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The best advice for a spine surgeon's continuous professional growth

The field of medicine, and especially spine surgery, is definitely not static. The body of knowledge is constantly growing and sometimes changing. One must always be looking for new ways and techniques to achieve better outcomes and patient care. A surgeon needs to stay up-to-date with the newest findings, technologies and techniques. Reading peer-reviewed journals and attending conferences is probably the easiest way to achieve it. Collaborating with colleagues to share from each other's experiences and findings is also invaluable.

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Innovative Care for the Spine and Brain

The paths of two area residents led to the same local team of medical experts last year. They came to Suburban Hospital, where neurosurgeons and orthopaedic spine surgeons worked together to treat them using an exciting new tool that helped return both to a high quality of life. This type of collaboration is what we do every day—what our physicians are trained to do— because our patients benefit from it and we enjoy it,” says Dr. Khanna. “Strong and frequent collaboration between neurosurgery and orthopaedic surgery for patients needing complex and even simple spine surgery here at Suburban and throughout Johns Hopkins Medicine, along with the newest technology for intraoperative navigation in our operating rooms, enables us to provide what we feel is the best care for patients with complex conditions of the spine. This collaboration and our new technology allows us to provide what we believe is world-class spine care right here in the National Capital Region.

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How to Prepare for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Exam

Taking the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery board examination can be an intimidating experience for orthopaedic surgery residents. Recently, David Hamilton, MD, a PGY-5 resident at the University of Kentucky, spoke on behalf of AAOS Nowwith A. Jay Khanna, MD, of Johns Hopkins Medicine, on how to best prepare for the exam.

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Dr Khanna in Becker's Spine Review's List of 65 orthopedic surgeons

Jay Khanna, MD is honored to be listed in Becker's Spine Review publication's List of 65 orthopedic surgeons recommended by other orthopedic surgeons.

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There is Big Help in a Small Way for Patients

Spinal stenosis affects millions of Americans. It is a narrowing of the space around the spinal cord and nerve roots that can cause pain, numbness and/or weakness in the arms and legs. Spinal stenosis often occurs due to age-related degeneration of the spine in middle-aged to older people and herniated discs in younger patients.

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Q&A with A. Jay Khanna

Over the course of almost 20 years at Johns Hopkins, spine surgeon A. Jay Khanna has charted a path in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery that melds clinical expertise with business and professional development skills. In 2008, while maintaining a busy clinical practice and meeting academic demands, he earned

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Trouble With The Curve

By the time Susan Whitehouse was diagnosed with scoliosis at 16, she had reached her full height and wasn’t eligible for bracing. Her scoliosis wasn’t severe enough to warrant surgery, but the curve in her spine was pronounced enough to trigger sciatica (pain that radiates from the lower back through the hips and down the legs), especially while sitting and twisting her torso in a chair as she treated dental patients.

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A discussion on the systemic approach to spine imaging studies

SAN FRANCISCO — A. Jay Khanna, MD, discusses what spine surgeons need to know regarding the systemic approach to spine imaging studies at the North American Spine Society Annual Meeting.

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Can arthritis on neck and shoulder be surgically treated?

Dr. A. Jay Khanna, an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in back and spine diseases and disorders at Johns Hopkins Medicine, answers a viewer’s question: Can arthritis on neck and shoulder be surgically treated?

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Spine surgeon leader to know: Dr. A. Jay Khanna of Johns Hopkins Medicine

Akhil Jay Khanna, MD, MBA, is division chief of Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic and Spine Surgery in the National Capital Region and his practice is based in Bethesda, Md. He also serves as vice chairman of professional development in the department of orthopedic surgery at Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University. Additionally, he is a professor of orthopedic surgery and biomedical engineering at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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11 Tips to Help Decrease Radiation Exposure During Spine Surgery and Other Procedures

Monitor and minimize the number of seconds of fluoroscopy used for each case.
System engineers commonly say that any system improves if it is merely monitored; there is often not a need for a specific intervention. This is true in the case of fluoroscopy time.

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Radiation Exposure in Spine Surgery: Q&A With Dr. A. Jay Khanna

A. Jay Khanna, MD, MBA of Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic and Spine Surgery in the Greater Washington Region, and Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Neurosurgery and Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University, discusses radiation exposure for spine surgeons. He also serves as clinical director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering, Innovation and Design.

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4 Biggest Opportunities in Spine Surgery — From Spine Surgeon Dr. Jay Khanna of Johns Hopkins

1. Minimally invasive spine surgery
Much of the spine surgery that we currently perform — and that has been developed by generations of surgeons before us — is relatively invasive. The spine is a deep structure and somewhat difficult to access. We often end up creating a great deal of collateral tissue damage to get down to the area of interest. For surgery on the lumbar spine, for example, we may have to make an 8- to 12-inch incision to get down to a much smaller region in the spine. That additional exposure creates a substantial amount of risk, potential morbidity and cost.

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100 Spine Surgeons and Specialists to Know

This list is sponsored by joimax®. joimax® is an innovative medical technology company dedicates itself to combined surgical technologies, particularly to minimally invasive spinal procedures ("joined minimal access technologies"). joimax® focuses on development, manufacturing and marketing of the technology and methods for integrated endoscopic surgical access to the spinal column, with optimized visualization

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50 Spine Surgeons and Specialists to Know

Frank Acosta Jr., MD (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles). Dr. Acosta is the director of spine deformity in the department of neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai. His research focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of spine disorders, and he has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, Harvard Medical School and Howard Hughes Medical Institute grants and fellowships.

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