Members

Behrooz Akbarnia, MD

Dr. Akbarnia is a Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California and one of the founders of ISSG. He is a past president (2005-2006) of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) and a 2015 recipient of the SRS's Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the SRS and the field of spinal deformity. He is also President and Founder of both the San Diego Spine Foundation and the Growing Spine Foundation.

Behrooz Akbarnia, MD

Dr. Akbarnia is a Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California and one of the founders of ISSG. He is a past president (2005-2006) of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) and a 2015 recipient of the SRS's Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the SRS and the field of spinal deformity. He is also President and Founder of both the San Diego Spine Foundation and the Growing Spine Foundation.

Christopher Ames, MD

Dr. Ames is director of spinal tumor and spinal deformity surgery at UCSF Medical Center as well as co-director of the Neurospinal Disorders Program and the UCSF Spine Center. He is a specialist in spinal reconstructive surgery for trauma, tumors and degenerative disease, particularly en bloc tumor resection for chordoma, chondrosarcoma, soft tissue sarcoma, sacral tumors and other primary and metastatic tumors. Dr. Ames directs the Neurosurgical Spinal Deformity service that treats more than 200 patients a year for correction of scoliosis, kyphosis, flat back, chin on chest deformity in ankylosing spondylitis, basilar invagination in rheumatoid arthritis, spondylolisthesis and postoperative deformity.

Christopher Ames, MD

Dr. Ames is director of spinal tumor and spinal deformity surgery at UCSF Medical Center as well as co-director of the Neurospinal Disorders Program and the UCSF Spine Center. He is a specialist in spinal reconstructive surgery for trauma, tumors and degenerative disease, particularly en bloc tumor resection for chordoma, chondrosarcoma, soft tissue sarcoma, sacral tumors and other primary and metastatic tumors. Dr. Ames directs the Neurosurgical Spinal Deformity service that treats more than 200 patients a year for correction of scoliosis, kyphosis, flat back, chin on chest deformity in ankylosing spondylitis, basilar invagination in rheumatoid arthritis, spondylolisthesis and postoperative deformity.

Neel Anand, MD

Dr. Anand serves as Clinical Professor of Surgery and Director of Spine Trauma at the renowned Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Over the course of more than 20 years in practice, Dr. Anand has channeled his orthopedic surgery expertise into a career exclusively dedicated to minimally invasive and innovative approaches to the treatment of spinal disorders especially scoliosis in adults and adolescents. Dr. Anand is deeply committed to advancing the field of minimally invasive spine surgery and devotes a considerable amount of time to researching emerging technologies. He has served as principal investigator in a number of FDA investigational device exemption studies that have helped pave the way for innovation in minimally invasive spine surgery.
 

Neel Anand, MD

Dr. Anand serves as Clinical Professor of Surgery and Director of Spine Trauma at the renowned Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Over the course of more than 20 years in practice, Dr. Anand has channeled his orthopedic surgery expertise into a career exclusively dedicated to minimally invasive and innovative approaches to the treatment of spinal disorders especially scoliosis in adults and adolescents. Dr. Anand is deeply committed to advancing the field of minimally invasive spine surgery and devotes a considerable amount of time to researching emerging technologies. He has served as principal investigator in a number of FDA investigational device exemption studies that have helped pave the way for innovation in minimally invasive spine surgery.
 

Shay Bess, MD

Shay Bess MD, has been a member of the International Spine Study Group since 2007, serves on the Executive Committee and is the President of the International Spine Study Group Foundation. Dr. Bess completed his undergraduate degree at Columbia University, medical school at Johns Hopkins University, orthopedic training at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals, and fellowship in adult and pediatric spine surgery at the Washington University in St. Louis. Dr.  Bess treats pediatric and adult spine pathologies at Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver, Colorado at the Denver International Spine Center. Dr. Bess is also actively involved in medical mission work providing charity surgery for children in need in Africa and Central America. 

