Spine Newsfeed Archive - ISASS News from 2013

Interview with ISASS President Luiz Pimenta, MD, PhD
Dr. Luiz PimentaHaving just completed the ISASS14 Annual meeting planning program, Dr. Pimenta commented he was "very impressed with the number and quality of papers submitted for consideration for the ISASS14," to be held in Miami Beach, Florida, USA. "In all categories the quality of papers was very impressive. ISASS truly is a global, scientific and educational society." The Annual meeting provides an independent venue to discuss and address the issues involved with all aspects of basic and clinical science of motion preservation, stabilization, innovative technologies, MIS procedures, biologics and other fundamental topics to restore and improve motion and function of the spine for surgeons, scientists, inventors and others. Our educational program for the ISASS14 shows just how dedicated we are to advancing major evolutionary steps in spine surgery.

The focal point of ISASS has been to embraced all aspects of spine surgery, from deformity, to motion preservation to MIS to biomechanics, tumor, biologics and new technologies and our 2014 program does just that....

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Program Chairs Discuss the Upcoming Navigating Controversies in MIS Course and Lab
ISASS Navigating Controversies in MIS Program Chairs Dr. Jean-Charles LeHuec, Dr. James Yue and Dr. Choll Kim discuss the January 2014 meeting:

"This educational event promises to bring to light new perspectives on MIS."
Jean-Charles LeHuec, MD, PhD, International Program Chair

"I look forward to the Endoscopic Spine Surgery symposium which will have US and International Faculty..."
James Yue, MD, Program Chair

"I am excited about this meeting because the field of MIS is on the verge of realizing its tipping point."
Choll Kim, MD, Program Chair

The call for papers for the January 2014 meeting is closing this Friday, November 1, 2013. Abstract submission is not required to participate in the course and lab. Participants who present accepted papers at the course will receive a 50% registration discount.

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ISASS Partnership with OrthoEvidenceOrthoEvidenceWe are excited to announce a partnership between OrthoEvidence and ISASS to provide you free unrestricted access to OrthoEvidence until November 30, 2013.

OrthoEvidence is the fastest growing orthopaedic centered knowledge dissemination tool with over 10,000 orthopaedic healthcare professionals and Associations using the product around the globe. OrthoEvidence will provide you with the highest quality Evidence That Matters™. OrthoEvidence ACE reports save you valuable time and keep you up to date on the best research in our field.

If you have used OrthoEvidence before, your username and password will continue to give you full access to all OrthoEvidence content. Simply login and enter this promo code in the "My Affiliation" section (green bar at the top of your screen) to validate your membership.

Promo Code: 1i1S3A0s1s3

If you are not yet signed up for OrthoEvidence, please click this link to register and use the same promo code above: www.myorthoevidence.com. At the top right of the homepage, click "Login / Sign Up" and then click the red button that says "Sign up using a promo code".

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Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy: Laminoplasty Costs $19k Less Than Laminectomy & FusionBecker's Spine Review - 10/30/13 14:23
Spine surgeons and researchers recently studied patients who underwent cervical laminoplasty and posterior cervical laminectomy and fusion for cervical spondylotic myelopathy to compare costs and published the results in the International Journal of Spine Surgery.
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Controversies in MIS Course and Cadaver LabISASS is excited to host our Controversies in MIS two day lecture/lab which will incorporate highly interactive didactic sessions, with both hands on learning symposium and case studies, as well as an integrative cadaveric experience. The goal of the course is to personalize each participant's experience based on his/her learning objectives....
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The Ten Best New Spine Technologies for 2013ISASS members Stephen Hochschuler, MD, Daniel Riew, MD and Alexander Vaccarro, MD, PhD have been noted as panel surgeon judges in this Orthopedics This Week article: "The winners of the 2013 Orthopedics This Week Best New Technology award for spine are Benvenue Medical, Inc., Globus Medical, Inc., Johns Hopkins University/Siemens Healthcare, AFcell Medical, Inc., Orthozon Technologies, LLC, OsteoMed, Paciera Pharmaceuticals, Inc., PhDx Systems, Inc. and Trakya University in Turkey."
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To Adopt Minimally Invasive Lumbar Spinal Fusion or Not? Current Trends & ControversiesISASS members Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD, PhD and Kevin T. Foley, MD, FASC face off in this Becker's Spine Review article: "At the North American Spine Society 28th Annual Meeting earlier this month, several spine surgeons gathered to discuss the current controversies with minimally invasive lumbar fusion and whether to adopt it for their practices."
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4 Spine Surgeons on the Importance of Patient SatisfactionISASS members Richard Guyer, MD and Kenneth Pettine, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons weekly in which "Four spine surgeons discuss the steps they take to increase patient satisfaction."
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Major Surprise From Nass’ Best Paper // Spinal Elements Steps Up for Children with Major Donation // And More!ISASS member Daniel Riew, MD has been noted in this Orthopedics This Week article: "Using the largest series ever undertaken—262 surgically explored segments—Kwang Sup Song M.D., Dan Riew, M.D. and the Cervical Spine Service at Washington University are defining plain radiographic criteria for anterior cervical fusion. They have found that when using plain X-rays, 2mm of interspinous motion (ISM) was inaccurate for diagnosing anterior cervical fusion status. Dr. Riew tells OTW, “There remains controversy surrounding the use of interspinous motion (ISM) on flexion/extension cervical radiographs as a way of determining anterior cervical fusion status; the issue is the exact distance and measurement accuracy...."
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UCLA School of Medicine Appoints Dr. Nick Shamie Chief of Orthopedic Spine SurgeryBecker's Spine Review is reporting that ISASS member Nick Shamie, MD has been "appointed chief of orthopedic spine surgery at David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles."
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Thoracolumbar Spine Injury: A Reliable Classification SystemISASS member Alexander Vaccarro, MD, PhD, has been noted in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Spine surgeon researchers led by Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD, conducted a study to develop a widely accepted, comprehensive thoracolumbar spine injury classification system and then published their results in Spine."
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Defining Value in Spine Surgery & Care: What to Know for 2014ISASS member Donna Ohnmeiss, PhD, has been noted in this Becker's Spine Review article: "How do physicians, payers and hospitals define "quality" in spine care?"
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A Message from ISASS President Luiz Pimenta, MD, PhDBlogs, vlogs, Tweets, Facebook posts, newsletter columns, radio interviews, webinars... We are inundated with information. Communication of ideas best practices, research results, treatments and lessons learned is so very necessary. But what is the best way to share and learn from each other? At our annual meeting, we discuss, debate and investigate theories and thinking behind discoveries. While some of these communication channels are completely new to me (e.g., I have never even heard of a vlog), we have to find what works best for each of us. What I bellieve works best for surgeons, is hands on learning, face to face discussions and debating. All of which will be incorporated in the ISASS14 Annual meeting in Miami Beach, FL USA, April 30th-May 2nd, 2014, followed by the much requested hands on cadaver lab on Saturday, May 3rd.
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5 Key Concepts for Highly Effective Spine SurgeonsISASS member K. Daniel Riew, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Here are five key concepts for spine surgeons to lead a balanced and effective spine practice."
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Spine Surgery Coverage: How the Landscape Is ChangingISASS advocacy efforts and ISASS member Paul Slosar, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article examining "Over the past decade the number of spinal fusions performed in the United States has grown immensely, and payers have taken notice. A study published in the January 2012 issue of Spine found a 137 percent increase in spinal fusion from 1998 to 2008 with the bill jumping from $4.3 billion to $33 billion."
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Improve Access & Cut Costs: 5 Ways for Spine Surgeons to Take ActionISASS board member Jeffrey A. Goldstein, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Here are five ways spine surgeons can take control of their practice to cut costs and improve patient access to care."
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Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Daniel Murrey of OrthoCarolinaISASS member Daniel Murrey, MD has been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Daniel B. Murrey, MD, is a spine surgeon and has served as CEO of OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, N.C., since July 2008."
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ISASS14 Program PlanningAs the Program Committee is reviewing and grading the record-breaking number of abstracts submitted for the ISASS14, the following trends and statistics will give a look into what topics that will appear on the agenda. By all reports the field of work submitted will result in a stellar meeting of detailed research. A few interesting details to share...
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Advocacy: Spotlight on the Coding and Reimbursement Task ForceCoding & Reimbursement Task Force Tackles Growing List of Issues, Welcomes Input
In response to continued downward pressure from government and commercial payers on spine surgery coverage and reimbursement, the ISASS Coding & Reimbursement Task Force continues to evaluate policies that may be detrimental to optimal patient care, and that may unnecessarily or punitively reduce physician reimbursement.
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The Next Steps for the International Journal of Spine SurgeryOn January 1, the International Journal of Spine Surgery will begin its re-launch. There's a lot to be excited about when it comes to the broad strokes – free access to all the Journal's material will mean it's easier for you as a researcher to get to it, even if you're away from your institution. Along with free submissions, free access will allow scientists and surgeons from around the globe to get involved in the scholarly conversation, so the Journal will more ably reflect our considerable international audience.
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Advocacy: Comments on CMS Proposed Rule (CMS-1600-P) – Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Medicare Part B for CY 2014On behalf of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS), I am writing to submit comments on the proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for CY 2014. [...] Overall, we are very concerned with the proposal to cap payment rates for over 200 physician services at outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) or ambulatory surgical center (ACS) rates. Such a proposal will reduce payment for some services by more than 50 percent, which will reduce or eliminate their utilization in physician offices, and will thus require patient to obtain such service in a more costly and less convenient setting.
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Advocacy: Comments on CMS Proposed Rule (CMS-1601-P) Section III(A) Regarding Changes to IDE Coverage ProcessOn behalf of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS), below are comments submitted on CMS’ Proposed Rule, Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule, Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2014.

ISASS is an international, scientific and educational society organized to discuss and assess existing strategies and innovative ideas in the clinical and basic sciences related to spine surgery to enhance patient care. Our comments focus specifically on proposed changes to the procedures and standards for Medicare coverage of items and services furnished during Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical trials.

