Surgeon Advisory Board
Frank Philips, MD (Chair)
Dr. Frank Phillips is a partner at Midwest Orthopaedics and is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine Fellowship Co-Director and Head, Section of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Phillips has pioneered numerous minimally invasive spine procedures and techniques that are now widely used and has published extensively in this field. He has over 15 patents in this space and has authored more than 150 peer reviewed publications and book chapters. He has participated as principal investigator in cervical disc replacement FDA trials. Dr. Phillips has held numerous leadership positions and is currently a Board Member and North American President of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS) and is also Program Chair for the SASS Annual Meeting. He regularly teaches and lectures to spine surgeons nationally and internationally on spinal surgery.
Dr. Phillips served on BODs of Kyphon (acquired by Medtronic in 2007 for $4 billion) and on the Boards of other privately and publicly held spinal companies. He has also participated as a founder in a number of successful spine start-ups.
Stephen H. Hochschuler, MD
Stephen Hochschuler, MD, is Co-founder of the Texas Back Institute (TBI), one of the most academic private spine practices in the United States. He is an innovator in merging science, medicine and business, and TBI has been very active in innovative research and surgeon training.
Dr. Hochschuler graduated from Columbia College and earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School where he completed a two-year general surgery residency. He then completed an orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He is active in publishing and lecturing at many international conferences. He is a founding member and past President of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS).
He serves as Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board at Alphatec Spine, Inc. and is on the Board of Directors of Arizona Technology Enterprises – the intellectual property management and technology transfer organization for Arizona State University. He is on the Scientific Advisory Boards and Business Advisory Boards of several other spinal technology companies and serves as Manager for two venture funds.
Neel Anand, MD
Dr. Neel Anand serves as Clinical Professor of Surgery and Director of Spine Trauma at the renowned Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Over the course of more than 20 years in practice, Dr. Anand has channeled his orthopedic surgery expertise into a career exclusively dedicated to minimally invasive and innovative approaches to the treatment of spinal disorders especially scoliosis in adults and adolescents.
Dr. Anand is deeply committed to advancing the field of minimally invasive spine surgery and devotes a considerable amount of time to researching emerging technologies. He has served as principal investigator in a number of FDA investigational device exemption studies that have helped pave the way for innovation in minimally invasive spine surgery.
Dr. Anand is a heavily-published author, editor and presenter of articles, studies and poster/abstract presentations in prestigious academic journals, trade publications, textbook chapters and world-wide industry meetings with more than 500 such contributions to Spine, Journal of Spinal Disorders, Journal of Orthopedic Trauma and the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, among many others.
Dr. Anand earned his medical degree from the University of Bombay, Topiwala National Medical College in India. He completed orthopedic residencies at the University of Bombay, the Royal College of Surgeons of England in London, the Royal Liverpool University Hospital in Liverpool and at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Orthopedic Program at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital in New York. Dr. Anand accomplished a reconstructive spinal surgery fellowship at the University of Florida Spinal Health Centers in Gainesville as well as a scoliosis fellowship and spinal trauma fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery at Cornell University in New York. He completed his surgical internship at New York Medical College, Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center.
Nima Gharavi, MD, PhD
Dr. Nima Gharavi, MD. Ph.D., is a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and a member of the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS) and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS).
Dr. Gharavi is a summa cum laude graduate of UCLA in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology with a specialization in Business and Administration, and received both his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (Medical Scientist Training Program). Dr. Gharavi completed his internship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, residency in dermatology at UCLA, and fellowship in procedural dermatology/Mohs micrographic surgery at UCLA. He is currently director of Mohs micrographic surgery for the Department of Dermatology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Dr. Gharavi is the recipient of numerous awards including UCLA’s Senior of the Year Award, the Edith and Carl Lasky award for the best research performed by a UCLA medical student, the Irvin H. Page Young Investigator Award, and the Theodore Tromovitch award (Mohs College meeting). He has been the recipient of grants from the American Heart Association (AHA), and the National Psoriasis Foundation amongst others. Dr. Gharavi’s research interests include many disease processes, including the pathogenesis of psoriasis, and the genetic profiles of high-risk squamous cell carcinoma. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts, abstracts and textbook chapters, and continues to present and teach at national and international conferences.
Gunnar Andersson, MD, PhD
Dr. Gunnar Andersson is The Ronald L. DeWald, M.D. Professor and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center and a Spine, Back & Neck Surgeon at Midwest Orthopedics at Rush in Chicago, IL. He was chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery from 1994 to 2008.
Dr. Andersson has been at the forefront of spine surgery research and education for more than 30 years. He is a member of 17 editorial boards, editor-in-chief of Spinal News International, a deputy editor for Spine, founding editor of Contemporary Spine Surgery and an associate editor of Clinical Biomechanics. He is the author of over 330 original publications, over 160 books and book chapters and over 530 abstracts.
