10 spine surgeons to know

Spine Leaders

Here are 10 spine surgeons to know:

Kaku Barkoh, MD. Orthopaedic Associates (Kingwood, Texas). Dr. Barokh is a minimally invasive spine specialist. He was featured on the "20 Under 40" list by the North American Spine Society for 2021.

Barrett Boody, MD. Indiana Spine Group (Carmel). Dr. Boody has published more than 80 peer-reviewed publications and has edited multiple textbooks. He also works with surgical device companies to develop and improve products.

Michael Kachmann, MD. Mayfield Brain & Spine (Cincinnati). Dr. Kachmann is a spinal neurosurgeon and joined Mayfield Brain & Spine in 2014. He was one of the first surgeons to use Medtronic's Pulse platform in a commercial case.

Safdar Khan, MD. Ohio State University Wexner College of Medicine (Columbus). Dr. Khan is an associate professor of orthopedics. In September, he debuted augmented reality-assisted spine surgery at the Ohio State University Wexner College of Medicine.

Thomas McNally, MD. Weiss Memorial Hospital (Chicago). Dr. McNally specializes in minimally invasive and robotic spine surgery. He was named medical director of Weiss Memorial Hospital's Spine Center in August.

Max Medary, MD. Greater Orlando (Fla.) Neurosurgery & Spine. Dr. Medary is the president and CEO of Greater Orlando Neurosurgery & Spine, and he specializes in complex spine disease and skull base tumor surgery. He also founded the Orlando Neurosurgical Foundation.

Sohrab Pahlavan, MD. Ventura (Calif.) Orthopedics. Dr. Pahlavan grew up in Stockholm and attended the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. Before starting medical school, he worked as a science teacher in Sweden.

Sheeraz Qureshi, MD. Hospital for Special Surgery (New York City). Dr. Qureshi is research director of spine service at HSS, and his interests include outcomes of minimally invasive spine surgery and cost-effectiveness of spine procedures. He operated on television host Whoopi Goldberg in September.

Zachary Tempel, MD. Mayfield Brain & Spine (Cincinnati). Dr. Tempel joined Mayfield Brain & Spine in 2017. He worked with Dr. Kachmann to perform one of the first commercial cases with Medtronic's Pulse platform.

Frank Valone III, MD. California Pacific Orthopaedics (San Francisco). Dr. Valone has a special interest in cervical and minimally invasive spine surgery. He previously worked with the nonprofit Operation Smile and as a firefighter paramedic.

Note: This is not an exhaustive list. Surgeons are listed in alphabetical order. To nominate a surgeon for future lists, please contact Carly Behm at cbehm@beckershealthcare.com.

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