March Issue of “Neurosurgical Focus” Features The Spine Institute Foundation Board Members

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Board Members Pen Manuscripts That Are Highlighted in Journal of Neurosurgery

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I have worked for 16 years on computer guided spine surgery and the current opportunities and proficiencies that exist today are very exciting.

The online monthly “Journal of Neurosurgery” is featuring six papers in Neurosurgical Focus that were written by three current board members of The Spine Institute Foundation. Drs. J. Patrick Johnson, Terrence Kim, Doniel Drazin and their co-authors have penned these diverse manuscripts to help educate the public and their peers about how the technology is evolving. The papers highlight state of the art image guided technology for treating spinal pathology. Dr. J. Patrick Johnson said, “I have worked for 16 years on computer guided spine surgery and the current opportunities and proficiencies that exist today are very exciting.”

Computer guided navigation in spine surgery has been dramatically changing since 1990. Today, surgeons across the country in select institutions relish the transformative technology and utilize it in surgeries on a daily basis. Some recent improvements include portable intraoperative computerized tomography (CT) coupled with high-speed computerized stereotactic navigation systems and optical based camera tracking technology.

Dr. J. Patrick Johnson is an internationally renowned spinal expert who has directed spine centers at UCLA and Cedars-Sinai. He is a leader in the rapidly emerging field of spinal technologies. He is an innovator in developing new minimally invasive surgical methodologies and procedures using computer-guided surgical techniques, endoscopic procedures and motion preservation capabilities. He draws from 20 years of clinical expertise has published more than 500 manuscripts, abstracts, books and book chapters in leading journals.

The Spine Institute Foundation is committed to advancing the scope of knowledge and expertise in the treatment of neurological, musculoskeletal, and spinal diseases through innovative research, technology leadership and education of future physician and surgeon scientists.

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