As a professional society dedicated to the treatment of spine disorders, our members often participate in prospective IDE clinical studies to evaluate the safety and clinical efficacy of new or emerging technologies or procedures. The proposed changes to the Medicare coverage process for these studies threaten the timely enrollment and execution of clinical trials, particularly with respect to spinal technologies. Below, we describe our concerns with the proposed changes and offer recommendations to better protect important clinical research.
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Weight-Bearing MRI in The Modern Spine Practice: Meeting Challenges of Milliman CriteriaFormer ISASS President Stephen Hochschuler, MD is offering a free webinar detailing a successful algorithm for addressing Milliman Care Guidelines. "Healthcare reform has dramatically changed how spinal surgical procedures are authorized by payors. Payors have adopted diagnostic and treatment algorithm such as the Milliman Care Guidelines with requisite diagnostic documentary criteria and non-operative treatments before surgical treatment is authorized. Critics argue that payors ration surgical care by rejecting surgical authorization requests as ‘not medically necessary” unless all Milliman criteria are specifically documented in the surgical pre-authorization request. This webinar describes a successful algorithm for addressing Milliman Care Guidelines...."
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89 Spinal Surgeon Device Inventors & Innovators to KnowISASS members Jeffrey A. Bash, MD, Charles L. Branch Jr., MD, Andrew Cappuccino, MD, Dennis Crandall, MD, Ara Deukmedjian, MD, Thomas Errico, MD, Justin Field, MD, Steven R. Garfin, MD, Charles R. Gordon, MD, Roger Hartl, MD, Stephen Hochschuler, MD, John P. Kostuik, MD, Casey K. Lee, MD, Isador Lieberman, MD, Morgan P. Lorio, MD, FACS, Gary L. Lowery, MD, Paul C. McAfee, MD, Pierce D. Nunley, MD, Said Osman, MD, Kenneth A. Pettine, MD, Mark A. Reiley, MD, Ret., Harvinder Sandhu, MD, Rick Sasso, MD, Paul Slosar, MD, Anthony T. Yeung, MD and Christopher Yeung, MD have been noted in this Becker's Spine Review list of "89 spine surgeons who have invented and developed devices for spine surgery."
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SI-BONE, Inc. Announces 25,000 IFuse Implant MilestoneISASS board member Gunnar B.J. Andersson, MD, PhD and ISASS members Peter Whang, MD have been featured in this article at The Street: "SI-BONE, Inc. ( San Jose, California), a medical device company that pioneered the use of the iFuse Implant System ®, a minimally invasive surgical (MIS) device to fuse the sacroiliac (SI) joint, announced today that over 8,500 patients have been treated with the iFuse resulting in over 25,000 iFuse implants placed in patients worldwide."
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Misonix Supports Uganda Spine Surgery Mission with Ultrasonic BoneScalpelISASS member Isador Lieberman, MD has been featured in this FinWin article: "Misonix, Inc. (NASDAQ: MSON), an international surgical device company that designs, manufactures and markets innovative therapeutic ultrasonic products for spine surgery, skull based surgery, neurosurgery, wound debridement, cosmetic surgery, laparoscopic surgery and other surgical applications, announced today that it supported this year's Uganda Spine Surgery Mission organized by leading spine surgeon Dr. Isador Lieberman, from the Texas Back Institute in Plano, TX, by donating the use of the ultrasonic BoneScalpel during the performed spinal surgeries."
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7 Access to Care Issues for Spine Patients & How Surgeons Can Overcome ThemISASS members Jeffrey A. Goldstein, MD and Jack Zigler, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Here are the biggest access to care issues facing spine patients today and how spine surgeons and specialists can overcome these challenges in the future."
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New Study Says MIS Deformity Surgery Equal To Open Surgery! ISASS member Neel Anand, MD has been featured in this Orthopedics This Week article: "A new study, led by Neel Anand, M.D., clinical professor of surgery and director of spine trauma at Cedars-Sinai Spine Center in Los Angeles, is giving hope to those with scoliosis. The research team has found that minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is effective for the long-term correction of spinal deformities, including adult scoliosis."
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Orthopedics Visionary, Lew Bennett, Dies at Age 87OrthoSpineNews - 08/27/12
ISASS remembers Lew Bennett for his commitment and hard work in all areas of the orthopedics. His commitment to the success of SAS, now ISASS is to be commended. Lew offered his expertise to the development of The Spine Arthroplasty Society and helped guide the society to where it is today.
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Statement on Coding Changes for Minimally Invasive SI Joint FusionISASS supports decision making at the physician-patient level based on medical necessity and achieving the best outcomes to address the patient’s medical condition. Medical necessity should not be determined by a mere administrative code reporting system such as CPT. Prior to the July 1st implementation of CPT category III code 0334T, surgeons reported and were reimbursed for ALL sacroiliac joint fusion procedures when medically necessary, including minimally invasive, through the use of CPT code 27280.
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Validating Additive Manufacturing Technologies and Resorbable Metals in Medical Devices

June 25, 2013 - 1:00 pm ET

Join ASM and IMDD for a complimentary webinar for Medtech Developers!

The emergence of additive manufacturing and resorbable metals provides a wealth of opportunity for medical technology innovators. At the same time, lack of established test standards and processes present significant development, validation, testing, and risk management challenges. Join IMDD Boston lead instructor Dr. Lisa Ferrara for a thirty-minute webinar as she covers current thinking on developing safe medical products that incorporate these enabling technologies and can lead to regulatory success.

Lisa Ferrara, MDISASS member Dr. Lisa Ferrara is currently the Owner and President of OrthoKinetic Technologies LLC, and OrthoKinetic Testing Technologies, LLC, a medical device consulting firm and ISO certified medical device testing facility that provide a turn-key approach for medical device evaluation, from proof of concept to commercialization. She previously served as the Director of the Spine Research Laboratory in the Department of Neurosurgery and Orthopedics at The Cleveland Clinic with a research focus on musculoskeletal biomechanics and the development of implantable MEMS sensors for various biomedical applications. She was awarded the NASS Award for Outstanding Research in 1995, and provided consulting services for the ABC News Webpage on Spinal Related Disorders. She has authored over 50 technical publications, 25 book chapters, has been granted two patents, and given over 50 invited presentations. She also serves on numerous scientific advisory boards and is the recent recipient of the Healthcare Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Coastal North Carolina. Additionally, Dr. Ferrara serves on the Southeastern Regional Biotechnology Board for the state of North Carolina.

The webinar is free to medical technology developers and will take place Tuesday, June 25, at 1:00 pm ET. It is strictly limited to 100 registrations, so sign up today!

Can’t attend the webinar? Lisa will lead a faculty of experts during a during a two-day course on this subject, July 17, in Waltham, MA.
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Interested in current information on materials selection? Dr. Michael Helmus and Dr. Sarah Egan will offer a daylong course on July 18 in Waltham.
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ISASS13 Attendees: CME CreditsIf you have already completed your CME Evaluations, thank you! ISASS makes it easy for attendees to complete the CME credits that are so vital to you. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to complete the evaluation surveys online for your CME credits. You will need your badge number; however, if you do not recall your badge number, you'll need to enter your name for each day of the conference to obtain CME credits:

Complete Your CME Evaluations at ISASS2013.com »

The deadline for submitting surveys is July 1st, 2013. CME certificates will be sent out to you within a few weeks after completing the online surveys.

 

Dr. Steven Garfin Earns 2013 ISSLS Wilste Lifetime Achievement AwardISASS member and past president Steven Garfin, MD has been granted the ISSLS Wilste Lifetime Achievement Award (via Becker's Spine Review): "Steve Garfin, MD, board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon, has been granted the 2013 ISSLS Wilste Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Nuvasive, according to a report by Spine."
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5 Pillars of Independent Spine Groups TodayISASS member and past president Stephen Hochschuler, MD, has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "The national trend for physicians leans toward hospital employment, but many orthopedic and spine specialty groups have remained fiercely independent. While being a single surgeon or small group practice continues to be difficult, larger physician specialty groups are thriving. Stephen Hochschuler, MD, co-founder of Texas Back Institute in Plano, discusses what it takes for strong spine groups to remain independent today and successfully grow in the future."
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Building a Spine for AulanaISASS member David Polly, MD has been featured in this Ivanhoe article: "She has no spine from the rib cage to the top of her pelvis and because of this her abdominal contents are squeezed,” David W. Polly, Jr., MD, Professor and Chief of Spine Surgery at the University of Minnesota and Chief of Spine Surgery at Twin Cities Shriners Hospital for Children, told Ivanhoe.
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20 Spine Surgeons Focused on Implant DesignISASS members Steven Garfin, MD, Charles Gordon, MD, Stephen Hochschuler, MD, Ken Hsu, MD, John Kostuik, MD, Isador Lieberman, MD, John Sherman, MD, Paul Slosar, MD and Jim Zucherman, MD have been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article listing "20 spine surgeons that have developed or contributed to spinal devices and implants."
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Lies, Damn Lies and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North CarolinaISASS members Domagoj Coric, MD, Richard Guyer, MD and Paul McAfee, MD, Frank Phillips, MD and Paul Slosar, MD have been featured in this Orthopedics This Week article: "There are lies. There are damn lies. Then there is the stuff that Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) puts on its website. Someone had to speak scientific truth to the flat earth society that is BCBSNC and, to his great credit, one very busy neurosurgeon did exactly that."
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Minimally Invasive vs. Open Posterior Lumbar Instrumentation & FusionISASS member Alexander Vaccaro, MD, PhD has been noted in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Researchers of the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia recently published a study in The Spine Journal examining minimally invasive techniques in comparison to open techniques for posterior lumbar instrumentation and fusion after open anterior lumbar interbody fusion."
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NuVasive(R) Announces Global Launch of MAS(R) PLIFISASS member Gurvinder Deol, MD, has been featured in this Yahoo! Finance article: "The integration effort is undeniable in the final output of the system," said Gurvinder Deol, M.D. "Every nuance, from the unique retractor blades, the laterally placed interbody cages, the modular screw option, and the insulated pedicle prep instruments make for a seamless, safe, and reproducible procedure."
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International Experts in Cervical Spine Surgery Meet to Discuss Complex IssuesISASS members Todd Albert, MD, Frank Cammisa, Jr., MD, Federico Girardi, MD, Roger Härtl, MD and Alexander Hughes, MD have been noted as speakers or participants in this Hospital for Special Surgery announcement: "Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) will bring together some of the world’s experts in complex cervical spine surgery to address the challenges and successful outcomes for patients with unusual conditions. The symposium will take place Friday, May 31 at HSS in New York City."
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Drs. Jeffrey Goldstein, Jeffrey Wang & Kern Singh on Lessons to Learn from Spine PredecessorsISASS members Jeffrey Goldstein, MD and Kern Singh, MD have been featured in the Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons weekly: "Three spine surgeons talk about what current surgeons and practitioners can learn from their experienced predecessors."
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DiFusion Announces Clinical Solution for Medical Device InfectionISASS member Hans Jorg Meisel, MD, PhD has been featured in this Yahoo! Finance article: "[...] According to Professor Hans Jorg Meisel, M.D., Ph.D., the Director for the Center of Neurosciences and the Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at BG-Clinic Bergmannstrost, Halle, Germany, "An orthobiologic material that resists infection and osteointegrates with bone would be the holy grail of orthopedics. What more could we ask of an implant or material?"
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10 Steps for Spine Surgeons to Build a Lasting Legacy From Dr. Dennis CrandallISASS member Dennis Crandall, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "There are several tactics orthopedic and spine surgeons can use to build a good reputation in the community and leave a lasting mark on the spine field. Depending on where they are in their careers, surgeons can make different moves to build strong a foundation and grow their reputation."
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Jack Zigler ISASS member Jack Zigler, MD has been profiled in this Spinal News International article: "Jack Zigler is the medical director of the Texas Back Institute, Plano, USA, and is the associate editor of the International Journal of Spine Surgery. He spoke to Spinal News International about his career achievements and research interests."
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6 Opportunities for Spine Surgeons to Forward the FieldISASS members Todd Albert, MD, Dennis Crandall, MD, Bruce Darden, MD and Frank Phillips, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article in which "Seven spine surgeons offer ideas about how to forward the field of spine surgery."
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Lanx Announces Initial Launch of TIMBERLINE(TM) MPF Lateral Modular Plate Fixation SystemISASS member Andrew Cappuccino, MD has been featured in this Morningstar press release: "Lanx, Inc., a privately held global spine company focused on developing and commercializing innovative devices for fusion surgery, today announced the initial launch of the TIMBERLINE™ MPF Lateral Modular Plate Fixation System, the first modular anchored interbody device for lateral fusion. The implant enhances the TIMBERLINE System platform, which has seen strong adoption since its launch last year."
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Domagoj Coric, MD Responds to BCBSNC “Let’s Talk Cost” Statement on Artificial DiscsI am writing you on behalf of International Advocates for Spine Patients (IASP) as well as the patient population of North Carolina. IASP is an organization supported by physicians and patients dedicated to advocacy for high quality, widely accessible and cost effective spine care for patients around the world. I am on the Board of IASP (a sister organization to the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery-ISASS) which was formed in 2011 to complement ISASS’ educational and scientific mission through direct advocacy efforts on the behalf of spine patients. I have spent the last 30 years in NC, generally working in healthcare or related fields. [...] I am writing to express serious concerns about numerous factual inaccuracies and omissions on the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina “Let’s Talk Cost” web site.
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Dr. Domagoj Coric Responds to BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina Report on Artificial DiscsBecker's Spine Review: "Domagoj Coric, MD, board member of the ISASS sister organization International Advocates for Spine Patients, has written a response to the recently released BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina's "Let's Talk Cost" statement. "
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ISASS: 5 Guidelines for Vertebral AugmentationBecker's Spine Review: "The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery has released guidelines for vertebral augmentation."
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OrthoEvidence Article UpdatesOrthoEvidenceWe are pleased to announce the exclusive partnership of OrthoEvidence with ISASS. As a valued partner, you will have FREE access to the site for the remainder of the year. The site is a great resource of evidence summaries for the latest highest quality research within orthopaedics.

