BIOGRAPHIES

John C. CHIU, M.D., FRCS, FAANS, D.Sc.

John C. CHIU, M.D., FRCS, FAANS, D.Sc.

JOHN C. CHIU, M.D., FRCS, FAANS, D.Sc. (U.S.), Director Spinal Neurosurgery, California Minimally Invasive Surgery Center and President, California Spine Institute, Thousand Oaks, CA., USA

Dr. John Chiu is an internationally recognized pioneer and global leader in minimally invasive spinal surgery (MISS). He is the Spinal Neurosurgery Director of California Minimally Invasive Surgery Center and President of California Spine Institute, in addition to taking over as the President of International Society for Minimal Intervention in Spine Surgery (ISMISS USA) ,succeeding Professor Parviz Kambin. Dr. Chiu was a past President ISMISS Society and the Founding Chairman of the American Academy of Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery (AAMISS) and has been an Honored Presidential Guest at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Annual Meetings.

Dr. Chiu graduated from Baylor University, College of Medicine. He promotes interdisciplinary, inter-specialty and international education, research and development of Endoscopic Laser MISS and MISS technology related to various endoscopes, laser spinal instruments, and neuro-navigation. His clinical interests include endoscopic techniques for cervical and thoracic MISS, surgical Robotics, tissue modulation technology (laser) and development of SurgMatix (with US patent/Trademark), a “surgical informatics” for a “digital technological convergence and control system” in a Digital OR.

Dr. John Chiu has authored and co-authored numerous peer reviewed articles, chapters and textbooks and has been appointed to three editorial boards and as an Editor-in-Chief for medical, surgical, and research journals. He has been frequently invited to major national and international conferences and seminars related to MISS, and to major hospitals and medical universities, as a visiting professor, speaker, instructor, course director and to perform MISS spinal surgeries. In addition, he has been an honored guest and the key note speaker at numerous national and international conferences.

He is one of the Editors-in-Chief and a author of the textbooks, “The Practice of Minimally Invasive Spinal Technique” (2000 and 2005 editions). Dr. Chiu has been recognized at various World Congress of Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery as one of global leaders in minimally invasive spinal surgery and as honorary president or vice president for the international conferences. Recently, a MISS textbook published in Mexico City by Professor Braulio Hernandez Carabajal paid tribute to Dr. Chiu and his MISS work. In addition, Dr. Chiu continues to author chapters related to endoscopic MISS globally.
Sylvie DELANIAN, MD, PhD.

Sylvie DELANIAN, MD, PhD.

Radiation-Oncologist, international expert in radiation-induced sequelae, she obtained her medical degree MD (Paris University, France) certifications in Radiation Oncology (1988) and Medical Oncology (1990). Then, she received a doctoral training in Radiobiology investigating molecular mechanisms of radiation fibrosis in animal models as in vitro (Paris University, PhD 1994). Today, Professor au College de Medecine at Saint-Louis Hospital APHP Paris, she has been practicing Radiation Oncology for 20 years.

Her research has focused on translational and clinical research in radiation-induced injuries contributing to better understand pathogenesis of radiation fibrosis identifying new targets. Following, innovative therapeutic trials with a PENTO then PENTOCLO combination have been launched to reduce radiation injuries to normal tissues (fibrosis, bone necrosis, and peripheral neuropathy) for long cancer survivors, and more recently postoperative fibrosis.

This research conducted has been published in various international journals including Journal of Clinical Oncology, International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, Radiotherapy Oncology, Seminars in Radiation Oncology; Head Neck, Laryngoscope; Neuro-oncology, Journal of Neurology, Journal of Neurological Science; Human Reproduction, Fertil Steril; (co)authoring 52 peer-reviewed papers and produced a book on Radiation Technique in 2010 (Vernazobres-Grego Ed).
Patrick DOHERTY

Patrick DOHERTY

Patrick F. Doherty, MD, is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Yale School of Medicine. He is a board certified neurosurgeon and was elected to be a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 2012. He is the Chief of Yale Neurosurgery New London, at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London, CT. There, he maintains a full-time clinical practice in collaboration with Yale Neurosurgery. He is the lead surgeon for the development of a Spine Care Center of Excellence at L+M. He is active in using current strategies to improve patient care and safety, including the Surgical Unit Safety Program, Spine Collaboratives for cost containment, and minimally invasive spine technique development.
Jean-Pierre FARCY

Jean-Pierre FARCY

Jean-Pirre C. FARCY M.D. graduated from Marseille-Aix Medical School ni 1967. He successfully completeda a competitive examination, was named « Interne des Hopitaux » and trained as a surgeon specializing in trauma.

His Thesis on Scheuermann’s disease demonstrated his interest in spine pathology and surgery. Board certified in France as an Orthopedic Surgeon in 1972 he pursued an academic career, first in Marseille until 1977, followed by 35 years in the USA where he had the oportunity to teach Orthopedic Spine Deformity treatment as an Clinical Associate Professor at Columbia University and as a Clinical Professor at NYU.

