Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Minimally invasive spine program launches at South Carolina hospital

    Summerville (S.C.) Medical Center launched a minimally invasive spine surgery program in April, The Berkeley Independent reported June 16.
  2. Dr. Kornelis Poelstra on the upsides, downsides of PE in spine

    Private equity has the potential to help keep spine practices independent, but it doesn't come without risk, according to Kornelis Poelstra, MD, PhD, of the Robotic Spine Institute of Silicon Valley in Los Gatos, Calif.
  3. 20 best children's hospitals for orthopedics, ranked by US News

    U.S. News & World Report released its 2020-21 Best Children's Hospitals for Orthopedics rankings on June 15.
  1. Minnesota surgeon performs 4-level fusion on patient who weighs 500 pounds

    A 500-pound man with debilitating back pain was turned away from four spine surgeons in Ohio before Minnesota neurosurgeon Hamid Abbasi, MD, PhD, agreed to take on the case with a unique approach.
  2. Spine surgeon joins Novant Health

     John Berry-Candelario, MD, was hired at Novant Health Spine Specialists - Ballantyne in Charlotte, N.C., the health system said June 15.
  3. 5 spine practices to know

    Two surgeon-owned centers and three more spine practices to know:
  4. Orthopedic surgeon permanently banned from practicing in New Jersey

    State officials permanently banned Evangelos Megariotis, MD, former owner and operator of Clifton (N.J.) Orthopedic Associates, from practicing or prescribing drugs in New Jersey, according to the Garfield-Lodi Daily Voice reported.
  1. No regrets about dropping bundled payments, Rothman Orthopaedics president says

    Although Philadelphia-based Rothman Orthopaedics has eliminated bundled payments, its president, Alexander Vaccaro, MD, PhD, said using them is still worth it for some practices.
  2. Minnesota ASC 1st in state to perform spine surgery with Medtronic robot

    Woodbury, Minn.-based Summit Orthopedics' Eagan Surgery Center was reportedly the first ASC in the state to perform spine surgery with the Mazor X Stealth Edition robotic system.
  3. 38-physician orthopedic group opens 8th clinic

    OrthoSouth, a 38-physician practice with locations in Mississippi and Tennessee, has opened its eight clinics in Hernando, Miss., the DeSoto County News reported June 6.
  4. 9 key sports medicine updates in the first half of 2021

    From an $85 million center receiving approval, to the New York Mets' new team physician, here are nine key sports medicine updates in the first half of 2021:
  1. 10 orthopedic surgeon moves in May

    From four surgeons named vice chairs at an Arkansas hospital to the leader of an arthroscopy association, here are seven orthopedic 10 who gained new titles in May:
  2. Medtronic's last 6 months: 7 updates

    From increasing revenue growth to shifting spine strategy and FDA approvals, here are seven key Medtronic developments this year:
  3. Washington neurosurgeon vies for board of health seat

    Neurosurgeon Dave Atteberry, MD, is competing against two other physicians for a position as chief medical officer on the Yakima (Wash.) Health District Board of Health, according to YakimaHerald.com.
  4. Lumbar disc replacement coverage case against Aetna to move forward

    A lawsuit over Aetna Life Insurance's spine surgery coverage that was originally dismissed in 2019 will now go forward, according to a motion granted June 11.
  5. Atlanta spine practice lands PE investment

    Lawrenceville, Ga.-based Summit Spine & Joint Centers was acquired by MSouth Equity Partners.
  6. Awake spinal fusion lauded by Colorado neurosurgeon

    Ernest Braxton, MD, has laid out three key advantages of awake spinal fusion, a procedure that he first performed in 2016, Summit Daily reported June 14.
  7. Orthopedic surgeons reporting $5M net worth declines

    Medscape's "Physician Wealth & Debt Report 2021," released June 11, shows the percentage of orthopedic surgeons with a net worth exceeding $5 million decreased last year.
  8. Spine allograft recalled after 4 patients get tuberculosis

    Aziyo Biologics, a regenerative medicine company, voluntarily recalled a lot of its FiberCel product after several patients who received it tested positive for tuberculosis, according to the FDA.
  9. 10 places hiring orthopedic surgeons

    Here are 10 places hiring orthopedic surgeons, using LinkedIn's Job Search tool:

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