Use the promo code isass2013 to create your account at no cost with ISASS partner OrthoEvidence.
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Doctor Led Business Models Proven Superior, Dump the Spine Chainsaw! And MoreISASS member Isadore Lieberman, MD has been featured in this Orthopedics This Week article: "Why use a chainsaw, says Izzy Lieberman, when you can use precision technology? Isador Lieberman, M.D. is an orthopedic surgeon with the Texas Back Institute. He tells OTW, “I’ve been emphasizing more and more lately about the importance of pre-operative planning for spinal surgery...."
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15 Spine Surgeons Focused on Lumbar & Cervical Disc ReplacementISASS members Paul Anderson, MD, Scott Blumenthal, MD, Rolando Garcia, MD, Jeffrey Goldstein, MD, Stephen Hochschuler, MD, Kenneth Pettine, MD, Rick Sasso, MD, Christopher Yeung, MD and Jim Youssef, MD have been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article listing "15 spine surgeons performing or researching lumbar and cervical disc replacement procedures. "
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Award for hospital for study on lumbar disc herniationISASS Board of Directors member Gunnar Andersson has been featured in this article in The Hindu: "The Best Spine Research Award of the International Society for Study of Lumbar Spine was presented to Coimbatore-based Ganga Hospital’s spine unit for a study on lumbar disc herniation. The hospital’s Chairman of Orthopaedics Department S. Rajasekaran received the award from Chairman of Worldwide Scientific Committee Gunnar Andersson at the annual meeting of the society at Scottsdale in the U.S. recently."
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A Maverick Spine Surgeon's Quest to Develop Minimally Invasive Technique & How He's Passing It to the Next Generation: Q&A With Dr. Anthony YeungISASS member Anthony Yeung, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "This past March, Anthony Yeung, MD, founder of Desert Institute for Spine Care in Phoenix, and his wife Eileen, announced they would donate $2.5 million to develop a comprehensive spine center at his alma mater, the University of New Mexico. The new center will allow him to continue his work in endoscopic laser spine surgery as a professor of spine surgery at the University and pass his techniques on to the next generation of spine surgeons."
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6 Spine Surgeons on Mobile Technology Enhancing Patient CareISASS members Jeffrey Goldstein, MD, Richard Kube, MD, Richard Guyer, MD, and Kern Singh, MD have been featured in the Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons weekly: "Six spine surgeons discuss the use of mobile technology to enhance their practice."
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Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Richard Balderston of Philadelphia Spine CenterISASS member Richard Balderston, MD has been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Richard Balderston is chief of spine surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, and he practices at Philadelphia Spine Center and Philadelphia-based Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute."
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Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Evalina Burger of The Spine Center at University of Colorado HospitalISASS member Evalina Burger, MD has been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Evalina Burger, MD, is a senior orthopedic spine surgeon at The Spine Center at University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora and associate professor of orthopedics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine."
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6 Spine Surgeons on Healthcare Reform ChallengesISASS members Ara Deukmedjian, MD, Richard Kube, MD and Kern Singh, MD have been featured in the Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons weekly: "Six spine surgeons talk about the biggest challenges for spine surgeons in terms of healthcare reform."
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Local Doctors Produce Major Feature Film [VIDEO]ISASS member Andrew Cappuccino, MD and his wife Helen have been featured in this WGRZ video and article: "Dr. Andrew Cappuccino is best known for saving the life of Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett during a game in 2007, but now he and his wife are adding "filmmaker" to their already impressive resumes. A feature film they produced opened in Buffalo today."
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How to Build & Manage Spine Groups in the 21st Century: Q&A With Dr. Richard Kube ISASS member Richard Kube, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Richard Kube, MD, CEO of Prairie Spine & Pain Institute and Prairie SurgiCare in Peoria, Ill., tackles some of the big issues facing spine surgeons in private practice today and how surgeons can be successful in the 21st century."
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The Business of Spine Launches Spine Reimbursement Specialist SeriesISASS member Barbara Cattaletto has been noted in this Becker's Spine Review article: "In April, The Business of Spine, affiliate of revenue cycle management firm Business Dynamics RCM, held its Revenue Cycle Dynamics for the Spine Reimbursement Specialist Education Series in New York."
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American Spine Waldorf LocationISASS member Said Osman, MD is featured in this Yahoo! Finance article: "We are pleased to announce the expansion of our services to include Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Spine Surgery at American Spine's Waldorf Location! We welcome Board Certified Neurosurgeons Dr. Charles Winters, Dr. Malini Narayanan and Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon Dr. Said Osman, in joining our multidisciplinary team of Spine Physicians in Waldorf."
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Future Orthopedic Training, A Global ReportThe Chinese Orthopedic Association and World Orthopedic Association put together a task group to work on the thorny problems involved in training the next generation of surgeons. Here are their findings.
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ISASS13 Photo Event Galleries Now AvailableCandid photos from the ISASS13 conference are now available in our Event Galleries. Take a look at the Opening Reception, sessions and special events from the conference floor today.
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Study Finds Fusion Surgery is Viable Treatment Option for Chronic Lower Back PainA new study published and presented by ISASS members Frank M. Phillips, MD, Paul J. Slosar, MD, Jim A. Youssef, MD, Gunnar Andersson, MD, PhD, and Frank Papatheofanis, MD, PhD, has concluded that fusion surgery is viable treatment option for reducing pain and improving function in patients with chronic lower back pain (LBP) refractory to nonsurgical care when a diagnosis of disc degeneration can be made.
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9 Recent Spine Surgeon HonorsISASS members Tom Errico, MD, Kevin Foley, MD, Luiz Pimenta, MD and Hansen Yuan, MD have been noted in this Becker's Spine Review article listing recent spine surgeon honors.
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5 Ideas for Spine Practice Growth in Today's Healthcare Market From Dr. Michael HiseyISASS member Michael Hisey, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Texas Back Institute has spent the past three decades building a large spine practice, and with the ever-changing healthcare environment, an adaptable growth plan is more important now than ever."
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New Haven surgeon on cutting edge of endoscopic surgeriesISASS member James Yue, MD has been featured in this New Haven Register article: "But just a few hours after Dr. James Yue performed surgery on her spine, using an endoscope as she lay awake on the operating table, Finnegan was walking with almost no pain. She can barely see the incision."
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Soccer referee's death shows how dangerous head blows can beISASS member Anders Cohen, MD has been featured in this CBS News article: "Cohen said depending on the angle a person is hit and how severe the blow is, swelling in the brain may occur. For example, swelling can start in the anterior portion of the brain just above the eye in a frontal head injury."
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8 Spine Surgeons on Bringing Innovation to the Operating RoomISASS members Richard Kube, MD, Jeffrey Goldstein, MD and Kern Singh, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons weekly: "Eight spine surgeons talk about the methods for bringing new techniques or innovations to the operating room."
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ISASS Surgeons Present Study of Fusion as Back Pain Treatment OptionISASS members Gunnar Andersson, MD, Frank Phillips, MD, Paul Slosar, MD and Jim Youssef, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Frank Phillips, MD, Paul Slosar, MD, Jim Youssef, MD, Frank Papatheofanis, MD, PhD, and Gunnar Andersson, MD, of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery have presented results of their study on fusion surgery as a treatment for chronic lower back pain."
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8 Big Trends in Minimally Invasive Spine SurgeryISASS members Hieu Ball, MD and Lawrence Dickinson, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Minimally invasive spine surgery has been available for several years, but the trend has just begun picking up steam across the country. Many surgeons who learned traditional open surgery are content with those procedures, but more spine fellows are seeking to learn minimally invasive techniques and will begin incorporating them into their practices at a faster rate than ever before."
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5-Year Spinal Disc Replacement Data is In: How it Compares With Spinal FusionISASS members Rick Delamarter, MD and Jack Zigler, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "A recent study of five year data for patients who underwent cervical total disc replacement or anterior cervical discectomy and fusion show a five-fold difference in reoperation rates, according to a study published in Spine."
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Paul J. Slosar, M.D. is Recognized among Castle Connolly's Top Doctors® for San Francisco Region in 2013ISASS member Paul Slosar, MD has been recognized as a Top Doctor: "Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., America's trusted source for identifying Top Doctors, has selected San Francisco's Orthopaedic Surgery specialist Paul J. Slosar, M.D. for inclusion in its highly selective list of Regional Top Doctors this year. Dr. Slosar is President of SpineCare Medical Group and an Attending Surgeon at San Francisco Spine Institute."
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Dr. Dante Implicito is recognized among Castle Connolly's Top Doctors® for Glen Rock, NJ region in 2013.ISASS member Dante Implicito, MD has been recognized as a Top Doctor: "Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., America's trusted source for identifying Top Doctors, has selected Glen Rock's Orthopaedic Surgery specialist Dr. Dante Implicito for inclusion in its highly selective list of Regional Top Doctors this year."
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Physician speaker at spine congressISASS member Deepak Awasthi, MD, has been featured in this houmatoday.com article: "Dr. Deepak Awasthi, board-certified neurosurgeon on active staff at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center, recently participated as a presenter at the third Global Spine Congress in Hong Kong."
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Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Ali Araghi of The CORE InstituteISASS member Ali Araghi, DO has been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Ali Araghi, DO, is an orthopedic spine surgeon at Phoenix-based The CORE Institute. He is the associate editor of The Spine Journal and serves on the board of directors for the American Board of Spine Surgery. He is also a member of the North American Spine Society and American Osteopathic Association. He was on the editorial board and president of the spine section of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics. "
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Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. John Regan of St. Vincent Spine InstituteISASS member John Regan, MD has been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article: "John J. Regan, MD, is the medical director of Spine Group Beverly Hills (Calif.) and the co-director of St. Vincent Spine Institute in Los Angeles. He is also an associate clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas."
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6 Strategies to Make Spine Practice Business Models More Patient-CentricISASS member Roger Härtl, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article in which "Three spine surgeons share strategies for creating and maintaining an effective patient-centric business model at spine practices."
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Why Outpatient Spine Surgery? 3 Big ReasonsISASS member Hallet Matthews, MD, MBA has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Spine surgery has been drastically evolving over the past nearly 28 years since Dr. Mathews began practicing. The industry's latest phase of development includes surgeons performing procedures in outpatient centers rather than inpatient facilities. Here are Dr. Mathews' three points on why spine surgery is moving toward outpatient surgery centers and away from inpatient institutions."
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Rothman Institute: Practice-Changing Research on Dens FracturesISASS member Alexander Vaccarro, MD, PhD, has been featured in this Orthopedics This Week article: "Clarity! For those surgeons wondering whether surgery or nonsurgical treatment is better for dens fractures, we have new information."
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ISASS13 Scientific Paper Abstracts Now AvailableFull abstracts for all Oral Podium, Oral Poster and Regular Poster scientific papers presented at ISASS13 are now available at the ISASS.org website.
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ISASS13 Highlights Now AvailableHighlights for the ISASS13 conference held April 3-5, 2013 in Vancouver, BC Canada are now available. Highlights include links to all daily conference coverage, abstracts, PDF abstract and program books, conference information and CME information.
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5 Quick Ways to Grow Spine Surgeon PracticesISASS member Cheryl Zapata has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article listing "five quick and easy ways to grow spine practice patient volume."
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How to Reduce Costs & Maintain Quality of Care: 5 Spine Surgeons Weigh InISASS members Richard Kube, MD, Richard Guyer, MD and Kern Singh, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons weekly: "Five spine surgeons discuss how to reduce healthcare costs without compromising care."
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7 Areas of Underused Potential for Spine Surgeons OnlineISASS member A. Nick Shamie, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article listing "seven underused areas of online potential to have a big impact on spine surgeons and their practices."
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Glen Rock spine surgeon honored with a prestigious national awardISASS member Dante Implicito, MD has been recognized as a Top Doctor in the field of spine surgery (via NorthJersey.com): "Dante A. Implicito, MD, has been recognized by Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd., as a Top Doctor in the field of spinal surgery. This recognition is considered one of medicine's most esteemed awards and is bestowed by Castle Connolly's physician led research team."
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SpinalCyte Technology Wins Prestigious “Best Science” Award From International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, International Conference, Vancouver, British ColumbiaISASS member Howard An, MD has been featured in this Yahoo! Finance article: SpinalCyte, LLC, a spinal technology company focused on autologous regrowth of the spinal disc nucleus using human dermal fibroblasts (HDFs), today announced the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) has awarded their technology and Principal Researcher, Howard An, M.D. the prestigious “Best Science” Award for his paper, “Intervertebral Disc Repair and Regeneration Using Neonatal Human Dermal Fibroblasts”.
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5 Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Trends in ASCsISASS member Hallet Matthews, MD, has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Here are Dr. Mathews' four outpatient surgery trends that will have a substantial impact on spine physicians."
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Key Concepts to Improve the Profitability and Outcomes of Spine ProgramsISASS members Stephen Hochschuler, MD and Kenneth Pettine, MD will be speaking at the 11th Annual Becker's conference: At the 11th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference, in Chicago, industry experts will give a presentation titled "Key Concepts to Improve the Profitability and Outcomes of Spine Programs."
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ASC Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Kenneth Pettine of The Spine Institute and Loveland Surgery CenterISASS member Kenneth Pettine has been profiled in this Becker's ASC Review article: "Kenneth A. Pettine, MD, is a spine surgeon and the founder of The Spine Institute and Loveland (Colo.) Surgery Center and Rocky Mountain Associates in Orthopedic Medicine. "
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What Will Healthcare Reform Mean for Orthopedics, Spine, Pain Management and ASCsISASS member A. Nick Shamie, MD will be speaking at the 11th Annual Becker's conference: "At the 11th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference, in Chicago, industry experts will lead a keynote panel titled "What Will Healthcare Reform Mean for Orthopedics, Spine, Pain Management and ASCs." "
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6 Spine Surgeons on Physician Partnerships for Improved CareISASS members Ali Araghi, DO, Jeffrey Goldstein, MD and Kern Singh, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons weekly: "Six spine surgeons discuss how spine surgeons can partner with other surgeons to benefit patient care."
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What’s on the Horizon: Innovative Treatments for Lumbar Spine SurgeryISASS Member Joshua Auerbach, MD has written this article for MD News: "Bigger is not always better, especially when it comes to spinal surgery. With continued advances in biologics and instrumentation and a continually evolving appreciation for the potential complications and dangers associated with major reconstructive spinal surgery, less invasive approaches are gaining popularity among spine surgeons and patients alike."
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7 Spine Surgeons in New Leadership RolesISASS President Luiz Pimenta, MD, PhD and ISASS member Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD, PhD have been noted in this Becker's Spine Review article listing seven spine surgeons in new leadership roles.
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Satisfaction is not a guarantee of qualityISASS13 Best Paper winner Scott Parker has been featured in this Spinal News International article: "According to a new study, patient satisfaction is not a valid measure for assessing overall quality and effectiveness of spinal surgery procedures as it probably represents the patient’s satisfaction with their healthcare service rather than the actual procedure."
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Higher rates of reoperation with interspinous spacerISASS member Björn Strömqvist has been highlighted for an ISASS13 paper in the Spinal News International article: "A new study indicates that the use of the interspinous spacer X-Stop (Medtronic) in spinal stenosis patients with neurogenic claudication is associated with a higher rate of reoperation compared with the rate associated with decompressive surgery. However, the patient-reported outcomes were similar for both treatment approaches."
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10 Tips for Spine Surgeons to Consider When Choosing a PracticeISASS Member Roger Härtl, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Generally speaking there are two entry points to a spine practice. A practice is either looking to expand and increase patient load or it is looking for a surgeon to fill a specific subspecialty niche, such as a surgeon trained in spinal deformity. New surgeons can expand the range of options the practice offers and help handle an increased patient volume."
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5 Tactics to Help Young Spine Surgeons Build Their PracticesISASS member Nick Shamie, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Young physicians just beginning their practices don't have patients lined up for them on the first day; they need to build their practice, and the success of the group as a whole depends on their ability to experience growth. Here are five tactics for senior partners to help junior physicians build and expand their patient base."
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Our Pick for Best Small Spine Surgeon MeetingISASS member Antonio Castellvi, MD is featured in this Orthopedics This Week article: "Small spine meetings are so much better for physicians who want to improve their skill sets and learn about new techniques or technologies. There are a couple of very good small meetings. Antonio Castellvi’s meeting in Duck Key in a couple weeks is the best of the best. Here’s why."
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New Study Supports Titan Spine Endoskeleton® Interbody Device for Rapid Fusion and Improved Patient OutcomesISASS member Paul Slosar, MD has been featured for his ISASS13 paper in this Yahoo! Finance article: “This study supports the use of the Endoskeleton device for safe, effective and rapid spinal fusion. It is also important to note that fusion status was able to be determined in all patients due to the design of the implant, which is in contrast to the difficulty in assessing fusion in historical titanium threaded devices. The Endoskeleton’s unique surface has been shown in published cellular research to stimulate improved osteoblast differentiation to support fusion. Our clinical data further substantiates those findings, and demonstrates the notable positive impact on patient outcomes.”
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Also featured at Spinal News International: Study supports use of Endoskeleton interbody device

