Christopher J. Baker, MD (Florida Hospital Orlando). Dr. Baker is the medical director of the Florida Hospital Orlando Spine Center. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Baker is a member of the American Association of Neurosurgical Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He has also had a focus on research and received the AANS/CNS Galbraith Award for excellence in cerebrovascular research and the NOVA Award for clinical excellence in neurosurgery. Dr. Baker earned his medical degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. He completed his neurosurgical training at Neurosurgical Institute of New York at Columbia University.
Gordon Bell, MD (Cleveland Clinic). Dr. Bell is the director of the Center for Spine Health at Cleveland Clinic as well as the vice chairman of the department of orthopedic surgery. He has a professional interest in athletic spinal injuries, spinal tumors and degenerative conditions. Throughout his career, Dr. Bell has held leadership positions in professional organizations, such as North American Spine Society, International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is an associate editor for Spine and an associate board member of The Spine Journal. Dr. Bell earned his medical degree at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine in Ontario, Canada, and completed his residency at Cleveland Clinic. His additional training includes a spine fellowship at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.
Keith H. Bridwell, MD (Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis). Dr. Bridwell is the chief of orthopedic spine surgery at Barnes Jewish Hospital and professor of orthopedic surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Bridwell is also the co-director and founder of the pediatric and adult spinal deformity service at Barnes Jewish. His special interest includes performing revision spine surgeries and working with patients who have spinal deformities. During his career, Dr. Bridwell served as president of the Scoliosis Research Society. He earned his medical degree and completed his residency at Washington University School of Medicine. His additional training includes fellowships in spine and scoliosis research at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Louis Hospital in Chicago, University of Illinois Hospital and Chicago Shriners Hospital.
Wayne K. Cheng, MD (Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, Calif.). Dr. Cheng is the head of spine for the department of orthopedic surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He is also principle investigator at Loma Linda for clinical trials relating to the spine. Dr. Cheng has a professional interest in complex reconstructive surgery, motion preservation, artificial disc replacement, dynamic spinal stabilization and minimally invasive surgical technique. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Cheng is a member of several professional societies, including North American Spine Society and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has also been involved in politics, serving on the National Republican Congressional Committee as honorary chairman of the Physicians Advisory Board in 2006. Dr. Cheng earned his medical degree at Loma Linda University School of medicine and completed his residency at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles. His additional training includes a combined spine and neurosurgical program of the adult spine surgery fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.
John Handal, MD (Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia). Dr. Handal is the chairman and director of the spine program at Albert Einstein Medical Center. He has a professional interest in performing minimally invasive spine surgery and treating patients with conditions such as scoliosis and cervical spine disorders. During his career, he spearheaded the development of the Orthopedic Bioengineering Laboratory at Korman Research Pavilion. Dr. Handal's current research includes osteonecrosis of the hip, chemotherapeutic bone cements, stem cell therapies for bone fracture and cartilage repair. He has also designed instrumentation for use during spine surgery. Dr. Handal earned his medical degree at Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed his residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center. His additional training includes a fellowship at Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center/Penn State.
Roger Hartl, MD (Weill Cornell Physicians, New York City). Dr. Hartl is the chief of spinal surgery and neurotrama as well as associate professor of neurosurgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is also the neurosurgeon for the New York Giants. During his career, Dr. Hartl has maintained a focus on simple and complex spine surgery. He has also participated in Weill Cornell's Global Health initiative in Tanzania. Dr. Hartl earned his medical degree at Ludwig-Maximillians University in Munich, Germany, and completed his fellowship in neurocritical care at Charite Hospital of Humbodt University in Berlin. His additional training includes a neurosurgery residency at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and training in complex spine surgery at Barrow's Neurological Institute in Phoenix.
Harry Herkowitz, MD (Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich.). Dr. Herkowitz is chairman of the orthopedic department at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., and director of the hospital's spine surgery fellowship program. Along with his participation on the editorial boards for Spine, Journal of Spinal Disorders and other publications, Dr. Herkowitz has authored four medical texts, 36 textbook chapters and numerous journal articles. His research has earned him the Volvo Award for Clinical Research in Low Back Pain twice. He also served as president of The Spine Journal, as director of the North American Spine Society's research council and on NASS' executive board. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine and the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons. Dr. Herkowitz earned his medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Beaumont and received fellowship training in spine at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.
Mesfin A. Lemma, MD (Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore). Dr. Lemma is the division chief of Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic and Spine Surgery and co-director of Spine Surgery at Johns Hopkins at Good Samaritan Hospital. He also serves as an assistant professor in the department of orthopedic surgery at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Lemma's professional interests include minimally invasive surgical technique and complex spine reconstruction, with a focus on spinal deformity and spine problems in the elderly population. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Lemma is a member of North American Spine Society and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He earned his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland and completed his residency and fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Sean E. McCance, MD (Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York City). Dr. McCance is the co-director of spine surgery, along with Andrew Hecht, MD, at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He is also the director of his practice, Spine Associates, and maintains a professional interest in complex reconstructive spine surgery. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. McCance has authored several articles on spine surgery topics, such as sports-related spine injuries and scoliosis. He is a member of the North American Spine Society, Scoliosis Research Society and a fellow of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. McCance earned his medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery at Twin Cities Spine Center in Minneapolis.
Kevin J. McGuire, MD, MS (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston). Dr. McGuire is the co-director of the spine center at Beth Israel Deaconess and co-director of the combined Beth Israel Deaconess/Harvard Medical School Spine Fellowship. He also serves as chief of orthopedic spine service at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and instructor in orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston. He has a professional interest in minimally invasive and endoscopic spine surgery. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. McGuire is a member of North American Spine Society and a fellow with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. McGuire earned his medical degree at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, where he completed his residency in orthopedic surgery. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine surgery at University Hospital of Cleveland at Case Western Reserve.
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