PRLog - Oct. 19, 2012 - WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- There are thousands of spine surgeons in the U.S. today but only an elite group develops new devices to make spine surgery – one of medicine’s most complex procedures – safer. It’s also rare that surgeon-inventors belong to the same medical practice. But at White Plains-based Brain & Spine Surgeons of New York (BSSNY), both John M. Abrahams, M.D., and Seth Neubardt, M.D., F.A.C.S., have introduced innovative surgical instrumentation and techniques to improve patient safety. This month, the industry “bible,” Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review, honored their contributions by naming Dr. Abrahams and Dr. Neubardt to a list of “60 Spine Surgeon Inventors to Know (http://beckersorthopedicandspine.com/
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“Surgical inventors follow a simple set of patient-focused rules,” Dr. Abrahams explained. “How can I make this safer? How can I reduce pain? How can I get the patient out of the hospital more quickly?”
Dr. Abrahams was lauded by Becker’s for the new medical hydrogel he developed to substantially reduce bleeding during surgery, which limits the potential for post-surgical complications. A board-certified neurosurgeon, Dr. Abrahams is Chief of Neurosurgery and Co-Director of the Orthopedic Institute’s Spine Section at Northern Westchester Hospital; Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at New York Medical College, and director of the Westchester Brain Tumor Program. He holds 16 patents and conducts research through the Westchester Neuroscience Research Foundation, which he launched in 2009 to study spinal cord injuries, stroke recovery and brain tumors.
Dr. Neubardt, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in spine surgery, is an inveterate inventor. He holds 22 patents, including ones for non-medical technologies that improve the closure mechanisms of umbrellas and minimize wait time in restaurants. When it comes to his medical patents, however, Neubardt says his only goal is to improve patient safety and reduce complications.
“The only compelling reason to invent is to enhance our patients’ quality of life,” Dr. Neubardt explained. “Through our inventions, we are able to help more patients than we could ever personally see in our practice.” Neubardt’s patented procedure to safely insert screws during spinal surgery is now used at more than 250 hospitals in more than 15 countries worldwide.
In addition to the accolades for their innovations, both BSSNY surgeons have also been acknowledged for their clinical prowess. Dr. Abrahams was selected by Westchester magazine as a “2012 Top Doctor” and his research was recognized by the Congress of Neurosurgeons and Pennsylvania Neurologic Society. Similarly, Dr. Neubardt was previously named to Becker’s “20 Spine and Neurosurgeon Inventors to Know” list. He also was chosen for a combined Orthopedic-Neurosurgical Fellowship in Spinal Surgery at New York’s prestigious NYU Hospital.
Only five surgeons in New York State were named to the “60 Spine Surgeon Inventors to Know” list. According to Becker’s, the 60 surgeons named “have made a difference in the quality and cost-effectiveness of spinal procedures.”
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