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 ACTIVE PROSPECTIVE RESEARCH STUDIES

Below is a list of ongoing research studies in which we are actively enrolling patients. Please note these studies do not involve experimental or investigational drugs or medical devices.

Study Title: Multi-center Prospective Evaluation of Operative and Non-operative Treatment for Adult Spinal Deformity: Differentiating Clinical and Radiographic Features and Evaluation of Treatment Outcomes
Principal Investigator: Gregory M. Mundis, Jr., M.D.
Study status: Actively enrolling patients
Description: The International Spine Study Group is conducting a multi-center study on adult scoliosis to evaluate patient outcomes. Study participants must have been diagnosed with scoliosis or a related spinal deformity at the age of 18 or older.  Study participants undergo routine medical care only – there is no use of investigational or experimental drugs or devices.  If you would like to learn more about this research study, please contact Stacie Nguyen : at (858) 554-7988. 

Study Title: Prospective Radiographic and Clinical Evaluation of Surgical Treatment for Cervical Deformity: A Multicenter Study
Principal Investigator: Gregory M. Mundis, Jr., M.D.
Study status: Actively enrolling patients
Description: The International Spine Study Group is conducting a multi-center study on adult cervical spinal deformity. Study participants must have been diagnosed with a cervical (neck) spine deformity at the age of 18 or older.  Study participants will undergo routine medical care only – there is no use of investigational or experimental drugs or devices.  If you would like to learn more about this research study, please contact Stacie Nguyen :at (858) 554-7988.

Study Title: The Treatment of Progressive Early Onset Spinal Deformities: A Multi-Center Outcome Study
Principal Investigator: Behrooz A. Akbarnia, M.D.
Study status: Actively enrolling patients
Description: The Growing Spine Study Group is leading this multi-center research study on Early Onset Scoliosis.  The study is funded by the Growing Spine Foundation.  Study participants must have been diagnosed with early onset scoliosis at 10 years of age or younger.  Study participations undergo routine medical care only – there is no use of investigational or experimental drugs or devices.  If you want to learn more about this research study, please contact Jeff Pawelek: jpawelek@sandiego-spine.com or (858) 554-7988.

 

OTHER ONGOING RESEARCH STUDIES:

Our team’s specific research interest is finding better ways to correct spinal deformities with the use of safe and less invasive surgical procedures.  Our physicians use a variety of surgical techniques that have been developed to correct specific types of spinal deformities.  These techniques include:  

 

These surgical techniques are the focus of our retrospective research studies, which are currently underway. 

 

A SPECIAL COMMITMENT TO CONTINUINING EDUCATION:

Our professional staff have active memberships to several spine specialty societies that are dedicated to improving patient care through research and education.  Our team attends professional society conferences throughout the year to present our research findings and stay up-to-date on the latest advancements and techniques in spine surgery.  Below is a list of conferences that at least one of our physicians attends each year.

Professional Conference Calendar:

March – American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)
May – Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA)
June – American Orthopaedic Association (AOA)
July – International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST)
September – Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)
September – North American Spinal Society (NASS)
October – American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
November – Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS)
November – International Congress on Early Onset Scoliosis (ICEOS)
December – Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS)

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