 

FOI Pioneers Robotic Spine SurgeryISASS member Antonio Castellvi, MD has been featured in this Orthopedics This Week article: "Only three surgeons in the Tampa Bay area of Florida are performing robotic spine surgery…and they’re all at the Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI). The surgeons are using technology from Mazor Robotics Ltd, and are seeing lower radiation exposure and higher accuracy among implant cases."
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ISASS Names Luiz Pimenta, MD, PhD as New President and Announces Best Papers from ISASS13ISASS-International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery has named Luiz Pimenta, MD, PhD as its new president. Dr. Pimenta has a degree from the Medical School of the University of São Paulo and completed his neurosurgery residency at Paulista Medical School.  He holds a fellowship in spinal endoscopic surgery and is currently the clinical director of the minimally invasive spine surgery department at the Instituto de Patologia de Coluna in Brazil and an associate professor at the University of California San Diego.
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ISASS Past President Karin Büttner-Janz Launches SpinefoundationISASS past president (2009-2010) has launched Spinefoundation, dedicated to promoting "KNOWLEDGE about the human spine which is gained from research, medical practice and everyday life". The purpose of the Büttner-Janz Spinefoundation is to promote scientific research and public health services relating to the human spine in people of all ages, taking account of its interrelationships with external factors such as the demands of work and sporting activities. The Büttner-Janz Spinefoundation works for the public benefit and is not limited to Germany, but is international in scope.
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ISASS13 Coverage

