The Medical & Scientific Board

Meet The Medical & Scientific Board

At the National Spine Health Foundation, we work with some of the top spine surgeons in the nation. Many of these doctors have been working in spine for decades. They represent the following hospitals: Cleveland Clinic, Norton Leatherman Spine Center, Virginia Spine Institute, Texas Back Institute, Hospital for Special Surgery, Denver International Spine Center, the Orthopedic Center of St. Louis, Spine Team Texas, Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery, UC San Diego Health, Rush University Medical Center, State University of New York, Indiana Spine Group, Twin Cities Spine Center and Spine Care Medical Group. Members of our Board also serve in top leadership roles at the most prestigious professional societies such as SRS, NASS, ISASS, IMAST and ISSG.

As you journey toward better spinal health, we want to walk with you. Our Medical and Scientific Board provides expert analysis and input every step of the way. The Board represents many years of experience and includes those involved in the most important research and innovation aspects of spine health. You can hear from most of these individuals in our Spine-Talks® series and live, online interviews. You can view many of these interviews on our YouTube channel and catch expert advice from members of the Board in our quarterly Spine Health Journal.

Making a decision about your spine health is a big deal. That’s why we work with these highly-acclaimed spine surgeons to ensure you have all the information you need to make the right decision for you.

Thomas C. Schuler, MD, FACS
Chairman, Medical & Scientific Board, NSHF Virginia Spine Institute (Reston, VA)
Christopher R. Good, MD, FACS
Vice Chairman, Medical & Scientific Board, NSHF Virginia Spine Institute (Reston, VA)
Todd J. Albert, MD
Hospital for Special Surgery (New York, NY)
Dr. Sigurd Berven
Sigurd H. Berven, MD
University of California San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
Shay Bess, MD
Denver International Spine Center (Denver, CO)
Scott Blumenthal
Scott L. Blumenthal, MD
Texas Back Institute (Dallas, TX)
Avery L. Buchholz
Avery L. Buchholz, MD
University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
Steve Glassman, MD
Norton Leatherman Spine Center (Louisville, KY)
Matthew Gornet, MD
The Orthopedic Center of St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
Jeffrey L. Gum, MD
Norton Leatherman Spine Center (Louisville, KY)
Richard D. Guyer, MD
Texas Back Institute (Dallas, TX)
Dr. Colin Haines
Colin Haines, MD
Virginia Spine Institute (Reston, VA)
Dr. Ehsan Jazini
Ehsan Jazini, MD
Virginia Spine Institute (Reston, VA)
Paul Jeffords
Paul R. Jeffords, MD
Resurgens Orthopaedics (Atlanta, GA)
Armen Khachatryan MD
Armen Khachatryan, MD
The Disc Replacement Center (West Jordan, UT)
Larry Khoo, MD
Larry Teik-man Khoo, MD
Spine Clinic of Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
Leonard K. Kibuule, MD, FAAOS
Spine Team Texas (Southlake, TX)
Todd Lanman
Todd Lanman, MD
Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery (Beverly Hills, CA)
Ronald A. Lehman, Jr., MD
Columbia Orthopedics (New York, NY)
Camilo Molina
Camilo A. Molina, MD
Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO)
Thomas Mroz, MD
Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, OH)
Martin H. Pham, MD
UC San Diego Health (San Diego, CA)
Frank Phillips, MD
Rush University Medical Center (Chicago, IL)
Kornelis Poelstra
Kornelis Poelstra, MD
Allegiant Spine Institute (Las Vegas, NV)
John Pollina, MD
State University of New York (Buffalo, NY)
Rick Sasso, MD
Indiana Spine Group (Carmel, IN)
James D. Schwender, MD
Twin Cities Spine Center (Minneapolis, MN)
Christopher I Shaffrey MD
Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD, FACS
Duke University School of Medicine (Durham, NC)
Paul J. Slosar, MD
Spine Care Medical Group (Daly City, CA)
Dr. Jeffrey Wang
Jeffrey Chun Wang, MD
Keck Medicine of USC (Los Angeles, CA)
Michael Wang MD
Michael Yung-Shun Wang, MD
University of Miami Health System (Miami, FL)
Jack Zigler
Jack Zigler, MD
Texas Back Institute (Plano, TX)

Thomas C. Schuler, MD, FACS

Chairman, Medical & Scientific Board, NSHF Virginia Spine Institute (Reston, VA)

Dr. Schuler founded Virginia Spine Institute in 1992 to advance the development of contemporary neurological and orthopaedic spinal surgery. Over the past 25 years he has grown this award-winning medical practice into the largest multidisciplinary spinal practice in the region. As the Founder and CEO of Virginia Spine Institute, Dr. Schuler continues to pioneer the latest breakthrough in treatment to overcome back or neck pain. He has expanded his practice to include regenerative therapy, stem cell therapy, robotic spine surgery, ultrasonic spine surgery, and enhanced motion-preserving surgical techniques that benefit patients across the globe. He has previously been the spine consultant to the Washington Redskins and frequently treats professional and amateur athletes. He has revolutionized spinal health care across the Washington, DC metropolitan area and the nation. Dr. Schuler is also the Physician Assistant Fellowship Program Director at the Virginia Spine Institute. Dr. Schuler is a distinguished fellow in both the American College of Spine Surgery and the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the North American Spine Society, and the U.S. Capital Chapter of the World Presidents’ Organization.

