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D. Greg Anderson, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedics
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Anderson is a member of the SpineUniverse Editorial Board.

About D. Greg Anderson, MD

Dr. Anderson is a board-certified Orthopaedic Surgeon currently practicing at The Rothman Institute and an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopeadics at Thomas Jefferson University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Anderson received his medical degree from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA. He then completed his internship in General Surgery and his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, Irvine in Orange CA.

Following his internship and residency, Dr. Anderson went on to complete a Fellowship in Spine Surgery in the Departments of Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia PA.

In between his residency and spine fellowship, Dr. Anderson served in the United States Air Force. During his duty he served as the Chief of Orthopaedic Spine Surgery at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth VA, as an Orthopaedic Surgery Consultant to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Hampton VA, and as Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery of the 1st Medical Group at Langly Air Force Base in VA.

Dr. Anderson has received numerous academic and military awards including a Commendation Medal from the United States Air Force, an Orthopaedic Hospital Resident Research Award from the California Orthopaedic Association and the Vernon P. Thompson Award from the Western Orthopaedic Association.

Dr. Anderson has also had extensive research experience, participating in a wide variety of clinical investigations on topics such as artificial discs, fusion techniques, spinal cord injuries, and disc degeneration.

In addition to his medical practice and teaching duties, Dr. Anderson is also a member of several prestigious medical associations including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Cervical Spine Research Society, the American Spinal Injury Association, the North American Spine Society, and the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons.

As an active member of his community, Dr. Anderson has made numerous presentations to seniors, veterans, and even the general public on local television news programs on such issues as the aging spine, spine health, and artificial discs.

Dr. Anderson's ongoing laboratory research focuses on disc degeneration and repair. In his surgical practice, Dr. Anderson treats a full spectrum of spinal conditions with a special emphasis on performing less invasive surgery.

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications
1. Li X, Leo BM, Beck G, Balian G, Anderson DG: Collagen and Proteoglycan Abnormalities in the GDF-5 Deficient Mice and Molecular changes when Treating Disk Cells with Recombinant Growth Factor. Spine, 29(20):2229-34, 2004.

2. Tannoury TY, Zmurko MG, Anderson DG, Chan DPK: Multiple Unstable Cervical Fracture with Cord Compromise Treated Non-operatively: A case report, Spine, Jun 1;29(11):E234-8, 2004.

3. Leo BM, Li X, Balian G, Anderson DG: In vivo bioluminescent imaging of virus mediated gene transfer and transduced cell transplantation in the intervertebral disk. Spine, Apr 14;29(8):838-44, 2004.

4. Vaccaro AR, Patel T, Fischgrund J, Anderson DG, Truumees E, Herkowitz HN, Hilibrand A, Albert TJ, Wetzel T, McCulloch JN: A pilot study evaluating the safety and efficacy of OP-1 (rhBMP-7) as a replacement for iliac crest autograft in posterolateral lumbar arthrodesis for degenerative spondylolisthesis. Spine, 29(17), 2004.

5. Anderson SD, Anderson DG, Vaccaro AR: Skeletal Fracture Demographics in Spinal Cord Injured Patients. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 124(3):193-6, 2004.

6. Grauer JN, Vaccaro AR, Beiner JM, Kwon BK, Hilibrand AS, Harrop JS, Anderson G, Hurlbert J, Fehlings MG, Ludwig SC, Hedlund R, Arnold PM, Bono CM, Brodke DS, Dvorak MF, Fischer CG, Sledge JB, Shaffrey CI, Schwartz DG, Sears WR, Dickman C, Sharan A, Albert TJ, Rechtine GR: Similarities and Differences in the Treatment of Spine Trauma Between Surgical Specialties and Location of Practice. Spine, 29(6):685-96, 2004.

7. Anderson DG, Li X, Tannoury T, Beck G, Balian G: A Fibronectin Fragment Stimulates Invertervertebral Disc Degeneration in vivo. Spine, 28(20), 2338-45, 2003.

