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Harry N. Herkowitz, MD

About Harry N. Herkowitz, MD

Dr. Harry Herkowitz passed away in June 2013. He was the Chairman and Director of the Section of Spine Surgery and the Fellowship Program in Spine Surgery at William Beaumont Hospital in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Herkowitz earned his Medical degree at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He had both an Internship and a Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at William Beaumont Hospital. He was a Spine Surgery Fellow under the direction of Richard H. Rothman, MD, PhD and Frederick A. Simeone, MD at Pennsylvania Hospital.

Dr. Herkowitz often served as officer and committee member. He was President of the Spine Journal 1998-1999. He was the Director of the Research Council for the North American Spine Society as well as on their Executive Board. Additionally, he was a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Association, International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, and the Academic Orthopedic Society.

Dr. Herkowitz contributed to the published research of orthopaedic and spine issues as Editor of four medical texts, written 36 chapters, 39 refeered journal articles and 33 non-refeered journal articles. Dr. Herkowitz was on the Editorial Board of many professional journals, including the Journal of Spinal Disorders, Spine, Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics, Advances in Orthopaedic Surgery, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, and Cervical Spine Research Society. Dr. Herkowitz was two-time recipient of the Volvo Award for Clinical Research in Low Back Pain.

Publications

Refereed Journals:

1. Herkowitz HN and Samberg LC: Vertebral Column Injuries Associated with Tobogganing. J Trauma 18:12, 806-810, 1978

2. Herkowitz HN, Booth R, Wiesel SW and Rothman RH: Metrizamide Myelography and Lumbar Epidural Venography. Their Role in the Diagnosis of Lumbar Disc Herniation and Spinal Stenosis. Spine 7:1, 55-64, 1982.

3. Herkowitz HN, Romeyn R, Wesolowski D and Rothman RH: The Indications for Metrizamide Myelography: Relationship with Complications after Myelography. J Bone and Joint Surg 65A:8, 1144-1150, 1983.

4. Herkowitz HN and Rothman RH: Subacute Instability of the Cervical Spine. Spine 9:4, 348-357, 1984.

5. Bell GR, Wiesel SW, Herkowitz HN, Garfin SR and Rothman RH: Comparison of Metrizamide Myelography and Computed Tomography: Their Role in the Diagnosis of Lumbar Disc Herniation and Spinal Stenosis. Spine 9:6, 552-6, 1984.

6. Mulawka S, Herkowitz HN and Wesolowski D: Chemonucleolysis: The Relationship of the Physical Findings, Discography and the Myelographic Defect to the Clinical Result. Spine 11 :4, 391 -396, 1986.

7. Herkowitz HN and Romeyn R: The Cervical Spine in Hemophilia. Clinical Orthopaedic and Related Research 210: 113-119, September 1986.

8. Prusick V, Herkowitz HN, Stambough J and Rothman RH: Sciatica from a Sciatic Neurilemmoma: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. J Bone and Joint Surg 681 :9, 1456-1457, 1986.

9. Herkowitz HN, Garfin SR, Bell GR, Wiesel S and Rothman RH: The Use of Computerized Tomography in Evaluating Non-Visualized Vertebral Levels Caudad to a Complete Bock on Lumbar Myelogram. J Bone and Joint Sura 69-A:2, 218-224, 1987.

10. Rosen M and Herkowitz HN: Osteolytic Monostotic Paget's Disease of the Axis. Spine 13:1, 125-129, 1988.

11. Herkowitz HN: A Comparison of Anterior Cervical Fusion, Cervical Laminectomy, and Cervical Laminaplasty for the Surgical Management of Multiple Level Spondylytic Radiculopathy. Spine 13:7, 774-780, 1988.

12. Herkowitz HN: Cervical Laminaplasty: Its Role in the Treatment of Cervical Radiculopathy. J Spinal Disorders 1 :3, 179-188, 1988.

13. Herkowitz HN: The Surgical Management of Cervical Spondylytic Radiculopathy and Myelopathy. Symposium on Cervical Disc Disease, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 239: 94, February 1989.

14. Herkowitz HN, Kurz LT and Overholt D: The Surgical Management of Cervical Soft Disc Herniation: A Comparison Between the Anterior and Posterior Approach. Spine 15:10, 1026-1030, 1990.