Dr. Farcy has published extensively about spine, and co-authored many textbooks. A member of natiolal and international scientific societies, he was an inveted visiting professor at several universities in the USA and other countries. In 2001 Dr. Farcy served as President of the 76th. Reunion of the French Academy of Orthopedic Surgery (SOFCOT) in Paris. He was honored to deliver the « Paul Harrington Lecture » at the the S.R.S. Congress in Anchorege in 2014. With pre-eminent collegues he has created the « Balance Research Foundation » dedicated to a better understanding of how Balance affects our quality of life.
Daniel GASTAMBIDE

Daniel GASTAMBIDE

Daniel GASTAMBIDE - M.D., Orth. Surgery, Spine Surgery.
Founding member of the International Study Group of Intervertebral Approaches GIEDA INTER RACHIS (Groupe International d’Etude Des Abords INTERvertébraux du RACHIS). Gastambide took part in the organization of this groups 29 annual congresses in Europe (Blois 1988, Brussels 1989 , Paris 1991 to 2006, Bordeaux1990, 2007and 2016, Brussels 2008 and 2011, Lyon 2009, Basel 2010,Paris 2012, Nice 2013, Mons (Belgium) December 2015,Bordeaux 2016) and of 5 workshops on endoscopy techniques. He has been the GIEDA’s treasurer since 2007 and was its president in 2002.
Dr Gastambide is in charge of the GIEDA’s website : www.gieda.com,
Member of the ISMISS (International Society of Minimal Invasive Spine Surgery since 1990, French delegate since 2008).
Member of SOFCOT since 1977 (Société Française de Chirurgie Orthopédique), SICOT since 1989 Société Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopédique), IITS since 1993 (International Intradiscal Thérapy Society), NASS since 1999 (North American Spine Society), IMLAS since 2004, founding member of the SFCR since 2008 (Société Française de Chirurgie Rachidienne).
President of the 2010 annual congress of the IITS (International Intradiscal Therapy Society) in Las Vegas,
President 2013-2014 of the WCMISST (World Congress of Minimal Invasive Spine Surgery Techniques), president and organizer of the fourth WCMISST meeting in Paris, June 2014, : http://www.spineparis2014.com (500 participants, 56 countries), organizer and vice-president of the current Intermediary WCMISST meeting in Paris, Cité Universitaire www.spineparis2017.com (2-3-4 Mai 2017)
B.S. HARHANGI

B.S. HARHANGI

Dr. B.S. Harhangi was born in Surinam on 13-03-1970 and living in The Netherlands from 1974 onwards. He is married and has three children. He studied medicine at Radboud University in Nijmegen, where he received his medical degree in 1996. From 1996 to 2000 he did his PhD (Prof.dr.A. Hofman) at Erasmus University in Rotterdam in the context of genetic determinants in Parkinson's disease. During his PhD, he was also trained as an epidemiologist. After graduation he was trained as a neurosurgeon at the Erasmus Medical Center and is still associated with the Erasmus Medical Center. He participated in the EANS training course and is a member of the EANS for more than 10 years. He also works at the Francis Gasthuis Hospital and Park Medical Center. His interest concerns spinal pathology, including spinal cord and craniocervical junction. In addition, he has specialized in the endoscopic approach to the spine. His research projects include a randomised controlled trial for cervical radicular pain (nucleoplasty versus anterior cervical discectomy) and a randomised controlled trial for lumbar disc herniation (transforaminal approach versus microdiscectomy). He is also involved in spinal neuromodulation and research on intrathecal baclofen treatment. At the moments he has he is co-promotor of 4 PhD candidates and works with 8 medical students on several research projects. He has more than 30 publications in peer reviewed journals.
Luc JASMIN

Luc JASMIN

Dr. Luc Jasmin is board certified neurosurgeon (USA and Canada), who practices surgery in California. He also is a research scientist at UCSF in San Francisco where he conducts basic research in animal models of pain, neurotrauma, and diabetes.

His clinical expertise includes brain injury, spine disorders, brain tumors, peripheral nerves, neurosurgical treatments of pain using neurostimulation and intrathecal pumps, and treatment of spasticity using rhizotomies and intrathecal baclofen. He is also involved in stereotaxic radiation therapy for tumors, pain, and abnormal movements using the Gamma Knife.

His research expertise is in the field of molecular neuropharmacology of pain and inflammation. In the past 10 years his research has focused on the sensory ganglia, especially ion channels and neurotransmitter receptors involved in nociception, using a variety of approaches including patch clamp recording, gene therapy, and gene silencing. The goal of this research is to produce novel therapies for intractable pain, and promote plasticity of the nervous system. In collaboration with a research group in Algeria he is currently working diabetes-associated depression.

