8 Great Spine Surgeons to KnowWritten by Molly Gamble | November 24, 2010
The following spine surgeons are recognized by Becker’s Orthopedic and Spine Review as leaders in their field.
Todd J. Albert, MD (Rothman Institute, Philadelphia).
Dr. Albert, president of Rothman Institute, has conducted clinical research on cervical and reconstructive surgery. In addition to his practice, he has authored more than 200 papers, 80 book chapters and five books on spine surgery. Dr. Albert is president of the Cervical Spine Research Society and professor and chairman of the orthopaedics department at Thomas Jefferson University Medical College in Philadelphia.
Vincent Arlet, MD (University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville).
Dr. Arlet is currently a professor of orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery at UV as well as chair of spinal deformity research at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Fluent in French, Dr. Arlet attended medical school in Paris and was awarded the Scoliosis Research Society Traveling Fellowship in 1997. He is editor of the European Spine Journal and has been invited to lecture around the world.
Randall Dryer, MD (Central Texas Spine Institute, Austin, Texas).
Dr. Dryer focuses on the cervical and lumbar spine and is a fellow with the American College of Surgeons, a member of the North American Spine Society and the Cervical Spine Research Society and past president of the Texas Spine Society. Before joining the Central Texas Spine Institute, Dr. Dryer served as chief of orthopedic surgery for the U.S. Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.
Richard G. Fessler, MD (Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago).
Dr. Fessler, professor of neurosurgery at Northwestern, was the first physician in the United States to perform a human embryonic spinal cord transplant in 1997. Dr. Fessler is a medical specialist and flight surgeon for NASA and currently participating in the first FDA trial to test the use of embryonic stem cells in patients with thoracic spine injuries.
Isador Lieberman, MD (Texas Back Institute, Plano).
Dr. Lieberman remains an internationally recognized leader in the field, particularly for his specialties in minimally invasive spine surgery and scoliosis. He holds multiple patents for his technological innovations, including SpineAssist, a robotic tool he recently co-developed that is used for MIS. He has received awards from Cleveland Clinic and the Spine Society of Europe and has been listed as a top physician by the Best Doctors registry.
Kenneth Light, MD (San Francisco Spine Center).
Dr. Kenneth Light is the founder of the San Francisco Spine center and recently became one of the few physicians in the country to successfully reverse a spinal fusion. Dr. Light is also the president of Simmons Surgical Society and the medical director for the Spine Network of California. He has lectured across the country and contributed his expertise to several publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Glamour and the Marin Independent Journal.
Bernard Rawlins, MD (Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City).
Dr. Rawlins is a spine consultant for the New York Knicks and New York Mets, and serves as a professor of clinical orthopedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Dr. Rawlins has a wide range of expertise in treating spinal disorders and regularly volunteers his time to teach and lecture on spine surgery in West Africa.
James D. Schwender, MD (Twin Cities Spine Center, Minneapolis).
Dr. Schwender is the president of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and a fellow with the Scoliosis Research Society and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota and his specializations include those of spine trauma, scoliosis, tumors and minimally invasive techniques, among others.
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