ISASS November Course 2017 Faculty Bios

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Jack Zigler, MD, FACS

Jack Zigler, MD, FACS

Jack Zigler, MD is a spine surgeon on the medical staff at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery and co-medical director for The Center for Disc Replacement. Dr. Zigler is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with additional Fellowship training in adult spinal surgery.

In October 2001, Dr. Zigler performed the first ProDisc-L lumbar ADR (Artificial Disc Replacement) in the United States and has implanted hundreds of lumbar and cervical artificial discs since then. He lectures worldwide on the results of lumbar and cervical arthroplasty, and regularly teaches surgical techniques of disc replacement to spine surgeons all over the world.

Dr. Zigler has written and published several of the most frequently cited articles on disc replacement and is an acknowledged expert in the field.

Rolando Garcia, MD

Rolando Garcia, MD

Dr. Rolando Garcia, Jr. was born in Cuba to Cuban parents. He attended college at Tulane University graduating summa cum laude for the Department of Biology. Dr. Garcia completed medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine where he obtained both a Doctor of Medicine degree and a Masters of Public Health.

In 1991, Dr. Garcia began a general surgery internship at Tulane followed by a four year residency in orthopedic surgery which he completed in 1996. During his last year of residency, Dr. Garcia served as the Chief Resident of the Department of Orthopedics and was the recipient of the prestigious Irene C. Thibodeaux award presented annually to the senior resident who, as selected by the first year class, best exemplifies the qualities of leadership, care, and who has been an outstanding role model for junior residents.

At the completion of his orthopedic surgery training, Dr. Garcia participated in a one year spine surgery fellowship at the North Carolina Spine Center in Chapel Hill, NC which he successfully completed in 1997. In 1997 Dr. Garcia joined the Orthopedic Care Center where he has been in practice for almost twenty years.

Michael Hisey, MD

Michael Hisey, MD

Michael S. Hisey, MD is an orthopedic surgeon at Texas Back Institute. Dr. Hisey specializes in Spinal Surgery and focuses on using the most advanced and least invasive techniques available to treat his patients. Dr. Hisey earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology and completed his Medical degree from the University of California in San Diego. He then completed a Surgical Internship and Orthopedic Surgical Residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Hisey spent time in Austria working on his Trauma Fellowship at the University Clinic for Traumatology and joined Texas Back Institute in 1999 after he completed his Fellowship in Spine Surgery at Texas Back Institute.

Dr. Hisey served as President of Texas Back Institute from 2010 through 2013. Dr. Hisey has served as Vice Chairman for the Department of Surgery at Denton Regional Medical Center, Chairman of the Board of Managers for Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Flower Mound and Vice Chairman of the Governing Board at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Flower Mound. He also serves on several committees for national medical societies such as the North American Spine Society (NASS). He is regularly called on to present research papers or symposia at national medical society meetings.

Dr. Hisey serves as the official spine specialist for FC Dallas and is a consultant to several spine implant companies. He has been involved in the development and validation of several products used for correcting spinal disorders with minimally invasive techniques.

Jeffrey Zigler, MD

Jeffrey Zigler, JD, CHFP

Jeffrey Zigler, JD, CHFP is a Senior Director of Market Access, Health Economics & Reimbursement with Zimmer Biomet. Jeff has been a medical device reimbursement professional for over 10 years, advising physicians, health systems and industry leaders on how to navigate reimbursement issues and health reform trends, and engaging directly with CMS and private payers on cardiovascular and orthopedic technologies.

Jeff is a published author in both legal and medical journals, experienced in health economic outcomes research and translating cost savings into meaningful payer messaging, including the identification of affordability opportunities among specific member populations. He was formerly a medical technology reimbursement consultant and supported the strategy development and commercialization efforts of both small and large multinational companies.

In 2016, Jeff worked with the BCBSA Evidence Street team, the Anthem Medical Policy team (among many other payers), professional societies, patient advocacy groups and individual clinicians performing cervical arthroplasty procedures to align on a rationale for coverage. This procedure is now widely covered in the US, including its more recent, expanded two-level indications.

Jeff has a bachelor of science degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a juris doctor degree from New York Law School, and is a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional with the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Domagoj Coric

Domagoj Coric, MD

Dr. Coric is a Neurosurgeon at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates in Charlotte, NC. He also serves as Chief of the Department of Neurosurgery at Carolinas Medical Center and Spine Director of the Neuroscience Institute at Carolinas Health System. He specializes in artificial disc replacement, spinal trauma, spinal tumors, degenerative diseases of the spine, disc disease, spinal cord injuries, and endoscopic disc surgery.

Dr. Coric received his medical degree from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. He completed both his general surgical internship and neurosurgical residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Dr. Coric is a highly regarded speaker, having been invited to present at more than 100 spine meetings and forums. He also contributes his spinal expertise as a writer—he has published more than 30 academic papers and acted as an author and editor for more than a dozen spine book chapters. His research pursuits have largely focused on artificial disc advancements.

Dr. Coric is an active member of many spine associations and organizations. He serves on the board of directors for the Carolina Center for Specialty Surgery, Carolinas Healthcare System Political Action Committee, UnitedHealthcare Spine Scientific Advisory Board, International Advocates for Spine Patients, and the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery.

Kim Norton

Kim Norton

Kim has worked in the fields of reimbursement, outcomes research, and government relations for over 20 years. She is currently the Head of Reimbursement and Payer Relations for Aesculap, Inc., a medical device company focused on spine and orthopedic implants based in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. Kim was previously the Vice President of Reimbursement for both LDR Spine and for Synthes Spine, working primarily on artificial disc.

Kim earned a master's degree in public policy from the University of California.

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Raymond Golish, MD

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