In addition to performing the first hybrid multi-level cervical artificial disc replacement with spinal fusion in the country, he has first-hand experience of this procedure from the patient perspective. After suffering from severe neck pain, disc herniations, and nerve compression, Dr. Schuler underwent a hybrid procedure to treat four levels of his spine and is fully recovered and back to his life, pain free. His experience as a patient, having undergone both neck and low back surgery, affords him the unique ability to better understand his patients’ emotional and physical needs and the recovery process.

 

 

Christopher R. Good, MD, FACS

Vice Chairman, Medical & Scientific Board, NSHF Virginia Spine Institute (Reston, VA)

Dr. Good has pioneered the use of robotics and navigation in spine surgery, established as a world expert in the field. Most recently, he performed the first and the most advanced robotic spine surgery using Mazor X Stealth Edition technology. Through extensive research, his surgical techniques are proven to decrease complications and improve patient safety and recovery time. The wide-reaching impact of his innovation has transformed the lives of patients suffering from complex neck or back conditions. His passion to become a spine surgeon began at an early age when his father suffered a traumatic spinal injury. Heralded for his compassionate approach, Dr. Good personally connects with patients, working together to create a tailored treatment plan that will achieve their goals for recovery. As the President of Virginia Spine Institute, Dr. Good has also pioneered the use of regenerative stem cell therapy for lumbar disc disease, helping many patients with low back pain to improve their quality of life and avoid surgery; he has performed the most intradiscal injections of stem cells in the region. He is currently studying the outcomes of his patients and uses these outcome studies to improve access to these revolutionary treatments for more people who suffer from back pain.

Through his leadership and vast experience, Dr. Good is reshaping the future of spine surgery and his research has helped develop surgical techniques that are proven to improve patient safety, decrease radiation during surgery, and reduce recovery time. Dr. Good is the principal investigator of an FDA trial investigating a revolutionary new cervical disc replacement surgery and participates in multiple scientific advisory boards working to improve patient safety and spinal balance; he routinely presents his findings, both nationally and internationally.

Todd J. Albert, MD

Hospital for Special Surgery (New York, NY)

Dr. Todd J. Albert is Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus at Hospital for Special Surgery. He is a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Albert specializes in the field of orthopedic spine surgery focusing on disorders of the cervical spine. He has an interest in minimally invasive surgical techniques and image-guided technologies in the management of spinal disorders.

He serves on the boards of several scholarly journals and is Past President of The Cervical Spine Research Society and President of the Scoliosis Research Society. Dr. Albert is the author of seven books and more than 40 book chapters, and has published over 375 peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed articles. He has presented his research both nationally and internationally, and served as chairman at numerous courses.

Previously, Dr. Albert was Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics and President of The Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He graduated from Amherst College, University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where he was named outstanding chief resident, and performed a fellowship in spinal surgery at the Minnesota Spine Center.

Sigurd H. Berven, MD

University of California San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)

Dr. Sigurd H. Berven has a strong interest in the care of children and adults with spinal disorders. He has expertise in pediatric and adult deformities, degenerative conditions of the spine, spinal tumors and spinal trauma.

In research, Berven is interested in the assessment of outcomes for patients who have orthopedic surgery. He also studies minimally invasive techniques in spinal surgery, and he is exploring cellular and molecular techniques to biologically regenerate components of the spine, including the intervertebral disc.

Berven studied human biology as an undergraduate at Stanford University. He was a graduate student in philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Oxford. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and then completed his residency in the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program, which provides training at four major city hospitals. Next, he advanced his training in spine surgery as a clinical fellow at UCSF and in pediatric orthopedic surgery as chief resident at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Often invited to speak at national and international conferences, Berven has lectured on topics including measurement of outcomes in spine surgery, evaluation and management of spinal disorders, and advanced techniques in spinal surgery.

Shay Bess, MD

Denver International Spine Center (Denver, CO)

Shay Bess, MD, is a spine surgeon in Denver Colorado specializing in scoliosis and spine deformity conditions in pediatric and adult patients. Dr. Bess is the president and founder of the International Spine Study Group Foundation, which is a 20 site multi-center research foundation that studies clinical and economic outcomes, complications, and best practice guidelines for adult patients with spine deformity conditions. Since the inception in 2009, the International Spine Study Group has presented over 2000 scientific abstracts, has published over 250 peer review manuscripts, and is currently the most productive spine research study group in the world. Dr. Bess has over 300 manuscript publications and is an internationally recognized leader as a spine surgeon and researcher.  Dr. Bess received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University in New York City, and medical doctorate from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and completed a fellowship in pediatric and adult spinal surgery at the Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to his research and clinic efforts, Dr. Bess has participated in medical mission work for the Ethiopia Project, as well as other charity efforts that provide spine care for children in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Colombia.

Scott L. Blumenthal, MD

Texas Back Institute (Dallas, TX)

Scott Blumenthal, M.D., is a Spine Surgeon with the Texas Back Institute and the first and only surgeon in the United States to devote his practice solely to the research and application of artificial disc replacement. Dr. Blumenthal was instrumental in bringing artificial disc replacement surgery to the United States after its creation and use in Europe. Dr. Blumenthal is a leader in spinal arthroplasty working with a large number of discs currently on the market and in trials. He serves as a clinical assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas and is an ongoing contributor to the first non-profit foundation created for arthroplasty patients.

