Innovations and Research

Physicians associated with the Stony Brook Comprehensive Spine Center are advancing the understanding and treatment of spinal conditions through research and teaching.  As a result, they are at the forefront of clinical advances. For example, the adoption of bone morphogenic proteins in spinal surgery has dramatically reduced the need for painful bone graft harvesting.

Our physicians lead and participate in basic and clinical research studies, technology development, and investigational drug therapy trials. Those in the Orthopaedic Research Program are involved in investigation of molecular, biologic, and biomechanical research topics. The neurosurgery Research Program includes research on biomechanics, development and testing of artificial discs, evaluation of interspinous spacer technology, and evaluation of new technologies to enhance rehabilitation after spine surgery.

Several physicians at the Comprehensive Spine Center also educate the next generation of subspecialists serving orthopaedics and neuroradiology residencies and fellowships through the Stony Brook University School of Medicine. Our neurosurgeons train residents from related programs, including orthopaedics, neuroradiology, and neurology, but the clinical service is managed directly by the neurosurgeons with the assistance of specially trained Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 631-444-SPINE (7746).

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