Research Grants

The following grants were awarded in December 2017.

$20,000 Program Grant

Ashish Diwan, MD, Ph.D., FRACS, FAOrthA
Mechanical burden on facet-joint capsule and adjacent segments with lateral placement of a lordotic cage with and without the release of the anterior longitudinal ligament

Claudio Lamartina, MD, EFM Professor
The prone XLIF. A feasibility study based on prospective case-control series.

Greg Mundis, MD
Rest Pain Level as a Preoperative Predictor of Success With Indirect Decompression for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: A Prospective Trial

Jim Youssef, MD
Use of Ultrasound as an Adjunct to Electromyography (EMG) Neuromonitoring in Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion

$5,000 Development Grant

Nima Alan, MD
Efficacy of intraoperative trans-cranial motor evoked potential (MEP) recordings for reducing lumbar plexopathy in L4/5 eXtreme Lateral lumbar Interbody Fusion (XLIF)

Robert Eastlack, MD
Muscle volume and degeneration in patients with degenerative spinal disease after lateral access surgery

John Pollina, MD, FACS
Next Generation Robotics for the Placement of Pedicle Screws with the Patient in Lateral Position versus Prone Position Using Stereotactic Navigation after Lateral Lumbar Fusion: A Prospective Clinical Cohort: Comparing Clinical, Radiographic, and Biomechanical Outcomes

Jonathan Sembrano, MD
Lateral interbody fusion with percutaneous pedicle screw fixation: are we getting the sagittal alignment right?