Board Member Spotlight


Orthopaedic & Spinal Surgeon,
Director Scoliosis and Tumor Program,
President, Texas Back Institute PA

I am a fellowship trained Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgeon who currently works at the Texas Back Institute. I am board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and hold specialist certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. I completed Medical school and residency at the University of Toronto. I completed Spine surgery and Trauma surgery fellowships at the Toronto Hospital in Canada and at Queen’s Medical Center in Nottingham, England. I held a full-time academic appointment at the University of Toronto and was on the Academic staff of the Toronto Hospital up to my 1997 recruitment to the Cleveland Clinic. In 2002 I obtained my Masters degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University. Shortly after I was appointed to the faculty of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at the rank of Professor of Surgery. In 2007 I transitioned my clinical and administrative duties to Cleveland Clinic Florida where I was appointed Chairman of the Spine Department. In 2010 I was recruited to the Texas back Institute and to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano to be the director of the scoliosis and spine tumor program as well as the chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics. In 2018 I was elected President of the medical staff at Texas Health Plano Hospital. Also in 2018 I was elected to be the President of Texas Back Institute PA.

I spend my clinical time specializing in the surgical treatment of spinal disorders. These clinical interests include; adolescent and adult scoliosis, deformity reconstruction, minimally invasive/endoscopic spinal surgery, cervical and lumbar degenerative disorders including herniated discs and stenosis, spinal tumors, infections and trauma. My research interests include; clinical outcomes in spinal surgery, biomechanics of spinal implants, robotics for spinal surgery and disc replacement technologies. I have conceived and developed a number of spinal surgery instruments and implants and have over thirty issued U.S. patents. I have been recognized nationally and internationally for my contributions to minimally invasive/endoscopic spinal surgery, robotics and navigation for spine surgery, and for my contributions to the treatment of osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures. Through research, clinical trials and surgical innovation I was instrumental in advancing the use of minimally invasive spinal surgery techniques to treat herniated discs, lumbar degenerative disorders, osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures and scoliosis. I have over one hundred peer-reviewed publications and over 50 book chapters to my credit. I have presented over 150 invited lectures at universities, hospitals, national meetings and international meetings.

I have edited two books, “MINIMAL ACCESS SPINAL SURGERY” (2003) and “MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINAL SURGERY” (2013). I functioned as the senior editor for “ADVANCES IN OSTEOPOROTIC FRACTURE MANAGEMENT” and am a member of the editorial review boards for “SPINE”, “the EUROPEAN SPINE SOCIETY JOURNAL”, and “CLINICAL SPINE SURGERY”. In addition, I am also recognized nationally and internationally for my contributions to continuing medical education, teaching of medical students and residents, and the training of clinical as well as research spinal fellows. I have chaired over 40 hands on training courses teaching minimally invasive spinal surgical techniques to over 500 surgeons. Likewise, I have chaired or co-chaired 4 CME courses for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) (over 200 participants). I was the chairman for the AAOS Maintenance of Certification Review Course from 2010 to 2013 (over 250 participants per year). I served on the Council of Education for the AAOS. I also did co-chair the Cleveland Clinic Hands on Spine Review Course and also co-chaired the first combined Turkish Spine Society Hands on Review Course. From 1994 on I have trained over 120 clinical spine fellows, 6 research post-graduate fellows, and have mentored many residents and medical students.

While at the Cleveland Clinic I was involved in numerous administrative and development projects. In January 2005 I had the privilege of being elected to the Board of Governors for a four-year term. I did direct the “MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY CENTER” and was the director of the newly established “CENTER FOR ADVANCED SKILLS TRAINING”. I was selected to be a team leader for the World Class Service initiative. I chaired the Minimally Invasive Surgery Center operations committee and sat on the International Center Advisory Board committee. I sat on the Board of Trustees Marketing committee as well as the Conflict of Interest committee. I was instrumental in establishing the “Combined Multiple Myeloma Clinic” and the “Multidisciplinary Vertebral Compression Fracture Clinic”. In January 2008 I was appointed Chairman of the newly established Medical, Interventional and Surgical Spine Care Center at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Along with that I assumed the post of director of the Continuing Medical Education Department.

In addition to my institution related responsibilities I was chairman of the “Multidisciplinary Patient Care Committee” and served as vice chairman of the “Operative Coding Committee” for the North American Spine Society. I served on the Global Outreach Committee of the Scoliosis research society and also served on the Adult Spine Evaluation Subcommittee for the AAOS. I am currently serving on various other committees for the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) as well as the AAOS CME course committee. I was a founding member of and still serve on the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS). I continue to serve on the scientific advisory board for a variety of prominent medical device manufacturers and start up spine companies. In 2005 I founded the implant development company Merlot OrthopediX. In 2017 I founded a second medical device company AGADA medical.

Along with all my clinical and development activities I established the Uganda Spine Surgery Mission which for the past thirteen years has been providing services to the less fortunate in Uganda who are afflicted with spinal ailments including tuberculosis and scoliosis. During this span of time I have been able to raise over one million dollars in donations, medications and supplies, and with a dedicated team of over 100 volunteers I have operated on over 250 patients.