Editorial Board: JNS: Spine
Shekar Kurpad, Co-Chair
Dr. Shekar Kurpad is Professor of Neurosurgery and Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). His clinical practice focuses on the surgical treatment of patients with degenerative and traumatic conditions of the spine and spinal cord, as well as benign and malignant tumors of the spinal column and spinal cord. His laboratory currently focuses on the development of novel MRI-based imaging biomarkers for spinal cord injury (SCI) and cervical spondylotic myelopathy. He has been involved in SCI research since 2001 after being awarded the William P.Van Wagenen Fellowship by the AANS. His experience in this field of research includes earlier work involving stem cells for regeneration of the spinal cord, which he began as a postdoctoral fellow at the Karolinska Institutet; the establishment of an SCI research laboratory at the MCW from 2002 (endowed since 2010); funding to study the mechanisms of allodynia after stem cell transplantations into the injured spinal cord using Veterans Affairs BLR&D merit funding from 2006 to 2009; and imaging of SCI using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) funded by Veterans Affairs RR&D merit grants from 2009 to present. He has served as a consultant for several imaging start-up companies based in the Milwaukee area and was awarded NIH SBIR funding as principal investigator for these efforts. He is the clinical principal investigator at MCW for all Phase I–III SCI clinical trials (8 trials since 2008 encompassing both neuroprotective and neural regeneration strategies) and has participated as a member of the National SCI Consortium for Translational Therapies for SCI from 2009 to present. As a surgeon actively involved in the care of SCI patients at the Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center, he is interested in translating laboratory findings rapidly to clinical applications to establish new and innovative diagnostic paradigms for patients with spinal disorders using novel MRI-based technology.
Dr. Kurpad joined the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine in 2016.
Michael Groff, Co-Chair
Dr. Michael Groff is Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the Harvard Medical School. He is the Vice-Chairman of Clinical Affairs, Director of Spinal Neurosurgery, and Director of the Spinal Fellowship program in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
After receiving his MD from the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Groff completed the neurosurgical residency program at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He continued his postgraduate training at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee with a fellowship in spinal surgery.
Dr. Groff’s research interests have focused on spinal biomechanics, health services research, and evidence-based medicine. The common thread has been trying to improve the outcome of individual patients. His clinical focus has been on complex cervical spine surgery, spinal oncology, intradural spinal cord tumors, and minimally invasive surgery. He was awarded board certification in 2005 and was selected as one of the Best Doctors in America in 2007.
Dr. Groff joined the editorial board of Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine in 2016.He also serves on the editorial board of World Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, and Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery. Nationally he has served as the chair of the Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerve and currently as the chair of the Development Committee of the Neurosurgical Research and Education Fund (NREF).
Daniel Sciubba, Co-Chair
Dr. Daniel Sciubba graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a BS in biology. He attended medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and graduated as the class valedictorian. He completed his surgical internship and neurosurgical residency at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he also completed a neurooncology fellowship and complex spine fellowship. He then completed a spine fellowship at the Shriners Hospital of Philadelphia.
Dr. Sciubba is currently Professor of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University. His clinical practice and research interests are focused on complex spinal reconstructive surgery. Specifically, he treats patients with spinal deformity, spinal tumors, and myelopathy and is the Director of Spinal Deformity and Spinal Tumor research. As a result of these interests, he has joint appointments in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery, Oncology, and Radiation Oncology. His spine research has been supported by grants from the following organizations: NIH, DOD, AANS, CNS, NASS, SRS, AOSpine, ISSG, and Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Sciubba joined the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine in 2016.
Dr. Wu graduated from National Yang-Ming University and won the first Andrew T. Huang Medical Education Promotion Foundation Scholarship to visit Duke University Medical Center in 2000. He completed his residency in Taipei Veterans General Hospital, the largest neurosurgical training center in Taiwan. He won the 2009 Sonntag International Fellowship Award, from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons: Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, and the SRS Global Outreach Visiting Fellowship Award, issued by the Scoliosis Research Society in 2010. He was a research fellow in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco, as well as at the University of California Los Angeles. He then joined the faculty at Taipei Veterans General Hospital and serves as a professor in National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan.