8. Silber J, Anderson DG, Daffner SD, Brislin BT, Leland JM, Hilibrand AS, Vaccaro AR, Albert TJ: Donor site morbidity after anterior iliac crest bone harvest for single-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. Spine, 28(2), 134-9, 2003.

9. Zmurko MG, Anderson DG: Timing of Surgical Intervention Following a Cervical Fractures, Dislocation or Central Cord Injury. Operative Techniques in Spine Surgery, 14:165-169, 2003.

10. Vaccaro AR, Patel T, Fischgrund J, Anderson DG, Truumees E, Herkowitz H, Phillips F, Hilibrand A, Albert TJ: A Pilot Safety and Efficacy Study of OP-1 Putty (rhBMP-7) as an Adjuvant to Iliac Crest Autograft in Posterolateral Lumbar Fusions. Eur Spine J, 12(5):495-500, 2003

11. Cooper MT, McGee KM, Anderson DG: The Epidemiology and Cost of Athletic Spine and Head Injury. Clin Sports Med. Jul;22(3):427-43, 2003

12. Anderson DG, Albert TJ: The Molecular Basis of Intervertebral Disc Degeneration. Seminars in Spine Surgery, (Lumbar Degenerative Disease), 15(4):352-60, 2003

13. Zmurko MT, Tannoury TY, Tannoury CA, Anderson DG: The Management of Athletic Sprains, Strains and Minor Fractures of the Neck. Clin Sports Med. Jul;22(3):513-21, 2003

14. Anderson DG, Wierzbowski LR, Schwartz DM, Hilibrand AS, Vaccaro AR, Albert TJ: Pedicle Screws with High Electrical Resistance: A Potential Source of Error During Stimulus-Evoked EMG. Spine, 27(14):1577-81, 2002.

15. Anderson DG, Izzo MW, Hall DJ, Vaccaro AR, Hilibrand A, Arnold W, Tuan RS, Albert TJ: Comparative Gene Expression Profiling of Normal and Degenerative Discs: Analysis of a Rabbit Annular Laceration Model. Spine, 27(12):1291-6, 2002.

16. Anderson DG, Albert TJ: Bone grafting, implants and plating options for anterior cervical fusion. Orthopedic Clinics of North America, 33(2), 317-28, 2002

17. Silber JS, Anderson DG, Vaccaro AR, Anderson PA, McCormick P: Management of Postprocedural Discitis. The Spine Journal, 2(4)279-87, 2002.

18. Vaccaro AR, Anderson DG, Toth CA: Recombinant Human Osteogenic Protein-1 (Bone Morphogenetic Protein-7) as an Osteoinductive Agent in Spinal Fusion. Spine, 27(16 Suppl 1):S86, 2002

19. Sandhu HS, Anderson DG, Andersson GB, Boden SD, Damien C, Ebara S, Helm G, Lane JM, McKay B, Seeherman H, Wozney J: Summery Statement: alternative delivery by gene therapy and cost justification of bone morphogenetic proteins for spine fusion. Spine, 27(16 Suppl 1):S59-S65, 2002

20. Anderson DG, Andersson GB, Boden SD, Damien C, Ebara S, Helm G, Lane JM, McKay B, Sandhu HS, Seeherman H, Wozney J: Summery Statement: Clinical BMP Programs. Spine, 27(16 Suppl 1):S49, 2002

21. Sandhu HS, Anderson DG, Andersson GB, Boden SD, Damien C, Ebara S, Helm G, Lane JM, McKay B, Sandhu HS, Seeherman H, Wozney J: Summary statement: safety of bone morphogenetic proteins for spine fusion. Spine, 27(16 Suppl 1):S39, 2002

22. Seeherman H, Anderson DG, Andersson GB, Boden SD, Damien C, Ebara S, Helm G, Lane JM, McKay B, Sandhu HS, Wozney J: Summary statement: biology of spine fusion, bone graft substitutes, and the burden of proof. Spine, 27(16 Suppl 1):S24-5, 2002

