Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Kirkham Wood of Massachusetts General Hospital

Laura Dyrda -  
Kirkham B. Wood, MD, is the chief of the orthopedic spine service and program director of the spine surgery fellowship program at Massachusetts General Hospital Boston. He has a special interest in adult spinal deformity, degenerative conditions and spinal trauma. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Wood is actively involved in teaching medical students and residents as an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston.Dr. Wood's research interests include the effects of instrumentation for spinal deformity, the dynamics of the intervertebral disc and alternative methods for implant spine surgery. During his career, Dr. Wood has worked with other scientists to develop resorbable implants for use in spinal fixation. The ultimate goal is to discard many of the metallic-type implants used today.

Along with his research Dr. Wood has authored articles for professional journals, such as Spine and the Journal of Biomechanics. Most recently he has published on endoscopically assisted anterior release and reduction through anterolateral retropharyngeal approach for fixed atlantoaxial dislocation.

He earned his medical degree at Albany (N.Y.) Medical College and completed his residency at the University Medical Center and a fellowship at the University of Minnesota Hospital & Clinics.

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