20 Naval Spine Surgeon Leaders FeaturedWritten by Healther Linder and Laura Miller | October 17, 2012
Here are 20 spine surgeon leaders who have spent time in the Navy.
Paul Baek, MD (Aurora BayCare Medical Center, Green Bay, Wis.). Dr. Baek has been with Aurora Bay Care Clinic since its inception. As a neurosurgeon, Dr. Baek focuses on neurotrauma, peripheral nerve surgery and spine surgery. He performs minimally invasive spine surgery in his practice as well as spinal reconstruction and fusions. Prior to joining Aurora BayCare, Dr. Baek was a member of the U.S. Navy stationed in San Diego and was discharged as a Lt. Commander. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurosurgeons. Dr. Baek earned his medical degree at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and completed his residency in neurosurgery at affiliated hospitals.
Morteza M. Farr, DO (Innovative Orthopedic & Spine Surgery, San Jose, Calif.). Dr. Farr completed eight years of military reserve duty with the US Navy Reserve and served a one-year tour of duty at the US military hospital in Kuwait. During his time overseas, he provided orthopedic services to injured soldiers. He has a special focus on endoscopic decompression and fusion as well as motion preservation, and he holds several patents for minimally invasive spine surgery technology. Specifically, the technology he developed includes minimally invasive placement for lumbar interbody cages during lumbar fusion and a new interspionous spacer allowing for a more stable construct. Dr. Farr earned his osteopathic medicine degree at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency through the Michigan Hospital in Detroit, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Cleveland Clinic, Shriner's Children's Hospital in Pennsylvania and University Medical Center in Las Vegas. His additional training includes a spine fellowship in Louisville, Ky.
Bryan Fox, MD (Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, Suffolk, Va.). Dr. Fox served 25 years in the US Navy, with 17 of those as a physician. He was chief of orthopedic spine surgery at Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va., before joining Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center to develop the adult spine surgery practice at Obici Hospital. During his time with the Navy, he established a multidisciplinary spine center which is now a model of spinal care throughout the US Military. He also spent eight years as a naval aviator. Dr. Fox is a member of the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons and North American Spine Society. Dr. Fox earned his medical degree at Ohio State University in Columbus and completed his residency at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth. His additional training includes an adult spine surgery fellowship at Duke University in Durham, N.C.
Joseph Grant, MD (Northern California Spine Institute, Pleasanton, Calif.). Dr. Grant served as chief of service for the department of orthopedics for the Naval Hospital in Subic Bay, Philippines, before joining Northern California Spine Institute. He has a special interest in complex spinal reconstructive procedures, although he also performs minimally invasive spine surgery. He is a member of North American Spine Society and certified by the American Board of Spine Surgery. Throughout his career, Dr. Grant has maintained active clinical studies and authored articles and book chapters. Dr. Grant earned his medical degree at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Naval Hospital in Oakland. His additional training includes a fellowship in cervical and lumbar spine surgery at Seton Medical Center in Daly City, Calif.
Wayne Gluf, MD (Neuroscience Institute at Trinity Mother Frances, Houston). Dr. Gulf served as chairman of the department of neurosurgery at Naval Medical Center San Diego for five years. He is currently the director of the Neuroscience Institute at Trinity Mother Frances. He has a special interest in treating neuro-oncology patients with spine and spinal cord tumors and brain tumors, as well as performing complex spine surgery. He also has expertise in performing artificial disc replacement. During his time with the Navy, Dr. Gluf received the Master Clinician Award and Navy League Award for leadership and academic excellence. He is a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Gluf earned his medical degree at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., and completed his neurosurgery residency and complex spine fellowship at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
John F. Hall, MD (Flagstaff Bone and Joint, Flagstaff, Ariz.). Dr. Hall served as a Squadron Flight surgeon in the US Air Force and the US Navy for more than 12 years. After his service, he started the spine care program at Flagstaff Bone and Joint in 2007. He has a professional interest in performing spine surgery, including artificial disc replacement. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Hall earned his medical degree at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and completed his residency at Phoenix Integrated Orthopaedic Residency Program. His additional training includes a spine fellowship in Golden, Colo.
