Issue 2

Co-piloting for Complex Spine Surgery

Many patients who come to UCSF needing surgery for spinal disorders get an unexpected benefit: two attending surgeons for a single operation. In an uncommon model of care, neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons at teh UCSF Spine Center combine their expertise by operating side by side to maximize outcomes for complex cases.



Spine Surgery for Elderly PatientsBundled Payments in Spine Surgery: Defining Risk Through Predictive Analytics

Neurosurgeon Christopher Ames discusses changing health care payment models and the need for accurate predictive and outcome measures that can be applied to value-based care paradigms. 




Josiah Orina, MD, UCSF Spine FellowSpine Fellowship Spotlight

Josiah Orina, MD, recently completed a yearlong fellowship in orthopaedic spine surgery at UCSF. Here he talks about his experience in the fellowship program, Pandora's box, and personal fulfillment. 




UCSF Spinal Surgery Lab: Continuing Medical Education

Save the date for the 7th Annual Techniques in Complex Spine Surgery Course on November 3-4, 2017. This two-day course in Las Vegas, NV, includes lectures and a hands-on bioskills lab to improve your skills in cases dealing with complex spinal deformities.




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