chief of spine surgery in the department of orthopedics and co-director of the University of Maryland Spine Center. He also serves as the spine fellowship director at the university. He has a professional interest in minimally invasive surgery, sports-related spine injuries and treating spinal tumors and infections. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Ludwig has conducted several research projects and received awards for outstanding research from the Cervical Spine Society and American Orthopaedic Association. Dr. Ludwig earned his medical degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery at Emory University in Atlanta.

Robert F. McLain, MD (Cleveland Clinic). Dr. McLain has been the director of the spine surgery fellowship at Cleveland Clinic for more than a decade. He serves as a senior member of the surgical staff for the Center for Spine Health and Department of Orthopedic Surgery and has a clinical expertise in minimally invasive care for disc degeneration and herniation. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. McLain has served as an instructor in artificial disc replacement in the cervical and lumbar spine and received awards for his research from several organizations, including the American Orthopaedic Association. He has served in leadership roles in the North American Spine Society and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. McLain earned his medical degree from the University of California in Sacramento and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. He also completed fellowships in spine surgery at the University of Iowa and University of California.

Michael Neuwirth, MD (Beth Israel Medical Center, New York City). Dr. Neuwirth is the director of Spine Institute of New York at Beth Israel Medical Center and its fellowship program. He has a professional interest in treating adult and pediatric patients with complex spinal deformities in the cervical and lumbar spine. He has written extensively on scoliosis throughout his career and published a book for patients with scoliosis. During his career, Dr. Neuwirth has served on the board of the Scoliosis Research Society and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He earned his medical degree at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York and completed his residency at Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City. His additional experience includes a spine fellowship at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago.

Stephen J. Parazin, MD (New England Baptist Hospital, Boston). Dr. Parazin is the chief of spine surgery and director of the spine fellowship at New England Baptist Hospital. He is also an assistant clinical professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and is on staff at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, India. Dr. Parazin has a professional interest in complex spine cases, including those that involve revision surgery, scoliosis and deformity. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Parazin is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the North American Spine Society. He earned his medical degree at the University of California in Irvine and completed his residency at Tufts New England Medical Center. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery at New England Baptist Hospital.

Andrew E. Park, MD (Texas Spine Consultants, Dallas). Dr. Park founded one of the only spine fellowship programs in Dallas recognized by the North American Spine Society and serves as the fellowship director for the Dallas Spine Fellowship Program. He has a professional interest in treating complex spinal disorders and minimally invasive spine surgery. During his career, he has become a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Mid-America Orthopaedic Association. Dr. Park earned his medical degree at Northwestern University Medical School and completed his residency at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, both in Chicago. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery at Emory University in Atlanta.

Kirkham B. Wood, MD (Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston). Dr. Wood is the chief of the orthopedic service and program director for the Spine Surgery Fellowship Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He has a professional interest in treating adult spinal disorders, including scoliosis, trauma and degenerative conditions. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Wood is focused on research projects, including the effects of instrumentation on spinal deformity, the dynamics of the intervertebral disc and alternative methods for spine surgery. He has also worked with European scientists to develop resorbable implants for spinal fixation. Dr. Wood earned his medical degree at Albany (N.Y.) Medical College and completed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. His additional training includes a fellowship at Minnesota Hospital & Clinic in Minneapolis.

James J. Yue, MD (Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.). Dr. Yue is the director of the Yale Spine Fellowship and co-director of the orthopedic spine service at Yale Orthopaedics. He has a professional interest in surgical intervention for several types of conditions, including arthritis, scoliosis, tumors and injuries. Throughout his career, he has become interested in the X-Stop procedure, ProDisc artificial disc replacement and motion-preserving spine surgery. Additionally, he has participated in research on several types of non-fusion technology. Dr. Yue earned his medical degree at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago and completed his residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland. His additional experience includes fellowships at Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu and RA Cowley Shock Trauma Hospital at University of Maryland in Baltimore.

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