Dr. Jau-Ching Wu specializes in complex cervical spine surgery (for example, craniovertebral junction, endoscopic odontoidectomy, atlantoaxial instability, disc arthroplasty, and ossification of posterior longitudinal ligament), minimally invasive spine surgery, and spinal cord injury research. Dr. Jau-Ching Wu has published more than 130 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Wu was elected to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine in 2017.
Dr. Park is an Associate Professor and the Director of Spinal Surgery in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Michigan. Dr. Park was born in Los Angeles, CA, and attended UCLA, where he earned bachelor and master's degrees in biology. He subsequently obtained a MD degree from the University of Michigan, where he also completed his neurosurgical residency. Given his interest in the spine, Dr. Park also completed an enfolded fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Spine Institute as well as a post-residency fellowship in minimally invasive spinal surgery at the Semmes Murphey Clinic.
Dr. Park’s clinical focus is varied and includes minimally invasive surgery as well as complex spinal reconstruction for deformity, oncology, and trauma. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Park is an active investigator in laboratory and clinical research including involvement in many multicenter clinical trials. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on spine-related topics. Dr. Park is also an active member of numerous neurosurgical and spine societies where he has served on various committees including those for evidence-based guidelines, education, outcomes.
Dr. Park was elected to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine in 2017 and serves on editorial boards for other neurosurgical and spine journals as well.
Sigurd H. Berven
Dr. Berven has a strong clinical interest in spinal disorders in children and adults. He is interested in pediatric and adult spinal deformity, degenerative conditions of the spine, spinal tumors, and spinal trauma. His research interests include assessment of clinical outcomes of surgery and minimally invasive techniques in spine surgery. Dr. Berven also studies cellular and molecular techniques for the biological regeneration of components of the spine including the intervertebral disc. He has been an invited speaker at national and international conferences, speaking on topics including measurement of outcomes in spine surgery, evaluation and management of spinal disorders, and advanced techniques in spine surgery. He is a graduate of the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Program. After completing his residency, he underwent further clinical training in spine surgery as a clinical fellow at UCSF and in pediatric orthopedic surgery as the chief resident at Boston Children's Hospital. Dr. Berven studied human biology as an undergraduate at Stanford University. He was a graduate student at Oxford University in philosophy, politics and economics. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Berven was elected to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine in 2017.
Daniel J. Hoh
Dr. Daniel J. Hoh is an associate professor of neurosurgery and holds the Dunspaugh-Dalton endowed professorship at the University of Florida. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford University and medical degree from Columbia University. Dr. Hoh completed his neurosurgery residency at the University of Southern California and his postgraduate combined neurosurgery and orthopedic spine fellowship under Dr. Edward Benzel at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital.
Dr. Hoh is on the executive board of the CNS and the AANS/CNS Joint Section of Disorders of Spine and Peripheral Nerves. He is the past scientific program chair and annual meeting chair for the AANS/CNS Joint Section of Disorders of Spine and Peripheral Nerves.
Dr. Hoh was elected to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine in 2018.
Dr. Erica Bisson is Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Director of the Complex Spine Fellowship at the University of Utah. After receiving her MD at Tufts University, she completed her neurosurgical residency at the University of Vermont and a fellowship in complex spinal disorders at the University of Utah. She joined the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Utah in 2009.
Dr. Bisson is a fellow of the ABNS and a member of the AANS and CNS. Dr. Bisson received an MPH from the University of Utah. She serves on the scientific program committees of the AANS/CNS Joint Spine Section and the CSRS and as Chair of the Outcomes Committee.
Dr. Bisson was elected to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine in 2018.
Michael Steinmetz, MD, is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. He is also the Associate Director of Operations of the Center for Spine Health in the Neurologic Institute. He is the past Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine MetroHealth Medical Center. His areas of expertise and clinical and research interests include complex spine surgery, spine trauma, and spinal cord injury.
A diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons, Dr. Steinmetz served as the Vice-President and member of the Executive Committee of the CNS and sits on the Executive Committee of the AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. He is currently the Secretary of the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies. He is a member of the Public Affairs and Biologics committee for North American Spine Society and the research committee of AOSpine. He is the author of over 120 peer-reviewed articles, numerous book chapters and the co-author of 2 text books. Additionally, he has made presentations both in the United States and abroad on spine surgery and spinal cord injury.
