15 spine surgeons making headlines this week — Feb. 27

Written by  Laura Dyrda

Here are 15 spine surgeons who were in the news this week.

Alejandro Betancourt, MD, of Harlingen (Texas) Spine & Neurosurgical Institute performed the Rio Grande Valley’s first sacroiliac joint surgery at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen.

Anaheim, Calif.-based Healthpointe welcomed minimally invasive spine surgeon Alex Etemad, MD, to the physician team.

Stefano M. Sinicropi, MD, joined Greenway Surgery Center in Minneapolis as a new physician partner. He is the president and CEO of Edina, Minn.-based Midwest Spine and Brain Institute.

The International Journal of Spine Surgery is now on PubMed and has named several surgeon editors:


• Domagoj Coric, MD, Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates: Complications
• Paul McAfee, MD, St. Josephs Medical Center: Cervical Spine
• Frank Phillips, MD, Rush University Medical Center: MIS
• Matthew Scott-Young, MD, Pacific Private Clinic: Biologics
• Wei Tian, MD, Beijing Jishuitan Hospital: Navigation
• Huilin Yang, MD, First Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University: Tumors
• Jim Yue, MD, Yale University School of Medicine: Endoscopic MIS
• Jack Zigler, MD, Texas Back Institute: Total Disc Replacement


Josh Sandberg

Josh Sandberg is the President and CEO of Ortho Spine Partners and sits on several company and industry related Boards. He also is the Creator and Editor of OrthoSpineNews.

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