Mitchell A. Hardenbrook, MD (The Boston Spine Group). Dr. Hardenbrook served as the director of spine surgery at Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va., and is a member of the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has a special interest in minimally invasive spine surgery and the use of robotics during surgical procedures. In addition to his clinical work, he is also currently involved in several research projects on topics such as motion preservation. During his career he has been a member of the Institutional Review Board and assistant professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Hardenbrook earned his medical degree at Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and completed his orthopedic surgery fellowship at the University of Maryland Medical Center/SHOCK Trauma Institute. He completed an additional fellowship in reconstructive spine surgery at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston.
Markus Kornberg, MD (Orthopaedic Associates of Oceola, Kissimmee, Fla.). Dr. Kornberg served as the director of spine surgery service at Portsmouth (Va.) Naval Hospital and as a medical officer aboard the USS Mount Whitney. He has a special interest in treating spinal disorders and has published several articles based on his research. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and member of the North American Spine Society. Dr. Kornberg earned his medical degree at Tufts University in Boston and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Portsmouth. His additional training includes a spine surgery preceptorship at the University of Miami School of Medicine.
Frank K. Kuwamura, III, MD (South Texas Spinal Clinic, Stone Oak, Texas). Dr. Kuwamura is a commander in the US Naval Reserves and a spine surgeon with South Texas Spinal Clinic. He is a member of the North American Spine Society and certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Kuwamura has privileges at several hospitals, including The Spine and Surgical Hospital of South Texas. He earned his medical degree at Boston University School of Medicine and completed his internship and orthopedic surgery residency at the National Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va. His additional training includes a fellowship at Florida Neck and Back Institute.
R. Barry Lurate, MD (Pensacola Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, Pensacola, Fla.). Dr. Lurate practiced orthopedic surgery as a Lieutenant Commander with the Naval Hospital in Pensacola. There he helped establish a spine surgery program with special emphasis on disorders of the cervical spine. He received 10 medals during his Navy career, including the Navy Achievement Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal. Dr. Lurate specializes in procedures such as minimally invasive total hip replacement, minimally invasive total knee replacement, arthroscopic ankle fusion, laparoscopic spine fusion, arthroscopic shoulder reconstruction and thorascopic spine decompressions. He received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center under a Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program. He completed a general surgery internship at Louisiana State Medical Center Charity Hospital in New Orleans. He then completed an orthopedic residency at Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport.
Richard E. Manos, MD (Spine Institute of Idaho, Meridian). Dr. Manos, a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon, received much of his medical training from the Naval Medical Center of San Diego, where he completed an internship and orthopedic surgery residency. He went on to serve as the director of spinal surgery at the Naval Medical Center. He earned his medical degree from Michigan State University and completed a spine fellowship at State University of New York Upstate Medical University. Dr. Manos also served as the clinical instructor at La Jolla Spine Institute and trained 12 spine surgeons. He's affiliated with several area hospitals and affiliated with professional organizations, which include the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society, Western Orthopedic Association and Ada County Medical Association.
Jeffrey McConnell (OAA Orthopaedic Specialists, Allentown, Pa.). Dr. McConnell is the former co-director of the division of spine surgery at Naval Regional Medical Center in Portsmouth. He's a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon with expertise in cervical spine disorders, degenerative disc disease, degenerative spinal conditions, herniated discs, lumbar spine disorders, trauma, tumors and more. He performs minimally invasive surgery, spinal fusions, discectomy, artificial disc replacement and kyphoplasty, among other spine procedures. Dr. McConnell is affiliated with the American College of Spinal Surgeons, North American Spine Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, Pennsylvania Medical Society, Lehigh County Medical Society and AO North America. He completed two spine surgery fellowships, including one at the Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery at the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham, England, with a focus on complex spinal deformities.
Bernard Newman, MD (Orthopedic Spine & Sports Medicine Center, Paramus, N.J.). Before joining Orthopedic Spine & Sports Medicine in 1990, Dr. Newman was an orthopedic surgeon and chief of orthopedic surgery at the Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune, N.C. He specializes in spinal surgery, spine trauma and spinal fractures and believes in conservative treatments, if possible. Dr. Newman is affiliated with Hackensack University Medical Center and Hudson Crossing Surgery Center. He graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his residency and fellowship in orthopedic surgery at New York Orthopedic Hospital, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. He also completed a fellowship at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston.