ISASS13: Meeting Wrap-Up; CME Information; AwardsOur ISASS13 meeting daily coverage continues with photos, notes from morning and afternoon sessions and awards presentation. An overview of the third day of the scientific program on April 5, 2013 is also included.
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ISASS13: Thursday, April 4, 2013; Day 2 Coverage and Friday HighlightsOur ISASS13 meeting daily coverage continues with photos, notes from morning and afternoon sessions and awards presentation. An overview of the third day of the scientific program on April 5, 2013 is also included.
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ISASS13: Wednesday, April 3, 2013; Day 1 Coverage and Thursday HighlightsOur ISASS13 meeting daily coverage continues with photos and notes from morning and afternoon sessions. An overview of the second day of the scientific program on April 4, 2013 is also included.
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ISASS13: Tuesday, April 2, 2013; Opening Coverage and Wednesday HighlightsOur ISASS13 meeting daily coverage begins with a look at the Opening Reception and includes conference highlights for the first day of the scientific program on April 3, 2013.
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ISASS Names Dr. Luiz Pimenta PresidentBecker's Spine Review has noted Luiz Pimenta, MD, PhD as the incoming ISASS president (2013-2014) with a brief bio: "The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery has named Luiz Pimenta, MD, its president."
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ISASS Names Best Paper WinnersBecker's Spine Review has noted the ISASS13 Best Paper winners: "The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery has announced the best paper winners from ISASS13."
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9 Surgeons on Adopting Minimally Invasive Spine TechniquesISASS members Neel Anand, MD, W. Daniel Bradley, MD, Jeffrey Goldstein, MD, Kern Singh, MD and Jeffrey Wang, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons weekly: "Nine spine surgeons discuss minimally invasive spine techniques and which they have or will be adding into their surgical repertoires."
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Readmission Rates ID’d After Spine Stenosis DecompressionISASS member Urvij Modhia, MBBS, MD, has been featured in this Doctor's Lounge article: "For patients undergoing lumbar spine stenosis decompression surgery with or without fusion, the one-year readmission rate is 9.7 or 7.2 percent, respectively, according to a study published in the April 1 issue of Spine."
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5 Ideas for Spine Surgeons to Leverage Online PotentialISASS member Cheryl Zapata has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article listing "five ideas for spine surgeons to leverage online and internet access to improve their relationship with patients and their clinical practice in the future from Cheryl Zapata, Chief Development Officer of Texas Back Institute."
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Relievant Medsystems Achieves Completion of Interim Safety Data Analysis of Intracept in SMART Pivotal Study and Expands Senior Leadership TeamISASS member Av Edidin, PhD, has been featured in this Yahoo! Finance article noting that he has been named "Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President, Research & Development at Relievant".
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Surgeons now wield magic disc to ward off spinal problemsISASS members Ketan Khurjekar, MD has been featured in this PuneMirror article: "With recent advancements in spinal trauma surgery giving encouraging results, more and more young patients — suffering from spinal injury or degenerative spinal diseases — are opting for it, its high costs notwithstanding. "
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How Will the Medical Device Tax Impact Spine? 7 Spine Surgeons RespondISASS members Jeffrey Goldstein, MD, Richard Kube, MD, Kern Singh, MD and Jeffrey Wang, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons weekly: "Seven spine surgeons weigh in on how the newly-enacted medical device excise tax will impact the field of spinal surgery. The tax took effect Jan. 1 to fund reforms from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act."
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Moving Spine Procedures to ASCs - Key Business and Clinical IssuesISASS members Richard Kube, MD and Paul Schwaegler, MD are noted as presenters: At the 11th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference, in Chicago, industry experts will give a presentation titled "Moving Spine Procedures to ASCs – Key Business and Clinical Issues."
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8 Strategies to Overcome Decreasing Spine Surgery ReimbursementsISASS board member Stephen Hochschuler, MD and member Richard A. Kube, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Spine surgeons have seen reimbursements drop over the past few years, and will likely continue to experience downward pressure in the future. Medicare recently announced a 2 percent reimbursement reduction as part of sequestration spending cuts as well. Here are eight strategies spine surgeons can use to tackle dropping reimbursements with contract negotiations, cost cutting and increasing patient volume."
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Dr. Kevin Foley to Present DiscGenics, Inc.'s Recent Findings at the Lumbar Spine Research Society's Annual MeetingISASS member Kevin Foley, MD is featured in this press release via BioSpace: "DiscGenics, Inc. announces that Kevin T. Foley, MD will present at the upcoming Lumbar Spine Research Society (LSRS) Annual Meeting on April 12, 2013 in Chicago. The lecture, entitled "Initial In Vivo Efficacy of a Novel, Injectable Cellular Therapy for Degenerative Disc Disease," will feature data supporting the safety and efficacy of a new therapy under development called Injectable Discogenic Cell Therapy (IDCT) in an animal model of degenerative disc disease."
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Major Insurer Rebuffs Top Spine Surgeon... New Study Confirms – Again — Fusion Works!ISASS President Steven Garfin, MD and ISASS member Frank Phillips, MD have been featured in this Orthopedics This Week article: "Steven Garfin, M.D. is professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, San Diego. [...] Dr. Garfin, who is very involved in spine politics, tells OTW, “I was frustrated with these large, random swaths of denials, and I penned a letter to the president of one of the top five insurers in the country. In it, I offered to help form an advisory panel of ISASS surgeons. In return I received a letter saying, basically, ‘We don’t need your help. We have our own panel.’ I have no idea if there are doctors on that panel. Is it really too much to ask for more transparency and doctor participation?”"
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Webinar: Preparing for the Physician Payment Sunshine ActISASS will be offering a FREE webinar on April 11, 2013: Preparing for the Physician Payment Sunshine Act
Date & Time of Webinar: April 11, 2013; 10:00 am CST
Presented by: Christopher R. Gingras, CFE, FHFMA, FACHE, VP Healthcare Compliance
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Avoiding doctors? Price of that decision may surprise youISASS member Andrew Cash, MD has been featured in this Las Vegas Review Journal article: "Dr. Andrew Cash, a valley spine surgeon, says many backaches he sees are indeed classic degeneration cases. But he also cautions that some chronic back problems coupled with fever, chills and dramatic weight loss could come from cancer in tumors on nearby organs such as the pancreas or kidneys."
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Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Kern Singh of Midwest Orthopaedics at RushISASS member Kern Singh, MD has been profiled by Becker's Spine Review: "Kern Singh, MD, is an orthopedic spine surgeon at Chicago-based Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush and an associate professor at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He is a member of the North American Spine Society and fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons."
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How Can Spine Researchers Better Report Adverse Events?ISASS member Paul Anderson, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article examining the question "Adverse events can occur during clinical trials of spine techniques and devices, but are researchers properly reporting these outcomes and do conflicts of interest ever come into play?"
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Texas Back Institute Doctors voted as D Magazine Best DocsISASS members Scott Blumenthal, MD, Michael Hisey, MD, Isador Lieberman, MD, Ralph Rashbaum, MD and Jack Zigler, MD have been voted as "D Magazine's Best Docs" as noted this Texas Back Institute blog post.
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Will Spine Surgeons Seek Hospital Employment? 3 Leaders Weigh InISASS members Richard Kube, MD, Kern Singh, MD and Jeffrey Wang, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons weekly: "Three spine surgeons discuss whether or not hospital employment will be the future for industry physicians."
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How Will the Sequester Impact Spine Surgeons? Q&A With Dr. Nick Shamie of UCLA Health SystemISASS member Nick Shamie, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "A. Nick Shamie, MD, a spine surgeon with the UCLA Health System, discusses how the sequester and looming budget cuts will impact spine surgeons in the future."
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5 Qualities of Effective Spine Surgeon Leaders in Profitable PracticesISASS member Dennis Crandall, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article detailing "five qualities of effective spine surgeon leaders who make their practices more successful."
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NuVasive, Inc. (NUVA) to Exhibit at ISASS 2013Device Space: "NuVasive is pleased to exhibit our innovative technologies and comprehensive spine portfolio at ISASS," said Pat Miles, NuVasive President of Global Products and Services. "This year, we are excited to introduce surgeons to several game-changing new products and procedures, such as the PCM® Cervical Disc and Precept™ for MAS® Posterior Fixation. As well, our XLIF®, ALIF, and posterior fixation solutions will be featured in cadaver courses organized by ISASS, providing surgeons hands-on educational experiences and opportunities to become more familiar with NuVasive's full product portfolio."
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18 Spine Surgeon & Specialist Appointments and AccomplishmentsISASS members Isador Lieberman, MD, Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD, PhD and Anthony Yeung, MD have been noted in this Becker's Spine Review article listing "18 spine surgeons and specialists that were recently appointed to prestigious positions or achieved notable accomplishments."
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ISASS Apps Updated, Full Abstracts Now AvailableThe ISASS apps for mobile devices have been updated to include full abstracts for ISASS13 papers and more. Download or bookmark the app for your mobile device today.
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Press Release: ISASS13 Shows Growth in New Exhibitors and First-Time AttendeesAurora IL USA/Mar 11 2013—ISASS13, a multi-professional spine industry event hosted by ISASS-International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) is showing signs of growth in both new exhibitors and new attendees.  “We have 17 new exhibitors this year and are seeing an increase in the number of first-time attendees throughout all of our categories,” says Kristy Radcliffe, Executive Director of ISASS.  “ISASS continues to grow in size and reputation as we focus on representing ALL spine surgeons throughout our advocacy and educational efforts and increase the number of opportunities we give our members to learn from one another.”
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Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine Names Dr. Alexander Vaccaro Editorial Board Co-ChairmanISASS member Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD, PhD, has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "The Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine has announced that Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD, PhD, professor and attending surgeon of orthopaedics and neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and a partner at the Rothman Institute, has been chosen as co-chairman of the editorial board, according to a Rothman Institute news release."
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Hee Kit WongISASS board member Hee Kit Wong, MD has been profiled in this Spinal News International article: "Hee Kit Wong, professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, National University of Singapore, Singapore, is on the board of directors for the International Society for the Advancement of Spinal Surgery (ISASS) and was recently awarded the Singapore National Outstanding Clinician Award for his contribution to the development of spinal surgery in Singapore. He spoke to Spinal News International about his career and the need to accurately image pain."
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Dr. Joseph Zavatsky: 3 Thoughts on Minimally Invasive Spine ResearchISASS member Joseph Zavatsky, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Joseph Zavatsky, MD, is an orthopedic spine surgeon and section chief of spine in the department of orthopedics at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, where he works collaboratively with other orthopedic spine surgeons, neurosurgeons, pain management and PM&R physicians, anesthesiologists and radiologists at the new Back & Spine Center at Ochsner Baptist Hospital. He was fellowship trained at the New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases."
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What Technology Will Positively Impact Spine Care? 4 Spine Surgeons PredictISASS members Jeffrey Goldstein, MD, Nick Shamie, MD and Jeffrey Wang, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons weekly: "Four spine surgeons talk about which spinal technologies they see the most potential for positively impacting patient care."
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How Spine Surgeons Can Help to Lower Hospital Readmissions: 4 IdeasNicola Hawkinson, CEO of ISASS partner SpineSearch, has authored this Becker's Spine Review article: "Within our ever changing world of healthcare the need for spine surgeons to direct their focus on lowering the rates for hospital readmissions is on the rise. Hospital readmissions are more commonly being used to gauge standards of care and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is now utilizing readmissions rates to decrease reimbursements for specific care/procedures rendered."
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6 Points on Effective Spine Center & Surgeon MarketingISASS member Marcy Rogers, MEd, is featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "SpineMark recently hosted a webinar titled "How to Effectively Market Spine Centers and Spine Surgeons." The program featured Marcy T. Rogers, M.Ed., president and CEO of SpineMark, who shared tips on effectively creating a marketing plan for spine centers and spine surgeons."
