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  1. ISASS names Dr. Jack Zigler president for 2019-20

    The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery named Jack Zigler, MD, president for 2019-20. By Laura Dyrda -
  2. Cultivate(MD) invests in PEEK implant maker — 3 quick notes

    Interbody device manufacturer HAPPE Spine received financing from Genesis Innovation Group and its two investment healthcare funds. By Angie Stewart -
  3. Centinel Spine's ProDisc-C device linked to low reoperation rate — 5 study findings

    Plano-based Texas Back Institute researchers found Centinel Spine's ProDisc-C device is generally safe for use in spine surgery procedures, Spinal News International reports. By Angie Stewart -

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  1. How pain management must evolve to improve spine outcomes

    Two spine surgeons weigh in on the latest trends in pain management. By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. NuVasive to expand portfolio with X360 lateral approach: 5 things to know

    NuVasive will introduce new technology for lateral single-position spine surgery. By Laura Dyrda -
  3. Federal government requests 4 spine physicians convicted in kickback case be detained as flight risks: 3 details

    A federal jury convicted four physicians and three others in a $40 million bribery and kickback scheme related to a physician-owned hospital in Texas; now, the Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine Pfeifle requested the physicians be taken into custody, according to a Dallas News report. By Laura Dyrda -
  4. Medicrea reports patient-specific spinal implant use up 68% in Q1: 5 things to know

    Medicrea reported worldwide sales growth in the first quarter of 2019. By Laura Dyrda -

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  1. Orthopedic surgeon gets 5 months in federal prison for illegal hydrocodone pill distribution: 4 notes

    An orthopedic surgeon that pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy after illegally distributing hydrocodone last year has been sentenced to federal prison, according to a Tulsa World report. By Laura Dyrda -
  2. Spinal fusion: Expandable vs. static cage for MIS TLIF – 5 findings

    Research presented at the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Annual Forum in 2018 compares static and expandable interbody devices for minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion. By Laura Dyrda -
  3. Dr. Justin Connor joins Bayhealth Orthopedics division

    Dover, Del.-based Bayhealth Division of Orthopedics added Justin Connor, MD, to its staff, according to the Dover Post. By Rachel Popa -
  4. SpineFrontier, Intellirod & more: 6 device company notes

    Here are six key notes on spine and orthopedic device companies: By Eric Oliver -
  1. DOJ charges 24 in $1.2B+ medical device kickback scheme — 5 insights

    The Department of Justice charged 24 individuals in connection with a massive kickback scheme that resulted in more than $1.2 billion in losses. By Eric Oliver -
  2. Mayo Clinic expanding Mankato presence — 4 insights

    Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic expanded its Mankato, Minn.-based facility, local news affiliate KEYC reports. By Eric Oliver -
  3. Dr. Amit Goyal joins Bayhealth Neurosurgery — 3 insights

    Dover, Del.-based Bayhealth Neurosurgery added neurosurgeon Amit Goyal, MD, to its staff, The Beacon reports. By Eric Oliver -
  4. Medtronic selects Sean Lennon to succeed longtime CIO — 3 insights

    Sean Lennon will succeed Mike Hedges as Medtronic's CIO. By Angie Stewart -
  5. Dr. James Kaufman opens 4th neurosurgery location

    Neurosurgeon James Kevin Kaufman, MD, opened a clinic in Plano, Texas. By Angie Stewart -
  6. What 7 device company CEOs were paid in 2018 — Stryker, NuVasive & more

    The 62 highest-paid healthcare CEOs in the U.S. — including executives from Stryker, NuVasive and Boston Scientific — made a combined $1.1 billion in 2018, according to Axios. By Angie Stewart -
  7. How an orthopedic entrepreneur conquers fear, business obstacles & more — 6 Qs with Dr. Will Kurtz

    At least three times a week, orthopedic surgeon Will Kurtz, MD, hears patients say, "I wish I hadn't waited so long to have this surgery." By Angie Stewart -
  8. UnitedHealthcare to expand bundled payments to Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, including total joints and spine: 5 things to know

    UnitedHealthcare will expand BPCI Bundled Payments to include Medicare Advantage beneficiaries in 2020. By Laura Dyrda -
  9. California neurosurgeon charged with billing fraud: 4 points

    A neurosurgeon in Carmichael, Calif., has been charged in billing fraud, according to a report from KCRA 3, a local NBC affiliate. By Laura Dyrda -

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