23. Helm G, Anderson DG, Andersson GB, Boden SD, Damien C, Ebara S, Lane JM, McKay B, Sandhu HS, Seeherman H, Wozney J: Summary statement: bone morphogenetic proteins: basic science. Spine, 27(16 Suppl 1):S9, 2002

24. Boden SD, Anderson DG, Andersson GB, Damien C, Ebara S, Helm G, Lane JM, McKay B, Sandhu HS, Seeherman H, Wozney J: Summary statement: overview of bone morphogenetic proteins for spine fusion. Spine, 27(16 Suppl 1):S1, 2002

25. Silber JS, Anderson DG, Vaccaro AR: Advances in the Surgical Management of Lumbar Degenerative Disease. Orthopedics, 25(7):767-71, 2002

26. Silber JS, Anderson DG, Vaccaro AR, Hilibrand AS, Albert TJ: Clinical Spinal Neuroanatomy: What You Need to Know to Survive in Everyday Practice. Resident and Staff Physician, 2002.

27. Silber JS, Anderson DG, Hilibrand AS, Simeone FA, Albert TJ: Preoperative Discography: The Appropriate Indications and Interpretations. The University of Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Journal, 14:79-82, 2001.

28. Silber JS, Anderson DG, Albert TJ: Practical and Functional Spinal Neuroanatomy for the Orthopaedic Surgeon. The Thomas Jefferson Orthopaedic Journal, 29:40-46, 2000.

29. Anderson DG, Voets C, Ropiak R, Betcher J, Silber JS, Daffner S, Cotler J, Vaccaro AR: Analysis of patient variables affecting neurologic outcome following traumatic cervical facet dislocation. Spine J, (manuscript accepted/in press).

30. Thaller J, Walker M, Kline AJ, Anderson DG, The Effect of Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Agents on Spinal Fusion: A Critical Review of the Literature, Orthopaedics (manuscript accepted/ in press).

31. Munro BS, Poelstra KA, Anderson DG: Septic until proven otherwise… routine transurethral resection of the prostate complicated by severe acute hip pain: A case report and review of the literalutre, Orthopedics (mauscript accepted/in press).

32. Anderson DG, Li X, Balian GB: A fibronectin fragment alters the metabolism of intervertebral disc cells in vitro, Spine (manuscript accepted/ in press.)

33. Tannoury T, Crowl AC, Battaglia TC, Chan DP, Anderson DG: An Anatomic Study Comparing C1-2 Transarticular Screws Placed with Standard Fluoroscopy vs. Virtual Fluoroscopy. J Neurosurg. (manuscript accepted/in press).

34. Anderson DG: Molecular Pathogenic Factors in Degenerative Disc Disease, The Spine Journal (Special Issue on Biologics), (manuscript accepted/ in press).

35. Anderson DG, Risbud MV, Shapiro IM, Vaccaro AR, Albert TJ: Cell based therapy for disc repair, The Spine Journal (Special Issue on Biologics), (manuscript accepted/ in press).

36. Anderson DG and the membership of the Spine Trauma Study Group, A new classification of thoracolumbar injuries: the importance of the mechanism of injury, neurologic status and the integrity of the posterior ligamentous complex, Spine (manuscript accepted/ in press).

37. Anderson DG, Fraser JK, Risbud M, Albert TJ, Vaccaro AR, Wuisman P, Meisel HJ, Tannoury C, Shapiro I: Cellular Therapy for Symptomatic Disk Degeneration. Spine, (manuscript accepted/ in press).

Invited Publications
1. Robbins MM, Anderson DG, Vaccaro AR: The Role of Bioresorbable Products in Spinal Surgery, SpineLine, May-June; 2004.

2. Anderson DG, Silber J, Vaccaro A: Spine training. Spine surgery fellowships:perspectives of the fellows and directors. Spine J, May-Jun;1(3):229-30, 2001

3. Anderson DG: MicroTLIF: A case study. DePuy Acromed, 2002.

4. Anderson DG, Silber JS, Vaccaro AR. Literature review: Nonoperative Treatment versus Posterior Fixation for Thoracolumbar Junction Burst Fractures without Neurologic Deficit. SpineLine, 2(4):20-21, 2001.