Shay Bess, MD

Shay Bess MD, has been a member of the International Spine Study Group since 2007, serves on the Executive Committee and is the President of the International Spine Study Group Foundation. Dr. Bess completed his undergraduate degree at Columbia University, medical school at Johns Hopkins University, orthopedic training at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals, and fellowship in adult and pediatric spine surgery at the Washington University in St. Louis. Dr.  Bess treats pediatric and adult spine pathologies at Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver, Colorado at the Denver International Spine Center. Dr. Bess is also actively involved in medical mission work providing charity surgery for children in need in Africa and Central America. 

Oheneba Boachie, MD

Dr. Boachie-Adjei received his Doctor of Medicine Degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and was the Chief of Spine for over 20 years at the Hospital for Special Surgery New York. He received the Humanitarian Award from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in 2004, the Blount Award (Humanitarian) from the Scoliosis Research Society in 2006, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Hospital for Special Surgery in 2013, and was elected President of the Scoliosis Research Society for the 2008-2009 year. Dr. Boachie-Adjei has published and lectured extensively on spine surgery with special emphasis on surgery to correct spine deformity. He is currently based in Accra, Ghana where he works at the Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS) Orthopaedic Hospital, of which he is the President and founder.

 

Oheneba Boachie, MD

Dr. Boachie-Adjei received his Doctor of Medicine Degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and was the Chief of Spine for over 20 years at the Hospital for Special Surgery New York. He received the Humanitarian Award from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in 2004, the Blount Award (Humanitarian) from the Scoliosis Research Society in 2006, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Hospital for Special Surgery in 2013, and was elected President of the Scoliosis Research Society for the 2008-2009 year. Dr. Boachie-Adjei has published and lectured extensively on spine surgery with special emphasis on surgery to correct spine deformity. He is currently based in Accra, Ghana where he works at the Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS) Orthopaedic Hospital, of which he is the President and founder.

 

Douglas Burton, MD

Dr. Burton attended Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS and received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine in Dallas, TX.  He completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center, in Kansas City, KS and his spine fellowships at Texas Back Institute in Plano, TX and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. In 2000, he returned to the University of Kansas Medical Center and joined the Orthopedic Surgery department where he specializes in pediatric and adult spine disorders.  Currently, he is the Marc & Elinor Asher Spine Professor, the Vice-Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, and Co-Medical Director of the University of Kansas Hospital Operating Rooms.
 

Douglas Burton, MD

Dr. Burton attended Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS and received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine in Dallas, TX.  He completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center, in Kansas City, KS and his spine fellowships at Texas Back Institute in Plano, TX and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. In 2000, he returned to the University of Kansas Medical Center and joined the Orthopedic Surgery department where he specializes in pediatric and adult spine disorders.  Currently, he is the Marc & Elinor Asher Spine Professor, the Vice-Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, and Co-Medical Director of the University of Kansas Hospital Operating Rooms.
 

Alan Daniels, MD

Dr. Daniels is Chief of the Adult Spinal Deformity Service at Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University, and also serves as the Director of Spine Surgery Research and Co-Director of the Brown Spine Surgery Fellowship. His practice is focused on complex spinal reconstruction, treatment of spinal deformity, and revision spinal surgery. He completed medical school at Oregon Health Science University and Orthopaedic residency and Spine Surgery fellowship training at Brown University.
 

Alan Daniels, MD

Dr. Daniels is Chief of the Adult Spinal Deformity Service at Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University, and also serves as the Director of Spine Surgery Research and Co-Director of the Brown Spine Surgery Fellowship. His practice is focused on complex spinal reconstruction, treatment of spinal deformity, and revision spinal surgery. He completed medical school at Oregon Health Science University and Orthopaedic residency and Spine Surgery fellowship training at Brown University.
 

Vedat Deviren, MD

Dr. Deviren specializes in the treatment of spinal disorders in children and adults. He completed a spine surgery fellowship at UCSF, joined the faculty in 2011, and is now a Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics. He completed his postgraduate theoretical and practical courses in orthopaedics and traumatology at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. Dr. Deviren has a strong clinical interest in problems affecting the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, including deformities such as adult scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, failed back surgeries, degenerative conditions such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, fractures, and tumors. His research interests include improving healthcare and patient-centered clinical outcomes. His focus is to bring his patients the best health care service, from standard care to the most advanced technologies available.

