Our team evaluates over 1,400 spine tumors a year, with the goal of creating an individualized treatment plan for each patient that is most effective for improving neurologic function and mobility, stabilizing the spine, controlling local tumor growth, and ultimately improving quality of life.
Although just 10 percent of patients will require spine surgery, all will need effective treatment to prevent paralysis and provide meaningful pain relief. While I have developed a number of novel surgical techniques to treat spine tumors and operate on 150 benign and malignant spine tumors each year, the majority of patients can be effectively treated non-invasively with stereotactic radiation therapy and the possible addition of percutaneous kyphoplasty. In this latter technique, the radiologist inserts bone cement into a vertebra through a very minimally invasive procedure in order to provide support and relieve pain.
In addition, I am the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and I served as a lead author on the book Tumors of the Spine. I have lectured across the United States and around the world about the treatment of spine and skull-base tumors. I am on the editorial board of the Annals of Surgical Oncology, Neurosurgery, and Skull Base Surgery.
Working with my radiation oncology and physics colleagues Drs. Josh Yamada and Michael Lovelock, I serve as one of the lead investigators in the International Spine Radiosurgery Consortium, which is aimed at improving the delivery and effectiveness of radiosurgery. I have also served as the director of the metastatic section of the Spine Oncology Study Group.