I am an academic spine surgeon currently in Phoenix, Arizona. I went to medical school and completed an orthopaedic residency at Howard University in Washington DC. Following residency I completed a fellowship in spine surgery at LSU in New Orleans. I joined the faculty at LSU after fellowship in 1996. I remained on staff at LSU for 6 years, the last two as Program Director. In 2002 I left LSU and joind the faculty at the Medical College of Georgia. I was named Chairman of the Orthopaedic Department at MCG in 2007. After seven years as Department Chair at MCG, I left to become Director of Education for the CORE Institute in Phoenix, AZ as well as Academic Chair for the Orthopaedic Residency and Executive Director of the Musculoskeletal Institute at Banner University Medical Center.
I have been a member of NASS for almost my entire career. During that time I have served on multiple committees including the CME Committee, the International Education Committee, the Guidelines Development Committee and the Editorial Board for Spine Line. I am also involved in many other organizations. I am Chair of the Spine Program Committee for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and a member of the Finance Committee and North American Traveling Fellowship Selection Committee for the American Orthopaedic Association. I am also Chair of the Community Development Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of AOSpine North America. I am on the Editorial Board of Orthopedics and Spine Surgery Today as well as a reviewer for Spine, Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery Spine and Plos One.
As one of the only organizations that brings together all the various specialties involved in spine care I believe the NASS is uniquely positioned to advance spine care both nationally and internationally and I am proud to be an active member of this great organization.