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Robert E. Isaacs, MD
Director of Spine Surgery
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC

About Robert E. Isaacs, MD

Dr. Isaacs is a neurosurgeon currently serving as the Director of Spine Surgery at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. He formally served as the Fellowship Director and Head of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Florida Spine Institute.

Dr. Isaacs is an innovator and a leading expert in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. Fellowship-trained in both Complex as well as Endoscopic Spine Surgery, Dr. Isaacs has performed hundreds of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeries. He trains physicians across the country in complex spinal surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, minimally invasive spinal fusion and thoracoscopic spine surgery.

Dr. Isaacs received his medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. He went on to complete his residency in the Department of Neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. During his residency, Dr. Isaacs received additional neurology training as a visiting resident at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ. He also completed a research fellowship in the Department of Chemical, Bio and Materials Engineering at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ and a clinical spine fellowship at the Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroresearch at Rush University in Chicago, IL under the direction of Richard Fessler, MD PhD.

An experienced researcher, Dr. Isaacs has been involved in numerous clinical investigations focusing on such topics as advancing minimally invasive techniques for spinal surgery, image-guided surgical techniques, outcomes research for patients undergoing spinal surgery, as well as developing endoscopic techniques and less invasive approaches for spinal surgery.

Dr. Isaacs is an active member of a number of important medical organizations such as American Association of Neurological Surgeons, where he served as an abstract reviewer; the Congress of Neurological Surgeons; the Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, where he served on the Scientific Program Committee and as an abstract reviewer; and the North American Spine Society.

Publications

1. Spears J, Podichetty V, Biscup R, Isaacs RE "Age-Based Comparative Outcomes of Elderly Patients Receiving Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression Surgery," Journal of Spinal Disorders, pending submission.

2. Penn DG, Spears JD, Modic M, Cardona L, Isaacs RE. "Cervical Septic Arthritis: A Case Report and a Review of the Literature," Neurosurgery, submitted.

3. Isaacs RE, Sandhu FA, Santiago P, Podichetty VK, Kelly K, Rice L, Fessler RG. "Minimally Invasive Microendoscopic-Assisted Transformainal Lumbar Interbody Fusion with Instrumentation," Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, submitted.

4. Isaacs RE, Podichetty VK, Fessler RG. "Microendoscopic Disceectomy for Recurrent Disc Herniations," Neurosurgery Focus, 9/03; Vol. 15, No. 3, pp. 1-4.

5. Isaacs RE, Sandhu FA, Santiago P, Podichetty VK, Kelly K, Rice L, Fessler RG. "Thoracic Microendoscopic Discectomy," Spine, accepted.

6. Spears JD, Isaacs RE: Minimally Invasive Surgery for Lumbar Canal Stenosis. In: NASS CME Case Study, Submitted.

7. Isaacs RE. Thoracoscopic Discectomy. In: An Anatomical Approach to Minimal Access Spinal Surgery, Perez-Cruet, Khoo, Fessler [Eds.]. Quality Medical Publishing, St. Louis, In Press.

8. Perez-Cruet MJ, Isaacs RE, Fessler RG. "Anterior Cervical Corpectomy and Fusion," Operative Nuances, Neurosurgery (submitted) 2002.

9. Isaacs RE, Rice-Wyllie L, Fessler RG: Cervical Microendoscopic Discectomy. SpineUniverse, SpineUniverse.com, 2002.

10. Isaacs RE, Perez-Cruet MJ, Fessler RG. "Complications in the Treatment of L1 Burst Fractures," Techniques in Neurosurgery, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp 130-139, Benzel EC(Ed.) Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2003.

11. Isaacs RE, Perez-Cruet MJ. "Microendoscopic Assisted Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion," CINN Report, October, 2002.

12. Perez-Cruet MJ, Foley K, Isaacs RE, Rice-Wyllie L, Wellington R, Smith M, Fessler RG. "Microendoscopic Lumbar Discectomy: Technical Note," Neurosurgery, 11/02;51(5 Suppl):129-36.

13. Isaacs RE, Rice-Wyllie L, Fessler RG: Lumbar Microendoscopic Discectomy. In: Spine and Spinal Cord Surgery, pp693-704, Zileli, M. (Ed.). Istanbul, 2003.

