Drs. Frederick Boop, Michael Gleiber, F. Todd Wetzel & more: 90+ spine surgeons & neurosurgeons receiving honors in 2016


Here are more than 90 spine surgeons or neurosurgeons who received awards or promotions in 2016.

Barry J. Hoffer, MD, PhD, adjunct neurosurgery professor at Case Western Reserve university in Cleveland received a National Institutes of Health three-year, $1 million grant for research about the use of gliptins for Parkinson's treatment.


Björn Zoëga, MD, a spine surgeon, assumed the position of CEO of GHP Stockholm Spine Center.


Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York named Constantinos G. Hadjipanayis, MD, chair of the department of neurosurgery.

The Chicago Spine Center at Weiss Memorial Hospital named Thomas A. McNally, MD, director.

Johnstown, Colo.-based Premier Stem Cell Institute and John Peloza, MD, have opened a clinic in Dallas.

Thirteen physicians from DISC Sports & Spine Center in Marina del Rey, Calif., were named top doctors on the "2016 Southern California Super Doctors" list by MSP Communications.

Rockford (Ill.) Spine Center's Fred Sweet, MD, served as a visiting professor at Washington University School of Medicine at St. Louis.

Robert F. Heary, MD, is medical director of the Spine and Pain Center at HackensackUMC Mountainside in Glen Ridge, N.J.

David Rothbart, MD, co-founder and medical director of Southlake-based Spine Team Texas, was named a "2016 HealthCare Hero" by Fort Worth Business.

Maywood, Ill.-based Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and Loyola University Health System named Alexander J. Ghanayem, MD, FAAOS, chair of the department of orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation.

American College of Osteopathic Surgeons named neurosurgeon Dawn Tartaglione, DO, president of the society.


Rockford Register Star named orthopedic spine surgeon Michael Roh, MD, of Rockford (Ill.) Spine Center to its "People to Watch 2016" list.


St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, Ohio, named Selvon F. St. Clair, MD, PhD, director of spine surgery.


Orthopedic spine surgeon Kern Singh, MD, delivered the keynote speech at the Minimally Invasive Spine Society meeting in Tokyo, Japan.


Manhasset, N.Y.-based Northwell Health, previously known as the North Shore-LIJ Health System, named David Langer, MD, chair of neurosurgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.


Chirag Patil, MD, was selected by the Obama Administration to participate in its Precision Medicine Initiative Summit on Feb. 26, 2016, in Washington, D.C.


Castle Connolly named Rockville Centre, N.Y.-based NSPC Brain & Spine Surgery physicians to its "2016 Top Doctors."


Jeffrey Masciopinto, MD, joined Madison, Wis.-based Wellbe's, advisory board.


The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons appointed Neel Anand, MD, of Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai Spine Center, to serve on its Spine Program Committee.


Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, MD, inspired a new Disney movie, Dr. Q.


National Consumer Advisory Board included Mark Testaiuti, MD, of Mount Laurel, N.J.-based Coastal Spine, in its "America's Best Physicians" registry for 2016.


New York-based Nexera consulting group added neurosurgeon Marilyn Gates, MD, to its clinical value analysts team.


Michael Gleiber, MD, founder of Michael Gleiber, MD, PA Concierge Spine Surgery in Boca Raton, Fla., is now a brand ambassador for Rolls Royce.


James L. Chappuis, MD, senior surgeon and CEO of SpineCenterAtlanta, and his colleagues created a poster for the Orthopaedic Research Society 2016 Annual Meeting earlier this month, which won the best poster award.


Justin S. Field, MD, an orthopedic spine surgeon with Desert Institute for Spine Care in Phoenix, joined The Expert Network.


Omaha-based University of Nebraska Medical Center awarded William Thorell, MD, the Lyal G. Leibrock, M.D. Chair of Neurosurgery.


Neal F. Kassell, MD, of Charlottesville-based University of Virginia, has been selected to serve on The National Cancer Institute's Blue Ribbon Panel for Vice President Joe Biden's National Cancer Moonshot Initiative.


Operative Neurosurgery appointed David Langer, MD, chief of neurosurgery at New York City-based Lenox Hill Hospital, to its editorial board.


