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The LES Society Receives Astounding Interest Increase in Latest Training Lab - SpineFrontier Teams Up

Teaming up with the LES Society: NYC Training Lab Feat. Dr. Kingsley R. Chin

We are proud to announce our very own Founder Dr. Kingsley R. Chin offering his expertise at the New York Training Lab, beside Dr. Joseph Aferzon, Dr. Dante Leven, Dr. Jeffrey Bash and Dr. Fassil Mesfin.

SpineFrontier Teaming up with the LES Society: NYC Training Lab Feat. Dr. Kingsley R. Chin

Dr. Chin is a board-certified and double fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon, who has become an experienced teacher and mentor in the field and beyond. From humble beginnings, Dr. Chin immigrated from Jamaica to attend Columbia University and later graduated from Harvard Medical School with honors and four diplomas. He spent four years teaching at the University of Pennsylvania as chief of spine surgery before beginning as managing partner and CEO of KICVentures venture fund. He currently continues managing funds and teaching in clinical practice and research. Because of his copious credentials and skill in the spinal field, Dr. Chin possesses an immense knowledge he is willing to share among his peers.

Dr. Chin sees a niche opportunity where medicine, business and information technology meet and is uniquely experienced at the intersection of these three professions. The LES Society is proud to highlight these assets within our operation, offering our educational labs as further opportunities to do so.

This LES Society Training Lab features a didactic and cadaver lab as well as a lively discussion on business and medicine at New York’s nightlife hot spot Tao. Paying special attention to arthroplasty and the engineering process from concept to reality, the Training Lab provides a setting for surgeons, surgeon entrepreneurs and inventors to practice more complex osteotomies and deformity techniques.

Due to tremendous interest in this event, the Training Lab is at maximum capacity. For inquiries and interest in future training and labs, please connect with us at contact@LESSociety.org and visit us at SpineFrontier.com to learn more about our innovative instrumentation.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT DR. CHIN’S STORY, CLICK HERE.
The LES Society Receives Astounding Interest Increase in Latest Training Lab - SpineFrontier Teams Up

Teaming up with the LES Society: NYC Training Lab Feat. Dr. Jeffrey Bash

Dr. Jeffrey Bash joins the senior faculty at the LES Society New York City Training Lab, in collaboration with our team utilizing SpineFrontier techniques and technology.

The LES Society Receives Astounding Interest Increase in Latest Training Lab - SpineFrontier Teams Up

Dr. Bash – board certified orthopedic surgeon – educates attendees alongside proctors Dr. Joseph Aferzon, Dr. Dante Leven, Dr. Fassil Mesfin and Dr. Kingsley R. Chin. The Training Lab offers attendees a weekend of education and networking opportunity with top professionals in the industry.

Dr. Bash received his undergraduate degree from Emory University and his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. He specializes in spine surgery and completed a General Surgery Internship at NYU Medical Center, followed by his residency at NYU Medical Center-Hospital for Joint Diseases. Dr. Bash trained at Texas Back Institute and is an expert in disc replacement of the cervical and lumbar spine. He has trained with many of the top leaders in the spine industry and joined Middlesex Orthopedic Surgeons post-training. He is Chief of Spine Surgery at Middlesex Community Hospital and operates at Middlesex Hospital, Hartford Hospital, the Hospital of Central Connecticut/New Britain General Hospital, Bristol Hospital and MidState Medical Center.

Similarly to his colleague, Dr. Joseph Aferzon, he has extensive experience in minimally invasive spine fusions in Connecticut. Fellow doctors selected him as Connecticut Magazine’s top surgeon in his field in 2007.

He is currently the co director of Connecticut Spine Institute and teaches at Northeast Regional Center of Excellence. He is actively involved in the development of new spinal products and the author of several patents. [1]

This LES Society Training Lab takes place at the Stewart Hotel in downtown New York City, featuring a didactic and cadaver lab as well as discussion on business and medicine at the ever-popular nightlife destination Tao. Paying special attention to arthroplasty and the engineering process from concept to reality, the Training Lab provides a setting to practice more complex osteotomies and deformity techniques.

Due to tremendous popularity, this Training Lab is at maximum capacity. For those interested in future training and events, please reach out to us at contact@LESSociety.org. We always appreciate hearing from those in the industry looking to learn, educate and collaborate.

LEARN MORE – INCLUDING MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION AND BOARD POSITIONS – ON DR. JEFFREY BASH HERE.

