Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. James D. Schwender of the Twin Cities Spine Center

Written by Laura Dyrda | November 01, 2010 | Print  |
James D. Schwender, MD, is a spine surgeon with Twin Cities Spine Center in Minneapolis and current president of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. Dr. Schwender has made significant contributions to spine surgery through his research and instructional courses on several topics, including minimally invasive surgery and pediatric spine fixation.

In addition to his role in SMISS, Dr. Schwender is a fellow with the Scoliosis Research Society and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He is also a member of the North American Spine Society and the American Orthopaedic Association. His professional interests include minimally invasive treatment of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.

"It is critically important to understand the three-dimensional anatomy, particularly the neural anatomy, to avoid injury to these structures [while performing minimally invasive spine surgery]," said Dr. Schwender in an Orthopedics Today report. "Dural tears tend to be somewhat more difficult to repair within the confines of minimally invasive approaches compared to traditional open techniques. However, as the surgeon becomes familiar working with the principles of less invasive surgery, the benefits such as less tissue trauma, less use of perioperative narcotics, shorter hospital stays and improved outcomes become apparent."

Dr. Schwender serves as an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota. He earned his medical degree at State University of New York in Syracuse and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Vermont in Burlington. He also completed a spine fellowship at the Twin Cities Spine Center.

Read more about orthopedic and spine industry leaders:

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Stephen M. McCollam of Atlanta's Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Arthur Rettig of Indianapolis' Methodist Sports Medicine/The Orthopedic Specialists


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