Vedat Deviren, MD

Dr. Deviren specializes in the treatment of spinal disorders in children and adults. He completed a spine surgery fellowship at UCSF, joined the faculty in 2011, and is now a Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics. He completed his postgraduate theoretical and practical courses in orthopaedics and traumatology at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. Dr. Deviren has a strong clinical interest in problems affecting the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, including deformities such as adult scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, failed back surgeries, degenerative conditions such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, fractures, and tumors. His research interests include improving healthcare and patient-centered clinical outcomes. His focus is to bring his patients the best health care service, from standard care to the most advanced technologies available.

Robert Eastlack, MD

Dr. Eastlack is a partner at Scripps Clinic within the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, and co-directs the spine fellowship training program for the San Diego Spine Foundation, for which he is a Board Member  Following undergraduate and medical degrees from Stanford and Baylor College of Medicine, respectively, he completed Orthopaedic Surgery residency with UCSD and Steven Garfin, and obtained his spine fellowship training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Robert Eastlack, MD

Dr. Eastlack is a partner at Scripps Clinic within the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, and co-directs the spine fellowship training program for the San Diego Spine Foundation, for which he is a Board Member  Following undergraduate and medical degrees from Stanford and Baylor College of Medicine, respectively, he completed Orthopaedic Surgery residency with UCSD and Steven Garfin, and obtained his spine fellowship training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Steven Glassman, MD

Dr. Glassman is a pediatric and adult spinal deformity surgeon. He is Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Louisville and Past President of the Scoliosis Research Society. He has published extensively regarding clinical outcomes and economic value in adult spinal deformity. He has won numerous rewards including the SRS HIBBS prize, NASS Outstanding Paper Award, and AANS/CNS Meritorious Service Award.

Steven Glassman, MD

Dr. Glassman is a pediatric and adult spinal deformity surgeon. He is Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Louisville and Past President of the Scoliosis Research Society. He has published extensively regarding clinical outcomes and economic value in adult spinal deformity. He has won numerous rewards including the SRS HIBBS prize, NASS Outstanding Paper Award, and AANS/CNS Meritorious Service Award.

Jeff Gum, MD

Dr. Gum completed his orthopedic surgery residency at University of Louisville and his spine fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. His clinical interests include adult and pediatric spinal deformity. Research interests include clinical outcomes in spinal surgery and the economics of spinal deformity surgery. He currently practices at the Leatherman Spine Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Jeff Gum, MD

Dr. Gum completed his orthopedic surgery residency at University of Louisville and his spine fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. His clinical interests include adult and pediatric spinal deformity. Research interests include clinical outcomes in spinal surgery and the economics of spinal deformity surgery. He currently practices at the Leatherman Spine Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Munish Gupta, MD

Dr. Munish C. Gupta specializes in spinal reconstructive surgery for both adults and children who need repair of spinal deformities resulting from scoliosis, kyphosis, spondylolisthesis and flatback syndrome. He has helped many patients to start living normally again, by correcting their spinal problems to regain lost mobility and to relieve pain and numbness. He currently serves as Chief of Pediatric and Adult Spinal surgery in the Department of Orthopedics at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Before arriving in St. Louis, Dr. Gupta was the  Chief of Spinal surgery at University of California, Davis, where he taught the treatment of complex spinal deformities to many national and international spine fellows.His practice involved performing complex reconstructive surgery to correct pediatric and adult spinal deformities.  In addition, he is highly experienced in cervical spinal surgery and the treatment of tumors and traumatic spine injuries.

Munish Gupta, MD

Dr. Munish C. Gupta specializes in spinal reconstructive surgery for both adults and children who need repair of spinal deformities resulting from scoliosis, kyphosis, spondylolisthesis and flatback syndrome. He has helped many patients to start living normally again, by correcting their spinal problems to regain lost mobility and to relieve pain and numbness. He currently serves as Chief of Pediatric and Adult Spinal surgery in the Department of Orthopedics at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Before arriving in St. Louis, Dr. Gupta was the  Chief of Spinal surgery at University of California, Davis, where he taught the treatment of complex spinal deformities to many national and international spine fellows.His practice involved performing complex reconstructive surgery to correct pediatric and adult spinal deformities.  In addition, he is highly experienced in cervical spinal surgery and the treatment of tumors and traumatic spine injuries.