15. Rosen MR, Irwin Rl, Matasar K, Rosenberg B and Herkowitz HN: Osteolytic Monostotic Paget's Disease of the Fifth Lumbar Vertebrae: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. Clinical Orthopacdics and Related Research 262: 119-123, 1991.

16. Schuler T, Kurz LT, Zemenick G, Thompson DE, Hensinger R and Herkowitz HN: The Natural History of Os Odontoideum. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics 11:225-229, 1 991.

17. Herkowitz HN and Kurz LT: Degenerative Lumbar Spondylolisthesis with Spinal Stenosis. A Prospective Study Comparing Decompression with Decompression and Intertransverse Process Arthrodesis. J Bone Joint Surg 73A:802-808, 1991.

18. O'Donnell J, Brown L and Herkowitz HN: Vertebra Plana-Like Lesions in Children: Case Report with Special Emphasis on Differential Diagnosis and Indications for Biopsy. J Spinal Disorders 4:4, 480-485, 1991.

19. Kurz LT, Purcell S and Herkowitz HN: Modified Anterior Approach to the Cervicothoracic Junction. Spine 16:105, S542-S547, October 1991.

20. Albert T, Balderston R, Heller J, Herkowitz H, Garfin S, Tomany K, An H and Simeone F: Upper lumbar disc herniations. Journal of Spinal Disorders 6: 351-359, 1993

21. Steinmann J, Herkowitz HN, El-Kommos H and Wesolowski DP: Spinal pedicle fixation: Confirmation of an image-based technique for pedicle screw placement. Spine 18 (13): 1856-1861, 1993

22. Nowinski GP, Visarius H, Nolte LP and Herkowitz HN: A biomechanical comparison of cervical laminaplasty and cervical laminectomy with progressive facetectomy. Spine 18:1995-2004, 1993

23. Ahlgren B, Vasavada A, Brower R, Lydon C, Herkowitz HN and Panjabi M: Annular incision technique on the strength and multidirectional flexibility of the healing intervertebral disc. Spine 19:948-955, 1994

24. Ahigren B and Herkowitz HN: A modified posterolateral approach to the thoracic spine. J Spin Dis 8:69-75, 1995

25. Guiboux JP, Cantor JB, Small, SD, Zervos M and Herkowitz HN: The effect of prophylactic antibiotics on iatrogenic intervertebral disc infections. A rabbit model. Spine 20 (6):685-688, 1995

26. Herkowitz HN and Sidhu KS: Lumbar spine fusion in the treatment of degenerative conditions: Current indications and recommendations. J Am Acad Orthop Surg 3:123135, 1995

27. MacKay M, Fischgrund J, Herkowitz H, Kurz L, Hecht B and Schwartz M: The effect of interposition on the outcome of lumbar laminectomy and discectomy. Spine 20:1793- 1796, 1995

28. Daftari T, Levine J, Fischgrund J, and Herkowitz H: Is pathologic examination of disc specimens necessary after routine anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. Spine 21:2156-2159, 1996

29. Sidhu K and Herkowitz HN: Spinal instrumentaiton in the management of degenerative disorders of the lumbar spine. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 335:39-53, 1997

30. Fischgrund JS, James SB, Chabot MC, Hankin R, Herkowitz HN, Wozney JM and Shirkhoda A: Augmentation of autograft using rhBMP-2 and different carrier media in the canine spinal fusion model. J Spinal Dis 10(6):467-472, 1997

31. Fischgrund JS, MacKay M, Herkowitz HN, Brower R, Montgomery DM and Kurz LT: Degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis with spinal stenosis: A prospective randomized study comparing decompressive laminectomy and arthrodesis with and without spinal instrumentation. Spine 22(24):2807-2812, 1997

32. Kornblum MD, Wesolowski DP, Fischgrund JS and Herkowitz HN: Computed tomography guided biopsy of the spine: A review of 103 patients. Spine 23:81-85, 1998

33. Guiboux JP, Ahlgren B, Patti J, Bernhard M, Zervos M and Herkowitz HN: The role of prophylactic antibiotics in spinal instrumentation. A rabbit model. Spine 23:653-656, 1998