Dr. Jasmin is also the president of “Painless Research Foundation”, a non-profit organization that funds higher education and dissemination of knowledge over 4 continents.
Martin KOMP

Martin KOMP

Orthopaedist and traumatologist, specialized in the treatment of spine diseases. He currently is the Associate Head of the Center for Spine Surgery and Pain Therapy at the Center for Orthopaedics and Traumatology of the St. Elisabeth Group – Catholic Hospitals Rhein-Ruhr – at the three locations St. Anna Hospital Herne, Marien Hospital Herne University Hospital of the Ruhr University Bochum, and Marien Hospital Witten, Germany.

The range of the work at every location involves the complete spectrum of conservative, interventional, and operative measures in the therapy of diseases, trauma, and pain syndromes of the spine in children and adults. A special focus represents his development of full-endoscopic techniques at the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine.
Chistian RAFTOPOULOS

Chistian RAFTOPOULOS

Chistian Raftopoulos entered medical school at Liège University (Belgium) and obtained his Medical Degree in 1983. In 1989, he received the “Dr Paul et Philippe Martin” prize. He was recognized as a Neurosurgeon in 1989. He worked to present his doctorate (Ph.D.) in 1994.

In 1996, C. Raftopoulos assumed the Chairmanship of the new neurosurgical department at St-Luc University Hospital in Brussels (Université Catholique de Louvain).

His work is reflected in more than 120 articles published in peer-reviewed journals. In 1998, he published a world première reporting the implantation of an electrode around an optic nerve. He is co-chairman of the Center of Refractory Epilepsy since 2001. In October 2003, he was recognized as a Master Neurosurgeon by the Congress of Neurosurgeons.

In 2006, C. Raftopoulos opened a unique neurosurgical complex at the university hospital St-Luc with an intraoperative MRI at 3.0T. Since 2010, he has pioneered the use of robotic 3D fluoroscopy (Zeego, Siemens) in minimally invasive spinal neurosurgery.

Since 2008, he is the President of the scientific comity of the Fondation JED-Belgique. In November 2012, he was elected President of the SNCLF. In 2015, he became a teaching professor for the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies.
Sebastian RUETTEN

Sebastian RUETTEN

Orthopaedist and traumatologist, specialized in the treatment of spine diseases. He currently is the Head of the Center for Spine Surgery and Pain Therapy and the Associate Director of the Center for Orthopaedics and Traumatology of the St. Elisabeth Group – Catholic Hospitals Rhein-Ruhr – at the three locations St. Anna Hospital Herne, Marien Hospital Herne University Hospital of the Ruhr University Bochum, and Marien Hospital Witten, Germany.

The range of the work at every location involves the complete spectrum of conservative, interventional, and operative measures in the therapy of diseases, trauma, and pain syndromes of the spine in children and adults. A special focus represents his development of full-endoscopic techniques at the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine.
Jean TAYLOR

Jean TAYLOR

Jean Taylor
Date of birth : 4th of July 1954
Medical graduate-René Descartes University (Paris)
Intern-Paris Hospitals
Fellowship-Marseille Hospitals
Anatomy teaching assistant- Marseille University
Senior Registrar in Vertebral Surgery- Pr.R.Louis (Marseille)
Private practitioner- Oxford and Esperance Clinics (Cannes)
Consulting Vertebral Surgeon- Villa Aprica (Como. Italy)
Staff Surgeon- Princess Grace Hospital (Monaco)
Chief Surgeon-IM2S(Monaco)
Author of 18 patents
Inventor of the DIAM and PASS vertebral systems
Up to 50 publications and presentations
Friedrich TIEBER

Friedrich TIEBER

Friedrich Tieber, born in 1945 in Donndorf / Bayreuth, received his school education at the Commercial Academy in Vienna. In 1967, he entered in the company of A. Schiller / Josef Leiter Endoscopy as an assistant to the management, and was trained in surgery mechanics and optics.In 1973 he moved to Germany and worked subsequently for the companies Lemke/Medivision, Gebr. Martin, Dimso /Stryker, Danek Inc./Medtronic, Karl Storz and Synthes in leading positions. Currently, F. Tieber is a consultant and deals with the history of endoscopy.
Michael SCHUBERT

Michael SCHUBERT

Dr. Michael Schubert, MD is - with more than 8.000 endoscopic surgeries - one of the leading experts in endoscopic spinal surgery. His main focus is always to preserve natural mobility and stability of the operated segment (function preservation). In 2008 he founded the international spine center “apex spine” in munich. As a renowned specialist, he is the contact point for his colleagues and spine specialists from all over the world. Spine specialists from many countries participate at his continuing education courses in order to learn the new endoscopic surgery technique. Lecturing at both the national and the international level, Dr. Schubert is interested not only in the practical realization, but also in scientific research and dissemination of the treatment of spinal diseases by minimally invasive techniques, concerning the entire spine. Since march 2010 he is an official visiting professor of the Tongji University of Shanghai, China.