Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Isador Lieberman of the Texas Back Institute

Written by Laura Dyrda | October 08, 2010 | Print  |
Isador Lieberman, MD, MBA, FRCSC, has a passion for minimally invasive spine surgery, which has led him to become an internationally recognized leader in the field. Dr. Lieberman, a physician with the Texas Back Institute, recently co-developed SpineAssist, a robotic tool used to perform minimally invasive spine surgery that is used at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Plano.

"We wanted to create a destination center for orthopedic excellence, so we began examining our services to determine what we needed to add to our portfolio, which turned out to be scoliosis and spine tumor surgery," said Jeffrey Canose, MD, president of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, in a hospital news release. "By recruiting Dr. Lieberman — who is recognized as one of the top spine surgeons in the country — we have been able to make this a world-class center."

The SpineAssist in Plano is one of only three existing systems in the United States. It consists of software and computer graphics interface, which physicians can use in collaboration with a CT scan to pre-plan the procedure, and the robotic arm, which uses information from the images to guide the physician during surgery.

"If the surgeon needs to place a screw in the L-2 vertebral body, the robot will go there and guide us directly to where the screw needs to be placed," Dr. Leiberman said in the release. "The robot is not actually performing the surgery, but it helps facilitate a more precise and efficient surgical procedure by guiding the surgeon's hand according to the preoperative plan we have crafted."

Dr. Lieberman is the medical director of The Scoliosis and Spine Tumor Center at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. His current research includes trials to examine several disc replacement devices and work in spine tumors and scoliosis.

During his career, Dr. Lieberman has received several awards, including the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Innovations Award, and was listed among the top physicians in America by the Best Doctors registry. He holds multiple patents for his technological innovations.

Dr. Lieberman earned his medical degree from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada, and completed his research residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. He also completed residency programs in orthopedic surgery at two Toronto hospitals and a clinical fellowship in spine and trauma surgery at The Toronto Hospital.

Read more about orthopedic and spine industry leaders:

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Tyson Cobb of Iowa's Orthopaedic Specialists

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Bernard Rawlins of the Hospital for Special Surgery


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