21 Spine Surgeon Leaders for Non-Profit Hospitals

Written by Laura Dyrda | July 05, 2012 | Print  |
Here are 21 spine surgeon leaders for non-profit hospitals.If you have any questions or comments about this list, please contact Laura at lmiller@beckershealthcare.com.

Todd J. Albert, MD (Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia).
Dr. Albert is the chairman of orthopedics at Thomas Jefferson University Medical College and Rothman Institute as well as co-director of reconstructive spine surgery and the spine fellowship program at Thomas Jefferson University. He has a professional interest in minimally invasive spine surgery. In addition to his clinical practice, he is a member of the North American Spine Society, Scoliosis Research Society and the International Society for the Study of Lumbar Spine Surgery. He is the chairman of network development for the National Spine Network and has authored more than 200 scientific articles based on his research. Dr. Albert earned his medical degree at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. His additional training includes a fellowship at Minnesota Spine Center.

Christopher J. Baker, MD (Florida Hospital Orlando).
Dr. Baker is the medical director of the Florida Hospital Orlando Spine Center. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Baker is a member of the American Association of Neurosurgical Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He has also had a focus on research and received the AANS/CNS Galbraith Award for excellence in cerebrovascular research and the NOVA Award for clinical excellence in neurosurgery. Dr. Baker earned his medical degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. He completed his neurosurgical training at Neurosurgical Institute of New York at Columbia University.

David W. Barnett, MD (Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas).
Dr. Barnett is the chief of neurosurgery at Baylor University Medical Center and co-director of the Neuroscience Council at Baylor. He has a professional interest in microsurgery for the brain and spine, and treats patients with herniated discs, brain tumors and cerebral aneurysms. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Barnett is a member of Congress of Neurological Surgeons and American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He also has research published in several professional publications. Dr. Barnett earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and completed his residency at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Gordon Bell, MD (Cleveland Clinic).
Dr. Bell is the director of the Center for Spine Health at Cleveland Clinic as well as the vice chairman of the department of orthopedic surgery. He has a professional interest in athletic spinal injuries, spinal tumors and degenerative conditions. Throughout his career, Dr. Bell has held leadership positions in professional organizations, such as North American Spine Society, International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is an associate editor for Spine and an associate board member of The Spine Journal. Dr. Bell earned his medical degree at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine in Ontario, Canada, and completed his residency at Cleveland Clinic. His additional training includes a spine fellowship at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.

Magdy Boulos, MD (Christiana Hospital, Newark, Del.).
Dr. Boulos is the section chief of neurosurgery and surgical spine service at Christiana Hospital. He has a special interest in microsurgery and minimally invasive surgical technique. He is a member of the Delaware Neurosurgical Group and is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Boulos earned his medical degree at Cairo University Medical School in Egypt and completed his residency at the University of Rochester (N.Y.). His additional training includes a fellowship at S.E. Neurosurgical Center in London, England.

Keith H. Bridwell, MD (Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis).
Dr. Bridwell is the chief of orthopedic spine surgery at Barnes Jewish Hospital and professor of orthopedic surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Bridwell is also the co-director and founder of the pediatric and adult spinal deformity service at Barnes Jewish. His special interest includes performing revision spine surgeries and working with patients who have spinal deformities. During his career, Dr. Bridwell served as president of the Scoliosis Research Society. He earned his medical degree and completed his residency at Washington University School of Medicine. His additional training includes fellowships in spine and scoliosis research at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Louis Hospital in Chicago, University of Illinois Hospital and Chicago Shriners Hospital.

Wayne K. Cheng, MD (Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, Calif.).
Dr. Cheng is the head of spine for the department of orthopedic surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He is also principle investigator at Loma Linda for clinical trials relating to the spine. Dr. Cheng has a professional interest in complex reconstructive surgery, motion preservation, artificial disc replacement, dynamic spinal stabilization and minimally invasive surgical technique. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Cheng is a member of several professional societies, including North American Spine Society and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has also been involved in politics, serving on the National Republican Congressional Committee as honorary chairman of the Physicians Advisory Board in 2006. Dr. Cheng earned his medical degree at Loma Linda University School of medicine and completed his residency at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles. His additional training includes a combined spine and neurosurgical program of the adult spine surgery fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.