14. Isaacs RE, Fessler RG: Posterior Thoracic Instrumentation. In: Spine and Spinal Cord Surgery, pp. 1657-1670, Zileli, M. (Ed.). Istanbul, 2003.

15. Fessler RG, Isaacs RE, Rice-Wyllie L: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: Lumbar Discectomy, A Patient's Perspective. In: Save Your Aching Back and Neck, A Patient's Guide. Eidelson SG [Ed.] SYA Press and Research, Boca Raton, FL, 2002.

16. Fessler RG, Isaacs RE, Rice-Wyllie L: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: Lumbar Discectomy. SpineUniverse, SpineUniverse.Com, 2002

17. Isaacs RE, Perez-Cruet MJ, Fessler RG: Thoracoscopic Biopsy. In: Thoracoscopic Spine Surgery, pp. , Dickman, Rosenthal, Perin [Eds.]. Thieme Medical Publishing, New York, In Press.

18. Isaacs RE, Sandu F, Fessler RG: Cervical Microendoscopic Foramenotomy. In: The Spine, pp. ( ), Rothman, Simeone [Eds.]. WB Saunders, Philadelphia.

19. Perez-Cruet MJ, Isaacs RE, Fessler RG: Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion. In: Atlas of Neurosurgical Techniques. Fessler RG and Sekhar LN(Eds.) Thieme Medical Publishing, New York, In Press.

20. Isaacs RE, Fessler RG: Microendoscopic Discectomy. In: Atlas of Neurosurgical Techniques. Fessler RG and Sekhar LN(Eds.) Thieme Medical Publishing, New York, In Press.

21. Isaacs RE, Fessler RG: Microendoscopic Decompression for Stenosis. In: Atlas of Neurosurgical Techniques. Fessler RG and Sekhar LN(Eds.) Thieme Medical Publishing, New York, In Press.

22. Isaacs RE, Fessler RG: Percutaneous Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion. In: Atlas of Neurosurgical Techniques. Fessler RG and Sekhar LN(Eds.) Thieme Medical Publishing, New York, In Press.

23. Aaronson O, Isaacs RE: Transpedicular Decompression. In: Atlas of Neurosurgical Techniques. Fessler RG and Sekhar LN(Eds.) Thieme Medical Publishing, New York, In Press.

24. Isaacs RE, Sandu FA, Fessler RG: Microendoscopic Discectomy. In: Atlas of Minimal Access Spine Surgery. Regan J and Lieberman I (Eds.) pp. 465-485, Quality Medical Publishing, St. Louis, 2004.

25. Isaacs RE: Thoracic Sympathectomy. In: Atlas of Neurosurgical Techniques. Fessler RG and Sekhar LN(Eds.) Thieme Medical Publishing, New York, In Press.

26. Isaacs RE: Transthoracic Vertebrectomy. In: Atlas of Neurosurgical Techniques. Fessler RG and Sekhar LN(Eds.) Thieme Medical Publishing, New York, In Press.

27.Isaacs RE: Transthoracic Discectomy. In: Atlas of Neurosurgical Techniques. Fessler RG and Sekhar LN(Eds.) Thieme Medical Publishing, New York, In Press.

28. Isaacs RE: Anterolateral Graft and Plate Reconstruction. In: Atlas of Neurosurgical Techniques. Fessler RG and Sekhar LN(Eds.) Thieme Medical Publishing, New York, In Press.

29.Isaacs RE, Fessler RG, Woodard E, Dawson E: The Lumbar and Sacral Spine. In: Spine Surgery: Techniques, Complication Avoidance, and Management. Benzel EC(Ed.) Churchill Livingston, New York, In Press.

30. Khoo LT, Khoo K, Isaacs RE, Fessler RG: Endoscopic Lumbar Laminectomy for Stenosis. In: Outpatient Spinal Surgery. Perez-Cruet MJ and Fessler RG(Eds.) Quality Medical Publishing, St. Louis, 2002.

31. Isaacs RE, Maciunas RJ. "The History of Neural Prostheses," In Neural Prostheses. American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Rolling Meadows, 2000.

32. Isaacs RE, Weber DJ, Schwartz AB. "Work Towards Real-Time Control of a Cortical Neural Prosthesis," IEEE Transactions on Rehabilitation Engineering, 6/00; 8(2):196-8.

Articles Written by Robert E. Isaacs, MD

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