D. Kojo Hamilton, MD

Dr. Hamilton is on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery. He is board certified, and a fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He received his medical degree and residency training from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Dr. Hamilton received subspecialty training in Auckland City Hospital in Auckland New Zealand. He underwent further subspecialty training in spinal deformity, scoliosis and spine surgical oncology, with a combined neurosurgical and orthopedic (AOSpine) fellowship, at the University of Virginia.

D. Kojo Hamilton, MD

Dr. Hamilton is on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery. He is board certified, and a fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He received his medical degree and residency training from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Dr. Hamilton received subspecialty training in Auckland City Hospital in Auckland New Zealand. He underwent further subspecialty training in spinal deformity, scoliosis and spine surgical oncology, with a combined neurosurgical and orthopedic (AOSpine) fellowship, at the University of Virginia.

Robert Hart, MD

Dr. Hart earned his medical degree at UC San Diego and completed a residency in orthopedics at University of Iowa and a fellowship in adult spine at Case Western. He joined Oregon Health & Science University in Portland as an Assistant Professor in 1998 and was promoted to Professor with Tenure in 2010.  He served as Program Director of OHSU's Orthopedic Residency 2007-2011 and founded and directed the Adult Spine Fellowship from 2003-2016.  He currently serves as Medical Director of Spinal Deformity for the Swedish Health System in Seattle.  Dr. Hart joined the ISSG in 2008 and joined the Executive Committee in 2012.
 

Robert Hart, MD

Dr. Hart earned his medical degree at UC San Diego and completed a residency in orthopedics at University of Iowa and a fellowship in adult spine at Case Western. He joined Oregon Health & Science University in Portland as an Assistant Professor in 1998 and was promoted to Professor with Tenure in 2010.  He served as Program Director of OHSU's Orthopedic Residency 2007-2011 and founded and directed the Adult Spine Fellowship from 2003-2016.  He currently serves as Medical Director of Spinal Deformity for the Swedish Health System in Seattle.  Dr. Hart joined the ISSG in 2008 and joined the Executive Committee in 2012.
 

Naobumi Hosogane, MD, PhD

Dr. Hosogane is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at National Defense Medical College in Tokyo metropolitan area in Japan. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor at Keio University in Tokyo where he completed medical school, postgraduate school, and orthopedic surgery residency as well as spine fellowship. He spent a year as a research fellow at Hospital for Special Surgery in NY in 2007. His clinical interests include all aspects of spinal condition with emphasis on the complex adult spinal deformity.

Naobumi Hosogane, MD, PhD

Dr. Hosogane is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at National Defense Medical College in Tokyo metropolitan area in Japan. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor at Keio University in Tokyo where he completed medical school, postgraduate school, and orthopedic surgery residency as well as spine fellowship. He spent a year as a research fellow at Hospital for Special Surgery in NY in 2007. His clinical interests include all aspects of spinal condition with emphasis on the complex adult spinal deformity.

Richard Hostin, MD

Dr. Hostin is the medical director of the Baylor Scoliosis Center in Plano, Texas and the medical director of the Pediatric Spine and Scoliosis Program for Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He completed medical school at the University of Oklahoma, residency at UC Davis in Sacramento and a spinal surgery fellowship at the Twin Cities Spine Center in Minneapolis. His practice is centered on the diagnosis and treatment of spinal diseases, including pediatric and adult complex spinal deformities, revision/reconstructive surgery and scoliosis. His publications and research are strongly focused on health economics and patient reported outcomes following treatment.

Richard Hostin, MD

Dr. Hostin is the medical director of the Baylor Scoliosis Center in Plano, Texas and the medical director of the Pediatric Spine and Scoliosis Program for Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He completed medical school at the University of Oklahoma, residency at UC Davis in Sacramento and a spinal surgery fellowship at the Twin Cities Spine Center in Minneapolis. His practice is centered on the diagnosis and treatment of spinal diseases, including pediatric and adult complex spinal deformities, revision/reconstructive surgery and scoliosis. His publications and research are strongly focused on health economics and patient reported outcomes following treatment.

