Each CCF patient encounter generates hundreds, if not thousands, of data points in a patient’s electronic health record (EHR). The Center for Spine Health (CSH) research group is using these data to study important questions in order to better understand and improve the quality of spine care. In addition to EHR data from one of the highest volume spine centers in the country, the CSH has access to prospectively collected patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures as part of the Knowledge Program. This PRO database provides patient-level information that enables CSH researchers to learn how spine diseases and treatments are affecting patients’ quality of life. The CSH research group has leveraged these resources to conduct studies across a wide array of spine pathologies and interventions.
Examples of previous study designs have included:
- Comparing surgical devices/approaches effect on patient outcomes
- Determining cost-effectiveness of medical and surgical interventions
- Identifying risk-factors associated with adverse patient outcomes following spine surgery
Our team is comprised of researchers at all levels of training from both surgical and medical spine physicians and fellows to residents, medical students, and undergraduate students interested in spine health.
Thomas Mroz, MD
Exploring perioperative complications of anterior lumber interbody fusion in patients with a history of prior abdominal surgery: A retrospective cohort study. Momin AA, Barksdale EM 3rd, Lone Z, Enders JJ, Nowacki AS, Winkelman RD, Krantz M, Hardy DM, Steinmetz MP. Spine J. 2020;20(7):1037-1043.
Enhanced Recovery in Spine Surgery and Perioperative Pain Management. Chakravarthy V, Yokoi H, Manlapaz MR, Krishnaney AA. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2020;31(1):81-91.
Epidemiology, Treatment, and Performance-Based Outcomes in American Professional Baseball Players With Symptomatic Spondylolysis and Isthmic Spondylolisthesis. Gould HP, Winkelman RD, Tanenbaum JE, Hu E, Haines CM, Hsu WK, Kalfas IH, Savage JW, Schickendantz MS, Mroz TE. Am J Sports Med. 2020;48(11):2765-2773.
The Association of Preoperative TNF-Alpha Inhibitor Use and Reoperation Rates in Spinal Fusion Surgery. Gaudiani M, Winkelman R, Ravishankar P, Rabah NM, Coughlin D, Mroz TE. Spine J. 2021 Feb 2:S1529-9430(21)00053-X.
The Impact of Preoperative Depression on Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey Results in a Cervical Spine Surgery Setting. Levin JM, Rabah NM, Winkelman RD, Mroz TE, Steinmetz MP. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2020;45(1):65-70.
Clinical assessment and management of Bertolotti Syndrome: A review of the literature. McGrath K, Schmidt E, Rabah NM, Abubakr M, Steinmetz MP. Spine J. 2021 Mar 3:S1529-9430(21)00111-X.
Effect of Ventral vs Dorsal Spinal Surgery on Patient-Reported Physical Functioning in Patients With Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Ghogawala Z, Terrin N, Dunbar MR, Breeze JL, Freund KM, Kanter AS, Mummaneni PV, Bisson EF, Barker FG 2nd, Schwartz JS, Harrop JS, Magge SN, Heary RF, Fehlings MG, Albert TJ, Arnold PM, Riew KD, Steinmetz MP, Wang MC, Whitmore RG, Heller JG, Benzel EC. JAMA. 2021;325(10):942–951.
Late-week surgery and discharge to specialty care associated with higher costs and longer lengths of stay after elective lumbar laminectomy. Salas-Vega S, Chakravarthy VB, Winkelman RD, Grabowski MM, Habboub G, Savage JW, Steinmetz MP, Mroz TE. J Neurosurg Spine. 2021 Apr 6:1-7.
Members & Collaborations
Center for Spine Health Faculty
Thomas Mroz, MD
Michael Steinmetz, MD
Edward Benzel, MD
Ajit Krishnaney, MD
Iain Kalfas, MD
Jason Savage, MD
Douglas Orr, MD
Dominic Pelle, MD
Ghaith Habboub, MD
Kush Goyal, MD
Swetha Sundar, MD
Akshay Sharma, MD
Arpan Patel, MD
Robert Winkelman, MD, MS
Anas Minkara, MD
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine Students
Edward Barksdale III
Kalil Abdullah, MD
Daniel Lubelski, MD
Vincent Alentado, MD
Jacob Miller, MD
Erik Tye, MD
Heath Gould, MD
Joseph Tanenbaum, MD, PhD
Robert Winkelman, MD, MS