Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Texas spine surgeon 1st in US to perform lumbar fusion with biocompatible polymer

    Steven Zielinski, MD, was reportedly the first spine surgeon in the U.S. to perform a lumbar spinal fusion that fuses two biocompatible polymer stabilization devices, The Marlin Democrat reports.
  2. Zynfusion appoints new CEO to lead company to commercialization

    Spinal device company Zynfusion appointed Mark Terrill as CEO May 26.
  3. 3 spine companies partnering with sports stars — Tiger Woods, Jerome Bettis & more

    Here are three spine device companies that partnered with sports stars in the past year:
  1. Which physicians have the most claims denied, resubmitted? A specialty breakdown

    For general surgeons, 19 percent of claims are denied or need resubmitted, according to Medscape's "Physician Compensation Report 2020."
  2. Orthofix partners with spine patient who won Olympic gold

    Orthofix is sponsoring spine patient and Olympic gold medalist Laura Wilkinson, according to a May 26 announcement.
  3. Cleveland Clinic neurosurgeon joins Centerline Biomedical advisory board

    Neurosurgeon Peter Rasmussen, MD, was appointed to the advisory board of Centerline Biomedical on May 22.
  4. Zavation Medical launches expandable cage

    Spinal implant developer Zavation Medical Products on May 26 launched eZspand, an expandable lumbar interbody fusion device, Biospace reports.

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  1. 2 recent orthopedic device company acquisitions

    Here are two spine and orthopedic company transactions that were announced or completed in the past month:
  2. Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center to open clinic in new space

    Birmingham, Ala.-based Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center moved its clinic in Gardendale, Ala., to a new space, in response to high demand for services.
  3. Some spine surgeons wouldn't disclose if they had COVID-19, study says

    About 7.2 percent of spine surgeons said they wouldn't reveal that they had COVID-19 to their patients, according to a survey published in Global Spine Journal.
  4. Colorado orthopedic practice opens walk-in clinic

    Silverthorne, Colo.-based Panorama Summit Orthopedics opened a walk-in clinic to provide urgent orthopedic care and relieve area emergency rooms, SummitDaily reports.
  1. Clinician receives prestigious prize for knee implant design

    The German Society for Biomedical Engineering awarded Dr. Malte Assel the Klee Prize for 2020, recognizing his work in optimizing knee implant design.
  2. The pandemic is altering the spine field: 11 surgeons on how their plans have changed

    Eleven spine surgeons outline how the pandemic has changed their plans for the future.
  3. Top 10 Spine Review articles: May 11-15

     Here are the top 10 most-read articles featured on Becker's Spine Review between May 18 and May 21:
  4. Drs. Fred McQueary, Arthur Johnson & more: 7 spine surgeons making headlines

    Here are seven spine surgeons making the news this week:
  5. Dr. Mark Froimson joins leadership team at angel investment company

    Medical investment company AngelMD recently recruited orthopedic surgeon Mark Froimson, MD, as executive director of clinician engagement, News Anyway reports.
  6. Drs. Joseph Bosco, Brian Cole & more: 7 orthopedic surgeons making the news

    Here are seven orthopedic surgeons making headlines this week:
  7. Veteran neurosurgeon joins Baptist Health Neuroscience Center-Fort Smith

    Baptist Health Neuroscience Center-Fort Smith (Ark.) recently recruited Arthur Johnson, MD, the Times Record reports.
  8. Michigan neurosurgeon permanently loses license, settles charges he misdiagnosed 250 children

    Neurosurgeon Yasser Awaad, MD, on May 20 permanently surrendered his medical license and agreed to pay $5,000 to settle allegations that he misdiagnosed more than 250 children as suffering from epilepsy or seizure disorders, Detroit Free Press reports.
  9. Dr. Craig Popp expects patient volumes to reach capacity soon, readies COVID-19 'playbook' for potential 2nd wave

    Vero Beach, Fla.-based Vero Orthopaedics & Neurology has restarted elective surgeries in accordance with Gov. Ron DeSantis' recent guidance and is expected to return to pre-pandemic patient volumes in the coming weeks.

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