Orthopedic & Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Mick Perez-Cruet of Michigan Head & Spine Institute at Providence Medical Center

Written by Laura Dyrda | October 04, 2010 | Print  |
Mick Perez-Cruet, MD, MS, director of minimally invasive spine surgery at Michigan Head & Spine Institute at the Providence Medical Center in Southfield, Mich., is a pioneer in minimally invasive spine surgery and recently treated a patient in June, helping her return to her golf game by August. He treated her collapsed disc by combining a decompression for stenosis with a spinal fusion. He realigned her spine and inserted four screws, two rods and a cadaver bone to join her fourth and fifth vertebrae.

"I anticipated pain and agony and I had none of that," said Dr. Perez-Cruet's 49-year-old patient in a St. John Providence Health System report. "It was like I woke up the next morning and all the pain, numbness and aching was completely gone."

Since that surgery in 2004, Dr. Perez-Cruet has continued to contribute to the field of minimally invasive spine surgery. He recently won a research grant from the North American Spine Society for a project titled "In-Vivo Intervertebral Disc Regeneration Using Human Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells Derived Chondroprogenitors," for which he served as primary investigator.

He has also developed his own national education programs, including "Gray Matter, A Neurosurgical Overview" and "Neurosurgical Reference Card," which is distributed to all second year medical students in the United States. Prior to his work with Michigan Head & Spine Institute, Dr. Perez-Cruet served as the vice chairman of the department of neurosurgery at Wilford Hall Medical Center at the Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, where he received several recognitions.

Dr. Perez-Cruet is a member of the Council of State Neurological Societies, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. His professional interests include oncologic and degenerative spine conditions and complex spinal disorders.

Dr. Perez-Cruet earned his medical degree from Tufts University in Boston and completed his residency in neurological surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He also completed a fellowship in minimally invasive spine surgery at Rush University in Chicago.

Read other coverage on orthopedic and spine industry leaders:

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Richard Hawkins of the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas


- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. William Maloney of Stanford University School of Medicine


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