Adam Kanter, MD, FAANS

Dr. Kanter is Chief of Spine and an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is also Director of the Minimally Invasive and Neurosurgical spine Fellowship programs. Dr. Kanter completed his neurosurgical training at the University of Virginia in 2007 with further subspecialty fellowship training at the University of California in San Francisco and Auckland City Hospital in New Zealand. Dr. Kanter is principal investigator in several research studies evaluating the use of stem cell derived biologics to induce spinal fusion, however his primary research focuses on patient derived clinical outcome measures, specifically appraising the utility of minimally invasive versus open surgical corridors.

Adam Kanter, MD, FAANS

Dr. Kanter is Chief of Spine and an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is also Director of the Minimally Invasive and Neurosurgical spine Fellowship programs. Dr. Kanter completed his neurosurgical training at the University of Virginia in 2007 with further subspecialty fellowship training at the University of California in San Francisco and Auckland City Hospital in New Zealand. Dr. Kanter is principal investigator in several research studies evaluating the use of stem cell derived biologics to induce spinal fusion, however his primary research focuses on patient derived clinical outcome measures, specifically appraising the utility of minimally invasive versus open surgical corridors.

Michael Kelly, MD

Dr. Kelly is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic and Neurological Surgery at Washington University in Saint Louis. He has performed two fellowships in adult and pediatric spinal deformity surgery and received a Master's Degree in Clinical Investigation from Washington University.

Michael Kelly, MD

Dr. Kelly is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic and Neurological Surgery at Washington University in Saint Louis. He has performed two fellowships in adult and pediatric spinal deformity surgery and received a Master's Degree in Clinical Investigation from Washington University.

Han Jo Kim, MD

Dr. Kim is a Spine Surgeon with an interest in the cervical spine and spinal deformity surgery. He attended medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons followed by residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and Spine Fellowship in Cervical Spine and Spinal Deformity Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis.

Han Jo Kim, MD

Dr. Kim is a Spine Surgeon with an interest in the cervical spine and spinal deformity surgery. He attended medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons followed by residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and Spine Fellowship in Cervical Spine and Spinal Deformity Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis.

Eric Klineberg, MD

Dr. Klineberg is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, and the Spinal Disorders Fellowship Director at the University of California, Davis. His clinical interests include all aspects of spinal degeneration, deformity, tumor and fracture. He cares for children and adults alike, and has a particular interest in spinal deformity and reconstruction.

Eric Klineberg, MD

Dr. Klineberg is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, and the Spinal Disorders Fellowship Director at the University of California, Davis. His clinical interests include all aspects of spinal degeneration, deformity, tumor and fracture. He cares for children and adults alike, and has a particular interest in spinal deformity and reconstruction.

Virginie Lafage, PhD

Virginie Lafage obtained her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the prestigious Ecole Nationale Supérieur d'Arts et Métiers (ENSAM) in Paris, France. She started at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York as a Research Scientist and Director of Biomechanics Research in 2006 and went on to become Director of Spine Research. She now leads the Spine Research team at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Her collaborations with Dr. Frank Schwab and the International Spine Study Group have furthered the understanding of sagittal alignment and spino-pelvic interplay in the setting of the evaluation and treatment of complex spinal pathologies.

Virginie Lafage, PhD

Virginie Lafage obtained her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the prestigious Ecole Nationale Supérieur d'Arts et Métiers (ENSAM) in Paris, France. She started at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York as a Research Scientist and Director of Biomechanics Research in 2006 and went on to become Director of Spine Research. She now leads the Spine Research team at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Her collaborations with Dr. Frank Schwab and the International Spine Study Group have furthered the understanding of sagittal alignment and spino-pelvic interplay in the setting of the evaluation and treatment of complex spinal pathologies.

Praveen Mummaneni, MD

Dr. Mummaneni is Professor and Vice Chairman of the Dept. of Neurosurgery at UCSF. He co-directs the Cervical Spine Program, the Minimally Invasive Spine Program and the Minimally Invasive and Complex Spine Fellowship Program at UCSF. He specializes in complex cervical spine surgery and in minimally invasive spine surgery for a variety of conditions, including degenerative spinal disease, spinal deformity (scoliosis) and spinal tumors.