[1] http://www.csimis.com/main/?page_id=38

SpineFrontier Teaming up with the LES Society: NYC Training Lab Feat. Dr. Dante Leven

Teaming up with the LES Society: NYC Training Lab Feat. Dr. Dante Leven

Dr. Dante Leven joins the senior faculty at the LES Society New York City Training Lab, in collaboration with SpineFrontier techniques and technology.

SpineFrontier Teaming up with the LES Society: NYC Training Lab Feat. Dr. Dante Leven

Dr. Leven – spine surgeon at Total Orthopedics and active member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society and Lumbar Spine Research Society – educates alongside proctors Dr. Fassil Mesfin, Dr. Joseph Aferzon, Dr. Jeffrey Bash and Dr. Kingsley R. Chin. The Training Lab offers attendees a weekend of education and networking opportunity with top professionals in the industry.

Dr. Leven completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the State University of New York and went on to complete his spine surgery fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital. He trained closely with Dr. Sheeraz Qureshi in minimally invasive surgery and alongside several leading spinal deformity and cervical spine surgeons in the country. He has presented over 25 papers and over 75 posters at international conferences. Dr. Leven brings experience as an educator at Nassau University Medical Center to this important weekend of learning.

In accordance with LES Society values, Dr. Leven “makes every effort to offer the best surgical option with the least invasive approach.” [1]

This LES Society Training Lab takes place at the Stewart Hotel and features a didactic and cadaver lab as well as discussion on business and medicine at the famous nightspot Tao.

Due to tremendous interest in this event, the Training Lab is at maximum capacity. For inquiries and interest in future training and labs, please connect with us at contact@LESSociety.org and visit us at SpineFrontier.com to learn more about our innovative instrumentation.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT DR. DANTE LEVEN.

[1] http://www.totalorthosportsmed.com/dante-leven/

SpineFrontier Teaming up with the LES Society: NYC Training Lab Feat. Dr. Joseph Aferzon

Teaming up with the LES Society: NYC Training Lab Feat. Dr. Joseph Aferzon

Dr. Joseph Aferzon joins the senior faculty at the LES Society Training Lab in New York City, in collaboration with SpineFrontier techniques and technologies.

SpineFrontier Teaming up with the LES Society: NYC Training Lab Feat. Dr. Joseph Aferzon

Dr. Aferzon – board certified neurosurgeon with 19 years of clinical experience – educates attendees alongside proctors Dr. Fassil Mesfin, Dr. Dante Leven, Dr. Jeffrey Bash and Dr. Kingsley R. Chin. The Training Lab will offer attendees a weekend of education and networking opportunity with top professionals in the industry.

Dr. Aferzon is an attending neurosurgeon at Hartford Hospital, Middlesex Hospital and an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut Medical Center. He is presently involved in spine device invention, several of which are used in treatment all over the world. He is a leading expert in minimally invasive spinal surgery techniques, instructing surgeons across the country in practices that lead to less complications, less pain and a faster patient recovery during and post procedure. He holds 12 patents in minimally invasive spinal instrumentation.

A member of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery,  Congress of Neurological Surgery, National Association of Spine Surgeons, New England Neurosurgical Society and Society of Lateral Access Surgeons, Dr. Aferzon has been chosen several times as one of the “Top Neurosurgeons in Connecticut” by fellow industry leaders. [1]

This LES Society Training Lab takes place in the heart of New York City and features a didactic and cadaver lab as well as discussion on business and medicine at the popular night spot Tao.

Due to tremendous interest in this event, the Training Lab is at maximum capacity. For inquiries and interest in future training and labs, please connect with us at contact@LESSociety.org and visit us at SpineFrontier.com to learn more about our innovative techniques and technology.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT DR. JOSEPH AFERZON – INVENTIONS, PRACTICES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

[1] http://www.csimis.com/main/?page_id=43

Teaming up with the LES Society: NYC Training Lab Feat. Dr. Fassil Mesfin

Teaming up with the LES Society: NYC Training Lab Feat. Dr. Fassil Mesfin

Dr. Fassil Mesfin, MD, PhD, FAANS, FACS, joins the senior faculty at the LES Society Training Lab in New York City as a featured proctor. SpineFrontier teams up with the LES Society to make collaborative and educational events like this possible.
Teaming up with the LES Society: NYC Training Lab Feat. Dr. Fassil Mesfin
Dr. Mesfin – board certified in neurosurgery, assistant professor and director of complex spine and spine oncology, University of Missouri Neurosurgery – educates attendees alongside proctors Dr. Joseph Aferzon, Dr. Dante Leven, Dr. Jeffrey Bash and Dr. Kingsley R. Chin. The Training Lab offers attendees a weekend of education and networking opportunity with top professionals in the industry.