Ronald C. Childs, MD (Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, Va.).
Dr. Childs is the medical co-director of the Inova Spine Institute at Inova Fairfax Hospital and chairman of the spine and osteobiologics committee. He was the first spine surgeon practicing at Commonwealth Orthopaedics in 1994, and has been practicing there ever since. He also served in the United States Army, which included a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm. During his career, Dr. Childs has been appointed chairman of the state’s Region II of Workers Compensation Peer Review Board. He is a member of the North American Spine Society, Society of Lateral Access Spine Surgery and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Childs earned his medical degree at Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he also completed his residency in orthopedic surgery. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago.

Rick B. Delamarter, MD (Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles).
Dr. Delamarter is the vice chair for spine services at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and co-medical director of the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center. He has a special interest in artificial disc replacements, non-fusion technology and minimally invasive spine surgery. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Delamarter conducts research related to growth factors for spinal fusion, stem cells for repairing degenerative disc disease and spinal cord injury treatments. His research has been recognized by the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine and North American Spine Society. Dr. Delamarter earned his medical degree from the University of Oregon Health Science Center and completed his orthopedic residency at the University of California in Los Angeles. His additional training includes a spine fellowship at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He also completed a visiting fellowship at Groupe Hospitalier Pitie-Salpetriere in Paris.

John Handal, MD (Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia)
. Dr. Handal is the chairman and director of the spine program at Albert Einstein Medical Center. He has a professional interest in performing minimally invasive spine surgery and treating patients with conditions such as scoliosis and cervical spine disorders. During his career, he spearheaded the development of the Orthopedic Bioengineering Laboratory at Korman Research Pavilion. Dr. Handal's current research includes osteonecrosis of the hip, chemotherapeutic bone cements, stem cell therapies for bone fracture and cartilage repair. He has also designed instrumentation for use during spine surgery. Dr. Handal earned his medical degree at Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed his residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center. His additional training includes a fellowship at Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center/Penn State.

Roger Hartl, MD (Weill Cornell Physicians, New York City).
Dr. Hartl is the chief of spinal surgery and neurotrama as well as associate professor of neurosurgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is also the neurosurgeon for the New York Giants. During his career, Dr. Hartl has maintained a focus on simple and complex spine surgery. He has also participated in Weill Cornell's Global Health initiative in Tanzania. Dr. Hartl earned his medical degree at Ludwig-Maximillians University in Munich, Germany, and completed his fellowship in neurocritical care at Charite Hospital of Humbodt University in Berlin. His additional training includes a neurosurgery residency at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and training in complex spine surgery at Barrow's Neurological Institute in Phoenix.

Andrew C. Hecht, MD (Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City).
Dr. Hecht is co-director of spine surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital and a spine surgical consultant with the New York Jets, New York Islanders and New York Dragons. He is also the director of the NFL Spine Care Program for retired players at Mount Sinai and directs the acute spinal injury program for the New York Jets. His clinical practice focuses on treating degenerative disorders, minimally invasive spines surgery, spinal trauma and tumors. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Hecht engages in research on cervical and lumbar spine surgery as well as intervertebral disc biology. He serves on the editorial review board for a professional spine journal and presents his research at national meetings. Dr. Hecht is a member of North American Spine Society and previously served as founder and co-director of the Newton-Wellesley Spine Center and director of the spine surgery fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Hecht earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School in Boston and completed the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency program. His additional training includes a fellowship at Emory Spine Center in Atlanta.

Harry Herkowitz, MD (Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich.).
Dr. Herkowitz is chairman of the orthopedic department at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., and director of the hospital's spine surgery fellowship program. Along with his participation on the editorial boards for Spine, Journal of Spinal Disorders and other publications, Dr. Herkowitz has authored four medical texts, 36 textbook chapters and numerous journal articles. His research has earned him the Volvo Award for Clinical Research in Low Back Pain twice. He also served as president of The Spine Journal, as director of the North American Spine Society's research council and on NASS' executive board. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine and the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons. Dr. Herkowitz earned his medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Beaumont and received fellowship training in spine at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.