Praveen Mummaneni, MD

Dr. Mummaneni is Professor and Vice Chairman of the Dept. of Neurosurgery at UCSF. He co-directs the Cervical Spine Program, the Minimally Invasive Spine Program and the Minimally Invasive and Complex Spine Fellowship Program at UCSF. He specializes in complex cervical spine surgery and in minimally invasive spine surgery for a variety of conditions, including degenerative spinal disease, spinal deformity (scoliosis) and spinal tumors.

Gregory Mundis, MD

Dr. Mundis grew up in Vienna Austria, the son of a missionary family, which has fueled his passion for international medicine. After his medical education and training he sub-specialized in the treatment of spinal deformities in children and adults. He performs complex reconstructive spine surgery in San Diego, where he currently resides, and also internationally. Research is an integral part of Dr. Mundis’ practice, and his collaboration with the International Spine Study Group (ISSG) has been a highlight. He currently leads the minimally invasive subgroup of the ISSG and recently secured funding for a prospective study comparing open and minimally invasive treatment for adult spinal deformity.

Gregory Mundis, MD

Dr. Mundis grew up in Vienna Austria, the son of a missionary family, which has fueled his passion for international medicine. After his medical education and training he sub-specialized in the treatment of spinal deformities in children and adults. He performs complex reconstructive spine surgery in San Diego, where he currently resides, and also internationally. Research is an integral part of Dr. Mundis’ practice, and his collaboration with the International Spine Study Group (ISSG) has been a highlight. He currently leads the minimally invasive subgroup of the ISSG and recently secured funding for a prospective study comparing open and minimally invasive treatment for adult spinal deformity.

Michael O'Brien, MD

Dr. O'Brien is the medical director of research at the Baylor Scoliosis Center located in Plano, Texas and the medical director for pediatric orthopedic and spine research at Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He completed medical school, surgical internship and orthopedic surgical at the State University of New York at Downstate in Brooklyn, NY. His fellowship training is very extensive.  His primary research focus is in health economics and cervical deformity. His research accomplishments include 15 published book chapters and numerous journal articles. He has also presented his research papers at more than 100 professional meetings. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of spinal disorders and deformities, including reconstructive spine surgery for all ages, children through adulthood.

Michael O'Brien, MD

Dr. O'Brien is the medical director of research at the Baylor Scoliosis Center located in Plano, Texas and the medical director for pediatric orthopedic and spine research at Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He completed medical school, surgical internship and orthopedic surgical at the State University of New York at Downstate in Brooklyn, NY. His fellowship training is very extensive.  His primary research focus is in health economics and cervical deformity. His research accomplishments include 15 published book chapters and numerous journal articles. He has also presented his research papers at more than 100 professional meetings. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of spinal disorders and deformities, including reconstructive spine surgery for all ages, children through adulthood.

David Okonkwo, MD

Dr. Okonkwo is Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh and Director of the Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Program at UPMC. Dr. Okonkwo received his undergraduate and neurosurgical training at the University of Virginia. He specializes in comprehensive scoliosis care with a focus on minimally invasive strategies. Dr. Okonkwo has more than 120 peer-reviewed publications.

David Okonkwo, MD

Dr. Okonkwo is Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh and Director of the Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Program at UPMC. Dr. Okonkwo received his undergraduate and neurosurgical training at the University of Virginia. He specializes in comprehensive scoliosis care with a focus on minimally invasive strategies. Dr. Okonkwo has more than 120 peer-reviewed publications.

Paul Park, MD

Dr. Park is an associate professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Michigan. As a spine-focused neurosurgeon, he treats the whole spectrum of spinal pathologies but has a particular interest in minimally invasive approaches to complex spinal conditions including deformity.

Paul Park, MD

Dr. Park is an associate professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Michigan. As a spine-focused neurosurgeon, he treats the whole spectrum of spinal pathologies but has a particular interest in minimally invasive approaches to complex spinal conditions including deformity.

Peter Passias, MD

Dr. Passias, a native New Yorker, returned home to practice academic spinal surgery at NYU Medical Center after completing dual spinal fellowships at the Harvard Combined Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by his time at Hospital for Special Surgery/Cornell University Medical Center. He currently treats all conditions of the spine, with an emphasis on the treatment of advanced spinal deformities affecting the cervical and thoracolumbar spine.

