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The 28 Top Spine Surgeons in North America

Mark H. Bilsky has been named one of the 28 top spine surgeons in North America by Orthopedics This Week. The publication surveyed leading spine surgeons and asked them to select the best of their peers. Dr. Bilsky is director of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s multidisciplinary spine tumor team and specializes in treating both primary and metastatic tumors of the spine and spinal cord.

July 16, 2013
Pictured: Mark Bilsky
Physicians Pioneer Less Invasive Approach for Treating Spine Tumors

Our doctors have shown that tumors compressing the spinal cord can be controlled using less-invasive surgery combined with a precise, intense form of radiation therapy.

January 25, 2013

Clinical Updates

Evidence-Based Decision Framework for Treating Spinal Metastases

Spinal metastases are a prevalent problem in the cancer population. The primary goals of treatment include preservation or restoration of neurologic function and spinal stability, pain relief, and durable tumor control.

October 24, 2012
Treating Chordomas with Stereotactic Radiosurgery

The experience of Memorial Sloan Kettering physicians has shown that high-dose stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) provides durable and consistent tumor control regardless of tumor size, histology, and previous treatment. These data lead to the use of SRS in the treatment of recurrent and inoperable chordomas to improve the likelihood of local tumor control in the absence of meaningful treatment options.

October 24, 2012
Separation Surgery and SRS Enable Effective Post-Operative Radiation, Minimizing Operative Intervention

Surgery plays an important role in the treatment of spinal metastases. A prospective randomized study showed that patients with spinal cord compression secondary to solid metastatic tumors benefit from surgical decompression prior to undergoing radiation therapy. Surgery provides spinal cord decompression and spinal stabilization, allowing patients to safely proceed to radiation treatment.

October 24, 2012