Dr. Scott Blumenthal graduated from Northwestern Medical School in Chicago and completed his general surgery internship and orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas, TX. His fellowships include work at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and at Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago for spinal trauma surgery.

Avery L. Buchholz, MD

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)

Dr. Avery L. Buchholz specializes in adult degenerative scoliosis, complex spine revisions, and minimally invasive spinal procedures.

Dr. Buchholz grew up in rural Wisconsin prior to attending The Citadel in Charleston SC. After graduating summa cum laude, he returned to the University of Wisconsin for medical school where he earned both a Doctor of Medicine and a Masters in Public Health. He then completed a neurological surgery residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. He earned the Intern of the Year Award his first year of training and was one of the most outstanding residents in neurosurgery throughout.

Dr. Buchholz had a strong interest in spinal disorders throughout his residency, focusing his research and clinical training on minimally invasive spine surgery and advancing those techniques. He had numerous publications and presentations on this topic throughout residency, winning awards for both. After his training at MUSC, he completed a complex spine surgery fellowship at the University of Virginia working with world renowned surgeons Dr. Mark Shaffrey and Dr. Justin Smith. While at UVA he also completed an AO spine fellowship, winning the national award for best clinical research.

After practicing at MUSC, Dr. Buchholz is once again proud to return to UVA and call Charlottesville home. He is eager to continue providing the great care UVA Neurosurgery is known for and advancing the spine program. He treats all disorders of the spine with particular expertise in spinal deformity, adult and pediatric scoliosis, complex spine surgery, tumors of the spine, and minimally invasive surgeries.

Steve Glassman, MD

Norton Leatherman Spine Center (Louisville, KY)

Dr. Glassman completed his undergraduate and medical school training at Princeton University, New Jersey and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University in New York.  He completed his orthopedic residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York followed by a Spine Fellowship at Leatherman Spine Fellowship Program in Louisville, Kentucky.  He is a staff physician at Norton Leatherman Spine Center, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Louisville and Past President of the Scoliosis Research Society. – Louisville, KY

 

 

Matthew Gornet, MD

The Orthopedic Center of St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)

Dr. Gornet is a Board Certified Spine Surgeon who specializes in the treatment of patients with low back and neck pain. A fellowship-trained specialist in spinal surgery, he has authored several published books, chapters, and research papers. He is considered a national leader in the development of dynamic stabilization, disc replacement, and “non-fusion” technology. Dr. Gornet attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and had surgical residencies at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Today, Dr. Gornet is a member of the North American Spine Society, Kostuik Society, International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, Orthopedic Research Society, and AOSpine.

Jeffrey L. Gum, MD

Norton Leatherman Spine Center (Louisville, KY)

Dr. Gum completed his undergraduate and medical school training at the University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS and Kansas City, KS).  He then completed his orthopaedic surgery residency here in Louisville at the University of Louisville.  He finished his training with a complex spine fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, MS.  He started with Norton Leatherman Spine Center in 2014 and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Louisville Department of Orthopaedics (gratis).  He currently teaches spine surgery to medical students, orthopaedic residents, fellows and to other surgeons at national and international meetings.

At 38 years of age, Dr. Gum has nearly 50 peer-reviewed publications. Lectures: He presents annually at several spine meetings such as the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), North American Spine Society (NASS) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Dr. Gum holds committee memberships within the SRS and is currently on the Adult Deformity and Program committees. Dr. Gum has numerous awards including the Value Care Award at NASS in 2016, the RS Edgar Dawson Traveling Fellowship in 2016 and the AOA’s Emerging Leaders on the move. Additionally he serves as a reviewer for 3 spine journals and is on the editorial board for the American Journal of Orthpaedics.

Dr. Gum specializes in adult and pediatric spine deformity surgery (scoliosis, kyphosis, revision surgery) and Robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery. Although he performs very complex procedures, he also does all types of cervical and lumbar degenerative procedures. Additionally, he performs cervical disc arthroplasty (artificial disc) procedures and minimally invasive lumbar discectomies. Dr. Gum is involved in extensive research focusing on adult spinal deformity, robotic-assisted spine surgery and the economics of spine care. He participates in national and international research collaborative groups in all of these areas.

Richard D. Guyer, MD

Texas Back Institute (Dallas, TX)

Richard Guyer, M.D. is the Co-founder of the Texas Back Institute and Director of their Spine Fellowship Program. Dr. Guyer is also co-director for the Center for Disc Replacement at Texas Back Institute. Dr. Guyer was instrumental in bringing artificial disc replacement surgery to the United States after its creation and use in Europe. Dr. Guyer earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his internship at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, TX and continued with his residency program in Orthopedic Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Guyer then completed two spine fellowships in Ohio and California.

Dr. Guyer holds many honors including founder of the Texas Back Institute Research Foundation and Chairman of the Board for the program. Dr. Guyer has received the Best Doctor Award from D Magazine for multiple years, is past president of the North American Spine Society and winner of the Volvo Award for Low Back Pain Research.

