Editorial Board: JNS: Spine

Mark Bilsky, MD Co-Chair

Dr. Mark Bilsky received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Michigan and M.D. from Emory University. He completed neurosurgical residency at Cornell University and pursued a joint neurosurgical and orthopedic spine fellowship at the University of Louisville. In 1995, Dr. Bilsky was appointed to the faculty of the Division of Neurosurgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and served as interim chair. He currently is a Member of and Attending Surgeon at Memorial Hospital and Professor of Neurological Surgery at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Dr. Bilsky is currently the director of the MSKCC multi-disciplinary Spine Tumor Center and director of the neurosurgical oncology fellowship program. His clinical practice is principally focused on the treatment of both metastatic and primary malignant and benign spine and spinal cord tumors with a secondary interest in skull-base malignancies. He has published over 110 peer-reviewed articles on spine tumors and craniofacial surgery.

Dr. Bilsky was elected to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine in 2014.

 

Joseph S. Cheng, MD, MS, FAANS, FACS Co-Chair

Dr. Cheng completed his Neurosurgical training at the Medical College of Wisconsin and continued on there for another year to complete his post-residency Fellowship in Complex Spinal Surgery. During that time, he has also received a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at Marquette University with a special emphasis in spinal biomechanics and modeling. His research interests include healthcare policy, outcomes science, spinal biomechanics and modeling, spinal deformity, and minimally invasive spinal techniques. Dr. Cheng is a respected educator and has received a number of awards including being named the 2011 ACS/AANS Health Policy Scholar. He is a fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and American College of Surgeons (ACS) and an active member and leader of many other professional organizations including the AANS/CNS Trauma Section, American Medical Association, AO Foundation, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Wisconsin State Medical Society, and the Tennessee Neurosurgical Society. He is the past Chairperson for the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. Dr. Cheng currently serves as Director of the Neurosurgery Spine Program at Vanderbilt University and is Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Orthopedics.

Dr. Cheng was elected to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine in 2014.

 

James Harrop, MD Co-Chair

Dr. James Harrop is a Professor in the Departments of Neurological and Orthopedic Surgery, at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. He is also the Neurosurgical Director for Acute Care for the Spinal Cord Injury Center of The Delaware Valley, and Neurosurgery Director of the Spine and Peripheral Nerve Surgery program.

He received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and completed his neurosurgical residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in 2001. He then completed a combined neurosurgical and orthopedic spine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, under the direction of Drs. Edward Benzel and Ian Kalfas. He is board certified by the ABNS.

He is dedicated to education and academics where he has served on the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) executive board for the last eight years where he has led the Publication and Simulation Committees, serving as the editor for CNS quarterly journal (CNSQ). He further serves on the Board of Directors for the Lumbar Spine Research Society (LSRS), Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS), Jefferson University Physicians and Pennsylvania Neurologic Society (PNS).

Dr. Harrop is the author of greater than 200 articles published in peer-reviewed journals in addition to over 60 book chapters published in medical texts. He is married to wife Elyse and has two children Matthew and Casey.

Dr. Harrop was elected to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine in 2014.

 

Asdrubal Falavigna, MD, PhD

Dr. Asdrubal Falavigna is currently the Chairman of the Neurosurgery Department, as well as Dean of the Medical School of the Caxias do Sul University (UCS), Caxias Do Sul, Brazil. In 2011 he received the Dr.Virvi Ramos Award from the City Council of Caxias do Sul for Services rendered to Health in the Municipality.

Dr. Falavigna is a member of the Editorial Body of Revista coluna/columna; Vice-Coordinator of the Southern Chapter of the Brazilian Association of Medical Education (ABEM), previous President of the Committee of Young Neurosurgeons, Brazilian Society of Neurosurgery. He received his Doctorate in Neurosciences. Universidade Federal de São Paulo, UNIFESP, Sao Paulo, Brazil. He completed a fellowship for Specialization in Brain Tumors. Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University, New York, United States on “Intracerebral Clysis in a Rat Glioma Model” with Dr. Jeffrey Bruce as his advisor.

