Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Mark Reiley of California's Berkeley Orthopaedic Medical Group

Written by Rachel Fields | July 08, 2010 | Print  |
An orthopedic surgeon with Berkeley (Calif.) Orthopaedic Medical Group, Mark Reiley, MD, is the acclaimed developer of kyphoplasty and the founder of Kyphon, a company that aims to restore spinal function through minimally invasive therapies. Dr. Reiley also developed Inbone, a total ankle replacement technology that Robert Anderson, MD, said "will be successful for a long time" in an interview with The Saturday Evening Post.

Dr. Reiley is a foot and ankle specialist who is perhaps best known for his development of kyphoplasty, a procedure that attempts to stop the pain caused by a bone fracture and restore the height and angle of kyphosis of a fractured vertebra. Dr. Reiley is currently working on similar technologies for wrist and ankle fractures.

Dr. Reiley, who has been in private practice since 1984, has always challenged himself to imagine how current technology can be improved. He isn't satisfied by being told that a better solution for a patient's medical condition isn't available. In an interview with Orthopedic News Now, he said, "I got tired of saying to patients, 'Well, I can't do much for you. Here's a brace'," he said. "For two years, I worked on ways to cement into the vertebral body and elevate the fracture … Fortunately, in 1987, I came across a talented engineer … and together we stumbled on the idea of using a balloon."

The balloon became the impetus for kyphoplasty, the technique that Dr. Reiley has taught to surgeons across the United States.

In early July, Dr. Reiley was honored by Stanford Who's Who as an executive of the year. On its recognition of Dr. Reiley, Stanford Who's Who said the physician "has consistently performed at an extraordinary level while displaying the leadership and professionalism required to be considered among the best."

Dr. Reiley received his MD from George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., prior to training at the orthopedic program at the University of California San Francisco.

Read the Orthopedic This Week interview with Dr. Mark Reiley (pdf).

Read the Saturday Evening Post report on the development of Inbone.


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