34. Herkowitz HN, Abraham DJ and Albert TJ: Management of degenerative disc disease above an L5-S1 segment requiring arthrodesis. Spine 24(12):1268-1270 , 1999

35. Garfin SR, Herkowitz HN and Mirkovic S: Spinal stenosis in Instructional Course Lectures. J Bone Joint Surg 81A:572-586, 1999

36. Wise JJ, Fischgrund JS, Herkowitz HN, Montgomery D and Kurz LT: Complication, survival rates, and risk factors of surgery for metastatic disease of the spine. Spine 24(18):1943-1952, 1999

37. Hecht BP, Fischgrund JS, Herkowitz HN, Penman LP, Toth JM and Shirkhoda A: The use of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP2) to promote spinal fusion in a non-human primate anterior interbody fusion model. Spine 24:629-636, 1999

38. Ahlgren BD, Lui W, Herkowitz HN, Panjabi MM and Guiboux JP: Effect of anular repair on the healing strength of the intervertebral disc: A sheep model. Spine 25(17):2165-2171, 2000

39. Bassewitz HL and Herkowitz HN: Osteoporosis of the spine: Medical and surgical strategies. University of Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Journal 13:35-42, 2000

Chapters in Textbooks:

1. Herkowitz HN, Gitlin K and Weissman M: Fractures and Dislocations of the Spine: A Study Guide in Emergency Medicine. American College of Emergency Medicine, Chapter 16.7, pp 125-153, 1981.

2. Weissman M, Gitlin K and Herkowitz HN: Trauma to the Hip, Knee, Leg and Ankle. A Study Guide in Emergency Medicine. American College of Emergency Medicine. Chapter 1.7, pp 125-153, 1981.

3. Kurz LT and Herkowitz HN: Low Back Pain: Monograph for American Academy of Family Practice. AAFP Home Study Self-Assessment 117, pp 3-46, February 1989.

4. Herkowitz HN, Kurz LT and Samberg LC: Management of Cervical Spine Injuries. In State of the Art Reviews: Spine. Edited by A. Ming Wang, M.D. 3:2, pp 231-242, 1989. Published by Hanley and Belfus.

5. Kurz LT, Herkowitz HN and Samberg LC: Management of Major Thoracic and Thoracolumbar Spine Injuries. In State of the Art Reviews: Spine, edited by A. Ming Wang, M.D. Vol 3, #2, pp 243-269, 1989. Published by Hanley and Belfus.

6. Samberg LC, Kurz LT and Herkowitz HN: Lumbar Spine Injuries. In State of the Art Reviews: Spine. Edited by A. Ming Wang, M.D., Vol 3, #2, pp 269-281,1989. Published by Hanley and Belfus.

7. Herkowitz HN and Wesolowski D: Percutaneous Biopsy of the Spine: Techniques, Results and Complications. In Complications of Spinal Surgery, edited by Steven R. Garfin, M.D. Chapter 18, pp 342-364, published by Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore, 1989.

8. Herkowitz HN and Garfin SR: Disc Disease, Does it Exist? Chapter 7. The Intervertebral Disc in The Lumbar Spine: International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, edited by James N. Weinstein, D.O. and Sam W. Wiesel, M.D., pp 369-380, published by W.B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1990.

9. Garfin SR and Herkowitz HN: Conservative Surgical Care of Low Back Pain. In Contemporary Care for Painful Spinal Disorders. Edited by Mayer, Mooney and Gatchel, published by Lea and Febiger, Philadelphia, PA, chapter 33, pp 383-403, 1991.

10. Herkowitz HN, Abdenour M and Paolucci B: Spine Injuries in Basketball. In Spine in Sports, published by Times-Mirror Company, St. Louis, 1991.Chapters for Rothman and Simeone, The Spine, 3rd edition, W.B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia, PA, 1991.

