Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Frank Acosta of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los AngelesWritten by Laura Miller | December 22, 2010
Frank Acosta, MD, director of spine deformity in the department of neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, has successfully treated a patient with Gorham-Stout syndrome, a condition that only has 200 known cases worldwide. Gorham-Stout syndrome erodes bones throughout the body, including the spine. Dr. Acosta's patient had previously undergone spinal fusion, which did not stick, according to a Newswise story.
While other physicians said there was nothing that could be done for the patient, Dr. Acosta decided to tackle the case. From the previous operation, the patient had screws and rods in her back that were totally reabsorbed and nearly poking through her skin. Dr. Acosta had never heard of Gorham-Stout syndrome before meeting his patient, but agreed to perform a series of surgeries that would help her.
During the first surgery, Dr. Acosta opened the patient's cervical spine to reposition the existing plate and extend the previous fusion and rods along the thoracic spine. In the second surgery, he approached the spine from the front, adjusted the disc spacing between two vertebrae and placed a protective plate over the hardware. The patient returned home and is now improving.
"Other doctors told us they couldn't do anything, that nobody could help," said the patient's husband in the report. "Without even knowing us, Dr. Acosta agreed to help, and suddenly we had hope."
Dr. Acosta is a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, AO Spine North America and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Acosta has published research in several professional journals, including Spine, Neurosurgery and Neurosurgery Clinics of North America.
Dr. Acosta earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston and completed his internship and neurosurgical residency at the University of California in San Francisco. He also completed a fellowship in complex and reconstructive spine surgery at Northwestern University in Chicago.
Learn more about Dr. Frank Acosta.
Read other coverage on orthopedic and spine industry leaders to know:
- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Steven Dorsky of New Jersey Spine Center
- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Jeffery L. Visotsky of the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute
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