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Yeung Center for Endoscopic Spinal Surgery EstablishedISASS member Anthony Yeung, MD has been featured in this Orthopedics This Week article: "Minimally invasive spine surgery pioneer Anthony Yeung, M.D., and his wife, Eileen, are donating $2.5 million to develop a comprehensive state-of-the-art spinal endoscopic surgical center at the University of New Mexico (UNM)."
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50 Spine Surgeons & Specialists Researching Biologics for Spine TreatmentsISASS members Howard An, MD, Hyun Bae, MD, Frank P. Cammisa, MD, Domagoj Coric, MD, Rick B. Delamarter, MD, Randall Dryer, MD, Richard G. Fessler, MD, Steven Glassman, MD, Richard A. Hynes, MD, Jeffrey Kleiner, MD, Carl Lauryssen, MD, John O'Toole, MD, John Peloza, MD, Kenneth Pettine, MD, Jeffrey Wang, MD and Michael Wang, MD have been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article listing "50 spine surgeons who research and innovate with stem cells and biologics."
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5 Documentation & Billing Tips for Spine Surgeons to Get Paid MoreISASS member Barbara Cateletto has been featurd in this Becker's Spine Review article noting "five coding and documentation tips for spine surgeons to optimize reimbursements."
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5 Ways for Spine Practices to Stay on the Cutting EdgeISASS members Richard Guyer, MD, Stephen Hochschler, MD, Kenneth Pettine, MD, Alexander Vaccaro, MD, PhD and Jack Zigler, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article discussing "five ways spine surgeons and practices can stay on the cutting edge."
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Dr. Anthony T. and Eileen K. Yeung Make First of Its Kind Spine Center at UNM a Reality!ISASS member Anthony Yeung, MD has announced the opening of a new spine center at UNM: "Dr. Anthony Yeung, of Desert Institute for Spine Care in Phoenix, Arizona attended The University of New Mexico School of Medicine. His training now comes full circle by the founding of a state-of-the-art spine center at his alma mater."
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5 Tips to Get Started With Outpatient Spine SurgeryISASS member Ken Pettine, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Spine surgery is increasingly moving into the outpatient setting, which can provide both quality and cost benefits. After the surgeon has learned minimally invasive technique, here are five tips to begin bringing cases into the outpatient setting."
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New study reports 98.9 percent implant accuracy when using Mazor Robotics Renaissance™ Guidance System for patients with significant spinal deformitiesDr. Isador Lieberman, MD has been featured in this Yahoo! Finance US article: "A study recently published in European Spine Journal concluded 98.9 percent accuracy when implanting pedicle screws using Mazor Robotics (MZOR.TA) Renaissance™ Guidance System in a study group of 101 consecutive cases performed by Dr. Isador Lieberman of Texas Back Institute. 1 Ninety percent of the sample group had severe deformity and/or previous spine surgery that failed to correct the condition."
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5 Spine Surgeons on Enduring EMR AdoptionISASS members Ara Deukmedjian, MD, Jeffrey Goldstein, MD, Richard Kube, MD and Jeffrey Wang, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons weekly: "Five spine surgeons discuss what the most challenging part of switching to an electronic medical record was."
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Innovative Trends in Spine Surgery Technology: Q&A With Dr. Lawrence DickinsonISASS member Lawrence Dickinson, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review Q&A that "discusses minimally invasive spine surgery and where he sees the field heading in the future."
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Precision Spine Announces Addition of New Board MemberISASS member Stephen Cook, PhD has been featured in this Yahoo! Finance US article: "The Board of Directors of Precision Spine, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of a new member, Stephen D. Cook, Ph.D. Dr. Cook is President and Chief Scientist at the Fellowship of Orthopaedic Researchers in Metairie, Louisiana."
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Stem Cells + HA New Injection For Knees?; Fracture Repair: Don't Aim For Perfection!…And More...ISASS members Andrew Hecht, MD and Dan Riew, MD have been featured in this Orthopedics This Week article on the topics "BMP: Not a Cancer Risk?" and "Too Many Spine Surgeons Rely on Outdated Data".
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5 Effective Ways for Spine Practices to Increase Patient VolumeISASS members Stephen Hochschuler, MD, Don Johnson, MD and Alexander Vaccaro, MD, PhD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article listing "five efficient and effective ways for spine practices to increase patient volume."
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Spine Specialist Leader to Know: Dr. Lawrence Dickinson of Pacific Brain & Spine Medical GroupBecker's Spine Review - 03/13/13 17:32
Lawrence Dickinson, MD, is a neurosurgeon with Pacific Brain & Spine Medical Group in Castro Valley, Calif., and serves as the medical director of the intensive care unit and neurointensive care unit at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley.
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Nanotechnology has potentially revolutionary benefits for spinal surgery ISASS13 speaker Bradley K Weiner has been interviewed in this Spinal News International article: "Bradley K Weiner, director, Spine Advanced Technology Laboratory, The Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Houston, USA, will be giving the talk “Nanotechnology—Ortho and Spine Surgery” at the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) annual meeting (3–5 April, Vancouver, Canada). He spoke to Spinal News International about this issue."
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Thickness of fat, not BMI, is a significant risk factor for surgical site infectionISASS member Ankit Mehta, MD has been featured in this Spinal News International article: "A new study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, indicated that the thickness of subcutaneous fat at the surgical site—rather than overall body mass index (BMI)—was a marker of surgical site infection in patients undergoing cervical spine fusion surgery."
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What Skills Must Future Spine Leaders Possess? 6 Spine Surgeons Weigh InISASS members Ara Deukmedjian, MD, Jeffrey Goldstein, MD, Richard Kube, MD, Nick Shamie, MD and Jeffrey Wang, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons weekly: "Six spine surgeons discuss characteristics necessary for future spine leaders."
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8 Factors Impacting Spine Surgery Coverage RatesISASS member Marcy Rogers has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article listing "eight significant factors making an impact on spine surgery coverage rates."
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New Study Shows How to Drive Savings in Hip Surgery... And Much More...ISASS member and past president Thomas Errico, MD has been noted in this Orthopedics This Week article: "To obtain the most relevant, accurate data, says a veteran spine surgeon, we need to look at the right questions and have massive numbers of patients. Tom Errico, M.D. is chief of the Division of Spine Service at NYU Langone Medical Center and Hospital for Joint Diseases. He shares his take on spinal deformity research..."
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200 Orthopedic- & Spine-Driven ASCs to KnowISASS members Douglas Beard, MD, Justin S. Field, MD, Don Johnson, MD, Anthony Yeung, MD and Christopher A. Yeung, MD have been noted as ASC founders or partners in this Becker's Spine Review list of "200 orthopedic- and spine-driven ambulatory surgery centers to know."
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Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. William Watters of Bone & Joint Clinic of HoustonISASS member William Watters, MD has been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article: "William Charles Watters III, MD, is an orthopedic spine surgeon at Bone & Joint Clinic of Houston. He is also a clinical associate professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He is a member of the board of directors of North American Spine Society and a member of the American College of Spine Surgery. He is also the chairman of the North American Spine Society Guidelines Committee on Spinal Care."
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9 Recent Spine Surgeon and Specialist News UpdatesISASS member Isador Lieberman, MD has been noted in this Becker's Spine Review article for receiving the Golden Apple Award.
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SI-BONE, Inc. Announces Spring Society Meeting AttendanceISASS exhibitor SI-Bone, Inc. has announced the spring meetings: "SI-BONE, Inc. (San Jose, California), a medical device company that is pioneering the use of a minimally invasive surgical (MIS) device to fuse the sacroiliac (SI) joint announced today it will attend and exhibit at several major society meetings over the coming months including AANS/CNS Section, AAOS, ISASS and AANS."
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Developing Payor Relationships: 3 Spine Surgeons' TipsISASS members Ara Deukmedjian, MD, Jeffrey Goldstein, MD, Richard Kube, MD and Jeffrey Wang, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons weekly: "Six spine surgeons discuss advice for a spine surgeon just beginning his or her career."
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5 Ways for Spine Surgery Centers to Save on ImplantsISASS member Richard Kube, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article listing "five ways to save on spine surgery center materials costs."
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128 ASC Industry Leaders to Present at the 11th Annual Orthopedic, Spine & Pain Managemenet-Driven ASC Conferenc (June 13-15)ISASS members Ara Deukmedjian, MD, Charles Gordon, MD, Stephen Hochschuler, MD, Richard Kube, MD, John Peloza, MD, Kenneth Pettine, MD, Frank Phillips, MD, Paul Schwaegler, MD and A.Nick Shamie, MD are noted as presenters in this Becker's Spine Review article listing "128 ASC Industry Leaders will present at the 11th Annual Orthopedic, Spine & Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference (June 13-15), including Coach Michael Krzyzewski, Geoff Colvin, Brad Gilbert and Forrest Sawyer, as well as 52 Physician Leaders and 25 CEOs."
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5 Strategies for Success With Independent Spine PracticesISASS members Todd Albert, MD, Dennis Crandall, MD and Stephen Hochschuler, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Five orthopedic and spine practice administrators discuss their strategies for running a successful practice."
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BioSpine 4 - 4th International Congress Biotechnologies of Spinal SurgeryISASS members Michael Ogon, MD and Hans Jorg Meisel, MD are noted in this Deutsche Gesellschaft für Chirurgie post: "There has been considerable “hype” about the role of biologicals in spine and orthopedic surgery over the years – you may have heard statements like: “the future is biologics not metal” – the promise and the reality have been quite different. BioSpine 4 is not about replacing current day practice with biologics, rather we want the meeting to discuss and outline how biologics can supplement today's surgical practice."
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Cappuccino, NuVasive, Lanx and the DefectorsISASS member Andrew Cappuccino, MD has been featured in this Orthopedics This Week article: "NuVasive, Inc., employees approached the dinner table at the China Poblano restaurant in Las Vegas on December 28, 2011. At the table sat Andrew Cappuccino, M.D., his partner Ryan DenHaese, M.D., and three former NuVasive reps now working for a new competitor named Lanx, Inc."
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Doctor says Bogut should play again soonISASS member Neal Anand, MD has been featured in this SFGate article: "Warriors center Andrew Bogut should play again this season, and his career shouldn't be in jeopardy, according to Dr. Neel Anand, the director of spine trauma and minimally invasive surgery at Cedars-Sinai Spine Center in Los Angeles."
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Spine Surgery Coverage for New Technology Post Healthcare Reform: Q&A With Dr. Gunnar Andersson of Midwest Orthopaedics at RushISASS member and Treasurer, Gunnar Andersson, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Spine Surgery has rapidly advanced over the past few decades to include many new minimally invasive devices and procedures, revolutionizing the field. However, not all advances have been reimbursed by insurance companies, and device companies find continued challenges in bringing new ideas to the market."
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Collaborative Spine Secures Medtronic FundingISASS members Charles Branch, Jr., MD and Jeffrey Wang, MD are noted in this Orthopedics This Week article: "The Collaborative Spine Research Foundation was formed in 2011 by neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons to advance the science and practice of spine care. Most importantly, it would be a group that made decisions about research independent of industry influence."
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Spine Surgeon Dr. Larry T. Khoo Urges Colleagues to Be Wary of OR Radiation ExposureISASS member Larry Khoo, MD has been featured in this Yahoo! Finance US article: “We lost a very dear colleague to thyroid cancer for OR radiation exposure. Why wouldn’t we want to reduce our exposure? And, fortunately, we can.”
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Developing Payor Relationships: 3 Spine Surgeons' TipsISASS members Ara Deukmedjian, MD, Jeffrey Goldstein, MD and Jeffrey Wang, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons weekly: "Three spine surgeons discuss best tips for developing productive relationships with payors."
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CPH spine program keeps millions of dollars on the PeninsulaISASS member Craig Humphreys, MD has been featured in this Peninsula Clarion article: "The spine program experienced a successful year, and the hospital aims to expand the program’s services in 2013 and beyond. Dr. Craig Humphreys, an orthopedic spine surgeon with 15 years of clinical experience, returned to his home state to start the program. Humphreys is attempting to develop a research foundation to improve spine care in the state and internationally."
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8 Payor Trends for Spine Surgery to WatchISASS member Barbara Cataletto has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Here are eight big reimbursement trends for spine surgeons to watch."
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Encouraging Surgeon & Administrator Collaboration: Dr. John Pracyk and Patrick VegaISASS member John Pracyk, MD and ISASS13 Pre-Course speaker Patrick Vega, MS have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "On April 2,Principal of Vega Healthcare Patrick Vega and Director of the Center of Brain and Spine Health at Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh, Wis., John Pracyk, MD, will give a presentation titled "A New Model of Physician Leadership, Engaging and Maximizing Collaboration" as part of the ISASS13 Pre-Course."