Colin Haines, MD

Virginia Spine Institute (Reston, VA)

Dr. Haines utilizes modern technology to provide safer and more effective treatment options for individuals suffering from degenerative neck, back, and scoliosis conditions. Recognized as a Top Doctor, his world-class surgical expertise is complemented by an impressive portfolio of non-operative treatments including natural, regenerative therapies (i.e. stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma therapy).

Known for his compassion and humility, Dr. Haines’ ambition to become a spine surgeon began at a young age when he suffered a lumbar disc herniation playing soccer. After recovering successfully without surgery, he was profoundly impacted by the power of non-operative treatment. This experience fueled his desire to personally connect with patients, working together to create a tailored treatment plan that will achieve their goals for recovery.

When surgical intervention is necessary, Dr. Haines utilizes minimally invasive surgical techniques that improve patient safety and reduces recovery time. These techniques include robot-guided spine surgery, laser spine surgery, and he is one of the few spine surgeons in the nation who is an expert in endoscopic spine surgery. Additionally, Dr. Haines promotes motion preservation through the use of cervical disc replacements (an alternative to spinal fusions) and is currently a lead investigator for an FDA trial for cervical disc replacements.

As the Director of Research at Virginia Spine Institute, Dr. Haines actively facilitates research studies that advance treatment options for his patients. Notably, he is involved in the largest study on professional baseball players with back pain and is currently leading multiple FDA trials on cervical disc implants. Dr. Haines is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences, and his research findings can be found in textbook chapters and peer-reviewed publications. – Virginia Spine Institute | Reston, VA

Ehsan Jazini, MD

Virginia Spine Institute (Reston, VA)

Hailing from MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Dr. Jazini joins the interdisciplinary team at Virginia Spine Institute to improve the lives of individuals suffering from neck and back pain.

His training in both spinal neurosurgery and orthopaedic spinal surgery, paired with his extensive experience in the hospital, university and private practice settings, has him positioned as a renowned leader in the field. Specifically, Dr. Jazini specializes in the treatment of adult and adolescent neck and back conditions including scoliosis and kyphosis correction, complex cervical conditions, revision surgery to correct failed previous surgery, and traumatic injuries.

Dr. Jazini’s passion to become a leader in spinal surgery stems from a personal experience following a car accident in which his brother sustained multiple injuries including spinal fractures and scoliosis. This motivated Dr. Jazini to dedicate his life to improving the field of spinal surgery.

Known for his sincere and compassionate approach, Dr. Jazini draws on his training to develop tailored treatment solutions for his patients. Working in tandem with in-house physical therapists and pain specialists, he provides an array of non-operative treatment options to reduce pain, improve mobility, and work toward achieving his patient’s recovery goals.

Advocating for his patients through progressive treatment options, Dr. Jazini has mastered surgical techniques in artificial cervical disc replacement, minimally invasive scoliosis surgery, and robot-guided spine surgery. His leadership in multi-center clinical trials have contributed to improved surgical outcomes. Most notably, he has developed a minimally invasive screw placement for surgical candidates to reduce radiation exposure, ultimately leading to safer, more effective results.

Dr. Jazini’s experience extends internationally where he completed Health Volunteers Overseas Orthopedics Traveling Fellowship at National Referral Hospital in Thimphu & Mongar, Bhutan. Furthermore, to complement his clinical expertise and patient outcomes, Dr. Jazini served as an assistant professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine and actively presents his research nationally and internationally. –Spine Surgeon, Virginia Spine Institute | Reston, VA

Paul R. Jeffords, MD

Resurgens Orthopaedics (Atlanta, GA)

Dr. Paul Jeffords is an expert in adult spinal disorders who is at the cutting edge of technologies that improves the lives of thousands of patients suffering from back pain, neck pain, herniated discs, stenosis and sciatica. Dr. Jeffords, a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopaedic spine surgeon, has been in practice in Atlanta with Resurgens Orthopaedics—Georgia’s largest orthopaedic practice – since 2005.

He is is former co-medical director of Resurgens Spine Center. Dr. Jeffords surgical expertise is in minimally invasive spine surgery, reconstructive spinal deformity surgery, cervical spine surgery, and artifical disc replacement. He has instructed many other surgeons on disc replacement surgery and minimally invasive techniques and is currently involved in several clinical trials. Dr. Jeffords has authored multiple research publications and book chapters and presented talks at numerous spine meetings.

He serves as an advisory consultant to several medical device and biotechnology companies. Dr. Jeffords is section chief of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta which has been ranked among the top ten percent in the nation for overall orthopedic care according to a comprehensive study released by HealthGrades. In 2006, U.S. News & World Report named Saint Joseph’s one of the top 50 Orthopaedic hospitals in the nation for the second consecutive year.

Armen Khachatryan, MD

The Disc Replacement Center (West Jordan, UT)

Dr. Armen Khachatryan is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive microsurgery and the treatment of cervical and lumbar spinal disease.

In addition to broad training in many traditional spinal surgical options — such as decompression laminectomies and fusion — Dr. Khachatryan has extensive experience in minimally invasive surgery, motion preservation technology, artificial disc replacement and non-fusion technologies.

