The long & short of it: What are spine surgeons’ goals for the future?

By Anuja Vaidya

Here, three spine surgeons discuss their goals, in the short and long term, to ensure their practice continues to thrive in a rapidly evolving spine care landscape.

Question: What are some short-and long-term goals you’ve set for your practice?

Patrick C. Hsieh, MD, Director, Minimally Invasive Spine Program, USC Spine Center, Keck Medicine of USC, Los Angeles: I started my practice at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California seven years ago. With the addition of several new spine surgeons in the past two years, we now have a core group of leading academic spine surgeons that can deliver the highest level of care in all facets of spine surgery, including minimally invasive spine, spinal deformity, spine trauma and spine tumor surgeries. My short-term career goal is to continue to promote growth and expansion of the USC Spine Center’s footprint in Southern California. Through a combination of patient care, education and research, I believe that we will be the preeminent spine program recognized by our patients, referring physicians and community.


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