Peter Passias, MD

Dr. Passias, a native New Yorker, returned home to practice academic spinal surgery at NYU Medical Center after completing dual spinal fellowships at the Harvard Combined Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by his time at Hospital for Special Surgery/Cornell University Medical Center. He currently treats all conditions of the spine, with an emphasis on the treatment of advanced spinal deformities affecting the cervical and thoracolumbar spine.

Frank Schwab, MD

Dr. Schwab's clinical practice focuses on complex spinal pathology, adult spinal deformity and revision reconstruction procedures. He is focused on innovating patient-specific operative treatment, optimizing sagittal realignment guidelines, emphasizing the use of pre-operative planning technologies and techniques for complex spine surgery. In concert with patient care, he developed the first definitive classification of adult spinal deformity that has become a clinical standard for spinal surgeons worldwide. Dr Schwab serves as Chief of Spine Service at the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City.

Frank Schwab, MD

Dr. Schwab's clinical practice focuses on complex spinal pathology, adult spinal deformity and revision reconstruction procedures. He is focused on innovating patient-specific operative treatment, optimizing sagittal realignment guidelines, emphasizing the use of pre-operative planning technologies and techniques for complex spine surgery. In concert with patient care, he developed the first definitive classification of adult spinal deformity that has become a clinical standard for spinal surgeons worldwide. Dr Schwab serves as Chief of Spine Service at the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City.

Christopher Shaffrey, MD

Dr. Shaffrey is currently Professor of Neurological Surgery and Director of the Neurosurgery Spine Division at the University of Virginia. He is board certified in the fields of Neurological Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Shaffrey has an active research interest in spinal surgery, particularly in numerous multicenter outcome research studies of pediatric and adult scoliosis, spinal cord injury, spinal trauma and tumors involving the spinal column. During his career in medicine, Dr. Shaffrey has won numerous awards for clinical medicine.

Christopher Shaffrey, MD

Dr. Shaffrey is currently Professor of Neurological Surgery and Director of the Neurosurgery Spine Division at the University of Virginia. He is board certified in the fields of Neurological Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Shaffrey has an active research interest in spinal surgery, particularly in numerous multicenter outcome research studies of pediatric and adult scoliosis, spinal cord injury, spinal trauma and tumors involving the spinal column. During his career in medicine, Dr. Shaffrey has won numerous awards for clinical medicine.

Justin Smith, MD, PhD

Dr. Smith is a Professor of Neurological Surgery at UVA. He is co-director of the UVA Spine Center and Neurosurgery Spine Division. His practice is predominantly spinal surgery and includes cervical and thoracolumbar deformity reconstruction, oncology, trauma, degenerative disease, and complex revision surgery. His research interests focus on clinical outcomes of spinal surgery, and he has published extensively in this and other areas, with more than 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts and more than 500 presented abstracts at national and international meetings.

Justin Smith, MD, PhD

Dr. Smith is a Professor of Neurological Surgery at UVA. He is co-director of the UVA Spine Center and Neurosurgery Spine Division. His practice is predominantly spinal surgery and includes cervical and thoracolumbar deformity reconstruction, oncology, trauma, degenerative disease, and complex revision surgery. His research interests focus on clinical outcomes of spinal surgery, and he has published extensively in this and other areas, with more than 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts and more than 500 presented abstracts at national and international meetings.

Mitsuru Yagi, MD, PhD

Dr. Yagi is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Keio University. His clinical practice and research interests are focused on complex spinal reconstructive surgery. Specifically, he treats patients with spinal deformity and metastatic spinal tumors. He attended medical school at Keio University School of Medicine followed by residency and spine fellowship at the Keio University and scoliosis research fellowship at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

Mitsuru Yagi, MD, PhD

Dr. Yagi is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Keio University. His clinical practice and research interests are focused on complex spinal reconstructive surgery. Specifically, he treats patients with spinal deformity and metastatic spinal tumors. He attended medical school at Keio University School of Medicine followed by residency and spine fellowship at the Keio University and scoliosis research fellowship at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

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