30 spine surgeon influencers with device companies

Written by Laura Dyrda | January 22, 2015 | Print  |

Here are 30 spine surgeons who serve in a leadership capacity of spine device companies.

Jeff Arle, MD, is the chief of neurosurgery at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and member of the Wenzel Spine Scientific Advisory Board. He is a fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and on the executive board for the Joint AANS/CNS Pain Section. Dr. Arle completed a fellowship in functional neurological surgery at New York University Medical Center.

 

Harvinder Singh Bhatti, MD, is an orthopedic spine surgeon and member of the Amendia Clinical Advisory Board. He currently practices at Rockdale Orthopedics in Conyers, Ga., and is a member of the North American Spine Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and South Carolina Orthopaedic Association.

 

Randolph Bishop, MD, is a neurosurgeon and an advisor to Amendia. He has a special interest in minimally invasive spine surgery and treating pediatric spinal deformities. Dr. Bishop is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgery. He earned his medical degree at the University of Missouri.

 

Kingsley Chin, MD, founded SpineFronteir and has been a spine device inventor throughout his career. He also founded MANTIS to develop minimally invasive spine surgery. He also founded an internet-based company focused on medical online distant learning and holds more than 24 patents and pending patents.

 

Steven Courtney, MD, is an orthopedic spine surgeon with Plano Orthopedic Sports Medicine & Spine Center and founder of device company Eminent Spine. He has been chief of orthopedic surgery at Medical Center of Plano and member of the North American Spine Society. He completed his fellowship training at Florida Neck & Back Institute in Gainesville.

 

Daveed Frazier, MD, is an assistant clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and director of the NuVasive Spine Foundation board of directors. He has traveled to Kenya on medical mission trips to the Spine Injury Hospital and performed spine surgery for several patients. He has a professional interest in minimally invasive spine surgery.

 

Steven R. Garfin, MD, is a chairman of orthopedics department at the University of California, San Diego and chairman of the SI-BONE Surgeon Advisory Board. He is a past president of the North American Spine Society and Cervical Spine Research Society. In 2009, Dr. Garfin chaired the SI Joint Diagnostic Summit sponsored by SI-BONE and has authored nine books and 255 peer-reviewed journal articles.

 

Jonathan A. Hyde, MD, is a clinical assistant professor of orthopedics at Florida International University and on the SI-BONE Surgeon Advisory Board. He is also an international teacher of eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion and AxiaLIF techniques. He has contributed to a chapter in a textbook for degenerative disc disease. He is an executive board member of the Society of Lateral Access Surgeons.

 

Jeffrey L. Katzell, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon in Palm Beach County, Fla., and on the Clinical Advisory Board of Amendia. He has been involved in developing and teaching less invasive techniques for spine surgery throughout his career. He is also interested in implant design for lumbar fusion and frequently lectures at national and international conferences.

 

John P. Kostuik, MD, is the chief medical officer and a member of the board of directors at K2M. He is also co-founder of the company. Dr. Kostiuk was an orthopedic spine surgeon for 40 years and served as chief of spine surgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is a past president of the Scoliosis Research Society.

 

David W. Lowry, MD, is a neurological surgeon at Brain + Spine Center in Holland, Mich., and the physician co-founder of TransCorp Spine. He serves on the board of directors and has an interest in medical devices. He completed a neurosurgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh and co-founded Vertis Neuroscience and LaunchCyte.

 

Steven Mather, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon with M&M Orthopedics in the Chicago area with a special interest in adult spine treatment and a member of the SpineCraft Surgeon Advisory Board. He completed two fellowships, one in spinal surgery and spinal cord injury at Case Western Reserve University and another in biomechanics and arthritis at Harrington Arthritis Research Center. He is a member of the North American Spine Society and American Medical Association.

 

Steven Mardjetko, MD, is on the SpineCraft Surgeon Advisory Board. He completed two fellowships at Rush University in Chicago — one in pediatric orthopedics and the other in spinal deformity and reconstruction. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Scoliosis Research Society, where he also serves on the board of directors.

 

Hallett Mathews, MD, MBA, practiced spine surgeon for more than 22 years and serves as executive vice president and chief medical officer at Paradigm Spine. He previously served as the vice president of medical affairs, clinical affairs and CMO for Medtronic and president of Musculoskeletal Clinical Regulatory Advisors.

 

Anis Mekhail, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon at Parkview Musculoskeletal Institute in Palos Heights, Ill., and on the SpineCraft Surgeon Advisory Board. He completed two spine surgery fellowships at Cleveland Clinic and is a member of the North American Spine Society. He has a special interest in spinal deformity and minimally invasive spine surgery.

