Drs. Frank Phillips, Keith Black & more: 10 spine, neurosurgeons making headlines


Here are 10 spine and neurosurgeons making the news in the past week.

Keith Black, MD, chair of the department of neurosurgery at Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai, will lead a new neurosurgery scholarship program at the hospital. The chair was made possible by a $1 million donation from the Ray Charles Foundation. The program aims to promote representation and support diversity in the neurosciences by helping train students from underrepresented backgrounds. 

Frank Phillips, MD, director of the section of minimally invasive spine surgery and the spine surgery division at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, spoke to Becker's Spine Review about where his practice is headed in 2020.

Janesville, Wis.-based Mercyhealth onboarded neurosurgeon Muhammad Janjua, MD. Dr. Janjua specializes in pediatric neurosurgery including endoscopic skull base surgeries, head and spinal trauma, brain and spinal tumors and cervical disc replacement.

Thomas Mroz, MD, was appointed chair of the Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute at Cleveland Clinic, effective Jan. 1, 2020. Dr. Mroz will supervise more than 125 physicians and 478 caregivers who comprise the institute. 

Three surgeons from Rockford (Ill.) Spine Center made the American Registry's "America's Most Honored Professionals" list in 2019. Michael Roh, MD, Christopher Sliva, MD, and Fred Sweet, MD, were recognized for performing within the top 10 percent of professionals in their area of expertise.

Newport Beach, Calif.-based endoscopic spine surgeon Tony Mork, MD, spoke to Becker's Spine Review about the Endoscopic Spine Academy and the dividing line between spine surgeons and pain management physicians.

William Clifton, MD, a neurosurgeon resident at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., is developing a 3D printing program to help train spine and neurosurgeons. Dr. Clifton developed 14 different models for spine pathologies and is now focused on brain models.

Khalid Kurtom, MD, is taking a team of Easton, Md.-based surgeons on a medical mission trip to Honduras in January. The trip, which will cost about $40,000, comes two years after Dr. Kurtom took his first medical mission trip to Amman, Jordan.

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