John R. Johnson, MD (Norton Hospital, Louisville, Ky.).
Dr. Johnson is the co-director of the Norton Hospital Leatherman Spine Center at Norton Hospital and professor and chairman of the department of orthopedic surgery at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He has a special interest in treating patients with scoliosis and helped introduce the Cotrel-Dubousset rodding technique to the United States. During his career, Dr. Johnson has been involved in the development of spinal instrumentation systems and authored several articles in professional medical journals. He continues his research into new rodding techniques and devices today. Dr. Johnson earned his medical degree at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency in orthopedic surgery. His additional training includes studying in Louisville under Kenton D. Leatherman, MD, and at the University of Toronto in Canada.

John S. Kirkpatrick, MD (Shands at University of Florida, Jacksonville).
Dr. Kirkparick is the chair of the department of orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation and program director of the orthopedic surgery residency at Shands at the University of Florida. His clinical interest includes treating cervical spine disorders and spinal trauma. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Kirkpatrick conducts research related to spinal disorders and conditions. Dr. Kirkpatrick earned his medical degree at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C., and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Mesfin A. Lemma, MD (Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore).
Dr. Lemma is the division chief of Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic and Spine Surgery and co-director of Spine Surgery at Johns Hopkins at Good Samaritan Hospital. He also serves as an assistant professor in the department of orthopedic surgery at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Lemma's professional interests include minimally invasive surgical technique and complex spine reconstruction, with a focus on spinal deformity and spine problems in the elderly population. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Lemma is a member of North American Spine Society and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He earned his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland and completed his residency and fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Thomas M. Mauri, MD (North Shore University Hospital, New York City).
Dr. Mauri is the chief of spine surgery and vice chair of the department of orthopedic surgery at North Shore University Hospital. He also serves as assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Hofstra North Shore—LIJ School of Medicine and director of the Orthopaedic Spine Center of Harvey Cushing Institutes of Neuroscience. He has a professional interest in performing sine surgery for low back problems, spinal instability and spondylolisthesis. He is a member of the North American Spine Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American Medical Society. He earned his medical degree at Albany Medical College and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. His additional training includes a fellowship in neurosurgery at North Shore University Hospital and a second fellowship in orthopedic spine surgery, pediatric spinal deformity and spinal trauma at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center at the University of South California.

Sean E. McCance, MD (Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York City).
Dr. McCance is the co-director of spine surgery, along with Andrew Hecht, MD, at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He is also the director of his practice, Spine Associates, and maintains a professional interest in complex reconstructive spine surgery. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. McCance has authored several articles on spine surgery topics, such as sports-related spine injuries and scoliosis. He is a member of the North American Spine Society, Scoliosis Research Society and a fellow of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. McCance earned his medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery at Twin Cities Spine Center in Minneapolis.

Kevin J. McGuire, MD, MS (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston)
. Dr. McGuire is the co-director of the spine center at Beth Israel Deaconess and co-director of the combined Beth Israel Deaconess/Harvard Medical School Spine Fellowship. He also serves as chief of orthopedic spine service at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and instructor in orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston. He has a professional interest in minimally invasive and endoscopic spine surgery. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. McGuire is a member of North American Spine Society and a fellow with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. McGuire earned his medical degree at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, where he completed his residency in orthopedic surgery. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery at University Hospital of Cleveland at Case Western Reserve.

Henry A. "Andy" Pool, MD (Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Greensboro, N.C.)
. Dr. Pool is a neurosurgeon and co-medical director of neurosciences at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital. Dr. Pool is a member of Carolina Neurosurgery and has a focus on performing spinal surgery. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Pool has authored several articles for professional publications. He is a member of the North Carolina Medical Society and American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He earned his medical degree at the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia and completed his residency in the department of neurosurgery at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

Jeff S. Silber, MD (Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New York City)
. Dr. Silber is the chief of spine surgery and associate chair in the department of orthopedic surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He also serves as an associate professor orthopedic surgery at Hofstra North Shore—LIJ School of Medicine. He has a special interest in adult degenerative traumatic and deformity spinal surgery as well as minimally invasive techniques. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Silber is a member of the North American Spine Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American Medical Association. Dr. Silber earned his medical degree at New York Medical College and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

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