John Edward Sherrill, II, MD (Aria Health—Torresdale, Philadelphia). Dr. Sherill is U.S. Navy Reserve Captain and a board-certified neurosurgeon. He served an advanced training residency in neurological surgery at the Bethesda (Md.) Naval Hospital, and is a recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. He served as a theatre neurosurgeon in Germany at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, which is the largest American military hospital outside of the U.S. Dr. Sherill has a surgical interest in complex spine cases and advanced training in orthopedic and neurosurgical spine surgery. He earned his medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine in Missouri. He completed an internship and residency in neurosurgery at Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Sherill is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American Military Surgeons of the United States and American Medical Association.
Fred Sweet, MD (Rockford Spine Center, Rockford, Ill.). Dr. Sweet completed a tour of duty in the US Navy as a medical officer aboard the USS Coronado during the first Gulf War. The spine surgeon later co-founded the Rockford (Ill.) Spine Center. He performs surgery to treat scoliosis, spinal deformities, and complex spine conditions. He's a lead investigator into new methods of significantly decreasing surgical infections. Dr. Sweet completed his medical degree from Rush University Medical School in Chicago. He served an internship at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego and a general surgery and orthopedic residency at Washington University in St. Louis. He also served a spinal surgery fellowship at Washington University. He's a clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois in Rockford.
William Sukovich, MD (Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville, Va.). Dr. Sukovich served seven and a half years in the US Navy, where he was a commander and director of spine surgery at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va. He began is career as a chiropractor and in 1986 returned to medical school and graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He then completed orthopedic surgery training and subspecialty training in spine surgery at New York University Medical Center.
Nicholas Theodore (Barrow Neurosurgical Institute, Phoenix). Dr. Theodore completed an internship at Bethesda (Md.) Naval Hospital and then served as a senior general medical officer with the US Marine Corps in Okinawa, Japan. He also served as chief of the division neurosurgery at Naval Medical Center in San Diego, overseeing the largest neurosurgery complement in the Navy. His medical focus includes brain and spinal cord injuries, minimally invasive surgery and robotics. Dr. Theodore joined Barrow Neurosurgical Institute in 2003 and became the director of neurotrauma. In 2004 he was appointed associated director of the neurosurgery residency program at Barrow, which is one of the largest in the country. He currently serves as Barrow's director of the neurosurgery spine program. He's a diplomate of the American Board of Neurosurgical Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Luis Manuel Tumialan, MD (Barrow Neurosurgical Associates, Scottsdale, Ariz.). Dr. Tumialan served as a staff neurosurgeon during an internship at Naval Medical Center in San Diego. He had six months of U.S. Navy diver training and received orders to serve as the Diving Medical Officer assigned to the Naval Special Warfare Unit in Guam. He spent two years supporting missions for various Navy SEAL platoons around Southeast Asia. Dr. Tumialan received a Naval and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for service in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and a Navy Humanitarian Medal for the search and maritime rescue of a foreign national. He received neurosurgery training at Emory University School of Medicine and developed an interest in treating diseases of the spine, with a focus in biologics of spinal fusion and spinal cord injury, minimally invasive spinal surgery and motion preservation.
Anthony Yeung, MD (Desert Institute for Spine Care, Phoenix). Before founding Desert Institute for Spine Care, Dr. Yeung spent time as chief of orthopedics at the Naval Regional Medical Center in the Philippines. Dr. Yeung has a special expertise endoscopic spine surgery and developed the FDA-approved Yeung Endoscopic Spine System, which he trains other spine surgeons to use. During his career, Dr. Yeung has been president of the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeons and executive director of the Intradiscal Therapy Society. He has also been named "Health Care Hero" by the Phoenix Business Journal. Dr. Yeung earned his medical degree at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and completed his residency at Maricopa County General Hospital in Phoenix.
Richard Zogby, MD (Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists, Syracuse, N.Y.). Dr. Zogby served as a Lieutenant Commander in the US Naval Reserve Medical Corps from 1987 to 1995. He received the Navy Achievement Medal in 1990. He is an orthopedic spine surgeon and received his medical degree from State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse. He completed a general surgery internship at SUNY, as well as an orthopedic residency. Dr. Zogby is orthopedic fellowship trained by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He's an AAOS fellow and a member of the North American Spine Society, American College of Spinal Surgeons, International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, Eastern Orthopaedic Association, Medical Society of the State of New York and Onondaga County Medical Society.
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