Interview with Robert Heary, MD
Spine Surgery in Tanzania: A Neurosurgery Resident’s Experience
Interview with Rolando Garcia, MD
The Anatomy of a Disvalued Code: The de facto Bundling of 63047 and 22630/33
An Option for Spinal Cord Injury: Nerve Transfers
Peripheral Nerve Updates for DSPN Members
In this issue, we present interviews with our Meritorious Award Winners for Neurosurgery, Bob Heary, and Orthopedics, Rolando Garcia, who will both be honored at the Spine Summit this spring. Also, Scott Zuckerman provides a fascinating account of spine surgery medical mission work in Tanzania. In our Peripheral Nerve learning corner, TJ Wilson and Zack Ray describe nerve transfers for spinal cord injury patients. Finally, LuisTumialan, Charlie Sansur and John Ratliff explain how the efforts of the Rapid Response Team of our DSPN Section made a key difference in reversing a critical error in spine surgery coding policy.
Dr. Heary: I am tremendously honored, humbled and appreciative.
Dr. Heary: Two of my earliest mentors in neurosurgery were David Hunt, MD and Ed Benzel, MD. Also, my mentors in spine surgery included Alex Vaccaro, MD and Todd Albert, MD from whom I learned how to do spine surgery.
Dr. Heary: I wasn’t sure where I was going with general surgery as I hadn’t identified a focus that I truly loved. I had rotated in neurosurgery and found it very interesting and immediately considered an opportunity to switch into neurosurgery. This was one of the best decisions I have made in my professional life. The second best decision was choosing to do a complex orthopedic spine fellowship at the Rothman Institute. I was one of the very first neurosurgeons to do an orthopedic spine fellowship and the first neurosurgeon trained at the Rothman Institute. I chose to pursue a complex orthopedic spine fellowship as I felt that the operative experience, the didactic experience, and the overall clinical experience offered some of the best opportunities for a career in spine surgery.