Degenerative disorders of the spine include spinal stenosis, disc herniation, degenerative disc disease, osteoporotic fractures and deformity. I have extensive training in the treatment of the full range of degenerative spinal disorders and perform a variety of decompression and spinal stabilization operations in order to provide lasting symptom relief.
My goal is to employ cutting-edge surgical techniques that include image- guidance and minimally invasive surgery in the treatment of spinal tumors and degenerative disorders. Image-guidance provides improved localization of the bony spinal elements in order to allow increased precision of instrumentation positioning during operations that require spinal reconstruction and stabilization, thereby minimizing the risk of neurologic injury and construct failure in the future. The goal of minimally invasive surgery is to decrease the collateral tissue damage caused by extensive open spinal dissections, in order to decrease surgical risk and postoperative pain and to facilitate recovery.
My research interests include the design and oversight of longitudinal studies and prospective clinical trials designed to determine the optimal treatment of patients with spinal tumors.