Dr. Steinmetz received his medical degree from Texas Tech School of Medicine in Lubbock, Texas. He completed an internship in general surgery at the University of New Mexico and a residency training in Neurological Surgery at The Cleveland Clinic. He completed a fellowship in spine surgery at the University of Wisconsin and then returned to the faculty at Cleveland Clinic. His training also included a postdoctoral fellowship in spinal cord injury and regeneration in the laboratory of Jerry Siler, PhD.
Dr. Steinmetz was elected to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine in 2018.
Marjorie Wang, MD, MPH, is Professor; Vice Chair of Clinical Operations and Quality; Chief of the Community Division of Neurosurgery; and Director of the Complex Spine Fellowship Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Wang’s clinical practice and research focus on spine, patient-reported outcomes, quality of care, and health services. She serves on the Editorial Board of Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine and as a Spine Section Editor for World Neurosurgery. She is a Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery and is one of 61 senior female faculty members selected to participate in the 2019–2020 Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM®) Program for Women. Dr. Wang was elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine in 2019.
Dr. Dean Chou is Professor of Neurosurgery and Orthopedics at the University of California at San Francisco, where he is also the Associate Director of the Neurospine Center. After college at UC Berkeley and medical school at UCSF, he completed his residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital with Dr. Ziya Gokaslan and his fellowship in complex spinal surgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute with Dr. Volker Sonntag.
He sits on the editorial boards of Neurosurgery, Global Spine Journal, and PloS One, and he is on the advisory board of Spine. He has served on the Scientific Program Committee and the Executive Committee for the AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, and he has served on the board of directors for the Lumbar Spine Research Society (LSRS). He has served as both faculty member and abstract reviewer for the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), North American Spine Society (NASS), Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), International Meeting of Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST), AOSpine, and LSRS. He has been voted into Best Doctors in America for 10 consecutive years, and he is a two-time recipient of the UCSF Harold Rosegay Resident Teaching Award. Over his career, his publications have been featured five times on the cover of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. His areas of clinical interest are minimally invasive applications to spinal deformity, scoliosis, degenerative conditions, and spinal tumors. Dr. Chou was elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine in 2019.
Dr. Sansur is an Associate Professor and Director of Spine Surgery at the University of Maryland, Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. Sansur completed his neurosurgery residency and spine fellowship at UVA and joined the faculty at the University of Maryland in 2009. Dr. Sansur received his MD from the University of Maryland and MHSc from Duke University. He spent a year at NIH studying syringomyelia.
Dr. Sansur has expertise in deformity, arthroplasty, robotics, sacroiliac joint disease, and syringomyelia. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He is an active member of the executive committee for the AANS/CNS Spine Section. He is frequently asked to lecture at various national meetings.
Dr. Sansur served on the editorial board of the European Spine Journal and was elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine in 2019.
Dr. Justin Smith completed the MD/PhD program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He subsequently completed his neurosurgery residency at the University of California at San Francisco and spine surgery fellowships in the areas of spinal deformity and minimally invasive spine surgery. He is currently Harrison Distinguished Professor and Chief of the Spine Division in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Virginia and serves as Director of the Spine Fellowship Program and Co-Director of the UVA Spine Center.
Dr. Smith’s practice is focused on spinal surgery and includes cervical and thoracolumbar deformity reconstruction, trauma, degenerative disease, and complex revision surgery. His research interests focus on clinical outcomes of spinal surgery, and he has published extensively in this and other areas, with more than 400 peer-reviewed manuscripts and approximately 1,200 presented abstracts at national and international meetings. Dr. Smith was elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine in 2019.
Luis Manuel Tumialán
After graduating from Georgetown University, Dr. Luis M. Tumialán began his medical career in the United States Navy. Upon completion of his surgical internship, he completed Undersea Medical Officer training and U.S. Navy Dive School and was assigned as the Dive Medical Officer for Naval Special Warfare Unit One in Guam. There he served in support of naval operations in the South Pacific and Southeast Asia during the Global War on Terror. After his overseas service, he completed his neurosurgery residency at Emory University and returned to the Navy as a neurosurgeon in San Diego. He practices in Phoenix, Arizona, with an emphasis on spine. Dr. Tumialán was elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine in 2019.
