Drs. Evalina Burger, Jorge Eller & more: 10 spine, neurosurgeons making headlines


Here are 10 spine and neurosurgeons making the news this week.

Omaha-based OrthoNebraska brought aboard orthopedic spine surgeon Noah Porter, MD. Dr. Porter will complement the efforts of neurological surgeon George Greene, MD, and physical medicine physician Matthew Hahn, MD, at the practice.

Kris Radcliff, MD, a fellowship-trained spine surgeon with Philadelphia-based Rothman Institute, spoke to Becker's about pressing issues in spine, robotics and key considerations when becoming an early adapter of a device or implant.

New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery appointed Harvinder Sandhu, MD, and Andrew Sama, MD, the new co-chiefs of HSS Spine, effective in October. The pair succeed Frank Schwab, MD, who will transition to a chief emeritus role and continue to practice at HSS.

Jorge Eller, MD, recently joined Syracuse, N.Y.-based Crouse Health. Dr. Eller is fellowship-trained in cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery. He joins from AtlantiCare Neurosciences Institute and the staff at Thomas Jefferson University at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, N.J.

Jay Jagannathan, MD, will become team neurosurgeon consultant for Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.-based, Lake Superior State University Laker's hockey team at the start of the new season. Dr. Jagannathan of Troy, Mich.-based Jagannathan Neurosurgery Institute specializes in cranial and spinal surgery.

Evalina Burger, MD, the Robert D'Ambrosia Endowed Chair of Orthopedics at the school of medicine for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, spoke to Becker's about her key concerns for the field today and where she sees spine headed.

Spine surgeons James Osborn, MD, and Garrick Cason, MD, joined Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Comprehensive Spine Institute. Dr. Osborn is a previous director of adult and pediatric spine at Knoxville-based University of Tennessee College of Medicine department of orthopedic surgery. Dr. Cason is a recipient of the Rice-Holland Memorial Award in pharmacology and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society by the University of Mississippi Medical School in Jackson.

Isaac Karikari, MD, an associate professor of neurosurgery and director of the adult neurosurgery spine fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., spoke to Becker's about his patient population's changing attitude toward opioids and what physicians can do to help tackle the opioid crisis.

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