Larry Teik-man Khoo, MD

Spine Clinic of Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)

Dr. Larry Teik-man Khoo, a neurosurgeon, completed his degree in Biological Sciences at Stanford University, he went on to graduate magna cum laude from Yale Medical School in New Haven, Connecticut.

His internship and residency in neurological surgery were completed here in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California where he developed an early research interest in spinal surgery.

This focus culminated with the Congress of Neurological Surgery awarding him the prestigious inaugural 2001 Ralph Cloward Medtronics Fellowship Award which he completed at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Khoo comes to Good Samaritan Hospital from UCLA, where he served as the Co-director of the UCLA Comprehensive Spine Center from 2002 to 2009. Over the years, he pioneered and validated many minimally invasive spinal surgical procedures in over 60 peer reviewed journal articles, 10 patents, 60 book chapters, 2 full books, and 400 scientific presentations.  He has also trained numerous residents, fellows and physicians both nationally and internationally on the use of these advanced techniques. He has served on the organizational and executive committees of the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, AANS/CNS Joint Section on Spine & peripheral Nerve Surgery, the North American Spine Society, the Society of Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery and the Spine Arthroplasty Society. In 2009/2010 he was voted “Best Doctors in SoCal” by his peers.

Dr. Khoo’s clinical interests include minimally invasive spinal decompression of stenosis, percutaneous spinal fusion techniques, motion preserving spinal technologies, spinal segment regeneration, osteoporotic stabilization, image guided surgery, complex cervical spine reconstruction, and less invasive treatment of spinal tumors.

Leonard K. Kibuule, MD, FAAOS

Spine Team Texas (Southlake, TX)

Dr. Kibuule is a fellowship-trained, board certified orthopedic spine surgeon specializing in spinal injuries and disorders. Dr. Kibuule is especially trained to perform minimally invasive spine surgery and has a special interest and extensive experience in the treatment of adult scoliosis, spinal deformities and motion preserving procedures.

During his medical training, Dr. Kibuule participated in numerous research endeavors and has written papers and book chapters pertaining to low back pain in adolescent patients, lumbar spinal stenosis, cervical disc arthroplasty, and surgical approaches to the spine.

In addition, he has shared his surgical expertise at local, regional and national presentations, including the University of Nebraska Medical Center, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Mid-America Orthopedic Association and American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society. Dr. Kibuule is an advocate for innovation in the area of spine surgery and given his engineering background, he has helped industry leaders in the development of next generation products. His expertise in spine surgery has lead him to teach other surgeons nationwide on new cutting edge surgical techniques and minimally invasive approaches to the spine.

Dr. Kibuule is the recipient of numerous honors and distinctions, including being named UT Southwestern Medical School’s candidate for the National Medical Foundation Award. He was recently named one of D Magazine’s “Best Doctors” in the specialty of Orthopedic Surgery in 2013, 2014, 2016 AND 2018. He was also named to Ft Worth Magazine Best Doctors in 2017.

Dr. Kibuule is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedics and is a member of the North American Spine Society and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. An avid athlete, Dr. Kibuule enjoys skiing, biking, hiking and traveling the world. He has lived in Texas for over 10 years and currently resides in North Texas. Prior to pursuing a career in medicine, Dr. Kibuule received an engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Areas of expertise/services provided:

  • Lumbar spine procedures: minimally invasive decompression, fusions, and reconstruction
  • Cervical spine procedures: fusions, minimally invasive decompression
  • Lumbar and cervical disc replacement
  • Vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty, bone biopsy and radio frequency ablation for cancer

Todd Lanman, MD

Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery (Beverly Hills, CA)

As world-renowned Beverly Hills spinal neurosurgeon Dr. Todd H. Lanman of Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery believes, without a healthy spine, there is no healthy life. As he decrees, movement is life.

Following his own experiences undergoing a number of spinal surgeries, Dr. Lanman combined this firsthand knowledge of this with his fundamental understanding of spinal health to devote his career to helping others to live pain-free lives and restore their mobility. As a specialist in the advancement of spinal health and spine surgery for more than 30 years, his attention to guaranteeing his patients the utmost in compassionate and skilled care under his watchful eye and steady hand has earned him top honors, his patients’ trust and respect, and recently in being named one of the Top Doctors in America. As one of L.A.’s Top Doctors by The Hollywood Reporter, Dr. Lanman is the go-to Spinal Neurosurgeon for many of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including A-list film and TV talent, legendary musicians, and other expert luminaries, as well as top C-suite executives. He is also sought after by those from around the globe, with many of his patients traveling thousands of miles to see him and receive his sophisticated professional care.

A Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (FAANS), Dr. Lanman earned his M.D. at Chicago’s Northwestern University in 1983 with top honors and went on to complete his residency in Neurological Surgery at University of California at Los Angeles, under the aegis of Doctors W. Eugene Stern and Donald Becker in 1989. Since then, Dr. Lanman has led his leading spinal neurosurgery practice in the heart of Beverly Hills, which is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, UCLA Medical Center and Saint John’s Medical Center.

As a leading innovator in medicine, as well as a media educator and contributor, Lanman has published more than 10 peer-reviewed articles, as well as book chapters on topics relating to neurological surgery, and has presented more than two dozen papers at national and regional medical society meetings. His expertise is often sought out as he is often tapped to be the principal medical investigator on a wide swath of clinical trials for motion preserving surgeries and artificial disc replacement devices, most recently the Prestige LP and M6, with the former recently receiving FDA pre-market approval on July 6, 2016, through his continuous support. He has also remained an assistant clinical professor at UCLA for the past 20 years.

