8 things for spine surgeons to know for Thursday — Feb. 8, 2018


Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for Feb. 8, 2018.

Stryker's 2017 net sales jump 10%, net loss hits $1B
Stryker reported fourth quarter and full year net sales were up 10 percent in 2017. Full year net sales were up 9.9 percent to $12.4 billion. Orthopedics sales grew 6.6 percent to $4.7 billion while neurotechnology and spine sales jumped 8.2 percent to $2.1 billion. In the fourth quarter, neurotechnology and spine sales grew the most at 10.3 percent, hitting $586 million.

InVivo appoints Dr. Richard Toselli CEO
InVivo Therapeutics named Richard Toselli, MD, permanent CEO and president. He had been serving as acting CEO since Dec. 2017. In addition to serving as CEO, Dr. Toselli will serve on the company's board of directors. Dr. Toselli will continue serving as CMO, a role he has been serving since joining InVivo in July 2017. 


Former USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar sentenced to another 40-125 years in prison
Michigan Judge Janice Cunningham sentenced former USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar to another 40 to 125 years in prison, NBC News reports. Barring appeals, this marks the end of the criminal cases against Mr. Nassar. Mr. Nassar molested 265 girls and women over two decades in the guise of medical treatment. Read more about the case, here.

Reimbursement is the biggest challenge for MIS technologies market to overcome
With more than 250,000 minimally invasive lumbar spine surgeries performed in the U.S. each year, the minimally invasive spine technologies market is predicted to see continuous growth through 2026. In the coming years, market competitors will need to overcome the decrease in reimbursements for minimally invasive spine procedures.


Cleveland Clinic taps Dr. Brian Donley to serve as CEO of Cleveland Clinic London
Cleveland Clinic elected orthopedic surgeon Brian Donley, MD, to assume the role of CEO of the health systems new London location, effective immediately. Dr. Donley serves as chief of staff and chief of clinical operations at Cleveland Clinic. He will continue serving these roles until a successor is appointed.

Meet 12 US 2018 Winter Olympics head team physicians
With the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics around the corner, here are 12 physicians traveling to South Korea as U.S. head team physicians. Read here to see who's treating the athletes, from alpine to curling to hockey.

University Hospitals nurse fired for calling in sick with flu
Theresa Puckett, RN, a temporary nurse at Cleveland-based University Hospitals, was fired for taking two sick days after catching the flu. Ms. Puckett took one sick day at the end of 2017. She returned to work soon after, but a superior sent her home as she was still symptomatic. While Ms. Puckett had a doctor's note recommending she should not interact with patients, UH fired her per the hospital's attendance policy, which says temporary nurses may be let go after two unapproved absences in 60 days.

72% of employers are not confident they have closed pay gaps
Although nearly 75 percent of organizations have started working to address pay equity, only 28 percent of organizations believe they have successfully closed existing pay gaps, according to a Gartner report. Read more from the report, here.

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