8 things for spine surgeons to know for Thursday — Dec. 21, 2017

Written by Megan Wood | December 21, 2017 | Print  |

Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for Dec. 21, 2017.

Zimmer Biomet hands baton to Bryan Hanson as new president, CEO
Zimmer Biomet named Bryan C. Hanson its new president and CEO. He will also serve as a member of the board of directors. With more than two decades of medical device industry experience, Mr. Hanson previously served on Medtronic's executive committee and as executive vice president and president of Medtronic's Minimally Invasive Therapies Group.

Globus Medical files lawsuit against Stryker, ex-engineer over trade secret poaching
Globus Medical sued Stryker and a former engineer for allegedly stealing proprietary trade secrets when the engineer accepted a new job at Stryker, according to Mass Device. The lawsuit alleges the former engineer broke her non-compete and non-disclosure contract with Globus Medical after she accepted a job at Stryker Nov. 1. In a Nov. 14 statement, Stryker denied the allegations of the engineer was in violation of the previous agreement. Read more about the lawsuit, here.

OHSU neurosurgeon treats Amtrak derailment victims
Nathan Selden, MD, of Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, was traveling to Seattle when he witnessed the Amtrak derailment in Tacoma, Wash. The neurosurgeon immediately began treating victims, according to KOIN 6 News. For two hours, Dr. Selden treated victims of the accident who had open head wounds, skull, pelvic and leg fractures as well as small cuts and neck sprains. Read more, here.

NuVasive appoints Michael Piccirillo to lead global surgeon education platform
NuVasive has expanded its surgeon education program into a clinical professional development global platform that integrates surgical training with professional development and appointed Michael Piccirillo to lead expansion efforts. Mr. Piccirillo has a background in designing and executing spine educational curriculums and has worked with surgeon communities in more than 80 countries around the world.

Women compose 50.7% of medical school enrollees in 2017
The Association of American Medical Colleges reported the number of women enrolled in U.S. medical schools surpassed the number of enrolled men. Of the 21,338 new enrollees, females made up 50.7 percent in 2017, up from 49.8 percent in 2016. While the female enrollees rose 3.2 percent, male enrollees decreased 0.3 percent.

60k spine surgeries completed with SpineGuard's PediGuard, DSG devices
Surgeons have performed 60,000 spine surgeries with SpineGuard's PediGuard and Dynamic Surgical Guidance devices. SpineGuard's devices are intended for accurate pedicle screw placement.

Barrow Neurological Institute, Aesculap to hold live neurosurgery course
Phoenix-based Barrow Neurological Institute is collaborating with Aesculap to host a live neurosurgery course. Michael T. Lawton, MD, Barrow president and CEO; neurosurgery department professor and chair; and neurovascular surgery chief will head the course. The four-day course will demonstrate approaches and microsurgical techniques during live operations on lesions.

Tenet closes 232-bed Phoenix hospital
Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare closed Abrazo Maryvale Campus, a 232-bed hospital in Phoenix, on Dec. 18. The hospital, which announced plans in October to shut down and ended inpatient care Dec. 1, closed primarily because of dwindling patient volumes.

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