Through his proprietary 4D Health Process, Dr. Lanman seeks to help patients to think about their health in a more comprehensive and wholistic way by incorporating a number of different factors including one’s age, daily lifestyle, nutrition, hormone status, physical exercise routine, and of course spine and joint health to paint a more complete picture of one’s health from a four-dimensional perspective. By way of his meticulous analysis of each person’s entire body and lifestyle, he uses his decades of knowledge and expertise to shift the paradigm for how we view healthy living and aging with his new methodology. His innovative philosophy goes well beyond the standard three-dimensional approach to incorporate all facets of one’s daily livelihood to map out an entire preventative and forward-thinking approach to aging management to ensure all of his patients live an active, healthy life as they continue to age. As he believes, it’s not enough to just get better. It’s about being greater than better.

Ronald A. Lehman, Jr., MD

Columbia Orthopedics (New York, NY)

Dr. Ronald A. Lehman, Jr. is a nationally recognized expert in the treatment of adult and pediatric spine conditions. He specializes in complex spinal deformities including scoliosis, kyphosis, revision spinal surgeries, and minimally invasive applications for deformity surgery, as well as cervical spine, cervical disc arthroplasty/replacement, myelopathy and radiculopathy. Dr. Lehman also focuses on Minimally Invasive Spine surgery (MIS) of the cervical and lumbar spine, and spinal tumors/cancer of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.

Dr. Lehman received his MD from Jefferson Medical College, and completed his residency at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. He then completed his fellowship training in adult and pediatric spine surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to joining the faculty at Washington University, he served as a Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) in the Army, receiving three Meritorious Service Medals (MSMs), the “A” Proficiency Designator and the Order of Military Medical Merit. He was the Chief of the Adult and Pediatric Spine Service, and the Consultant to the White House.. Dr. Lehman is the recipient of several Department of Defense (DOD) research grants totaling more than $10 million.

He currently serves as the Program Chairman of the Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS), Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), and the Lumbar Spine Research Society (LSRS). Additionally, he will take over as Chairman of the International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) next year. Dr. Lehman has over 120 peer reviewed publications.

Camilo A. Molina, MD

Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO)

Dr. Camilo Molina’s clinical interests are dedicated to all aspects of spine management. He specializes in back pain, degenerative back and neck disorders, herniated, ruptured, bulging or slipped discs, myelopathy, nerve compression associated with low back pain, radiculopathy, sciatica, scoliosis with minimally invasive surgery and extreme deformity, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, cervical disc disease, spinal tumors, and neck deformity.

Dr. Molina partners with his patients to create a care plan that could include non-surgical treatment options and, if necessary, surgery. Minimally invasive spine surgery or complex reconstructive spine surgery for adults would be done at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital or Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Washington University physicians and BJC HealthCare accept most health insurance plans, including those listed below. If you have questions, please contact your insurance company.

Dr. Molina is the recipient of the Johns Hopkins Department of Neurosurgery Harvey Cushing Research Award and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Excellence in Medical Student Research Award. He is also the recipient of the AO Spine Hansjorg Wyss Foundation Award from AO Spine, the leading global academic community for innovative education and research in spine care.

“Washington University is world renowned for its expertise in all spectrums of spine disease. Patients will have access to multidisciplinary teams of experts performing the most advanced and evidenced-based techniques. Most importantly, we pride ourselves on sincerely caring for our patients and their outcomes. I promise to provide compassionate individualized care that strives to offer the least invasive solution for achieving successful treatment goals and rapid recovery.”

Outside of caring for patients, Dr. Molina loves running in Forest Park with Brody, his Samoyed puppy, and discovering new things to do and places to eat in the city of St. Louis, as well as traveling and immersion in different cultures.

Thomas Mroz, MD

Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, OH)

Thomas E. Mroz, MD is the Director of the Center for Spine Health and Director of Spine Research at Cleveland Clinic.   He is a board-certified Spine Surgeon in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery, Neurological Surgery, and the Center for Spine Health at Cleveland Clinic. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio. Thereafter, he completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, D.C. He then completed two spinal surgery fellowships, one at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the other in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Tennessee, Memphis. His focus of the second fellowship was minimally invasive spine surgery.

Dr. Mroz specializes in all aspects of spinal surgery, and has a dedicated interest in minimally invasive surgery and cervical (neck) spine surgery, including radiculopathy, myelopathy, stenosis, disc herniations, cervical disc replacement, revision cervical surgery, cervical infections, cervical tumors, and cervical deformity.

He is very active in research, and has lectured nationally and internationally on minimally invasive surgery and cervical spine surgery. He has authored numerous research articles and textbook chapters, and serves as a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals. He is a member in good standing in the North American Spine Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He continues to have a very active role in the education of medical students, residents, and fellows.

Martin H. Pham, MD

UC San Diego Health (San Diego, CA)

Martin Pham, MD, is a neurosurgeon who focuses on the neurosurgical evaluation and treatment of spinal disorders. This includes adult scoliosis and spinal deformity, complex spinal reconstruction, robotic and minimally invasive spine surgery, motion preservation of the spine, spine tumors, and spine trauma.