5. Anderson DG, Silber JS, Vaccaro AR. Literature review: Single-stage Posterolateral Transpedicle Approach for Spondylectomy, Epidural Decompression and Circumferential Fusion of Spinal Metastases. SpineLine, 2(3):20-22, 2001.

6. Silber JS, Anderson DG, Vaccaro AR. Literature review: Lumbar High-Intensity Zone and Discography without Low Back Problems. SpineLine, 2(2):19-20, 2001.

7. Anderson DG, Silber JS, Vaccaro AR: Spine Surgery Fellowships: The Fellow's and Fellowship Director's Perspectives, Letter to the Editor, The Spine Journal, 2001

8. Anderson DG: Healing the Whole Man. LLU Alumni Journal, Fall 1990.

9. Robbins MW, Anderson DG, Vaccaro AR: The Role of Bioabsorbable Implants in Spinal Surgery, SpineLine, March/April 2004 (submitted/in press)

10. Walker M, Anderson DG: Molecular Aspects of Intervertebral Disc Degeneration, The Spine Journal (Special Issue on Biologics), (in press) Selected.

Abstracts
1. Anderson DG, Baker M, Haddad F, Baldwin K, Caiozzo V: Skeletal Muscle Recovery Following Hindlimb Suspension; the Effect of High Resistance Training on Myosin Heavy Chain Gene Expression, JBJS Orthopaedic Transactions, 1996.

2. Anderson DG, Gardner V, White J, Caiozzo VJ: Fibrin Glue Prevents Peridural Adhesions in a Rat Laminectomy Model, JBJS Orthopaedic Transactions, 1997.

3. Zmurko MT, Tannoury TY, Tannoury CA, Anderson DG: The Management of Athletic Sprains, Strains and Minor Fractures of the Neck. (From Clin Sports Med. 2003), AnalgesiaFile, Dannemiller Memorial Educational Foundation

Book Chapters
1. Shen F, Anderson DG: Thoracoscopic Surgery of the Spine. In: Miller MD, Cole BJ (eds): Textbook of Arthroscopy, WB Saunders, Philadelphia, 2004.

2. Shen F, Anderson DG: Laparscopic Surgery of the Spine. In: Miller MD, Cole BJ (eds): Textbook of Arthroscopy, WB Saunders, Philadelphia, 2004

3. Shen F, Anderson DG: Posterior Endoscopic Lumbar Surgery. In: Miller MD, Cole BJ (eds): Textbook of Arthroscopy, WB Saunders, Philadelphia, 2004.

4. LeCroy M, Anderson DG: Adult Trauma (Spine Portion). Review of Orthopaedics, 4th Edition, Miller MD, Brinker MR, W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia, 2004

5. Anderson DG, Albert TJ, Vaccaro AR: Genetic and Molecular Aspects of Disc Degeneration, In Proceeding of the European Spinal Arthroplasty Society (Released on CD-ROM), 2002

6. Anderson DG, Vaccaro AR, Gavin KF, Fromal, AL: Spinal Orthoses. In: Vaccaro AR, Betz RA, Zeidman S, eds. Principles and Practice of Spine Surgery. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders, 2002

7. Anderson DG, Vaccaro AR, Gavin KF: Cervical Orthoses and Cranioskeletal Traction. In: Clark CR, ed. The Cervical Spine, 4th Edition. Cervical Spine Research Society, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2005

8. Anderson DG, Vaccaro AR: Classification of Lower Cervical Spine Injuries. In: Clark CR, ed. The Cervical Spine, 4th Edition. Cervical Spine Research Society, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2005

9. Anderson DG, Silber JS, Albert TJ: Management of Cervical Kyphosis due to Surgery, Degenerative Disease or Trauma. In: Clark CR, ed. The Cervical Spine, 4th Edition. Cervical Spine Research Society, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2005

