15 Spine Surgeon Leaders for Professional Journals

Written by Laura Dyrda | May 15, 2012 | Print  |
Here are 15 spine surgeons who are in leadership positions of orthopedic and spine professional and peer-review journals.
Howard S. An, MD (Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Chicago).
Dr. An is an associate editor of the spine section of The American Journal of Orthopedics. He serves as division of spine surgery and spine fellowship program director at Rush University Medical Center and a partner with Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. His previous appointments include director of spine surgery at Medical College of Wisconsin. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. An is a member of several professional societies, including North American Spine Society, Cervical Spine Research Society, American Spinal Injury Association and Scoliosis Research Society. Dr. An earned his medical degree at Medical College of Ohio, where he also completed his residency in orthopedic surgery. His additional training includes a spine surgery fellowship at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.

Carlo Bellabarba, MD (UW Medicine, Seattle).
Dr. Bellabarba is the spine section editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. He is also a professor of orthopedics and sports medicine in the department of neurological surgery, with expertise in spine surgery and orthopedic trauma. His research focuses on diagnosing and treating complex spine conditions and the evaluation of new and established procedures and instruments for spinal surgery. Dr. Bellabarba also directs the University of Washington spine surgery fellowship program. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Bellabarba is a member of the North American Spine Society, Society of Military Orthopedic Surgeons, American Spinal Injury Association and Orthopaedic Trauma Association. Dr. Bellabarba earned his medical degree from McGill University in Canada and completed his residency at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago. His additional training includes fellowships in spine surgery at Northwestern University in Chicago and in orthopedic trauma at Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital.

Eugene Carragee, MD (Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, Calif.). Dr. Carragee is the editor-in-chief of The Spine Journal, the official journal of the North American Spine Society. During his tenure, the journal increased its impact factor. Dr. Carragee is the chief of spine surgery and medical director of service quality at Stanford University Hospitals and Clinics. He is also the director of the Orthopaedic Spine Center at Stanford and director of medical student education for the department of orthopedic surgery. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Carragee serves as a spinal consultant for varsity and NCAA teams at Stanford. His current research focuses on outcomes assessment of surgical and rehabilitative treatment for disc herniation and the treatment of spine infections. His research has been recognized with the Leon Wiltse Award from the North American Spine Society and Clinical Research Award from the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. Dr. Carragee earned his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine and completed his residency at SUMC. His additional training includes a fellowship at the University of Hong Kong in China.

Charles R. Clark, MD (University of Iowa, Iowa City).
Dr. Clark is the editor for adult reconstruction and spine on the American Editorial Board of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. He has served as president-elect of the Association of Bone and Joint Surgery and on the executive committee of the Cervical Spine Research Society. His clinical interests include treating patients with spinal cord injury, knee arthritis and outpatient surgery. During his career, Dr. Clark has been honored with the Physician Recognition Award from the American Medical Association and Orthopaedic Education Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Clark earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and completed his residency at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. His additional training includes the American, British and Canadian Traveling Fellow from the American Orthopaedic Association.

Jeffrey S. Fischgrund, MD (William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich.).
Dr. Fischgrund is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a position he has held since 2009. He previously served as editor-in-chief of the Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 9 and editor of the AAOS monograph on neck pain. His research focuses on spinal trauma and reconstructive surgery, with a special interest in bone morphogenic proteins and cervical disc replacement. Earlier this year, Dr. Fischgrund was appointed to the board of directors for spine device company TranS1. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Fischgrund is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Spine Study Group. Dr. Fischgrund earned his medical degree at George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery at William Beaumont Hospital.

Gerald Grant, MD (Duke Health, Baltimore).
Dr. Grant is the editor-in-chief of Clinical Neurosurgery, a journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He is the chairman of pediatrics and serves in the neurosurgery division at Duke Health. His clinical interests include pediatric neurosurgery, spinal disorders and minimally invasive endoscopic surgery. Dr. Grant earned his medical degree at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, Calif., and completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of Washington Medical Center. His additional training includes a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Washington.

Kern Singh, MD (Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Chicago).
Dr. Singh is the editor-in-chief of Contemporary Spine Surgery, a journal dedicated to offering continuing education activity for orthopedic and neurologic surgeons and other physicians interested in spine surgery. He is an assistant professor at Rush University Medical Center and a partner with Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. He has a professional interest in treating patients with complex degenerative disorders, spinal tumors and adult deformities. During his career, Dr. Singh has been a principal researcher in several FDA clinical trials involving cervical disc replacements and motion preserving spinal technology. He is also interested in minimally invasive surgical techniques and practices at the newly-opened Minimally Invasive Spine Institute at Rush. Dr. Singh earned his medical degree at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed his residency at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago. His additional training includes a combined orthopedic and neurosurgical spine fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta.

