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  1. Drs. James Chappuis, James Lin & more: 7 spine surgeons making headlines

    Here are seven spine and neurosurgeons making the news this week:
  2. How the pandemic has changed Stryker's operations, culture: 8 observations from CEO Kevin Lobo

    Stryker CEO Kevin Lobo said the pandemic accelerated innovation with virtual conferencing and connections during The Constellation Forum on Aug. 6, and he plans to lean into these trends as well as the company's social responsibility in the future.
  3. UAMS sees 1st female neurosurgeon graduate from residency program

    Heather Pinckard-Dover, MD, is the first female neurosurgeon to complete the residency program at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Press Argus-Courier reports.

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  1. NuVasive spine robot faces further delays

    During NuVasive's second-quarter earnings call, CEO Chris Barry said the timeline for its Pulse robotic system for spine surgery has been further delayed, according to Seeking Alpha.
  2. Neurosurgeons ask Congress to intervene in CMS' 'ill-informed and dangerous' Medicare payment cuts

    The American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons announced their opposition to CMS' Medicare Physician Fee Schedule rule for 2021, which would reduce neurosurgeon reimbursement rates by at least 7 percent. 
  3. 4 orthopedic surgeon, DOJ settlements in 2020

    The U.S. Department of Justice has agreed to settlements to resolve allegations in four cases involving orthopedic surgeons this year:
  4. 8 spine, neurosurgeons moves in July

    Eight spine and neurosurgeons joined new practices or received new appointments in July:

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  1. Dr. James Lin leads Mount Sinai study on adult idiopathic scoliosis

    Spine surgeon James Lin, MD, of New York City-based Mount Sinai Hospital has spearheaded a study that looks to provide a more reliable classification system for adult idiopathic scoliosis.
  2. SmartHealth PayCard helps orthopedists cut collections headaches and keep focus where it belongs – On the patient

    Scenarios like this unfold every day somewhere in America. A harried mother clocks out of work early to take her teenage son to get an MRI at a local orthopedist after he injured his knee in soccer practice.
  3. Wishbone Medical acquires 2 spine device companies

    Orthopedic implant manufacturer Wishbone Medical has strengthened its portfolio with the acquisition of two spine device companies — Back 2 Basics Direct and Orbbö Surgical.
  4. Police investigating single-vehicle crash that killed Alabama medical student; neurosurgeon survives

    Police in Mobile, Ala., are investigating a single-vehicle crash that killed Samantha Alison Thomas, a third-year medical student at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL.com reports.
  1. Dr. John Burleson: Key insights from Texas Back Institute fellowship + plans for the future

    John Burleson, MD, recently graduated from the spine fellowship program at Texas Back Institute in Plano and is set to join Hughston Clinic in Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 1.
  2. Life Spine gains clearance for anterior lumbar spacer

    Medical device company Life Spine has received FDA clearance for its Plateau-A Ti anterior lumbar spacer system, according to an Aug. 5 news release.
  3. Drs. Joseph Bosco, David Cashen & more: 9 orthopedic surgeons making the news

    Here are nine orthopedic surgeons making headlines this week:
  4. AAOS urges CMS to reconsider Medicare cuts to orthopedic care

    The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons has urged CMS to reconsider its Medicare Physician Fee Schedule rule for 2021, which outlines significant cuts to reimbursement rates for orthopedic surgical services, among other specialties.
  5. Zimmer Biomet pays $2M for electrode distribution rights — 5 details

    Zimmer Biomet paid $2 million upfront for the rights to distribute electrodes used in brain surgeries related to epilepsy treatment, according to Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.
  6. Zimmer Biomet, Stryker report Q2 figures & more: 4 device company notes

    Here are four key notes on spine and orthopedic device companies: 
  7. NuVasive Q2 net sales down 30%, unclear if growth will return by end of 2020: 6 insights from CEO Chris Barry

    In NuVasive's second-quarter earnings call Aug. 4, CEO Chris Barry said the spine device company remains uncertain whether its business will return to growth by the end of the year, according to Seeking Alpha.
  8. 11 orthopedic surgeons on the move in July

    Eleven orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine physicians joined new practices or received new appointments in July:
  9. Zimmer Biomet's worldwide knee sales plummet 46.8% in Q2, hitting $374M

    Zimmer Biomet reported sharp sales declines across all product categories in the second quarter.

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