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CEO Daniel Goldberg to Advise Physicians on Generating Patients at ISASS ConferenceISASS13 speaker Daniel Goldberg has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Daniel Goldberg, CEO and Creative Director of Gold Medical Marketing, will be presenting "Generating Patients Through Direct To Patient Marketing" at the ISASS13 Pre-Course on Tuesday, April 2, according to an ISASS report. Goldberg's presentation will aim to show physicians how to create their own brand and how to build a web presence in order to attract more patients."
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5 Potentially Beneficial Partnerships for Orthopedic Spine SurgeonsISASS members Nick Shamie, MD and Alexander Vaccaro, MD has been featurd in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Here are five beneficial partnerships for spine surgeons."
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Dr. Morgan Lorio: Current Concepts in Vertebral AugmentationISASS member and Coding & Reimbursement Task Force Chair Morgan Lorio, MD has been featured for his recent ISASS article in Becker's Spine Review: "Morgan Lorio, MD, Chair of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery Coding & Reimbursement Task Force, recently published an article discussing the current concepts in vertebral augmentation."
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7 Spine Surgeons With New Leadership PositionsISASS members Raymond Linovitz, MD and William Watters, MD have been noted in this Becker's Spine Review article listing "seven spine surgeons who recently assumed new leadership positions."
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The Bottom Line in Spine: Cataletto to Teach The Business of Running a PracticeSpine surgeons have years and years of training under their belts. But despite your mastery of all things medical, your surgical training probably hasn't adequately prepared you to build and run your own practice well. Starting the practice, by definition, is only the beginning. ISASS staff discuss running a spine practice with Barbara Cateletto, MBA, CPC of Business Dynamics, LLC.
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Dr. Richard Kube Performs First Coflex Interlaminar Implant in IllinoisISASS member Richard Kube, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Richard Kube II, MD, performed the first procedure using the coflex Interlaminar Implant in Illinois, as well as the first two level coflex implant, both at the Southern Illinois Surgery Center in Marion, according to The Daily Republican."
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24 Spine Surgeons Discuss Most Exciting Trends for the FutureISASS members Howard An, MD, Neel Anand, MD, Gunnar Andersson, MD, Scott Blumenthal, MD, Charles Branch, MD, Thomas Errico, MD, Steven Garfin, MD, Jeffrey Goldstein, MD, Richard Guyer, MD, Andrew Hecht, MD, Stephen Hochschuler, MD, John Peloza, MD, Kenneth Pettine, MD, William Watters, MD, Jeffrey Wang, MD and James Yue, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article in which "24 spine surgeons discussing what they are most excited about for the future of spine surgery."
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Where Should Spine Research Focus? 4 Surgeons Weigh InISASS members Ara Deukmedjian, MD, Jeffrey Goldstein, MD and Jeffrey Wang, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons weekly: "Four spine surgeons discuss spine-related research."
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Laser Spine Institute on TrialISASS members Choll Kim, MD and Anthony Yeung, MD have been featured in this Orthopedics This Week article: "Airline travelers have seen the magazine ad showing two topless women in bikini bottoms, their backs to the viewer. One of them wears a Band-Aid. “Who just had back surgery?” a caption asks. The ad promotes the laser surgical procedures performed at the Laser Spine Institute LLC (LSI)."
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10 Recent Spine Surgeon AccomplishmentsIsador Lieberman, MD has been noted in this Becker's Spine Review article listing "10 spine surgeons who were recently recognized or achieved notable accomplishments."
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Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Arya Nick Shamie of UCLA Health SystemISASS member A. Nick Shamie, MD has been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Arya Nick Shamie, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon at University of California Los Angeles Health System. He is affiliated with the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica (Calif.). He is also an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery at UCLA. He is a recipient of the UC Irvine School of Medicine Award for Excellence in Research. "
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Dr. John Pracyk and Patrick Vega Encourage Collaboration between Surgeons and AdministratorsAdministrators and surgeons aren't always the best of friends, but a talk at the ISASS13 Pre-Course aims to warm up those sometimes-chilly relations. Patrick Vega, Principal of Vega Healthcare, and Dr. John Pracyk, Director of the Center of Brain and Spine Health at the Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, will be co-presenting "A New Model of Physician Leadership, Engaging and Maximizing Collaboration" at the Vancouver Convention Centre on Tuesday, April 2.
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Battling “the Fringe” in SpineSnake-oil salesmen hocking sham cures is a problem much older than evidence-based medicine, but that problem still isn't solved in the 21st century Dr. Frank Phillips, ISASS member and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center, calls the recent bumper crop of medical hokum "fringe activities" to differentiate them from procedures with the backing of rigorous science and peer review.
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5 Spine Surgeons on Operating Room InnovationISASS members Ara Deukmedjian, MD, Jeffrey Goldstein, MD and Jeffrey Wang, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons weekly: "Five spine surgeons discuss what types of innovation they would like to see in the operating room in the next five years."
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24 Spine Surgeon Leaders on Why They Chose Spine SurgeryISASS members Howard An, MD, Neel Anand, MD, Gunnar Andersson, MD, Scott Blumenthal, MD, Charles Branch, MD, Thomas Errico, MD, Steven Garfin, MD, Jeffrey Goldstein, MD, Richard Guyer, MD, Andrew Hecht, MD, Stephen Hochschuler, MD, Rick Sasso, MD, Paul Slosar, MDAlexander Vaccaro, MD and James Yue, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "24 spine surgeons discussing why they chose the spine specialty."
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Spine Surgeon Dr. Isador Lieberman is Making a Big Difference in UgandaISASS member Isador Lieberman, MD has been recognized in this Yahoo! Finance US article for humanitarian efforts in Uganda, including receiving the HVO Golden Apple Award: "SpineGuard applauds the efforts of Dr. Isador Lieberman, Texas Back Institute, for his humanitarian efforts on behalf of the Uganda Spine Surgery Mission."
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Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Ara Deukmedjian of Deuk Spine InstituteISASS member Ara Deukmedjian, MD has been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Ara Deukmedjian, MD, is the CEO and medical director of Deuk Spine Institute in Melbourne, Fla. He is a neuro-spine surgeon and an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of Central Florida's College of Medicine in Orlando. He is also a fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the surgery department chair at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Fla."
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Goldberg at ISASS13: Communicate Directly with Prospective PatientsThere's a sea change underway that is altering how patients are relating to doctors, their own health, and medicine itself. Patients are shopping for doctors, and Daniel Goldberg, CEO and Creative Director of Gold Medical Marketing, wants to show you how to get the best out of this dramatic shift in healthcare consumption.
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Current Concepts in Vertebral AugmentationIn this ISASS Spine Newsfeed article, Dr. Morgan Lorio surveys the landscape of vertebral augmentation to find contentious studies and offers suggestions to educate the public and other practitioners.
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TBOS announces Revenue Cycle Dynamics for the Spine Reimbursement Specialist Educational SeriesISASS partner The Business of Spine has announced a new educational series: "This educational series is an intensive three day program containing three learning modules designed to provide both education and hands on experience in the field of the coding of spinal procedures. A must for the spine reimbursement specialist."
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The 'July effect' -- negligible for outcomes following spine surgeryISASS member David Kallmes, MD is featured in this Science Codex article detailing "The 'July effect' — the notion that the influx of new residents and fellows at teaching hospitals in July of each year adversely affects patient care and outcomes — was examined in a very large data set of hospitalizations for patients undergoing spine surgery. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) and the University of Virginia Health System (Charlottesville, VA) found a negligible effect on periprocedural outcomes among patients treated by spine surgery."
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Zyga Technology Completes Enrollment in GLISSADE Study to Demonstrate Performance of Facet ResurfacingISASS member Hans Jorg Meisel, MD has been featured in this Yahoo! Finance US article: "For patients suffering from chronic facet pain, there has never been a viable procedure providing long term relief," said Prof. Dr. Hans Jorg Meisel, Director of the Center of Neurosciences of the BG-Clinic Bergmannstrost Halle, Germany. "Their options were to receive injections several times each year or to undergo a more aggressive, permanent spine fusion procedure. The GLYDER System offers simple, minimally invasive implantation of a device designed to preserve the patient's anatomy and to provide long-term pain relief. Our initial patients are now reaching two years post-surgery, and we are very encouraged to see that they are experiencing sustainable pain relief."
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Mesoblast Tees Up Phase 3 Stem Cell Spine TestISASS member Randall Dryer, MD has been featured in this Orthopedics This Week article: "Mesoblast Limited’s NeoFuse stem cell product showed positive results in the firm’s Phase 2 lumbar spinal fusion trial, according Mesoblast Chief Executive Silviu Itescu speaking at the annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco. The results suggest that Mesoblast’s NeoFuse product comprising allogeneic mesenchymal precursor cells (MPCs) is as effective for interbody lumbar fusion as the gold standard, bone autograft, without the need for a second surgical procedure and its attendant morbidity risks. These results, Itescu said, support the progression of NeoFuse to a Phase 3 trial in interbody lumbar fusion."
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Spine and Healthcare Reform: 3 Surgeons Weigh InISASS members Jeffrey Goldstein, MD and Jeffrey Wang, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons weekly: "Three spine surgeons discuss what aspect of healthcare reform will have the biggest impact on spine this year."
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Opportunities for Spine Technology Advancement: Q&A With Dr. Issada Thongtrangan of Valley OrthopedicsISASS member Issada Thongtrangan, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Spine surgeon Issada Thongtrangan, MD, of Valley Orthopedics in Phoenix, discusses the biggest opportunities for spine research and technology development in the future."
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How to Develop a Successful Spine Center of ExcellenceISASS member Marcy Rogers has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article discussing "how to develop a spine center of excellence and manage the center's quality in a Jan. 16 webinar. SpineMark focuses on the development of spine centers of excellence and spine research organizations, and Ms. Rogers has more than 30 years of experience working with healthcare professionals, facilities and device manufacturers."
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Doctors Awarded for Excellent ServiceISASS member Harvinder Singh Chhabra MS, Mch, has been conferred the 23rd National Excellence Award by the T P Jhunjhunwala Foundation according to Hindustan Times ePaper (New Delhi).
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Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Kenneth Pettine of Loveland Surgery CenterISASS member Kenneth Pettine, MD has been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Kenneth Pettine, MD, is an orthopedic spine surgeon at Loveland (Colo.) Surgery Center. He is co-founder of Rocky Mountain Associates in Orthopedic Medicine and the co-inventor and co-designer of the Maverick Artificial Disc, a patented disc replacement device for the neck and back. The device is currently undergoing a clinical trial."
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Spine Specialist to Know: Dr. Frank Phillips of Midwest Orthopaedics at RushISASS member Frank Phillips, MD has been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Frank Phillips, MD, co-founded the Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Minimally Invasive Spine Institute in Chicago, where he works with spine surgeons to treat a variety of spinal conditions. He specializes in the spine and has an interest in cervical and lumbar reconstructive surgery, with expertise in motion-preserving and minimally invasive spinal procedures."
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Spine Leader to Know: Dr. Stephen H. Hochschuler of Texas Back InstituteISASS member and past president Stephen Hochschuler, MD has been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Stephen H. Hochschuler, M.D, is the co-founder of Texas Back Institute in Plano and is a past president of Spine Arthroplasty Society, now known as the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery. He is the managing director of the International Spine & Orthopedic Institute in Overland Park, Kan. He has served in the United States Air Force and won an Air Force Commendation Award."
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Try Using an "Outboard Brain" To Get the Most out of ISASS13It's awfully convenient that hotels and convention centers leave their little branded notepads everywhere - those times when you need to take notes of a brilliant thought or a line of inquiry you want to follow up on later tend to take place when you're meeting people in a new place (and they tend to happen *particularly* frequently at ISASS meetings). But it becomes a little less convenient when you realize you left your copious notes at the hotel or the convention center. Or the cab on the way to the airport. Or in the plane home as you were reviewing them to get to work on them after the weekend...