Dr. Andersson is a past president of the Orthopaedic Research Society, the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine and the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians and is currently President of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery.
Dr. Andersson’s activities in connection with commercial companies includes previously being a member of scientific advisory boards at Zimmer, Smith and Nephew, Oratec, Pioneer, Angstrom, St Francis, and Bioset. He is currently on the scientific advisory boards at Allosource, Ouroboros, and Spinal Kinetics, and is a member of the safety monitoring boards at Spinal Kinetics and ISTO. Dr. Andersson is also on the Spine Advisory board to United Healthcare.
Hansen A. Yuan, MD
Dr. Yuan is currently Professor Emeritus, Department of Orthopaedic and Neurological Surgery, SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, where he has been on the faculty since 1974.
Dr. Yuan is an internationally acclaimed spine surgeon, researcher and thought leader with over 100 journal articles and book chapters and leadership positions at major societies and journals.
He has received numerous awards for scientific and leadership contributions including the Spine Arthroplasty Society Leon Wiltse Award, North American Spine Society Leadership and David Selby Award, International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine Volvo Award for Low Back Research and numerous other prestigious recognitions.
Dr. Yuan is a luminary in the spine surgery field and is highly sought by companies for his vision and leadership. Dr. Yuan is a Board Member of Nuvasive, and a Scientific Advisory Board Member of Kyphon, Archus Orthopedic, amongst others.
Dr. Yuan is a Past President of NASS and the Spine Arthroplasty Society and a member of many professional societies including AAOS, ISSLS, NASS, SRS, and SAS.
Nikhil N. Verma, MD
Nikhil N. Verma MD serves patients as a shoulder, elbow and knee orthopaedic surgeon at Midwest Orthopedics at Rush, one of the top academic private practices in the nation. As a physician-leader with many interests, Dr. Verma also serves as the Head Team Physician for the Chicago White Sox, a Team Physician for the Chicago Bulls and Fellowship Director and Chief of the Sports Medicine Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Verma balances his clinical and research efforts, leading various clinical trials evaluating autologous stem cell therapies for various orthopedic ailments including rotator cuff tears, ACL reconstruction, meniscectomy and knee osteoarthritis.
A graduate of University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine, Dr. Verma completed his orthopaedic residency at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center. His training culminated in a sports medicine and shoulder surgery fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery, where he received world-class training on the treatment of shoulder and elbow disorders in overhead throwing athletes. He is particular active in orthopaedic research with interests in basic science, biomechanics and clinical outcomes, and has recently received funding for his research from Major League Baseball.
As an innovator, Dr. Verma has worked to develop and license various sports medicine implants and instruments used by orthopaedic surgeons across the United States. He is an active consultant for a host of medical device companies and sits on committees for various publication journals, including the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) and the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA).
Paul McAfee, MD, MBA
Dr. McAfee has been the Chief of Spinal Surgery with a joint appointment in Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery at University of Maryland St Josephs Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland for the past 20 years. He performs an average of 400 spinal reconstructive surgery procedures annually and runs a teaching Fellowship program, a spinal research laboratory, and manages the spine section of a 500-bed hospital. He has written over 190 peer reviewed publications, 6 full-length textbooks and surgical atlases. He has over 20 US Patents on spinal devices. The main fields of invention are 1) minimally invasive surgery and 2) motion preservation through elastic rods and/or replacement of the intervertebral disks. Dr. McAfee is the inventor of the Porous Coated Motion (PCM) cervical disk replacement (neck surgical procedure).
Among Dr. McAfee’s clinical research accomplishments is the completion of a full prospective randomized US FDA Phase III clinical trial ENROLLMENT from 20 different university medical centers involving over 80 surgeon investigators during the last six years. The Nuvasive PCM has been used in over 6000 patients worldwide in over 37 countries.
Over the last 5 years Dr. McAfee has been serving on the Medical Advisory Boards of over 15 companies (JNJ, Nuvasive, Medtronic, Globus Medical, Breakaway Imaging, Pioneer, TheraCell, Abbott Pharmaceuticals, Bonovo, Beijing Orthopedics International etc.). He has completed the Executive MBA program at Fordham University in NYC, graduating at the top of his class. He was granted entrance into these prestigious MBA elite academic societies-- Beta Gamma Sigma MBA Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu MBA Jesuit MBA Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi Business Management Honor Society.
Hyun Bae, MD
Dr. Bae is a national leader in minimally invasive surgery, motion preservation technology, artificial disc replacement, and non-fusion technologies. As a leading researcher in stem cell repair of degenerative disc disease and the use of growth factors to treat spinal cord injury, he has been published extensively in top journals and presented at many national and international meetings. Dr. Bae was among the first to use growth factor tissue engineering for intervertebral discs, multi-level artificial disc replacement for both the lumbar and cervical spine, and other novel medical devices for dynamic stabilization and minimally invasive spine surgery.