Dr. Mesfin – certified with the American Board of Neurological Surgery – specializes in complex spine tumor surgery – minimally invasive surgery and pain modulating procedures. His research interests include back pain, brain damage and injury, cerebrovascular disease, cerebrovascular surgery and more. He treats congenital and developmental brain and spinal malformations, lumbar stenosis, neck injuries and scoliosis, among a variety of other neurologic and spinal conditions. Dr. Mesfin offers his services at the MU Neurosciences Center Spine Program. [1]

Dr. Mesfin attended Albany Medical school and completed his neurosurgical spine oncology fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. [2]

This LES Society Training Lab features a didactic and cadaver lab as well as a lively discussion on business and medicine at New York’s nightlife hot spot Tao. Paying special attention to arthroplasty and the engineering process from concept to reality, the Training Lab provides a setting for surgeons, surgeon entrepreneurs and inventors to practice more complex osteotomies and deformity techniques.

Due to tremendous interest in this event, the Training Lab is at maximum capacity. For inquiries and interest in future training and labs, please connect with us at contact@LESSociety.org and visit SpineFrontier.com to learn more about Less Exposure Surgery techniques and technologies.

CLICK HERE TO CONNECT WITH DR. FASSIL MESFIN.

[1] https://medicine.missouri.edu/faculty/fassil-brian-mesfin-md-phd/

[2] https://www.linkedin.com/in/fassil-mesfin-md-phd-facs-faans-2a89b737/

SpineFrontier Teams up with the LES Society: Maryland Training Lab Feat. Dr. Agha Khan

SpineFrontier Teams up with the LES Society: Maryland Training Lab Feat. Dr. Agha Khan

The LES Society and SpineFrontier team up with Dr. Agha Khan!

The LES Society and SpineFrontier collaborate with Dr. Agha Khan, as featured proctor of the Less Exposure Surgery (LES) Society Maryland Training Lab.

Dr. Khan is a board certified neurological surgeon with fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital. He has completed his residency at University Hospital and Clinic, with internships at Washington Hospital Center, Children’s National Medical Center and National Institutes of Health. Dr. Khan graduated from the Nishtar Medical College, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan, in 1979 and specializes in neurological surgery. He is affiliated with Northwest Hospital, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and University Of Maryland Medical Center.

The Maryland Training Lab highlights sacroiliac joint fusion and anterior cervical discectomy and fusion through discussion and demonstration.

For inquiries and interest in future training and labs, connect with the LES Society team at contact@LESSociety.org and visit us at SpineFrontier.com to learn more about our innovative techniques and technology.

SpineFrontier A Meeting of the Minds: Dr. Kingsley R. Chin Speaks among Dr. Bash & Dr. Aferzon

A Meeting of the Minds: Dr. Kingsley R. Chin, Dr. Bash & Dr. Aferzon

Dr. Jeffrey Bash and Dr. Joseph Aferzon recently hosted an event at the Capital Grille in Hartford, Conn. The dinner was a meeting of the minds and featured Dr. Chin, the surgeon-entrepreneur founder and CEO of SpineFrontier. In addition to the hosts, the event was attended by several prolific Connecticut surgeons brought together by a common interest in innovative product design and outpatient care.

The evening kicked off with a round table-style, open forum discussion about surgeon innovation at SpineFrontier. Dr. Bash and Dr. Aferzon spoke glowingly about their experiences working with SpineFrontier designers and engineers. They described the benefits of collaborating with SpineFrontier’s talented and smart product design team who have taken their ideas for new and better products and instruments and turned them into reality. Dr. Bash noted that the SpineFrontier team was unique in both its ability to understand surgeons’ input and direction and to design intelligent products and instruments that worked better for surgeons and patients.

The discussion turned to the rise of outpatient treatment out of necessity for patient safety. Dr. Chin and Sarah Cook (a SpineFrontier Mechanical Engineer) shared case studies with the group and talked about SpineFrontier’s variety of product offerings. The rest of the evening centered on a vibrant discussion about the spine industry, the rise of outpatient treatment, new billing restrictions and innovative surgical techniques

To wrap up the evening, Jake Lubinski, president of AxioMed, gave a short presentation on AxioMed’s clinical studies of its Freedom® total disc replacement technology. Frank Schnur, the Chief Sales Officer of KICVentures, spoke about the KICVentures’ ecosystem of health-tech companies and its entrepreneurial movement.