10. Anderson DG, Vaccaro AR: Bone Growth Factors for Spine Fusion: OP-1. In: Corbin T, Connolly PJ, Yuan H, Bao Q, Boden S, eds. Advanced Spinal Surgical Technologies. St. Louis: Quality Medical Publishing, Inc., (in press)

11. Helm GA, Anderson DG: Cellular and genetic approaches for spinal fusions, In Haid RW, Subach BR, Rodts GE, eds. Progress in Neurological Surgery: Advances in Spinal Stabilization. Karger AG, Basel, Switzerland (in press)

12. Balian G, Anderson DG: Potential of bone marrow mesenchymal cells as a graft for spinal fusions. In: Lewandrowski KU et al. eds. Advances in Spinal Fusion-Clinical Applications of Basic Science, Molecular Biology, Biomechanics and Engineering. Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York, NY. (in press)

13. Chamroontaneskul K, Anderson DG: Construct Failure in Cervical Corpectomy Surgery. In: Vaccaro AR et al. eds. Complications of Pediatrac and Adult Spinal Surgery. Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York, NY. (in press)

14. Leo B, Walker M, Anderson DG: The Molecular Basis of Intervertebral Disc Degeneration, Karger Medical Publishing, Switzerland/Germany (in press)

15. Anderson DG, Yuan P, Hanna A, Albert TJ: The Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion Procedure, 5th Edition, Herkowitz, Garfin, Eismont, Bell eds, Elsevier, Philadelphia, (in press).

16. Tsung-Ting T, Anderson DG: Dysphagia/Esophageal Injuries, In An H, Jenis L, eds. Spine Surgery Complications, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, (in press).

17. Kostuik J, Anderson DG, Kabeish K: Surgery for Adults, In Heary RF, Albert TJ, eds Spinal Deformities: The Essentials, Theime, New York, NY, (in press).

Journal Editorialships
1. Head and Neck Injuries, In Clinics in Sports Medicine, Anderson DG, Helm GA (eds), WB Saunders, Vol. 22,(3), July 2003.

2. Lumbar Disc Disease, In Seminar in Spine Surgery, Albert TJ, Anderson DG (eds), WB Saunders, publication anticipated December 2003.

Book Editorialships
1. Complications of Pediatric and Adult Spinal Surgery, Anderson DG, Benzel E, Crawford A, Regan J, Vaccaro, AR (eds.), Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York, NY, publication anticipated 2003-4.

2. Decision Making in Spinal Care, Vaccaro AR, Anderson, DG (eds.), Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, work in progress.

Section Editorialships
1. General Knowledge, In Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 8, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, publication anticipated Spring 2005.

Articles Written by D. Greg Anderson, MD

The Role of Bone Graft in Spinal Fusion Surgery

Bone graft refers to the use of bone in spinal fusion surgery. Spine surgeons can use bone graft to stop motion between two or more vertebral bodies, stabilize a corrected spinal deformity, or repair spinal fractures.

Case Studies Presented by D. Greg Anderson, MD

High-speed Motor Vehicle Accident: 24-Year-old

On Behalf of The Spine Trauma Study Group
Presented by: A. Vaccaro MD, PhD, D. Anderson MD

The patient is a 24-year-old woman, who was a rear passenger (properly restrained) in a high-speed motor vehicle accident.

Articles Reviewed by D. Greg Anderson, MD

Pain Management Techniques to Help Conquer Back and Neck Pain

The purpose of this article is to help you understand pain management. Included is an explanation of the different types of pain and treatments pain management specialists use to fight pain.

Pain Management Techniques to Help Conquer Back and Neck Pain

Spine specialists help patients who suffer acute and chronic pain to find relief using new procedures and devices that include radiofrequency discal procedures, spinal pumps and stimulators.

Understanding Neuropathic Pain

Rather than the nervous system functioning properly to sound an alarm regarding tissue injury, in neuropathic pain the peripheral or central nervous systems malfunction and cause pain.

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