Kai-Ming Fu, MD, PhD, completed the MD-PhD program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and then completed his residency and complex neurosurgical/orthopedic spine fellowship at the University of Virginia. He subsequently joined the faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, where he is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery. His current interests include investigating less invasive techniques for deformity surgery as well as participating in studies evaluating the treatment of degenerative spinal disease. He currently serves on the executive committee of the Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves (DSPN) and is a member of the board of directors at the NeuroPoint Alliance. Dr. Fu was elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine in 2020.
Christoph Hofstetter, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, Washington. He is a neurosurgeon specializing in complex spine surgery with an emphasis on minimally invasive techniques. His primary clinical focus is on the surgical treatment of degenerative spinal disorders, including disc herniation, lumbar spondylolisthesis, and cervical myelopathy as well as spinal oncology. Dr. Hofstetter received his MD from the University of Vienna, Austria, and earned his PhD at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, focusing on experimental treatment strategies for traumatic spinal cord injuries. He then completed a surgical internship and neurosurgery residency at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Hofstetter completed his clinical fellowship training at the Mayo Clinic and a spine fellowship focusing on complex minimally invasive spine surgery at the University of Miami. Dr. Hofstetter is a faculty member in the UW Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. His research laboratory develops early ultrasound-based biomarkers for acute traumatic spinal cord injury. He investigates various experimental treatment strategies to enhance nerve fiber plasticity and regeneration following spinal cord injury, including electrical stimulation to enhance the signaling of remaining nerve fibers, replacement of lost neural cells via stem cell–based transplantation, and the promotion and guidance of nerve fiber regeneration utilizing scaffolds. Dr. Hofstetter’s clinical research focuses on the development of novel minimally invasive motion preserving spinal procedures. In particular he is investigating the use of full-endoscopic techniques for the treatment of disc herniations and foraminal stenosis. His research efforts strive to improve surgical tools as wells as to study clinical outcomes following these procedures. Dr. Hofstetter has extensive research experience in both clinical and basic science research and was awarded a prestigious Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF) and Kambins awards for his research efforts. He has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and is the author of the standard textbook on full-endoscopic spine surgery. He has written numerous textbook chapters and serves as a reviewer for several journals in neurosurgery and neuroscience. Dr. Hofstetter was elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine in 2020.
Daniel C. Lu
Daniel C. Lu, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor, Vice Chair of Research, and Director of the Neuromotor Recovery and Rehabilitation Center at the University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Neurosurgery. After receiving his undergraduate training at Dartmouth College, he enrolled at the University of California, San Diego, in the MD-PhD Medical Scientist Training Program. He completed his doctoral thesis with Drs. Edward Koo and Dale Bredesen elucidating a novel apoptotic pathway in neurodegeneration. He completed his residency with Dr. Mitchell Berger and post-doctoral fellowship with Drs. Alan Verkman and Geoff Manley on the role of aquaporin in traumatic brain injury at the University of California, San Francisco. He enrolled in fellowship training in complex and minimally invasive spine surgery at the University of Tennessee, Memphis, with Dr. Kevin Foley. Dr. Lu has clinical expertise in minimally invasive approaches to degenerative, traumatic, neoplastic, and deformity conditions. Dr. Lu also leads a team of researchers who are deciphering the spinal cord circuit for motor and autonomic function and leveraging this understanding to develop novel, device-based treatments for spinal cord injury. He is the Principal Investigator on National Institutes of Health (NIH)–funded R01, U01, and Department of Defense grants. He has served on the Scientific Program Committee and the Executive Committee for the AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. He has been a faculty member and abstract reviewer for the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS). He has published his scientific work in Nature Medicine and Nature Scientific Reports, and clinical studies in the Journal of Neurosurgery and Neurosurgery. Dr. Lu was elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine in 2020.
Wilson Z. Ray
Wilson Z. Ray, MD, is a Professor of Neurosurgery and the Chief of Spine Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the Vice Chair of Clinical Operations and Director of the joint Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, and Orthopedic Peripheral Nerve Fellowship. Dr. Ray completed his neurosurgery residency and a peripheral nerve fellowship at Washington University. He then completed a fellowship in complex spinal surgery at the University of Utah. He has extensive National Institute of Health and Department of Defense funding for his work in cervical myelopathy and nerve transfers for tetraplegia. Dr. Ray was elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine in 2020.