Surgeons and Investors Shouldn’t Miss this Opportunity to Discuss How to Apply Lessons from Total Joint Replacement to Spine Restorative Motion | SpineFrontier feature

AxioMed AAOS Event to Feature Dr. Mark Reiley – Surgeon, Entrepreneur, Champion of Total Segmental Restorative Motion

Surgeons and Investors Shouldn’t Miss This Opportunity to Discuss How to Apply Lessons from Total Joint Replacement to Spine Restorative Motion

AxioMed announced today that Dr. Mark Reiley, an experienced veteran of total segment motion preservation, will speak at a private event hosted by AxioMed during AAOS’s (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla. The wine and cheese tasting event will occur in a private suite at the JW Marriott, in Orlando on Thursday evening, March 3, 2016 at 8 p.m., and will give attendees the opportunity to mingle with orthopedic industry leaders from several companies, including AxioMed, Invibio, SpineFrontier and KICVentures, among others. In conjunction with Dr. Reiley’s talk, AxioMed will host a discussion about applying lessons in total joint replacement to spine motion preservation. The topic of discussion will include the latest trends in technology, the evolution of joint replacement and the practice of motion preservation in spine. To RSVP for this event, please email sarahcook@spinefrontier.com.

Dr. Mark Reiley is a board-certified surgeon who did his first total segment motion preservation procedure in Berlin over 10 years ago. Dr. Reiley co-founded Kyphon based on his invention of the Kyphon balloon device to treat fractured vertebrae. Reiley sold Kyphon to Medtronic in 2007. He then founded INBONE Technologies, Inc. in 2008, serving as its Chief Medical Officer. Among other inventions, Dr. Reiley also designed the first and only Total Ankle Replacement (TAR) to use intramedullary guidance. He is also the inventor of the triangular fusion rod and Co-founder of SI-Bone. Dr. Reiley is an international speaker and published author of several books and articles, as well as the winner of the 2008 Phoenix Lifetime Achievement Award in Medicine. AxioMed is honored to have Dr. Reiley lead a discussion on how to achieve total segmental restoration in spine.

Jake Lubinski, President of AxioMed, will give an update on AxioMed Freedom® Total Disc Replacement’s IDE progress. The AxioMed Freedom Disc is a single-piece total disc replacement with a proprietary, viscoelastic polymer core that mimics the flexibility and stiffness of a human vertebra. This next-generation technology is the only one of its kind on the market. So far, the Freedom Cervical Disc has completed a European post-market study. The USA Lumbar IDE, started in 2008, has just finished a two year follow-up. Visit this article for more information about the Freedom Disc clinical studies.

European surgeons who use the Freedom Disc have been pleased with its results. Dr. Hausmann, an EU neurosurgeon and early adopter of the Freedom Disc says, “My patients had no side effects…I am very happy with the two-year results of the disc…The AxioMed disc has a better range of movement than the ball-and-socket discs.”

About AxioMed

Founded in 2001, AxioMed began its journey of exhaustively proving the Freedom® Disc through research, development and testing. In 2014, KICVentures recognized the disc’s enormous potential and acquired the company into their healthcare portfolio. AxioMed owns an exclusive viscoelastic material license on its proprietary Freedom Disc technology.

About KICVentures

KICVentures manages several portfolio companies (including AxioMed, LLC), investing in disruptive technology in the healthtech sector. KICVentures acquires, creates, and nurtures companies and their technologies to their fullest potential.

Best Practices: Dr. Ngu’s Focus on Patient Education | SpineFrontier spotlight

Best Practices: Dr. Bonaventure Ngu Focuses on Patient Education

This month, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Bonaventure Ngu, a Texas-based orthopedic spine surgeon. I wanted to know how he had taken the patient experience into account while structuring his practice.  Dr. Ngu told me that the first thing he wanted to do was make sure his waiting room was comfortable and that patients didn’t have to wait a long time. But he also wanted patients to feel comfortable as he explained their illnesses, diagnoses and treatment to them. An exam room couldn’t provide the right atmosphere for helping a patient fully engage and understand complex medical procedures. So after their examination, Dr. Ngu ushers his patients into a conference room equipped with video capabilities and a big white board.

“I get one-on-one with them with a big white board, so they really get a whole understanding of the cause of their symptoms, their condition, and their treatment. After examining them I go over all the images with them, explaining everything about what is causing their symptoms and showing them videos of the surgery they need. After the appointment, they can refer back to my website and watch more videos of their conditions.”

“You’d be amazed at how many patients have gone through spine injuries and injections and no one ever went over their treatment with them,” says Dr. Ngu.

Dr. Ngu credits his emphasis on patient education to his experience watching a mentor during his fellowship be hands-on about educating his patients. “You’d be amazed at how many patients have gone through spine injuries and injections and no one ever went over their treatment with them,” says Dr. Ngu. “Most of the surgery I do is elective, so I want to make sure patients know why they are electing to have surgery. The more educated the more informed decision they can make about their surgery –the better.”

