Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Spine robots need 'a giant leap forward': 12 surgeons' wishlist for the next generation of robots 

    Robots are still considered to be in their infancy in spine surgery, but most surgeons agree they will have a critical role to play in the future of the specialty. However, certain challenges remain.
  2. 8 major orthopedic partnerships

    Here are eight orthopedic partnerships from Healthcare Outcomes Performance Co., OrthoAlliance and more that Becker's has reported on since Nov. 1:
  3. HCA hospital taps Dr. Nathaniel Thomas for orthopedic program

    HCA Florida Northwest Hospital in Margate has selected Nathaniel Thomas, DO, as a new surgeon for its orthopedic program. 

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  1. How the spinal tech 'game of musical chairs' will drive the direction of the industry

    The neurosurgical and spine surgery industries could see an influx of investment in several technologies and procedures, including small-scale robotics, augmented reality and endoscopic spine surgery, one neurosurgeon predicts. 
  2. Rothman Orthopaedics, Drexel University ink partnership

    Rothman Orthopaedic Institute and Drexel University Athletics, both in Philadelphia, signed a multi-year partnership.
  3. Johnson & Johnson CEO to be board chair

    Johnson & Johnson's CEO, Joaquin Duato, was elected to chair of the board, the medtech company said Nov. 30.
  4. Dr. Joseph Kavolus debuts MicroPort Navibot's knee robot

    Joseph Kavolus, MD, of Lighthouse Surgical Suites in Hollis, N.H., completed the first clinical case with MicroPort Navibot's Skywalker robot.

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  1. Hospital for Special Surgery physician named interim CEO of orthopedic devicemaker

    WishBone Medical named Mark Figgie, MD, as its interim CEO, the orthopedic devicemaker said Dec. 1.
  2. Elon Musk plans to test brain chip in humans in 2023; experts skeptical

    Elon Musk pushed back plans to test the Neuralink brain chip in humans to 2023, The New York Times reported Nov. 30.
  3. SSM Health sues 2 resigning orthopedic surgeons

    Madison, Wis.-based SSM Health Dean Medical Group sued two orthopedic surgeons who resigned with plans to begin their own practice, The Chippewa Herald reported Dec. 1.
  4. Spine surgeon develops liposuction technique

    Steven Cyr, MD, who has dual fellowship training in orthopedic and cosmetic surgery, developed a new liposuction technique called OrthoSculpt.
  1. Colorado medical center becomes new orthopedic hot spot

    Meeker, Colo.-based Pioneers Medical Center's orthopedic wing has become a go-to destination for care, the Colorado Sun reported Nov. 30. 
  2. Study supports Centinel Spine's STALIF interbody system

    Researchers from Plano-based Texas Back Institute supports Centinel Spine's STALIF M portfolio, the devicemaker said Nov. 30.
  3. 32-physician Tennessee orthopedic practice adds price transparency tool

    Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinics in Knoxville partnered with HealthMe to add a digital payment and price transparency platform.
  4. Former orthopedic surgeon gets 111 months for 2nd healthcare fraud conviction

    Former New York orthopedic surgeon Spyros Panos was sentenced to 111 months in prison for fraud and identity theft charges he pled guilty to in 2020, according to the Department of Justice, Southern District of New York.
  5. Medtronic's Q2 revenue, Conformis' new knee system and more: 6 device company notes

    Here are six updates from spine and orthopedic devicemakers since Nov. 16.
  6. Dr. Benjamin Burch debuts SeaSpine's navigation system at Mississippi hospital

    Benjamin Burch, MD, became the first surgeon in northern Mississippi to use SeaSpine's Flash navigation system, according to a Nov. 30 announcement in the Oxford Eagle.
  7. Ascension St. Vincent breaks ground on spine hospital

    Ground was broken on a brain and spine hospital for Ascension St. Vincent in Indianapolis, Inside Indiana Business reported Nov. 30.
  8. 7 spine surgeon moves in November

    Here are seven spine surgeons moving to new practices or adding to their titles in November:
  9. The challenge with value-based care for orthopedic surgeons

    Orthopedic surgeons face a unique challenge in the transition to value-based care as a procedure-driven specialty, one industry leader says. 

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