 

Warren F. Neely, MD, is a neurological surgeon at Southwest Methodist Hospital in San Antonio and a member of the Wenzel Spine Scientific Advisory Board. He completed his fellowship at Montreal Neurological Institute and another at the University of Louisville. He has a special interest in cervical and lumbar disorders for adult patients.

 

Frank M. Phillips, MD, is the head of the section of minimally invasive spine surgery at Rush University Medical Center and on the SI-BONE Surgeon Advisory Board. He participated in several developments for minimally invasive spine surgery techniques and devices. His research focuses on biologics and biomechanics of spinal reconstruction. He is a past president of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.

 

Ralph F. Rashbaum, MD, is co-founder of Texas Back Institute in Plano and on the SI-BONE Surgeon Advisory Board. Dr. Rashbaum has a special interest in patients with chronic low back pain and failed surgery patients. Throughout his career, Dr. Rashbaum published several articles and book chapters, and devotes time to training other physicians in the use of spinal cord stimulation.

 

Mark A. Reiley, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and chief medical officer, inventor and founder of SI-BONE. Previously Dr. Reiley co-founded Kyphon and developed Archus Orthopedics TFAS system. His career has led him to develop foot and ankle systems as well, and he has received several awards for his body of work. He retired from medical practice after 20 years in 2009.

 

Ashish K. Sahai, MD, is a founding partner at Spine & Orthopedic Center in Boca Raton, Fla., and a member of the Amendia Clinical Advisory Board. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and North American Spine Society. He completed a fellowship in spine surgery at Stanford University. Dr. Sahai has a special interest in minimally invasive spine surgery, motion preservation and complex procedures.

 

Karl D. Schultz Jr., MD, is the chief medical advisor to Amendia and BOD Liaison. He is currently a partner with Specialty Clinics of Georgia and diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He has a strong interest in developing spinal implants and technologies for minimally invasive spine surgery.

 

David Schwartz, MD, is a spine surgeon with OrthoIndy and director of the NuVasive Spine Foundation board of directors. He is also the spine consultant for the Illinois Pacers and has a professional interest in treating cervical disc disease, spinal deformities, traumatic injuries and disc herniation.

 

A. Nick Shamie, MD, is chief of orthopedic spine surgery at UCLA School of Medicine and on the SI-BONE Surgeon Advisory Board. Throughout his career, Dr. Shamie has been involved in basic science and clinical research for spine surgery. He completed two fellowships — one in bone research and another in spine surgery at UCLA School of Medicine.

 

Paul Slosar, MD, is president of SpineCare Medical Group in San Francisco, medical co-director of the Spine Care Institute of San Francisco and medical director for Titan Spine. He is also on the board of directors for the American Board of Spinal Surgery and The Spinal Research Foundation. Dr. Slosar has published several articles in professional spine journals.

 

Jonathan Slotkin, MD, is the director of spinal surgery at Geisinger Neurosciences Institute and director of spinal cord injury research. He also serves on the InVivo Therapeutics Scientific Advisory Board. He has a special interest in complex spine surgery and sports-related spine injury in addition to spinal cord injuries and research. He completed his fellowship at the New England Baptist Hospital.

 

J. Todd Smith, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon with a special interest in minimally invasive and revision spine surgery and a member of the Amendia Clinical Advisory Board. He has more than 10 years of experience in his practice, which includes cervical spine, minimally invasive spine and revision surgical procedures. He also serves on the advisory board for a national tissue bank and advises training residents.

 

William Tally, MD, is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon with a special treatment in minimally invasive techniques and adult spinal deformities. He completed his residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Rothman Institute in Philadelphia. He completed his fellowship in orthopedic and neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Peter Ullrich, MD, is CEO and co-founder of Titan Spine. He is a former spine surgeon who underwent a residency program in Grand Rapids. He is also a co-founder of Spine-Health.com and practiced as an orthopedic spine surgeon at the NeuroSpine Center of Wisconsin.

 

Thomas A. Wilson, MD, is a neurological surgeon at St. Vincent's NeuroSpine Center in Birmingham and a member of the Wenzel Spine Scientific Advisory Board. He is a partner at Neurological Associates and held leadership positions on the St. Vincent's Birmingham medical staff. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

 

Eric J. Woodward, MD, is chief of neurosurgery at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston and on the InVivo Therapeutics Scientific Advisory Board. He completed a complex spine surgery fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He has been an editorial board member for The Journal of Spinal Disorders and SpineUniverse.com.

 

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