Interview with Dr. Michael Steinmetz
Interview with Nicholas Theodore, MD
Q&A with 2021 DSPN Neurosurgery Meritorious Awardee Greg Trost, MD
Coding, Reimbursement & PolicyUpdate
Management of Common Subaxial Cervical Spinal Fractures
The Comprehensive Spine Center Model: Benefits, Challenges and Opportunities
Interview with Dr. Sigurd Berven, Meritorious Award Recipient for Orthopaedic Surgery
Technical Pearls for Removal of Benign Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors
Updates forDSPN Members
This issue includes interviews with outgoing Section Chair Mike Steinmetz and the 2021 DSPN meritorious award recipients; a variety of committee updates; and superb educational pieces.
Dr. Steinmetz: I have always been interested in construction and deconstruction, so to say. This interest carried into medical school and residency. I would say the most significant drive was meeting Dr. Benzel as a fourth-year student. He was (is) able to make you feel like the most significant person in the room. He is the reason I matched at the University of New Mexico and left with him to finish my training at the Cleveland Clinic. His focus and research in biomechanics made spine surgery intellectually challenging and fun. He was not only a mentor, but someone I wanted to emulate professionally.
Dr. Steinmetz: Interest and availability. A good mentor takes the time and interest in their mentee. They should provide encouragement, support and advice. As neurosurgery is a tough job, they at times must also be a counselor. The mentor should also work to advance their mentee, encourage academic work, suggest them for publication, committee presentations, etc.