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Thomas E. Mroz, MD, Co-Director of the Center for Spine Health, and Director of the Spine Surgery Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic, is a board-certified Spine Surgeon in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery, Neurological Surgery and the Center for Spine Health at Cleveland Clinic. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio. Thereafter, he completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, D.C. He then completed two spinal surgery fellowships, one at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the other in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Tennessee, Memphis. His focus of the second fellowship was minimally invasive spine surgery.
Dr. Mroz specializes in all aspects of spinal surgery, and has a dedicated interest in minimally invasive surgery and cervical (neck) spine surgery, including radiculopathy, myelopathy, stenosis, disc herniations, cervical disc replacement, revision cervical surgery, cervical infections, cervical tumors and cervical deformity.
He is very active in research, and has lectured nationally and internationally on minimally invasive surgery and cervical spine surgery. He has authored numerous research articles and textbook chapters, and serves as a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals. He is a member in good standing in the North American Spine Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He continues to have a very active role in the education of medical students, residents and fellows.
Cervical Disc Herniation, Cervical Infections, Cervical Myelopathy and Radiculopathy, Cervical Tumors, Complex Cervical Spine Surgery including Cervical Deformity, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Revision Cervical Spine Surgery
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As of 10/1/2015, Dr. Mroz has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.
Royalty Payments. Dr. Mroz receives or has the right to receive royalty payments for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:
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