Having completed spine fellowship training with both neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Pham has a comprehensive understanding of the spine that allows him to tailor his treatment to each individual using a wide range of available surgical and nonsurgical options.

Dr. Pham is published extensively within the field of spinal conditions and has an active interest in the development of evidence-based spine care. His work has appeared in Journal of Neurosurgery: SpineThe Spine JournalNeurosurgery, and JAMA Surgery, among others.

Dr. Pham completed a fellowship in robotic, spinal deformity, and motion preservation surgery at Columbia University’s New York-Presbyterian Daniel and Jane Och Spine Hospital. He also did an enfolded fellowship in minimally invasive and complex spinal surgery at Keck School of Medicine of USC, where he completed his residency in neurological surgery. Dr. Pham earned his medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the North American Spine Society, and AO Spine North America.

In addition to the locations above, Dr. Pham also sees patients at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido.

Frank Phillips, MD

Rush University Medical Center (Chicago, IL)

A visionary in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery, Dr. Frank Phillips was one of the first in Chicago to begin using these procedures in the 1990s. He specializes in minimally invasive cervical and lumbar reconstructive surgery. He also has expertise in motion preserving procedures and was a principle investigator in FDA trials on cervical disc replacement.

Dr. Phillips is a leader in the field and is a founder, board member and past president of the Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. Dr. Phillips has participated in the development of and pioneered a number of minimally invasive spinal techniques that are now widely used. He regularly teaches and lectures to spine surgeons nationally and internationally on minimally invasive spinal surgery.

Before coming to Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush in 2003, Dr. Phillips served as the director of the Spine Center at The University of Chicago. Dr. Phillips is currently a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Director of the Division of Spine Surgery at Rush University Medical Center. He has published and lectured extensively, received numerous research awards and grants and frequently directs spinal educational courses for other spine surgeons. Dr. Phillips was recently named one of the top 28 spine surgeons in the country by Orthopedics this Week and is listed in Becker’s Orthopedic Spine and Pain Management as one of the nation’s Top 100 spine surgeons and specialists.

A medical graduate from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, Dr. Phillips completed his orthopedic residency at The University of Chicago Medical Center. In addition, he served a spine fellowship at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Frank Phillips was voted among the top 10-15% of Top Doctors in America® by U.S.News & World Report and Castle Connolly. The Top Doctors list is widely regarded as a high-quality reference guide to the medical profession.

Kornelis Poelstra, MD

Allegiant Spine Institute (Las Vegas, NV)

Dr. Poelstra is a Board certified Spine surgeon specializing in minimally invasive spine surgery, as well as scoliosis, and disc replacements. He is a pioneer in Robotic spinal surgery, and has performed more robotic spine surgeries than any other surgeon in the world. He loves to take on the challenges of complex spinal surgery revisions, spinal fractures, as well as a myriad of complex spinal conditions requiring and benefiting from the minimally invasive, advanced technology, and expertise that he has to offer. We are indeed lucky to have him here serving our patients and bringing his advanced skills to Las Vegas!

John Pollina, MD

State University of New York (Buffalo, NY)

Dr. John Pollina is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo who joined UBNS in 2013. Dr. Pollina, who is a board certified neurosurgeon, serves as Director of Comprehensive Spine Surgery. After receiving his BA in Economics from Fairfield University in 1990, he completed medical school at SUNY Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 1994. He completed his neurosurgical residency at SUNY Buffalo as well.

Dr. Pollina has a focus in the treatment of disorders of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. His areas of expertise are low back and neck pain; herniated disc; spinal stenosis; scoliosis; spinal instability; spinal tumor and infection; carpal/cubital tunnel syndrome; and intracranial pathology. His research interests include motion sparing/preserving technology of the spine; minimal access approaches and techniques to the spine; osteo-biologics of spinal fusion; and spine surgery outcome-based research.

His clinical interests include: low back and neck pain; herniated disc; spinal stenosis; scoliosis; spinal instability; spinal tumor and infection; carpal/cubital tunnel syndrome; and intracranial pathology.

Professional Highlights:

Buffalo Neuroscience Award (1999); Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (inducted 1994); Buffalo Surgical Society, Award for Academic Excellence in Surgery (1994); Dean’s Letter of Commendation, State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; Dean’s List, Fairfield University.

Rick Sasso, MD

Indiana Spine Group (Carmel, IN)

Rick Sasso, M.D., is a founding member, and the president of Indiana Spine Group. He is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, specializing in spine surgery. Additionally, he is a professor and chief of spine surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Sasso has dedicated his medical career to the comprehensive treatment and surgery of spinal disorders and abnormalities and is actively involved in spine surgery research including the research and development of spinal implants and techniques of minimally invasive spine surgery, as well as the development of instrumentation technology used to treat spinal disorders.

 

James D. Schwender, MD

Twin Cities Spine Center (Minneapolis, MN)

James D. Schwender is a board-certified spine surgeon at Twin Cities Spine Center, providing patient care to the Blaine and Minneapolis offices. A medical school graduate of State University of New York, he completed an internship and residency at University of Vermont as well as a spine fellowship at Twin Cities Spine Center.

