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A Scintillating Summit on Spine Surgery Safety

On a Friday this spring, surgeons, nurses, physicians’ assistants and hospital administrators from around the country filled a conference center at Columbia University Irving Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. They were there, for one very full day, to learn from the experts about safety in spine surgery.

The event, which was in its third year, was co-chaired by our own Dr. Paul McCormick, Director of The Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York. Dr. McCormick considers it essential to prioritize patient safety. And he knows that following the oath to “First, do no harm” requires careful preparation, deep understanding of some complex issues and a willingness to pass along that information and understanding.

That’s why the Spine Surgery Safety Summit covered so many issues: patient selection, judgment and planning, evidence and standards, safety-focused teams and culture, and the importance of research and sharing data.

Dr. McCormick and two of our other neurosurgeons presented at the event. Dr. McCormick spoke about Bone Morphogenic Protein, which is sometimes used to promote bone growth after surgery. Neurosurgeon Dr. Peter Angevine presented about preventing blood clots after spine surgery. And pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Richard Anderson spoke about high-tech navigation systems in spine surgery.

To learn more about the Summit and these subjects, continue reading…

Read more about Dr. McCormick on his bio page here.

Read more about Dr. Angevine on his bio page here.

Read more about Dr. Anderson on his bio page here.

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