11. Herkowitz HN: Surgical Management of Cervical Radiculopathy and Myelopathy: Anterior Cervical Fusion. (Chapter 20A)

12. Herkowitz HN and Parks PF: Surgical Management of Cervical Radiculopathy and Myelopathy: Cervical Laminaplasty. (Chapter 20E)

13. Herkowitz HN: The Radiologic and Electrodiagnostic Evaluation of Spinal Stenosis. (Chapter 25C)

14. Kurz LT and Herkowitz HN: Posterolateral Fusion of the Lumbar Spine: Techniques and Complications. (Chapter 44B)

15. Herkowitz HN and El-Kommos H: Spinal Stenosis: Clinical Evaluation and Differential Diagnosis. (Chapter 25B)

16. Herkowitz HN and Garfin SR: Conservative Treatment of Spinal Stenosis. (Chapter 25C)

17. Herkowitz HN, Garfin SR and Booth RE: Surgical Management of Spinal Stenosis. (Chapter 25D)

18. Herkowitz HN: Spinal Stenosis: Clinical Evaluation. In Instructional Course Lectures, Robert Eilert, Ed., published by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Volume XLI (1992), Chapter 19, p. 183-185.

19. Kurz LT and Herkowitz HN: Posterior C1-C2 wiring and arthrodesis. In Surgery for Spinal Cord Injuries. Chapter 9, pp 83-92. Garfin SR and Northrup BE (Eds), Raven Press, New York 1993

20. Fischgrund JS and Herkowitz HN: Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Spine Fusion. In Master Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery, DS Bradford (Ed), Raven Press, New York, 1994

21. Ozanne S, Abitbol JJ, Herkowitz HN, Garfin SR, Kurz LT and Schwartz AM: Edwards' Modular Spinal System. In State of the Art Reviews, Spinal Instrumentation. Thomas J. Errico (Ed), Hanley & Belfus, 1994, pp 403-419

22. Fischgrund J and Herkowitz HN: Anterior Surgical Procedures for Cervical Disc Disease. In Surgery of the Cervical Spine, HS An and JM Simpson (Eds), Martin Dunitz, 1994 pp195-213

23. Brower RS and Herkowitz HN: Cervical Spondylotic Radiculopathy and Myelopathy: Posterior Approach. In Spine Care: Operative Treatment Volume 2 AH White and JA, Schofferman (Eds), Mosby-Year Book, Inc, St. Louis, 1995, pp 1379-1393

24. Herkowitz HN: Management of Syndromes Related to Spinal Stenosis. In Essentials of the Spine, J Weinstein, B. Rydevik, V. Sonntag (Eds), Raven Press, New York, 1995, pp 177- 195.

25. Herkowitz HN, Garfin SR, Mirkovic S: Spinal Stenosis: Indications for Laminectomy. In Instructional Course Lectures, M. Schafer (Ed), American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, volume 43, chapter 40, pp 411 -415, 1994

26. Herkowitz HN: Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: Indications for Arthrodesis and Spinal Instrumentation. In Instructional Course Lectures, M. Schafer (Ed), American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, volume 43, chapter 42, pp 425-435, 1994

27. Herkowitz HN and Sidhu K: Surgical indications for chronic idiopathic low back pain. In Low Back Pain, A Scientific and Clinical Overview. J. Weinstein and S. Gordon (Eds), American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Symposium, chapter 28, pp 447-469, 1996

28. Garfin SR and Herkowitz HN: Lumbar disc degeneration: Normal aging or a disease process? In The Lumbar Spine. SW Wiesel, JN Weinstein, HN Herkowitz, J Dvorak & G Bell (eds), second edition, WB Saunders Company, Philadelphia, chapter 7, pp 458-472, 1996

29. Herkowitz HN: Lumbar spinal stenosis: Role of arthrodesis. In The Lumbar Spine. SW Wiesel, JN Weinstein, HN Herkowitz, J Dvorak & G Bell (eds), second edition, WB Saunders Company, Philadelphia, chapter 9, pp 757-765, 1996

30. Herkowitz HN: Present role of lumbar spine fusion. In The Lumbar Spine. SW Wiesel, JN Weinstein, HN Herkowitz, J Dvorak & G Bell (eds), second edition, WB Saunders Co, Philadelphia, chapter 24, pp 1307-1309, 1996

