What qualifications are necessary to practice spine surgery? At the bare minimum? Who can call themselves a spine surgeon?
I searched the website of the American Board of Spine Surgeons by state. There appear to be very few board certified spine surgeons. Only TWO in Colorado? YOU and one other person. Are there other “boards” for spine surgeons?
I see many spine surgeons are “fellowship trained” but I sense these fellowships are highly variable in commitment and content. Is there a monitoring body for such fellowships?
I suppose you value the ABSS credential are you wouldn’t have bothered to get it. I don’t think there are enough ABSS certified surgeons to go around! What other credentials should one look for when picking a spine surgeon?
Spine surgeons do not have to be board certified by the American Board of Spine Surgery. Almost all are certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and have then undergone fellowships in spine surgery. Neurosurgeons who perform spine surgery are boarded by the American Board of Neurosurgery.
The compassion, diagnostic and surgical ability of the surgeon is what counts and not necessarily where they come from.
PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.