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James Zucherman, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon
St. Mary's Spine Center
San Francisco, CA

About James Zucherman, MD

After completing training for medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and internship at University of Southern California, Los Angeles County Hospitals, Dr. Zucherman underwent four years of orthopaedic surgery training at the San Francisco Combined Orthopaedic Residency Training Program, followed by a spine fellowship at University of Hong Kong.

He then joined Dr. Arthur White in practice, and helped organize one of the first real multi-disciplinary spine centers for adult problems in the United States. Dr. Zucherman soon became Medical Director of the St. Mary's Spine Center. He has been a clinical instructor for the San Francisco Combined Orthopaedic Residency Training Program since 1982. A postgraduate orthopaedic spine surgery fellowship was started in 1987, directed by Dr. Zucherman to the present time.

Dr. Zucherman and his associates were the first to perform pedicle fixation in the Western United States, and pioneered internal fixation of the lumbar spine, which is now a standard of care. His group developed the laparoscopic fusion technique first utilized with BAK cages during FDA trials. He was the first to perform a cervical percutaneous discectomy in the United States, and is the inventor and developer of the X-Stop device, a minimally invasive implant for the treatment of spinal stenosis, which has completed its human FDA trials. He and Dr. Hsu are currently investigators for the PRODISC® arthroplasty procedure, and both are Stanford faculty members for the San Francisco/Stanford Combined Spine Surgery Fellowship Program.

Dr. Zucherman is a member of the North American Spine Society, the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and is on the editorial committee for the journal Spine.

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