31. Kurz LT, Fischgrund JS, Pursel SE and Herkowitz HN: The modified anterior approach to the cervicothoracic junction. In The Textbook of Spinal Surgery, edited by KH Bridwell, JB Lippincott, chapter 20, pp 237-241, 1996

32. Fischgrund JS and Herkowitz HN: Anterior cervical discectomy and spine fusion. In Master Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine, edited by DS Bradford, Raven Press, New York, chapter 6, pp 89-104, 1996

33. Fischgrund JS and Herkowitz HN: Cervical degenerative disk disorders. In Orthopaedic Knowledge Update V, edited by JR Kasser, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, chapter 48, pp 593-601, 1996

34. Daftari T and Herkowitz HN: Posterior cervical laminaplasty for myeloradiculopathy: North American experience. In Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament, K Yonenobu, T. Sakou, and K. Ono (Eds), Springer-Verlag, Tokyo, pp 153-164, 1997

35. Fischgrund J and Herkowitz HN: Cervical degenerative disease. In Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Spine, published by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, pp 75-87, 1997

36. Fischgrund J and Herkowitz HN: Anterior cervical discectomy and spine fusion. In Master Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery: Spine. D. Bradford (Ed), Lippincott-Raven Publishers, Philadelphia, pp 89-104, 1997

37. Kurz L and Herkowitz HN: Anterior exposures of the cervicothoracic junction and upper thoracic spine. In Surgical Approaches to the Spine. Albert T, Balderston R and Northrup B (Eds), WB Saunders Company, Philadelphia, 1997, pp 61-79

38. Kurz LT and Herkowitz HN: Insufficiency of the transverse ligament. In: Spine Trauma, Levine A, Eismont F, Garfin S (Eds), WB Saunders, Philadelphia, PA, ch 18, 1998 pp 268-277

39. Daftari TK and Herkowitz HN: Transsternal, transmanubrial, and transclavicular exposures. In Anterior Approaches to the Spine, T Zdeblick (Ed), Quality Medical Publishing, Inc, 1999, pp 87-104

40. Daftari T and Herkowitz HN: Upper thoracic metastatic disease. Anterior approaches. In Controversies in Spine Surgery, Surgical Techniques and Medical Treatment. Zdeblick T, Benzel E, Anderson P and Stillerman C (Eds), Quality Medical Publishing, Inc, 1999, pp 214-231

41. Truumees E and Herkowitz HN: Cervical spondylotic myelopathy and radiculopathy. In Instructional Course Lectures, C. Price (Ed), Volume 49, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2000, pp 339-360

42. Garfin SR, Herkowitz HN and Mirkovic S: Spinal stenosis. In Intructional Course Lectures, C. Price (Ed), Volume 49, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2000, pp 361-374

Non-Refereed Journals:

1. Herkowitz HN and Wesolowski D: Percutaneous Biopsy of the Spine: Indications,Techniques, and Results. Update on Spinal Disorders 1:2, 1986.

2. Kurz LT and Herkowitz HN: The Natural History and Pathogenesis of Lumbar Disc Disease. In Seminars in Spine Surgery: ed. Williams and Wilkins. Lumbar Disc Disease 1:1, 1989.

3. Herkowitz HN and Garfin SR: Decompressive Surgery for Spinal Stenosis. In Seminars in Spinal Surgery: Spinal Stenosis 3, pp 163-167, Ed. Steven Lipson, M.D., Williams and Wilkins, September 1989.

4. Herkowitz HN: Surgical Management of Cervical Disc Disease: "Open Door Laminaplasty". In Seminars in Spine Surgery 1:4, 1989.

5. Parks P and Herkowitz HN: Spine Tumors - Patient Evaluation. In Seminars in Spine Surgery 2:3, 1990.

6. Herkowitz HN: Current Status of Percutaneous Discectomy and Chymopapain. Causes and Cure of Low Back Pain. Orthop Clin North Am 22:2, 1991.

7. Herkowitz HN and El-Kommos H: Instrumentation of the Lumbar Spine for Degenerative Disorders. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics 1 :91-96, 1991.

8. Herkowitz HN: Arthrodesis for Degenerative Disorders of the Lumbar Spine: Indications and Results. The Jefferson Orthopaedic Journal 20:9-14, 1991.

