8 things for spine surgeons to know for Thursday — Jan. 14, 2016

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Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for Jan. 14, 2016.

Forbes names Vertera Spine Founder Allen Chang to '30 under 30' list
Allen Chang, founder of Vertera Spine, was named to Forbes' "30 Under 30" list in the manufacturing and industry sector for 2016. Mr. Chang is an inventor of the company's novel biomaterial Scoria, a porous surface technology made entirely out of polyetheretherketone.


NY spine surgeries migrating to high-volume centers
A new study published in Spine examined the regionalization of lumbar spine procedures in New York. The lumber spine surgery patients were widely distributed throughout the state. The spinal surgery procedures were regionalized on a "select few" metropolitan centers. There was a migration toward high-volume hospitals over the studied decade.


Does 'complex rehabilitation' help spinal fusion patients?
A new study published in Spine examines rehabilitation after lumbar spinal fusion surgery. There was low quality evidence suggesting "complex rehabilitation" provides short-term improvement in disability. The evidence suggesting "complex rehabilitation" should be favored over the usual care for long term disability and fear avoidance was low.


Losing steam — Findings on physician burnout
Burnout among physicians is a real and mounting issue, according to the Medscape Lifestyle Report 2016: Bias and Burnout. Critical care, urology and emergency medicine specialties top the charts, with 55 percent of these specialty physicians reporting burnout feelings. Physicians felt an "increasing computerization of practice" contributed most to their burnout.


OrthoVirginia merges with The Orthopaedic Center of Central Virginia
The Orthopaedic Center of Central Virginia in Lynchburg merged with OrthoVirginia. The Orthopaedic Center of Central Virginia has become OrthoVirginia, but the practice's office will remain at the same location in Lynchburg. The new practice adds 18 physicians to the OrthoVirginia mega-group.


Walgreens, Advocate Health Care partner to operate Chicago-based in-store clinics
Walgreens is partnering with Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care to transfer over operations of a number of its in-store clinics in Chicago. Walgreens is handing over operations of 56 clinics in the Chicago area. In May, the clinics will be re-branded as Advocate Clinic at Walgreens.


Lakeway Regional Medical to strengthen spine program
Philippe Bochaton, CEO of Lakeway (Texas) Regional Medical Center, plans to bolster the hospital's spine and brain programs. The hospital's Center for Spinal Disorders includes eight spinal surgeons and is one of the hospital's largest programs. To further strengthen the spine and brain programs, Lakeway Regional integrates physicians from various disciplines to brainstorm treatments.


Premier Stem Cell Institute, Dr. John Peloza open new clinic
Johnstown, Colo.-based Premier Stem Cell Institute and John Peloza, MD, have opened a clinic in Dallas, which will offer adult stem cell therapy for patients with orthopedic-related issues.


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