10 spine, neurosurgeons making the news

Written by Alan Condon | August 09, 2019 | Print  |

Here are 10 spine and neurosurgeons in the headlines this week.

Dale Horne, MD, a Cincinnati-based neurosurgeon, began using spinal robotic technology in 2007 and hasn't looked back. He spoke to Becker's about how robotics has evolved and the potential threats for the spine field in the future.

Fabien Bitan, MD, a spine surgery chief at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, performed an M6 artificial cervical disc replacement surgery on a 29-year-old woman. In an interview with Becker's, Dr. Bitan detailed the surgery and outlines how cervical disc replacement could evolve in the future. 

Werner Edmund Fritz Langheim, MD, PhD, died at age 90 on July 29. Dr. Langheim was born in Berlin in 1928. After moving to the U.S., he completed an internship at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kan., with a Fulbright travel grant and completed a residency in neurosurgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Ashutosh Pradhan, MD, the chief of neurosurgery at Ascension St. Vincent's Riverside, a 528-bed hospital based in Jacksonville, Fla., discussed big trends in spine technology and how the field will change within the next few years.

Robert Brady, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon and spine specialist at Norwalk (Conn.) Hospital and part of Danbury-based OrthoConnecticut, used a new robotic guidance and navigation system in a spinal fusion surgery to alleviate the chronic pain that his 75-year-old patient reported as a result of a herniated disc. He spoke to Becker's about the procedure and how he sees robotics developing in spine.

The Center for Spine Health at Providence, R.I.-based University Orthopedics added Dominic Thomas Kleinhenz, MD, to its medical staff. Dr. Kleinhenz shared what he is looking forward to about practicing with University Orthopedics, what he sees as the biggest barrier to spine care and the next big trend in spine.

Kevin Foley, MD, chairman of Semmes Murphey Clinic and director of complex spine surgery at Semmes Murphey in Memphis, Tenn., shared key thoughts on the most exciting technology to watch and how the spine field is evolving.

Gregory Lekovic, MD, is the medical director of the spine surgery program at California Hospital and Medical Center as well as a surgeon with House Clinic in Los Angeles. Dr. Lekovic spoke to Becker's about the most interesting trends in technology and headwinds to consider for the future.

Mark Bilsky, MD, is the William E. Snee Endowed Chair and vice chairman of clinical affairs for neurosurgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and the chief of Memorial Sloan Kettering's multidisciplinary spine tumor service. Dr. Bilsky outlined six thoughts on emerging technology for treating spinal disorders and diseases.

David Chandler, MD, an orthopedic spine specialist at Gulf Breeze, Fla.-based Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, reviewed the last 30 years of spine surgery innovation, offering insights into an array of advancing technologies in an interview for Andrews' Institute.

More articles on spine:
Why Dr. Dominic Thomas Kleinhenz joined University Orthopedics and the biggest obstacle in spine
Dr. Stephen Hochschuler: Future trends in spine – telemedicine, robotics, AI & more
Dr. Christopher Kager: The standout spine procedure in his career, future of biologics & more

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