9. Steinmann JC and Herkowitz HN: Pseudoarthrosis of the Spine. Clin Orthop 284:80-90, 1992.

10. Kurz LT and Herkowitz HN: Surgical Management of Myelopathy in the Degenerative Neck. Orthop Clin North Am 23:495-504, 1992.

11. Ozanne S, Herkowitz H, Garfin S, Abitbol J and Kurz L: Edwards Modular Spinal System: Design and Use in Traumatic and Reconstructive Spine Surgery. Seminars in Spine Surgery 4:3, 152-174, 1992.

12. Kurz LT and Herkowitz HN: Complications of Bone Graft Harvest. Seminars in Spine Surgery 5 (2), 145-152, 1993

13. Fischgrund JS, Herkowitz H and Brower R: Posterior cervical laminectomy and laminaplasty. In Complications in Spinal Surgery. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics 3:(3) 187-194, 1993

14. Chabot MC, Fischgrund JS, Herkowitz HN: The role of reduction in the treatment of pediatric and adult isthmic spondylolisthesis. Current Opin Ortho 5 (11):73-78, 1994

15. Kurz LT and Herkowitz HN: Techniques of Spinal Arthrodesis and Bone Graft Harvest. Seminars in Spine Surgery 6:124-127, 1994

16. Herkowitz HN and Kurz LT: Degenerative lumbar stenosis: Role of arthrodesis. Seminars in Spine Surgery 6:128-133, 1994

17. Fischgrund JS, Kurz LT, Herkowitz HN: Techniques of bone graft harvesting for cervical fusions. Cervical disc disease. Seminars in Spine Surgery 7:27-33, 1995

18. Herkowitz HN: Internal fixation for degenerative cervical spine disorders. Cervical disc disease. Seminars in Spine Surgery 7:57-61, 1995

19. Brower RS, Herkowitz HN, Weissman M: Conus medullaris injury due to herniated disc and intraoperative positioning for arthroscopy. J Spin Dis 8(2):163-165, 1995

20. Payne DH, Fischgrund JS, Herkowitz HN: Decompression procedures of the thoracolumbar spine. Seminars in Spine Surgery 7(2):128-136, 1995

21. Daftari TK and Herkowitz HN: Radiological assessment of the injured neck. Current Orthopaedics 9:4, October 1995

22. Fischgrund JS and Herkowitz HN: Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion for cervical radiculopathy and myelopathy. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics 6 (1): 13-18, 1996

23. Chabot MC and Herkowitz HN: Spine tumors: Patient evaluation. Seminars in Spine Surgery 7(4) :260-268, 1995

24. Rao R and Herkowitz HN: Lumbar spinal stenosis. Current Opinion in Orthopedics 7 (2), April 1996

25. Rao R and Herkowitz HN: The surgical management of complicated spinal stenosis: Spondylolisthesis. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics 7 (1):44-47, January 1997

26. Abraham D and Herkowitz HN: Indications and trends in use in cervical spinal fusions. In Orthopaedic Clinics of North America 29 (4) 731-744, 1998

27. Abraham D, Herkowitz HN, and Katz JN: Indications for thoracic and lumbar spine fusion and trends in utilization. In Orthopaedic Clinics of North America 29 (4):803-811, 1998

28. Herkowitz HN, Abraham DJ and Fischgrund JS: The diagnosis and management of degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis. Medscape Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 2, 1998

29. Abraham D, Herkowitz HN: Degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis. Seminars in Spine Surgery 11 (1):28-34, March 1999

30. Truumees E and Herkowitz HN. Alternatives to autogenous bone harvest in spine surgery. The University of Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Journal 12:77-88, 1999

31. Truumees E, Fischgrund J and Herkowitz HN: Management of spinal stenosis adjacent to a previously treated segment. Seminars in Spine Surgery: Spinal Stenosis, 282-296-1999

32. Truumees E and Herkowitz HN: Adjacent segment degeneration in the cervical spine: Incidence and management. Seminars in Spine Surgery 11(4):373-383, 1999

33. Bassewitz H and Herkowitz HN: Osteoporosis of the spine: Medical and surgical strategies. University of Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Journal 13:35-43, 2000

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