CBS featured Ashraf Hanna, MD, and Scott Webb, DO, both of Clearwater-based Florida Spine Institute, speaking on artificial disc replacement.


Aaron K. Calodney, MD, of Tyler, Texas-based Precision Spine Care, was named president of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.


The Expert Network added Alexios G. Carayannopoulos, DO, of Providence-based Rhode Island Hospital.


Jacksonville, Fla.-based Mayo Clinic appointed Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, MD, the William J. and Charles H. Mayo Professor and neurological surgery chair.


The International Advocates for Spine Patients named Gunnar Andersson, MD, PhD, chairman of the board of directors.


Buffalo, N.Y.-based UBMD Physicians Group named neurosurgeon Kevin J. Gibbons, MD, executive director.


The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery named Hee Kit Wong, MD, PhD, of the National University of Singapore, president.


The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery named Domagoj Coric, MD, of Charlotte-based Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, to its board of directors.


The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery presented awards at its 16th annual meeting in Las Vegas:


Jeffrey Spivak, MD, of New York University, received The ISASS Leon Wiltse Award for Best Overall Paper.
Sudarshan Pramod, MBBS, MS, of Chennai, India-based Apollo Hospital, won The Charles D. Ray Award for Best Clinical Paper.
Matthew Scott-Young, MBBS, FRACS, FAOrthA, of Southport, Queensland, Australia-based Gold Coast Spine, received the Kostuik Innovation Award.


The American Association of Neurological Surgeons appointed Frederick A. Boop, MD, of Memphis-based University of Tennessee Health Science Center, president.


Howard L. Weiner, MD, will serve as Houston-based Texas Children's Hospital's new chief of neurosurgery.


The International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine awarded Swiss-Canadian spine surgeon Max Aebi, MD, the "2016 Lifetime Achievement Award."


Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine named Alan R. Cohen, MD, the chief of pediatric neurosurgery.


Neurosurgeon Peter Sun, MD, is the first recipient of University of California San Francisco Benioff Children's Oakland's John S. and Sherry H. Chen Endowed Chair in Clinical Neurosurgery.


ICNA Relief USA presented neurosurgeon Saeed Bajwa, MD, of Southern New York NeuroSurgical Group in Johnston City, N.Y., with the ICNA Relief USA Award of Appreciation. Dr. Bajwa was also added to the Leading Physicians of the World and was appointed Wilson Medical Center's director of neurosciences, as well.


Neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta, MD, of Atlanta-based Emory Clinic, ranks as the second most popular physician on Twitter in the United States, with more than 2 million followers.


SUNY University at Buffalo (N.Y.) Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences named Kevin J. Gibbons, MD, senior associate dean for clinical affairs and executive director of UB Associates/UBMD Physicians Group.


Oneonta, N.Y.-based A.O. Fox Hospital named orthopedic spine surgeon, Reginald Knight, MD, MHA, vice president of medical affairs.


Baltimore-based MedStar Health appointed Zeena Dorai, MD, the chief of neurosurgery at MedStar Union Memorial and MedStar Good Samaritan hospitals, both in Baltimore.


The Leading Physicians of the World added neurosurgeon Sean Logan, MD, to its organization.


Last July, NY Top Doc named orthopedic spine surgeon Saad Chaudhary, MD, to its "NY Top Doc" list.


Erich Anderer, MD, is now chief of neurosurgery at New York City-based NYU Lutheran Medical Center.


University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria named Jeffrey Klopfenstein, MD, head of the neurosurgery department.


New York City-based Mount Sinai Hospital's spine center named Sheeraz Qureshi, MD, associate director.


Shriners Hospitals for Children in Oak Park (Ill.) named Purnendu Gupta, MD, chief of staff.


The International Association of HealthCare Professionals welcomed neurosurgeon James P. Argires, MD.


Spine surgeon Jeff A. Lehmen, MD, joined the International Association of HealthCare Professionals.


Continental Who's Who, a publisher of business leaders' professional biographies, named neurosurgeon Kamal R. Woods, MD, a Pinnacle Professional in healthcare.


Worcester-based University of Massachusetts Medical School and Worcester-based University of Massachusetts Medical Center appointed Mark D. Johnson, MD, PhD, chair of the neurosurgery department.