Dr. Ngu has had a hugely positive response from patients. Because of his reputation for taking the time to walk patients through their medical conditions and procedures, Dr. Ngu has patients whose insurance plans include him, but still book an educational appointment with him before having surgery with another physician. This way, patients go into their surgery with another physician fully informed from their one-on-one educational session from Dr. Ngu.

I asked Dr. Ngu if patient education gives him any definable return on investment for his practice. “I don’t measure return on investment by patient volume,” Dr. Ngu says. “I measure it by patient satisfaction. If I have five satisfied patients, then I’ve done my job. Spine surgery is very complex and we need to schedule time to talk to patients about it. I value that time, and I don’t want to feel rushed. I want the patient to feel calm.”

“Patient education is something that we [as surgeons] take for granted,” Dr. Ngu says. “We surgeons see things in three dimensions. But we need to explain things in two dimensions or one dimension, and explain everything to a patient in layman’s terms while drawing things out for people.  We need to show them the screws or bone graft that will be going into their body, and show them what the suture will look like. All the technologies I use –I have in the office in order to show the patient. It’s our place to show them and tell them what their treatment is going to be like. It’s not their place to have to ask.”

Best Practices: One Neurosurgeon's Empathetic Approach to the Patient Experience | SpineFrontier Dr. Rosenstein

Best Practices: One Neurosurgeon’s Empathetic Approach to the Patient Experience

Dr. Rosenstein makes sure he and his staff go the extra mile to make his patients feel comfortable. That commitment to patient comfort begins with an empathetic recognition of what it’s like to enter the office of a neurosurgeon, and a strategic approach to eliminating unnecessary stressors for a patient.

“As a physician, you want your office to be warm and your staff to be inviting, so that a patient feels safe and comfortable when they come into your office. Someone seeing a neurosurgeon is already nervous enough. You don’t want to add to that stress in any way.”

Dr. Rosenstein says that patients suffer from “white coat syndrome.” Their blood pressure is often high during the examination simply from the stress of being in a doctor’s office. “People are scared to see a neurosurgeon and afraid they could be on the operating table the next day,” he says.  “As a physician, you want your office to be warm and your staff to be inviting, so that a patient feels safe and comfortable when they come into your office. Someone seeing a neurosurgeon is already nervous enough. You don’t want to add to that stress in any way.”

In addition to making sure his staff are attentive in asking after his patients’ comfort and needs, one of the ways Dr. Rosenstein has taken on the issue of patient stress, is through the intentional interior design of his office. His wife and an interior designer helped create the office environment, choosing modern, cool and calming paint colors that help create a warm and professional atmosphere.

When asked what kind of feedback he receives about his office from patients, Dr. Rosenstein says patients notice the thought that went into his office and regularly comment on it. “I always get compliments about how nice the office design is and how nice the staff is. We are very patient-oriented and it shows. Patients refer their friends and family because we make them feel at home and comfortable and we take care of their needs. Our biggest referral source is former patients.”

In a competitive medical landscape, patient satisfaction goes a long way in creating a solid patient pipeline. Building a reputation as a practice that cares about its patients is one of the most straightforward ways of attracting new patients in an increasingly complicated world of print, TV, online and social media marketing. Caring for a patient comes naturally to healthcare professionals, so extending that care to a focus on the holistic and fundamental elements of a practice’s physical and social environment is perhaps a more intuitive and organic marketing strategy for physicians than coming up with a gimmick or clever marketing campaign to differentiate oneself from competitors.

In a study looking at how patients experience different factors in a healthcare environment, published in the International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, researchers concluded that “Analysis of the patients’ perceptions of the environment indicated a complex entity comprising several aspects. These came together in a structure consisting of three main categories: safety, partnership with the staff, and physical space.”[1]

It seems that Dr. Rosenstein is onto something with his emphasis on creating a safe, calming environment where patients feel connected to his staff. As basic as it sounds, a welcoming environment assures patients of their likelihood of receiving top-notch quality care. And yet –how many physicians’ offices have cramped waiting spaces, uncomfortable chairs, old wall paper and ugly watercolor paintings? It’s not superficial for medical professionals to attend to these physical details, just as it’s not superficial for a person to look their best on the day of a job interview. It’s a well-accepted truism that physical details make an impression (even subconsciously) on our emotional and psychological assessments of things. A professional staff and well-cared for office exposes the ethos of a practice’s attention to detail and its acknowledgment of the patient as a human being with a need for physical and emotional well-being.