Center of Excellence

The National Spine Health Foundation has identified a core group of spine experts across the country that share one core mission: improving spinal health care. The foundation collaborates with specialists around the country to validate traditional approaches to spine care and to develop new techniques and technologies. The results are shared with physicians and the general public to improve both the quality of care and the understanding of spinal disorders. We appreciate submissions of scientific contributions and opinion pieces to our Journal of the Spinal Research Foundation and ask our Centers to serve as contact points for local media and charitable donations. NSHF brochures, journal, and other marketing materials that demonstrate your critical role in this undertaking and profile your specific practice are available online and can be mailed in bulk directly to your office, upon request.

If you are interested in learning more about our Centers of Excellence network, please contact us.

Allegheny Brain and Spine Surgeon

 James P. Burke, MD, PhD
 Altoona, PA

Atlanta Brain and Spine Care

 Regis W. Haid Jr., MD
 Atlanta, GA

Colorado Comprehensive Spine Institute

 George A. Frey, MD
 Englewood, CO

Desert Institute for Spine Care

 Christopher A. Yeung, MD
Anthony T. Yeung, MD
 Justin S. Field, MD
 Nima Salari, MD
 Phoenix, AZ
The Hughston Clinic
 J. Kenneth Burkus, MD
 Columbus, GA
Indiana Spine Group
 Rick C. Sasso, MD
 Carmel, IN

INOVA Research Center

 Zobair M. Younossi, MD, MPH
 Falls Church,VA

Midwest Orthopaedic Center

 Patrick T. O’Leary, MD
 Daniel S. Mulconrey, MD
 Peoria, IL

MUSC Darby Children’s Research Institute

 Inderjit Singh, PhD
 Charleston, SC

Oregon Neurosurgery Specialists

 Robert J. Hacker, MD
 Andrea  Halliday, MD
 Springfield, OR

The Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center

 Gerard Girasole, MD
 Trumbull, CT

The Orthopedic Center of St. Louis

 Matthew F. Gornet, MD
Chesterfield, MO

Princeton Brian and Spine Care

 Mark R. McLaughlin, MD, FACS
 Langhorne, PA

Norton Spine Specialists

 Michael T. Casnellie, MD
 Louisville, KY
New England Neurosurgical Associates, LLC
 Christopher H. Comey, MD
 Springfield, MA

Rutgers University

 Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
 Noshir A. Langrana, PhD, PE
 Piscataway, NJ

South Coast Orthopaedic Associates

 Aleksander Curcin, MD, MBA
 Coos Bay, OR

Southern Brain and Spine

 Najeed M. Thomas, MD
 Metairie, LA

Spine Colorado

 Jim A. Youssef, MD
 Douglas G. Orndorff, MD
Durango, CO

SpineCare Medical Group

Paul J. Slosar, Jr., MD
 Daly City, CA

Stanford University

 Menlo Medical Clinic
 Allan Mishra, MD
 Menlo Park, CA

Spine Clinic of Los Angeles

 Larry T. Khoo, MD
 Los Angeles, CA

Twin Cities Spine Center

 James D. Schwender, MD
 Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview
David W. Polly, Jr., MD
Minneapolis, MN

Virginia Spine Institute

 Christopher R. Good, MD, FACS
Thomas C. Schuler, MD, FACS
Reston, VA

Virginia Therapy & Fitness Center

 Richard A. Banton, PT, DPT, ATC
 E. Larry Grine, PT, MSPT, ATC
 Reston, VA