During his career, Dr. Banco has authored more than 150 publications and presentations and taken part in 12 FDA IDE studies. His research focuses on several aspects of spine care, including outcomes from lumbar fusions, cervical and lumbar interbody devices, image guided surgery and prosthetic disc replacements.
"There has been a lot of emphasis on evidence-based medicine and outcomes driven by procedures," says Dr. Banco. "There are some groups, like The Boston Spine Group, that have very large databases and follow patients long term to gather information on which surgeries work, which don't and where there are high complication rates. These databases have given us a map that allows us to apply the technology to patients more effectively."
Dr. Banco is a charter member and on the board of directors for the American Board of Spine Surgeons and a member of North American Spine Society and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. His additional memberships include the Society of Lateral Access Surgery.
Dr. Banco earned his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington D.C., and completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. His additional training includes a spine fellowship at New England Baptist Hospital.
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Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Robert Banco of The Boston Spine GroupWritten by Laura Miller | May 24, 2012
Robert J. Banco, MD, is a spine surgeon with The Boston Spine Group and an associate clinical professor in the orthopedic surgery department at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. He spent 10 years as spine section chief at New England Baptist Hospital and during his tenure he grew the section from six to 14 surgeons. He stepped down from his position in 2007 to pursue other academic initiatives.
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