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2023 Grant Award Recipients

Sonny Gill, MD
Steadman Philippon Research Institute
Lumbar Decompression: A Prospective Comparison Between Endoscopic and Tubular Techniques on Outcomes for Patients with Central Canal or Foraminal Stenosis

John Pollina, MD
University at Buffalo
Long Term Results of Clinical and Radiographic Outcomes After Prone Transpsoas Lateral Interbody Fusion for Degenerative Lumbar Spinal Disease: A Prospective Multicenter Study


2022 Grant Award Recipients

Paul Park, MD
University of Michigan
Virtual Reality Enabled Resident Education of Lateral Access Spine Surgery

Hardeep Singh, MD
UConn School of Medicine
Effect of Depo-Medrol Application on the Psoas Muscle After Transpsoas LLIF on Post-operative Thigh Pain and Neurological Complications

Grant Applications

If you have a new or novel idea or concept in or around the field of minimally invasive spine surgery, please consider applying for a SMISS Research Grant. SMISS will fund (2) physician-initiated research studies in 2023.

Grant Amount

Two (2) grants will be awarded annually with a maximum value of $20,000 USD each.

Grant Deadlines

2024 grant deadlines will be announced in early 2024.

Grant Conditions

  • Project duration can be up to two years.
  • Funds may only be distributed to an active SMISS members’ institution.
  • An active SMISS member must be listed as the Principal Investigator OR as a Co-Investigator.
  • Funds will be distributed on a timeline:
    • 50% at signature
    • 25% at mid-point with a report required
    • 25% at completion of research with final report submitted to SMISS and proof of manuscript submission.

A report EVERY 6 months to the SMISS Research Committee is required. The authors should be prepared to present their research at the SMISS Annual Forum or an update until research is complete.

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