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  Jayme Hiratzka, MD, a spine surgeon at Portland-based Oregon Health & Science University's Brain Institute, will soon begin providing care at Advanced Orthopedic and Sports Medicine in Hermiston, Ore., according to a Hermiston Herald report.
Researchers recently examined factors associated with surgical decision-making for adult spinal deformity patients and published their findings in Spine Deformity: The Official Journal of the Scoliosis Research Society.
Expertscape, an organization that provides tools for healthcare consumers to find the top medical experts within their area, has named the top five experts in the world for spine tumor treatment:
  The digital age is evolving quickly in healthcare and spine surgeons are beginning to develop advanced technology for computer modeling. Collaboration between scientists and clinicians at The Ohio State University has produced a unique modeling program that allows surgeons to view a three-dimensional image of patients preoperatively to understand where the weaknesses are before the procedure begins.
  Here are five spine surgeons and spine surgery centers recently involved in charitable activities.
The American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons released a position statement on team-based care in neurosurgery.
In a prospective, double-blind, randomized control trial, researchers examined the postoperative pain and long term functional outcomes for spine surgery patients who received gabapentin and pregabalin and published the results in Spine.
Physician staffing firm Jackson & Coker recently released a physician salary calculator, which provides hospital administrators and medical group managers with estimates of the fair market values of various physician compensation rates, as well as the revenue contributed by those specialties.
Benvenue Medical announced the full commercial launch of the Kiva VCF Treatment System at the Society for Interventional Radiology Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diego.

10. Dr. Kelly Schmidt Joins Nevada Neurosciences Institute

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Monday, 24 March 2014 12:46
Nevada Neurosciences Institute at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas has added Kelly Schmidt, MD, according to a Vegas Inc. report.
InvisionHealth's Brain and Spine Center in Williamsville, N.Y., announced the addition of Tobias A. Mattei, MD, in spring 2014.
An article published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine compares surgical and non-surgical treatment of unilateral, nondisplaced, subaxial cervical spine facet fractures without evidence of spinal cord injury.
  Over the past decade, the allogeneic blood transfusion rate increased, whereas the predonated autologous blood transfusion rate decreased in patients who underwent spinal fusion in U.S. hospitals, according to a new study in Spine.
One of the fastest-growing fields in spine is minimally invasive surgery. Historically, spine operations involved big incisions for open procedures with more blood loss, pain and higher risk of infection than the less invasive procedures today.

15. 20 Recent Spine Surgery Studies and Findings

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Friday, 21 March 2014 13:08
  Here are 20 articles on spine surgery study findings within the last month.

16. 8 Top Legislative Priorities for AANS/CNS in 2014

Written by Laura Miller | Friday, 21 March 2014 09:58
  The American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons released their 2014 Legislative Agenda.
A new prospective multicenter study evaluating whether freehand pedicle screw fixation in pediatric spinal deformity correction reduced surgeon radiation exposure was published in Spine.

18. Strides in Spine Surgery: Where We Are & Where We're Going

Written by Laura Miller | Thursday, 20 March 2014 16:28
 Spine surgeons trained on traditional open procedures are transitioning to less invasive procedures as quality and cost-effectiveness studies show MIS not only has advantages for the patients but also healthcare spending.

19. Spine Industry Leadership: How Does it Need to Evolve?

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Thursday, 20 March 2014 13:46
  Here four spine surgeons discuss how spine industry leadership is evolving.
Andrew Moulton, MD, of Sarasota (Fla.) Orthopedic Associates, has returned from a humanitarian mission trip to the Dominican Republic, according to a Herald-Tribune report.
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