Dr. Michael Daubs, professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery at the UNLV School of Medicine, treats disorders of the neck and back including fractures, herniated discs, stenosis, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis and other complex spinal curvatures. He specializes in surgery of the spine in both children and adults. Board certified, he is a member of many national and international research and education organizations and enjoys the privilege of instructing his fellow spine surgeons at medical conferences around the world. Dr. Daubs has gained recognition for the publication of over 100 scientific journal articles and medical textbook chapters related to the treatment of the spine.
Darrel S. Brodke, MD, is a Professor at the University of Utah and holds the Louis S. Peery, MD and Janet B. Peery Presidential Endowed Chair. He is the Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics. Dr. Brodke earned his MD at the University of California, San Francisco and completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He completed a Fellowship in Spine Surgery at the University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA.
Dr. Brodke has authored or coauthored over 200 publications. He is a member of the American Orthopaedic Association, Cervical Spine Research Society, Lumbar Spine Research Society, AOSpine, North American Spine Society, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, Association of Bone & Joint Surgeons, and the Scoliosis Research Society. He is on the editorial board of CORR and Clinical Spine Surgery, and is a reviewer for Spine, The Spine Journal, Global Spine Journal, Journal of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, and CORR. Dr. Brodke serves on the Executive Boards of AOSpine. He is a Past President of CSRS, Past Chair of the Membership committee of LSRS, and Past Chair of AOSpine North America. He has made numerous presentations nationally and internationally and is the principal investigator on several clinical trials related to the treatment of spinal disorders.
Rick Bransford is a board certified orthopedist and spine surgeon at the University of Washington working at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. He has been there since 2003 on faculty having done his residency there as well (1996-2001), a spine fellowship also at UW (2001-2002) and then going to Sydney, Australia for a Pediatric Orthopedic fellowship (2002-2003). He is currently a full professor, the spine fellowship director, and head of spine research. He has published about 75 peer-reviewed articles and been involved in over 30 book chapters. Rick grew up in East Africa and started observing surgery with his dad at the age of 6. He still returns to East Africa on a regular basis on a mission and humanitarian basis.
Currently Rick is chair of AO Spine North America Education Committee, Chair of the AO TK Cervical Expert Group, and incoming chair of the AO Spine Global Diploma Program.
Dr. Klineberg is a board-certified Orthopaedic surgeon and Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of California Davis. He has a busy clinical practice which is focused on spinal surgery with cases that range from minimally invasive discectomies and fusions to complex spinal oncology and deformity reconstructions. Dr. Klineberg has specific expertise in deformity surgery and spinal trauma and has published multiple papers on deformity correction, outcomes research and complications as well as the biomechanics of spinal correction. His basic science research interests currently focus on the biomechanics of spinal fusion and fixation.
Dr. Daniel Michael Sciubba is a professor of neurological surgery, oncology and orthopaedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He serves as Director of spine tumor and spinal deformity research in the Department of Neurosurgery. He specializes in the surgical treatment of complex spinal conditions including tumors, degenerative spine diseases, spinal deformities and scoliosis, employing minimally invasive techniques when possible.
Dr. Michelle Clarke is Professor of Neurologic Surgery and Orthopedics at Mayo Clinic where she also serves as program director for the neurosurgery enfolded spine fellowship. She has been on staff at Mayo since 2009. Her undergraduate degree is in Aerospace Engineering from the Princeton University, her medical degree is from Georgetown University, and she completed residency in neurosurgery at Mayo Clinic. She completed a complex spine fellowship focusing on spinal oncology at Johns Hopkins University before returning to Mayo. Dr. Clarke also has a master’s degree in bioethics from Loyola University of Chicago and is completing a master’s of education from the University of Cincinnati. She is currently an active member of the AANS, NSA, and the IUNS. Dr. Clarke’s involvement in AO Spine NA began as an AOSpine fellow in 2009. She joined the teaching faculty and served on the education committee before joining the board as an ad hoc member. Her current practice focuses on intradural and vertebral column malignancies, although a significant component includes complex spine trauma and degenerative disease.
Dr. Daniel E. Gelb is a professor of orthopaedics and Vice Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Maryland. Dr. Gelb received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Rochester. He then completed an orthopaedic spine fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and an Yves Cotrel Fellowship for the study of surgery of the spine in Paris, France. Before coming to the University of Maryland, Dr. Gelb spent 8 years as an assistant professor of orthopaedics at Penn State University College of Medicine. He is board certified in orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Gelb is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha national honor society for medicine. He is a recipient of the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Grant for research in autocrine regulation of chondrocyte maturation and was awarded the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Vincent D. Pellegrini, Jr., MD, Teaching Award in 2001 and 2009. His areas of clinical interest include adult and pediatric spinal deformity, including scoliosis and kyphosis, spinal tumors and infections, spinal trauma, and a full range of degenerative spinal conditions. Dr. Gelb was named The Washington Post Magazine's Super Doctor 2011 for Orthopaedics. Dr. Gelb was named a "Top Doctor" in the specialty of Orthopaedic Surgery: Spine by Baltimore magazine in 2016.
Dr. Harrop is Professor of Neurological and Orthopedic Surgery at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. He is the Director of the Neurosurgery Department Spine and Peripheral Nerve Surgery Program and Co-Chief of the TJHU Spine Service. In addition he is the Neurosurgical director of the Delaware Valley Model SCI Center which is designated as one of the nation's 13 Model Spinal Cord Injury Centers by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
He completed his neurosurgical residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, of which 6-month was a designated rotation in pediatric neurosurgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He also completed a combined neurosurgical and orthopedic spine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in 2002.
Dr Harrop's actively involved in academic research and has over 350 peer-reviewed publications and over 150 chapters on spinal disorders. As well as his research is funded through numerous agencies including NIH, DOD, PICORI, NACTN. He is actively involved in numerous organizations and including PNS, CSRS,LSRS
Jim and his wife, Elyse, enjoy traveling with their two children Matthew and Casey.
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