The good news is there's a secret weapon to keeping track of your notes, and it'll keep you from losing a promising contact's business card (inevitably with the direct line or cell number scrawled on the back) too. Not only do you keep from losing almost any information, you can access it from everywhere.
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Back Pain Intensity Most Influential in Fusion DecisionISASS member Christopher Bono, MD has been featured in this JAAPA article: "Patients seeing a spine surgeon are most influenced by low back pain intensity when considering whether to proceed with spinal fusion surgery, according to a study published in the Jan. 15 issue of Spine."
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5 Spine Surgeons on Concerns About Emerging TechnologiesISASS members Ara Deukmedjian, MD, Jeffrey Goldstein, MD and Jeffrey Wang, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons weekly: "Five spine surgeons discuss their biggest concerns about emerging spine technologies."
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SpineSearch Spotlight ArticleISASS partner Spine Search and ISASS member Nicola Hawkinson have been featured in this Yahoo! Finance US article: "Nicola Hawksinson, DNP, CEO and Founder of SpineSearch has recently joined the Board of Advisors for the publication Enterprising Women (www.enterprisingwomen.com). [...] SpineSearch is pleased to announce that Nicola Hawkinson is also featured in a SpineSearch"Spotlight" article entitled "Strong Drive to Succeed Supports Spine-focused Firm", which can be found in the current issue of Enterprising Women.
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100 Surgeons Advancing the Field of Spine SurgeryISASS members Todd Albert, MD, Howard An, MD, Neel Anand, MD, Gunnar B. J. Andersson, MD, Hyun Bae, MD, Scott Blumenthal, MD, Christopher Bono, MD, Charles L. Branch, MD, Frank Cammisa, MD, Domagoj Coric, MD, Bruce V. Darden, II, MD, Rick B. Delamarter, MD, Thomas Errico, MD, Richard Fessler, MD, PhD, Jeffrey S. Fischgrund, MD, Kevin Foley, MD, Steven Garfin, MD, Steven D. Glassman, MD, Jeffrey Goldstein, MD, Charles R. Gordon, MD, Richard Guyer, MD, Andrew Hecht, MD, Stephen Hochschuler, MD, Ken Hsu, MD, Larry Khoo, MD, Choll W. Kim, MD, Carl Lauryssen, MD, Isador Lieberman, MD, Steven C. Ludwig, MD, Pierce D. Nunley, MD, John Peloza, MD, Kenneth Pettine, MD, Frank Phillips, MD, Ralph S. Rashbaum, MD, K. Daniel Riew, MD, Rick Sasso, MD, Thomas Schuler, MD, A. Nick Shamie, MD, Paul Slosar, MD, Alexander Vaccaro, MD, Jeffrey Wang, MD, William Watters, III, MD, Hansen A. Yuan, MD, James J. Yue, MD, and Jim Zucherman, MD have been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article listing "100 surgeons who have made significant contributions to the field of spine surgery through research, innovation or leadership positions."
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Six Doctors Join Mount SinaiISASS member Andrew Hecht, MD is featured in this Orthopedics This Week article: "Six new doctors are settling into the Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedics in New York City. The physicians, including surgeons and physiatrists, come to Mount Sinai from Beth Israel Medical Center."
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Stevens Undergraduates Present Research on Reducing Back PainISASS member Antonio Valdevit, MD is featured in this Stevens Institute of Technology/BizWire Express press release: "Lower back pain is the second most common cause of disability for adults in the United States. Faced with the rising number of individuals suffering from the condition, undergraduate students Emily Noonan and Hanna Sidoti at the Stevens Institute of Technology will be presenting their research on the effects of whole-body vibration on lower back pain at two major conferences in 2013."
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10 Spine Surgeons & Specialists on the MoveISASS member Ronald Wisneski, MD has been noted in this Becker's Spine Review article featuring: "10 spine surgeons who recently joined new practices or hospitals."
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10 Surgery Center Industry Leaders to KnowISASS member Paul Slosar, MD has been profiled in this Becker's ASC Review article listing "10 surgery center industry leaders who impact the outpatient community with their medical work, company leadership or facility administration."
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ASC Leader to Know: Dr. Ara Deukmedjian of Deuk Spine InstituteISASS member Ara Deukmedjian, MD has been profiled in this Becker's ASC Review article: "Ara Deukmedjian, MD, is the CEO and medical director for the Deuk Spine Institute in Melbourne, Fla. He developed the Deuk Laser Disc Repair procedure and instrumentation, which uses an endoscope and laser through a quarter inch incision."
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Study: Two Attending Spine Surgeons Brings Better OutcomesISASS member Christopher Ames, MD is featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Having two attending spine surgeons in the operating room during a procedure can produce better patient outcomes, according to a study done at the University of California San Francisco."
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The Business of Spine Launches TBOS Network Customer Loyalty ProgramISASS member Barbara Cataletto has been featured in this Business of Spine announcement: The Business of Spine announced the launch of its new customer loyalty program The TBOS Network, which began on January 16, 2013. The Network was created as an additional way to reward their loyal customers. There are many benefits of belonging to the TBOS Network. During the year there will be a variety of special offers and member’s only discounts on certain products. There will be also be monthly emails and birthday rewards. Additionally, there will be a referral program for members, where they can earn additional rewards by referring their friends and colleagues.
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7 Spine Surgeons on Professional Resolutions for 2013ISASS members Ara Deukmedjian, MD, Jeffrey Goldstein, MD and Jeffrey Wang, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons weekly: "Seven spine surgeons discuss goals for their practice heading into 2013."
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5 Proactive Steps for Spine Surgeons to Influence Spine Care PolicyISASS member Frank Phillips, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Evidence-based medicine, properly applied, is an important aspect of the current healthcare landscape, and spine surgeons must take a more active approach to research and advocacy for future development and coverage in their field."
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The Future of Spine Innovation: Q&A With Dr. Hyun Bae of Cedars-Sinai Medical CenterISASS member Hyun Bae, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Hyun Bae, MD, is the Director of Education at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the Medical Director of the Spine Institute in Santa Monica. He has researched stem cell repair for degenerative disc disease and the use of growth factors to treat spinal cord injuries. [...] Here are Dr. Bae's expectations for the future of spine innovation and devices."
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World-renowned Orthopedic Surgeon Sues Medical Device Company For Breach Of ContractISASS member Andrew Cappuccino, MD is featured in this Yahoo! Finance US article: Andrew Cappuccino, M.D., a world-renowned orthopedic surgeon based in Buffalo, has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Federal Court, Southern District of California, accusing NuVasive, Inc., of breach of contract.
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Minimally invasive spine surgery using real-time 3-D CT imaging allows patients to recover more quicklyISASS member Howard An, MD is featured in this Medical-Xpress article: "Our approach ensures that all nonsurgical means of addressing the pain will be exhausted before surgery is considered," said Dr. Howard An, orthopedic surgeon and professor of orthopedic surgery at Rush.
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Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Charles Gordon of Texas Spine and Joint HospitalISASS member Charles Gordon, MD has been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Charles Gordon, MD, is a neurosurgeon and co-founder of Texas Spine and Joint Hospital in Tyler. He also founded Precision Spine Care in Tyler and the device company Flexus Spine in Pittsburgh. He is an affiliate of the North American Spine Society and a member of the Texas Medical Association. "
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Mesoblast to head to phase III for stem cell treatment for spinal fusionISASS member Randall Dryer, MD has been featured in this Australian Life Scientist article: “Based upon my experience in the phase II study, Mesoblast’s cells may provide a significant and valuable option to achieve fusion in patients with severe spinal disc degeneration and these results warrant progressing to a phase III study,” said Dr Randall Dryer, orthopaedic surgeon at Central Texas Spine Institute and investigator in the study.
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18 Recent Spine Surgeon AccomplishmentsISASS members Ara Deukmedjian, MD, Pierce Nunley, MD, David Polly, MD and A. Nick Shamie, MD have been noted in this Becker's Spine Review article detailing "18 spine surgeons who were recently recognized or achieved notable accomplishments."
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5 Tips for Spine Surgeons to Collect More From Payor ContractsISASS member Richard Kube, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Here are five tips for spine surgeons to collect more from negotiating better contracts with insurance carriers."
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10 Bad Health Habits You Need to Change NowISASS member Rick Delamarter, MD has been featured in this LifeScript article: “Poor posture not only to leads neck and back pain, but may also cause referred pain [that starts in one area but is felt] in other parts of the body,” says Rick Delamarter, M.D., a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and medical director of the Spine Institute in Los Angeles.
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Doctors to answer questions on back painISASS member Justin Hohl, MD has been featured in this Deseret News article: The right kind of surgery can often take care of an awful pain in the back. When surgery isn't an option, however, other methods can provide relief, albeit temporarily, said Dr. Justin Hohl, a spine surgeon at Intermountain Healthcare's The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital and Alta View Hospital.
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5 Tips for Spine Surgeons to Prepare for New Payment ModelsISASS members A. Nick Shamie, MD and Todd Albert, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Here are five steps spine surgeons can take to prepare for accountable care organizations, bundled payments and other new payment models in the future."
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ulrich medical USA, Inc. Announces Third Annual Advanced Surgeon Education Forum on Complex Spine ApplicationsISASS member Christopher Ames, MD, has been noted in this BioSpace press release as course faculty "for the third annual Cage Madness Spine Education Forum and Bioskills Training to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 23, 2013. The training will take place at the Medical Education and Research Institute of Nevada (MERIN)."
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Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Paul Schwaegler of Seattle Spine InstituteISASS member Paul Schwaegler, MD has been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Paul Schwaegler, MD, is a board-certified spine surgeon at the Seattle Spine Institute. He is also affiliated with the orthopedic institute at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. He is a member of the North American Spine Association, International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery and Society for Lateral Access Surgery. "
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Hillary Clinton Released From NYC HospitalISASS Member Anders Cohen, MD has been featured in this Bio-Medicine article: "The vast majority of venus sinus thrombosis do not have severe symptoms, and are treated with a combination of hydration and anti-coagulants [blood thinners], which cause the thrombosis [clot] to slowly dissolve," said Dr. Anders Cohen, chief of neurosurgery and spine surgery at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. "It's important that she gets rest and hydration. Because she'll likely be on blood thinners, she'll have to be careful to avoid falls, which could cause significant bleeding."
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Nocimed Scientific Abstract Has Been Accepted and Awarded as One of the “Best Papers” for the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) 2013ISASS Member Matt Gornett, MD has been featured in this Yahoo! Finance US article: Nocimed is pleased to announce that its scientific abstract entitled "Non-invasive In-vivo MR Spectroscopy of Non-herniated versus Herniated Painful Lumbar Discs" has been accepted and awarded as one of the 16 “Best Papers” from several hundred abstract submissions for oral podium presentation at the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) 2013 annual conference being held April 3-5, 2013 in Vancouver, Canada.
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6 Ongoing Challenges for Spine Surgeons and InnovatorsISASS Members Jeffrey A. Goldstein, MD and Frank Cammisa, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "As the New Year draws nearer, it will bring new challenges for spine surgeons and industry innovators. Several experts weigh in on six pressing spine challenges and how professionals can cope with these challenges."
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22 Spine Surgeon Leaders on the Most Fulfilling Aspects of Their CareersISASS Members Howard An, MD, Neel Anand, MD, Gunnar Andersson, MD, Scott Blumenthal, MD, Charles Branch, MD, Thomas Errico, MD, Steven Garfin, MD, Jeffrey Goldstein, MD, Richard Guyer, MD, Andrew Hecht, MD, Stephen Hochschuler, MD, Alexander Vaccaro, MD, Jeffrey Wang, MD and James Yue, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Here are 22 spine surgeons who are leaders in professional organizations, spine practices, hospitals and innovators discussing the most fulfilling aspects of their careers."
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