Dr. Falavigna has received numerous awards at the Universidade de Caxias do Sul. In 2010 he became an international member of the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves.

He currently has memberships in the following organizations: American Association of Neurological Surgeons, (AANS); Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), Congress of Neurological Surgeons; Brazilian Society of Pathologies of the Spine; Brazilian Society of Neurosurgery.

He has extensive research grants in the areas of spinal cord injuries.

Dr. Falavigna joined the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine in 2015.

 

Zoher Ghogawala, MD

Dr. Zoher Ghogawala serves as the Charles A. Fager Chair of Neurosurgery at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. He is active in the surgical treatment of patients with disorders of the spine, carotid vascular disease and pituitary brain tumors. His research focuses on comparative effectiveness and neurosurgical outcomes, exploring the effectiveness, benefits and sometimes harmful results of different treatment options. His study on the effective treatments for degenerative cervical spine disease and neck disease received a $2 million research award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) in 2013. He has also earned NIH funding for his research.

He is the principal investigator for several national, externally funded clinical trials, including the SLIP, a randomized clinical trial that compared fusion versus no fusion following spinal decompression, and CSM, a study to determine the optimal surgical approach for patients with multilevel cervical spondylotic myelopathy. He also served as the lead physician investigator for a national registry effort (NEUROPOINT-SD) to document the outcomes following surgery to treat degenerative lumbar spinal conditions.

Dr. Ghogawala recently edited and published a textbook titled, The Evidence for Neurosurgery. Dr. Ghogawala serves on the executive committee for the Congress of Neurological Surgeons as well as the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. He is also on the board of directors for the North American Spine Society (NASS) and serves as co-director of the NASS Spine Registry. Dr. Ghogawala completed his undergraduate degree at Harvard University and graduated from Harvard Medical School with high honors in 1991. He completed his residency training in neurological surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Ghogawala joined the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine in 2015.

 

Frank La Marca, MD

Dr. Frank La Marca is Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Orthopedics and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. In addition he is Chief of the Section of Spine Surgery for the University’s Department of Neurosurgery, Director of the Complex and Reconstructive Spine Surgery Fellowship, Director of the Spinal Deformity Program, Co-director of Minimally Invasive Spine Program and Co-Director of the collaborative Spine Research lab.

After receiving his MD from the Catholic University in Rome, Italy, graduating magna cum lauda in 1993, Dr. La Marca completed his neurosurgical training at Northwestern University in Chicago, where he also completed a complex and reconstructive spine fellowship. A board certified neurosurgeon he was selected consistently from 2008-2014 as one of the Best Doctors in America by his peers. In 2009, he was one of only two neurosurgeons to win the Scoliosis Research Society’s Travelling fellowship Award allowing him to interact with luminaries in the field of spine surgery from around the world. Dr. La Marca has authored over 100 peer reviewed scientific publications and book chapters about the field of spine surgery and has been invited to speak at over 50 national and international scientific meetings. He has been a reviewer for the multiple scientific journals (Neurosurgery, World Neurosurgery, European Journal of Spine) and is currently serving on the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. He has been an Executive Board Member and subcommittee chair for the Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves of the American Association of Neurological Surgery/Congress of Neurological Surgeons since 2009. He is currently a member of the AANS, CNS, SRS, DSPN section of the AANS/CNS, and IMAST.

Dr. La Marca specializes in complex cervical spine surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, degenerative thoracic and lumbar spine disease, and has a special interest in adult and adolescent spinal deformity (scoliosis and kyphosis), and reconstructive spinal surgery for spinal tumors. His research focus is on applying novel surgical techniques to improve patients’ surgical outcome and on the basic science of degenerative spinal diseases to better understand and treat them.

Dr. La Marca joined the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine in 2015.

 

Shekar Kurpad, MD

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, MD

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, MD

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.

 

Jau-Ching Wu, MD, PhD

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 an associate 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 100 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Wu was elected to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine in 2017.

 

Paul Park, MD

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, MD

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, MD

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.

 

Erica Bisson, MD

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

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.