I have more than 25 years of experience treating patients of all ages with spinal disorders. I have had an interest in the management of spinal disorders since starting my medical education. I performed residencies in both orthopaedic surgery and neurosurgery to gain a comprehensive understanding of the entire range of spinal disorders. My goal has been to find innovative ways to manage the range of spinal condition, straightforward to complex. I have a focus on managing patients with complex spinal disorders. My patient evaluation and management philosophy is to provide engaged, compassionate care that focuses on providing the simplest and least aggressive treatment option for a particular condition. In many cases, non-operative treatment options exist to improve a patient’s symptoms. I have been actively engaged in clinical research to find the best ways to manage spinal disorders in order to achieve better results with fewer complications.
Clinical Focus and Research
My research spans a broad range of clinical research that evaluates the management of patients with spinal disorders. I have served as a principal investigator or site principal investigator for research evaluating spinal trauma, spinal cord injury, pediatric and adult spinal deformity, degenerative spinal disorders, spondylolisthesis, and spinal stenosis. The focus of all of these studies is to improve the selection of patients for optimal treatment, reduce complications related to treatment, and improve outcomes.
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This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported outside activities with the companies or institutions listed below. This information has been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts of interest.
- Depuy Spine (J &J)
- Medtronic (Covidien)
- NuVasive, Inc.
- Siemens Medical Solutions
- Zimmer Biomet Orthopedics