The International Association of HealthCare Professionals inducted orthopedic spine surgeon Gerald Q. Greenfield Jr., MD.


Orthopedic surgeon Marc I. Malberg, MD, joined the International Association of HealthCare Professionals.


Chicago-based Rush University Medical Center named Frank Phillips, MD, director of the division of spine surgery for the department of orthopedic surgery.


The International Association of HealthCare Professionals added neurosurgeon Anthony J.G. Alastra, MD, to its organization.


Boca Raton (Fla.) Regional Hospital named neurosurgeon Frank K. Vrionis, MD, PhD, the director of the Marcus Neuroscience Institute.


SpineCenterAtlanta opened a new office in Conyers, Ga., called SpineCenterConyers. Anthony Clavo, MD, will lead the new office.


Castle Connolly honored Michael Gleiber, MD, as a "Top Doctor in the West Palm Beach, Fla., region."


Lindsey Ross, MD, a Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai resident neurosurgeon, earned a position as a 2016 to 2017 White House Fellow.


NJ Top Docs, an information resource of top physicians, dentists and hospitals, welcomed Saad B. Chaudhary, MD, to its network.


The Oklahoma City VA Medical Center welcomed neurosurgeon Basheer Shakir, MD.


Orthopedic spine surgeon Richard Guyer, MD, joined St. Paul, Minn.-based St. Teresa Medical's scientific advisory board.


Johnson City, Tenn.-based nonprofit Spine Health Foundation awarded Ken Smith, MD, the 2016 Hope Award, which recognizes physicians who support the Spine Health Foundation's mission to help disadvantaged individuals gain access to spinal care.


Board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon Robert Hart, MD, will serve as Seattle-based Swedish Neuroscience Institute's director of spinal deformities.


The International Society for Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery appointed S. Rajasekaran, MS, DNB, PhD, president.


Spine surgeon Safdar N. Khan, MD, joined the International Association of HealthCare Professionals.


Cleveland Clinic named Michael Steinmetz, MD, chairman of the neurosurgery department.


New York City-based Maimonides Medical Center appointed John K. Houten, MD, the new director of spinal neurosurgery and neurotrauma.


Seattle Metropolitan magazine highlighted Solomon Kamson, MD, PhD, as a "Top Doc" in the Seattle area.


Kimon Bekelis, MD, received the 2016-2017 CNS Innovation Fellowship award and the Sam Hassenbusch Young Neurosurgeon's Award at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting in San Diego.


North American Spine Society named F. Todd Wetzel, MD, president at its annual meeting in Boston.


The Scoliosis Research Society honored these five surgeons for their paper, "The Possible Pathogenesis in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Based on Experimental Model of Melatonin-deficit C57BL/6J Mice." They won the Russell A. Hibbs Basic Research Award:

• Masafumi Machida, MD
• Jean Dubousset, MD
• Atsushi Miyake, MD, PhD
• Mitsuru Yagi, MD, PhD
• Masakuzu Takemitsu, MD, PhD


The Spine Journal and North American Spine Society awarded three 2016 Outstanding Paper Awards. Read about the involved surgeons here


The North American Spine Society awarded research grants and traveling fellowships for 2016, totaling $136,479 based on scientific merit, project significance, approach and feasibility. Read about the winners here


Dr. Nacmettin Pamir, a professor at Acıbadem University in Istanbul, Turkey, took the helm of the World Academy of Neurological Surgery.


The National Academy of Medicine elected Michael J. Yaszemski, MD, PhD, of Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic.


Michael Lawton, MD, vice chairman of the neurological surgery department at the University of California at San Francisco, will replace Robert Spetzler, MD, as president and CEO of Phoenix-based Barrow Neurological Institute.


Jason E. Lowenstein, MD, was honored as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor in 2016.


Park Rapids, Minn.-based CHI St. Joseph's Health appointed Brennan Smith, DO, the head of its orthopedic and spine surgery services.


Saeed Bajwa, MD, of Johnson City, N.Y., received the Award of Appreciation from the ICNA Relief USA.


Elmhurst Hospital named Tibor Boco, MD, co-medical director of neurosurgery.


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