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16 Faculty Members Named to 2020 New York SuperDoctors List

16 Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center Faculty Members Named to 2020 New York SuperDoctors List

A record 16 faculty members from the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center were named to the 2020 list of New York SuperDoctors, published as a supplement to the New York Times Magazine on May 10, 2020. This list is an elite roster of physicians named by their peers as the very best in their field.

New Spine Surgeon Expands Our Services in Brooklyn

Dr. Louis Chang - NYP Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

Dr. Chang will see patients at three locations in Brooklyn.

Dr. Virk Featured on Spine-health.com

Herniated Disc

Dr. Virk contributes to the breadth of information on Spine-health.com with information on herniated disc in the upper back.

Dr. Ali Baaj Releases New Book on Revision Spine Surgery

Revision Spine Surgery: Pearls and Pitfalls

Revision Spine Surgery: Pearls and Pitfalls is the first book to focus exclusively on the topic of revision spinal techniques.

Spinal alignment, surgery, and outcomes in cervical deformity: A practical guide to aid the spine surgeon

Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery Oct 2019

This paper provides a comprehensive review of current literature on cervical spinal deformities (with or without myelopathy) and their surgical management; it is our goal to create a framework on which surgical planning can be made.

Dr. Zuckerman Named Interim Tanzania Fellow

Dr. Roger Hartl bids farewell to Dr. Autumn Zuckerman and Dr. Scott Zuckerman as they head to Tanzania

Dr. Scott Zuckerman will be based in the Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute, where he will evaluate patients, perform surgery, conduct research, and train Tanzanian surgeons.

Dr. Fu Named Chair of NeuroPoint Alliance Ad Hoc Committee

Dr. Kai-Ming Fu

Dr. Fu will lead the efforts of the committee to improve patient care through the development and evaluation of outcomes data.

Dr. Roger Härtl and Team Win Daedalus Fund Grant

Dr. Roger Härtl

The Weill Cornell Medicine Daedalus Fund for Innovation has awarded a two-year, $300,000 grant to Dr. Roger Härtl and his team for their proposal, “Total Disc Replacement Using Tissue Engineered Invertebral Discs in the Porcine Cervical Spine.” The award allows the team to advance its pioneering research into bio-engineered replacement discs that may one day relieve the pain of degenerative disc disease in humans without the risk of complications inherent in current fusion and total disc replacement surgery.

8 Faculty Members Named Best Doctors in New York for 2019

8 Faculty Members Named Best Doctors in New York for 2019

The annual list names the top primary doctors and specialists in the New York metropolitan area.

14 Faculty Members Named to List of New York SuperDoctors

14 Faculty Members Named to List of New York SuperDoctors

These elite physicians are selected by their peers each year as being the best in their field

Arachnoid Web of the Spine: A Systematic Literature Review

JNS Spine Aug 2019 Cover: Arachnoid Web of the Spine: A Systematic Literature Review

In this study, the authors sought to better describe this lesion, performing a systematic literature review and including 2 cases from their institution's experience.

Spinal Trauma in Tanzania: Current Management and Outcomes

Spinal trauma in Tanzania: current management and outcomes

The main objective of this study was to describe, for the first time, the demographics, management, costs of surgery and implants, treatment decision factors, and outcomes of patients with spine trauma in Tanzania.

Dr. Stieg Launches New Podcast: This Is Your Brain

Dr. Stieg Launches New Podcast: This Is Your Brain
Weekly episodes will delve into the mysteries and new discoveries about how the brain works, what can go wrong with it, and the most effective ways to keep it healthy.

Match Day 2019: New Residents in Neurological Surgery

Alexandra Giantini Larsen and Andrew Garton, who matched as neurosurgery residents at Match Day 2019

The Department of Neurological Surgery is pleased to welcome Alexandra Giantini Larsen and Andrew Garton to our residency program

Dr. Härtl Article Wins Best Paper Award from Global Spine Journal

Global Spine Journal Award

The paper is titled “Degenerative Lumbar Spine Disease: Estimating Global Incidence and Worldwide Volume.”

Dr. Baaj Publishes New Guide to Thoracic Surgery

Surgery of the Thoracic Spine: Principles and Techniques

The text covers common conditions (stenosis, herniated discs, trauma) as well as less common ones (spondylarthropathies, osteomyelitis, discitis, fungal and tubercular infections)

The 12th Annual New York City Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Symposium

Dr. Michael Virk demonstrates a MIS technique to attendees of NYCMISS 2018.

A recap of the 12th Annual NYC Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Symposium.

Mesenchymal Stem Cell-Seeded High-Density Collagen Gel for Annular Repair: 6-Week Results From In Vivo Sheep Models

Mesenchymal Stem Cell-Seeded High-Density Collagen Gel for Annular Repair: 6-Week Results From In Vivo Sheep Models

Our group has previously demonstrated in vivo annulus fibrosus repair in animal models using an acellular, riboflavin crosslinked, high-density collagen (HDC) gel. Our objective in this study was to assess if seeding allogenic mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) into this gel yields improved histological and radiographic benefits in an in vivo sheep model of annular injury.

Dr. Hartl and Dr. Thome Trade Visits in Hume Visiting Professorship

Dr. Roger Hartl and Dr. Claudius Thome

In late 2017, Dr. Roger Hartl and Dr. Claudius Thome were awarded the American Austrian Foundation’s 2017 Humes Visiting Professorships. The professorships are a bilateral exchange in which two distinguished course directors present at each other’s institutions. Dr. Hartl visited the Medical University of Innsbruck in Austria on September 28,2018, to give his lecture. Last week Dr. Thome presented a Grand Rounds guest lecture at Weill Cornell, completing the exchange.

In vivo annular repair using high-density collagen gel seeded with annulus fibrosus cells

Image from Yu Moriguchi paper

The aim is assessing the in vivo efficacy of annulus fibrosus (AF) cells seeded into collagen by enhancing the reparative process around annular defects and preventing further degeneration in a rat-tail model.

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