Becker's Spine Review

Becker's Spine Review March 2015

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INDEX Spine Leadership p.9 Technology & Innovation p. 14 Practice Management p. 28 Healthcare Trends p. 32 5 Top Investments for Spine Surgeons Today The best way for spine surgeons to spend their time and resources now in preparation for the future. p. 28 Where Do Physicians Earn the Most? Physician compensation trends are usually local. p. 13 A Physician Shortage is Coming — Will it Impact Spine? What will happen when there aren't enough spine specialists? p. 32 The Rise of the PA Five spine surgeons discuss how physicians assistants are impacting their practices. p. 31 6 Key Thoughts on Spinal Implants, Outpatient Surgery & Future Expectations By Laura Dyrda More spine procedures are shifting into the outpa- tient setting as physicians are becoming more com- fortable with less invasive procedures. Surgeons are training in minimally invasive techniques and per- forming outpatient procedures during their fellow- ship, which makes the leap to ambulatory surgery centers easier and more attractive. Spotlight on a Spine Surgeon Leader: Dr. Alexander Vaccaro Alexander Vaccaro, MD, discusses some of his key thoughts on healthcare today and leadership for the future. Q: As the leader of a top orthopedic practice in the country, what are your top three keys to success? Engaging all members of the orthopedic group, working to ensure success and promotion of all faculty members of the group, commitment to resident and fellow education. Q: What is the craziest case you've had? Gunnar Andersson, MD, retired from clinical practice on Dec. 31, 2014 as chairman emeritus of the orthopedic surgery department at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He was chairman of the orthopedic surgery department from 1994 to 2008 and holds an impressive number of awards, accolades and leadership positions: • Current president, International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery • Past-president, International So- ciety for the Study of the Lumbar Spine • Past-president, American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians • Trustee Medal, Rush University Medical Center Spine surgery has evolved signifi- cantly since he first began to practice, thanks in no small part to Dr. An- dersson's contributions to the field. Here, he shares his thoughts on the past as well as where spine surgery is headed in the future. continued on page 10 continued on page 9 continued on page 13 55 Spine Surgeons on the Forefront of Biologics & Stem Cells p. 24 SPINE REVIEW March 2015 • Vol. 2015 No. 2 Words From the Wise: Dr. Gunnar Andersson on Spine Surgery's Evolution, Leadership & Life After Clinical Practice By Laura Dyrda 13th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference + The Future of Spine June 11-13, 2015 Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel • Chicago, IL 80+ Surgeons Speaking & 108 Sessions For more information, visit or call (800) 417-2035. SPINE REVIEW

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