AO Spine North America Board

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Michael Daubs, MD

Chair

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Michael Daubs, MD

Chair

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.

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Darrel Brodke, MD

Past-Chair

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Darrel Brodke, MD

Past-Chair

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.

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Brandon Lawrence, MD

Community Development Committee Chair

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Brandon Lawrence, MD

Community Development Committee Chair

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Richard Bransford, MD

Education Committee Chair

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Richard Bransford, MD

Education Committee Chair

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.

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Eric Klineberg, MD

Fellowship Committee Chair

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Eric Klineberg, MD

Fellowship Committee Chair

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.

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Daniel Sciubba, MD

Research Committee Chair

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Daniel Sciubba, MD

Research Committee Chair

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.

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Michelle Clarke, MD, MA

Member

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Michelle Clarke, MD, MA

Member

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.

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Elizabeth Walker, MA

Ex-Officio

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Elizabeth Walker, MA

Ex-Officio

Elizabeth Walker oversees Spine and CMF initiatives in North America. She is a seasoned marketing, sales, and medical education leader with 20 years of experience working in clinical, corporate, and non-profit sectors. Extensive experience developing and executing high impact strategies. She has a history of excellent stakeholder relationship skills.

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