Dr. Bae earned a bachelor’s degree in biomechanics from the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He then went on to earn his medical degree, cum laude, at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Bae completed his surgical internship at North Shore University Hospital and his orthopaedic surgical residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. He completed his spine fellowship at Case Western Hospital in Cleveland.
Dr. Bae has written numerous articles based on his research as well as presenting on behalf of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is researching the use of adult stem cells in the regeneration of nervous tissue in spinal cord injuries.
Ira Fedder, MD, D.Pharm
Dr Fedder is an Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon practicing at the University of Maryland St Joseph Medical Center in Towson Maryland. Dr Fedder received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the U of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 1979. Subsequently, Dr. Fedder completed a fellowship in Clinical Pharmacology at Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine. After teaching at Northeastern University College of Pharmacy and the Veterans Administration in Boston, Dr. Fedder then returned to the University of Maryland where he graduated from the School of Medicine in 1986. After completing his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Maryland he completed a fellowship at St Joseph Medical Center in Towson. He joined his Fellowship director Dr. Paul McAfee in practice at Towson Orthopaedic Associates, became Co-director of the Fellowship and has practiced as an orthopaedic spine surgeon since 1992. Dr Fedder is Board Certified by the ABOS as well as the ABSS and an active member of a number of professional organizations.
Dr. Fedder has participated in the training of many spine surgeons who practice in a variety of settings and countries. He has participated in a number of clinical trials and has published in both the orthopaedic and pharmacology literature. Dr Fedder is the Medical Director of the Bone Health Clinic and Second Fracture Reduction program. Dr Fedder has been an early orthopaedic advocate for the use of stem cells in the treatment of acute and chronic medical conditions. He has served as a consultant in the area of biologics and stem cells. He has been an active lecturer speaking about the current and future use of stem cells and other biologics for many years.
Colonel(Ret) Tad L. Gerlinger, M.D., Medical Corps, US Army
COL(Ret) Gerlinger was commissioned from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York and awarded a Bachelor of Science degree. He graduated from medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences(USUHS), Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Gerlinger completed a Transitional Internship at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, Washington, and a Fellowship in Adult Reconstruction at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois. His military education includes the Army Medical Department Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Army Flight Surgeon Course(Distinguished Honor Graduate), Navy Undersea Medicine Course, Jumpmaster School(Honor Graduate), Airborne and Air Assault School. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College.
COL(Ret) Gerlinger served as the Program Director, San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium(SAUSHEC) Orthopaedic Surgery Residency from 2008 to 2013, and as Chief of Adult Reconstruction, San Antonio Military Medical Center(SAMMC) since 2005. The SAUSHEC Orthopaedic Surgery Residency is the largest Orthopaedic Residency in the Department of Defense(DoD) and SAMMC is the DoD’s only Level I Trauma Center. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is an Associate Professor of Surgery, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and an Assistant Professor of Surgery, Rush University.
COL(Ret) Gerlinger deployed to Kosovo with Task Force Falcon, Operation Joint Guardian, in 2001. He served with the 274th Forward Surgical Team (Airborne), the first FST deployed into Afghanistan, for Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001. Dr. Gerlinger served with the Joint Special Operations Task Force in the initial actions of Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003. He returned to Afghanistan in 2011 with the 936th Forward Surgical Team, serving with the Norwegian Provincial Reconstruction Team at Forward Operating Base Meymaneh.
COL(Ret) Gerlinger’s decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal(with Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal(with Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal(2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award. He has also been awarded the Combat Medical Badge twice, Expert Field Medical Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault badge, and Australian, Romanian and Egyptian Parachutist Badges. COL Gerlinger is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit, is a Ridder, Den Blodrøde Bondasjes Orden (Knight, Order of the Blood Red Bandage-Norway), has been awarded the Surgeon General’s ‘A’ Proficiency Designator, and is an Eagle Scout.
Safdar N. Khan, MD
Dr Khan is the Director and Chief, Division of Spine, the Benjamin R. and Helen Slack Wiltberger Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Spine Surgery and Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedics, the Ohio State University. Dr. Khan takes care of patients with all conditions affecting the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine including complex degenerative conditions as well as adult and pediatric advanced deformity, which is an area of his strong interest.
As a graduate of The Aga Khan University Medical School, Karachi City, Pakistan, Dr. Khan completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA, and a fellowship in complex adult and pediatric spine surgery at Rush University, Chicago, IL. Prior to clinical orthopaedics and spine surgery, Dr Khan spent nearly 4 years investigating the complexity of spine surgery by performing bench-top and clinical research at the prestigious Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
Dr. Khan has published over 90 peer reviewed papers, 18 book chapters and presented his work nationally and internationally. He is on numerous national committees including the Biologic Implants Committee of the American Academy of Orthoapedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the North American Spine Society (NASS) Biologics Section. He is Section Editor of the Clinical Spine Surgery Journal and a member of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery Research Board.