Dr. Schwender specializes in cervical, thoracic, and lumbar surgery, minimally invasive techniques, treatment of scoliosis and other deformities, as well as degenerative spine, trauma, and tumors. He holds licenses and certifications from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Minnesota State Board of Medical Examiners. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Cervical Spine Research Society, Minnesota Orthopaedic Society, North American Spine Society, Scoliosis Research Society (Fellow), and is President of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.

When he’s not in the office, you can find him fly fishing, hunting, camping, or ultra marathon running.

Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD, FACS

Duke University School of Medicine (Durham, NC)

Dr. Christopher Shaffrey is a world-renowned physician-scientist who has an active research interest in spinal surgery, particularly in multicenter research studies of pediatric and adult scoliosis, spinal cord injury, spinal trauma, and tumors involving the spinal column. He is currently a deputy editor for both the journals Spine and Spine Deformity. He has more than 400 publications, greater than 750 national and international presentations, and served as editor for several textbooks on spinal surgery.  Dr. Shaffrey currently serves as the chair of the International Meeting of Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST), president-elect of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and director for the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

Dr. Shaffrey received his medical degree from the University of Virginia in 1986 and completed his general surgical internship at Naval Hospital San Diego. He completed his residencies in neurosurgery and orthopaedics, followed by a spine fellowship in pediatric and adult reconstructive spine surgery at the University of Virginia.

Paul J. Slosar, MD

Spine Care Medical Group (Daly City, CA)

Dr. Paul J. Slosar is President of SpineCare Medical Group. Dr. Slosar is an internationally recognized surgeon who has dedicated his career to providing state of the art care, utilizing minimally-invasive procedures for patients with conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.  He has been a pioneer in the field of nanotechnology for spinal implants that positively impact bone growth and fusion. These nano-enhanced devices have reduced patients’ needs for opioids, and resulted in predictable and rapid recoveries.

Dr. Slosar is also Medical Director of the Spine Care Institute of San Francisco, Co-Director of the San Francisco Spine Institute and Director of Surgical Research.

Jeffrey Chun Wang, MD

Keck Medicine of USC (Los Angeles, CA)

Dr. Jeffrey Wang is a recognized expert in the surgical treatment of all neck and back disorders. As a world-renowned leader in spine care, Dr. Wang is continuously writing and presenting professional articles, publications, and speaking engagements to national and international audiences. Dr. Wang’s reputation for consistently providing excellent patient care, outstanding qualifications and experience has earned him immense respect from patients and physicians alike. He assumes numerous leadership roles in nationally respected medical organizations, including serving as president of the North American Spine Society, the Cervical Spine Research Society and Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics.

His research interests include gene therapy for the treatment of spinal disorders, minimally invasive surgery for spinal disorders, bone growth biological proteins and biomedical engineering of noninvasive spine surgery using high intensity focused ultrasonic waves. Dr. Wang has received numerous research grants and is currently involved in many clinical trials in the treatment of spine problems.

Michael Yung-Shun Wang, MD

University of Miami Health System (Miami, FL)

Dr. Wang specializes in the treatment of complex spinal disorders. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with an undergraduate degree in Microbiology and Immunology and then received his medical degree from the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Wang completed his residency training in Neurological Surgery at the University of Southern California, and following his residency, he served as a fellow in spinal cord and spinal column surgery at the University of Miami Center for Complex Spine Surgery. Dr. Wang has been a prolific researcher and has published over one hundred peer reviewed papers, book chapters, abstracts, and oral presentations. He has received both the distinguished Sanford Larson and Frank Mayfield Research Awards from the Joint Spine Section of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons. His research areas include the use of robotics in spinal surgery, resorbable spinal implants, the treatment of cervical myelopathy, and the development of new osteobiologic agents to promote spinal fusion. He has innovated minimally invasive spine surgery techniques and, in particular, has been involved in the investigation and development of outcomes assessments in spinal surgery. Dr. Wang is Board Certified in Neurological Surgery and his specialty interests include minimally invasive spine surgery, spinal cord tumors, total disc replacement, spinal reconstruction, syringomyelia, spinal cord injury, and surgery for neuropathic pain.

Jack Zigler, MD

Texas Back Institute (Plano, TX)

Dr. Zigler received his undergraduate BS degree With Distinction from  Cornell University in 1973, and received his MD degree Cum Laude from the Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York.

Following completion of a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, Dr. Zigler did a 1 year Fellowship in Spine Surgery and Spinal Cord Injury at the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, with Dr. Henry Bohlman.

After Fellowship, Dr. Zigler served as Chief of the Spinal Injury Service at Rancho Los Amigos, was a Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Southern California, and maintained a private practice in Orange County, California.

In 1996, Dr. Zigler moved to Dallas to join the Texas Back Institute, where he served for more than 10 years as its Medical Director.  He is a Past-President of the American Spinal Injury Association, served on the Board of the CSRS for more than 10 years, and is currently the Immediate Past-President of ISASS.

Dr. Zigler has authored over 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 26 textbook chapters, and has edited three textbooks on Spine Trauma and Spine Arthroplasty.  He is a frequent international speaker on spine-related topics, and has trained over 120 Spine Fellows.  He has been married for 46 years (to the same woman!) and has two children and one grandchild.