Christopher L. Shaffrey, MD (University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville).
Dr. Shaffrey is the co-chairman of the editorial board for the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, an official journal of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He has also served on the editorial board for the Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques. He is a professor of neurological surgery and spine division director at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where he focuses on treating patients with spinal abnormalities, scoliosis, tumors and degenerative disorders. His research involves the evaluation of treatment outcomes in spinal deformity, trauma and spinal cord injury as well as innovative management of degenerative disorders. In the past he has served as chair for the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. Dr. Shaffrey earned his medical degree at the University of Virginia, where he also completed his neurosurgery residency and fellowship.

William Taylor, MD (UC San Diego Health System).
Dr. Taylor is the Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery editor of the International Journal of Spine Surgery, the official journal of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery. He is a spine surgeon and clinical professor of surgery with UC San Diego Health System. His clinical interests include endoscopic spine surgery and all forms of minimally invasive and motion preserving techniques. During his career, he was a founding member and chairman of the Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. He has been invited as a distinguished lecturer or panelist to numerous meetings and is a member of several professional societies, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Taylor earned his medical degree at UCLA School of Medicine and completed his residency training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City.

Vernon Tolo, MD (Children's Hospital Los Angeles).
Dr. Tolo is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery and chief emeritus at Children's Orthopaedic Center. He practices pediatric orthopedic and spine surgery at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and has been past president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North American and Scoliosis Research Society. This year, Dr. Tolo received the William W. Tipton Jr, MD Leadership Award from AAOS. During his time as president of the organization, Dr. Tolo instituted the Leadership Fellows Program, which has served 150 young physicians. Dr. Tolo's previous appointments include chief of pediatric orthopedics at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Tolo earned his medical degree and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Johns Hopkins. His additional training includes a fellowship at Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.

Eeric Truumees, MD (Seton Spine & Scoliosis Center, Austin, Texas).
Dr. Truumees is the medical editor of SpineLine, a clinical and news magazine for spine care professionals affiliated with the North American Spine Society. Dr. Truumees is an orthopedic spine surgeon with Seton Spine & Scoliosis Center. His previous appointments include clinical director for the Harold W. Gehring Center for Biomechanical Research and Implant Retrieval at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. During his career, Dr. Truumees has served on the board of directors for the North American Spine Society. He is also a member of the Spine Program Subcommittee for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and member of the Cervical Spine Research Society. He has been a site principle investigator for a clinical study comparing kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty as well as a clinical research study on vertebral compression fractures. He was also a leader of an investigation on the use of OP-1 in spinal fusion. Dr. Truumees earned his medical degree at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Cleveland Clinic. His additional training includes a spine fellowship at William Beaumont Hospital.

Dennis Vollmer, MD (Colorado Brain & Spine Institute, Englewood).
Dr. Vollmer is the co-chairman of the editorial board for the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, an official journal of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He is a partner with the Colorado Brain & Spine Institute and previously served as chairman of the department of neurosurgery at the University of Texas Medical School. His previous appointments also include neurosurgery section chief at South Texas Veterans Health Care System and chief of neurosurgery service at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Dr. Vollmer is a member of several professional societies, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and North American Spine Society. Dr. Vollmer earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio and completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of Virginia.

James Weinstein, DO (Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System, Lebanon, N.H.).
Dr. Weinstein is the editor-in-chief of Spine, an international peer-reviewed journal. He also serves as president and CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System, a position he took last year. Throughout his career, Dr. Weinstein has focused on patient care and he founded the first Center for Shared Decision-Making. He also established The Spine Center at Dartmouth, which is modeled around informed choices for patient care. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Weinstein has focused on research and developed the primary classification system used for treating spinal tumors. His research has received more than $50 million in federal funding and he served as a principle investigator for the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial. More recently, he co-founded the High Value Healthcare Collaborative, a multi-facility effort to improve healthcare quality while lowering costs. Dr. Weinstein earned his DO at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Hansen Yuan, MD (State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Syracuse).
Dr. Yuan is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Spine Surgery, the official journal of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery. He is also a member of the SpineUniverse editorial board and a professor of orthopedic and neurological surgery at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Yuan is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Research Society, North American Spine Society and the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. His research — which focuses on degenerative disc disease, scoliosis, bone healing and bone substitute — has been recognized by several professional societies. Throughout his career, Dr. Yuan has served as a visiting professor in North America and Asia as well as been a Presidential Guest to the Republic of China to speak on orthopedic surgery. Dr. Yuan earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at State University of New York Upstate Medical Center. His additional training includes a fellowship under Leon Wiltse, MD, and service in the United States Army.

Thomas A. Zdeblick, MD (University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison).
Dr. Zdeblick is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques. He also serves as the director of the University of Wisconsin Spine Center, where he focuses on treating patients with cervical deformity, anterior thoracolumbar spinal instrumentation, interbody fusion cages, artificial discs and minimally invasive surgery. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Zdeblick has focused on research and innovation. He is the designer of the Z-plate anterior thoracolumbar spinal fixation system and Novas interbody lordic fusion cage. He also established the University of Wisconsin Spinal Biomechanics Research Laboratory, which houses an 858 MTS Bionix materials testing machine adapted for spinal research. Dr. Zdeblick earned his medical degree at Tufts University in Boston and completed his residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. His additional training includes a fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

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