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Joseph S. Cheng, MD
Director, Neurosurgery Spine Program
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN

About Joseph S. Cheng, MD

Dr. Joseph Cheng is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University in the Department of Neurosurgery. He is Director of the Neurosurgery Spine Program and Co-Director of the Spine and Bone Core Research Laboratory. Dr. Cheng's clinical interest is in all aspects of spinal surgery such as treating degenerative disease, deformities, trauma, tumors, and spinal cord injury, with an emphasis on complex spinal reconstruction and instrumentation.

Dr. Cheng completed his neurosurgical training at the Medical College of Wisconsin and continued on there for a one-year Fellowship in Complex Spinal Surgery. During that time, he also received a Masters Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Marquette University with a special emphasis in spinal biomechanics and modeling. His research interests include spinal biomechanics and modeling, spinal oncology, spinal reconstruction and instrumentation development, and minimally invasive spinal techniques. He has taught a number of courses on spinal surgery, published a number of research papers and book chapters, along with presenting talks at a variety of meetings.

Dr. Cheng is an active member of many professional organizations and has acted as a moderator along with serving on their committees. These include the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, AANS/CNS Joint Spine Section, AANS/CNS Trauma Section, American Medical Association, AO/ASIF (Association for the Study of Internal Fixation), Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Wisconsin State Medical Society, and the Tennessee Neurosurgical Society, of which he was president of last year.

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Papers

 

1. "Development and Biomechanical Testing of an Artificial Vertebral Body", JS Cheng. Master's Thesis, Marquette University, May 2002.

2. "Lateral Supratentorial Endodermal Cyst: Case Report and Review of Literature". JS Cheng, JF Cusick, KC Ho, J Ulmer. Neurosurgery, 51(2):493-499, Aug 2002.

3. "Chiari I Malformation Revisited: Diagnosis and Treatment". JS Cheng, J Nash, GA Meyer. The Neurologist, 8(6):357-362, Nov 2002.

4. "Chiari Type I Malformation: Overview of Diagnosis and Treatment". JJ Nash, JS Cheng, GA Meyer, BF Remler. Wisconsin Medical Journal, 101(8):35-40, Dec 2002.

5. "Treatment Strategies for Cervical Adjacent Segment Disease After Cervical Fusion". JS Cheng, DM Maiman, RM Chambers. Seminars in Neurosurgery, 14(1):49-53. Mar 2003.

6. "Anatomy of the Sacrum (Tumors of the Sacrum)". JS Cheng, JK Song. Neurosurgery Focus, 15(2):1-4 (Article 3). August 2003.

7. "Evaluation of Photodynamic Therapy Near Functional Brain Tissue in Patients with Recurrent Brain Tumors". MH Schmidt, GA Meyer, KW Reichert, JS Cheng, HG Krouwer, K Ozker, HT Whelan. Journal of Neuro-Oncology, 67(1-2):201-207. Mar-Apr 2004.

8. "Cystic Tonsillar Gliosis Associated with Chiari Type I Malformation". GA Meyer, J Nash, BF Remler, JS Cheng, KC Ho. (Submitted).

9. "Augmenting Posterior, Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion with Non-Rigid versus Traditional Posterior Fixation: An In vitro Kinematic Study". LM Jensen, JD Gordon, WC Welsh, JS Cheng, JM Dawson. (Submitted)

Abstracts and Presentations

1. "A Quantitative Analytical Review of Human Spinal Morphology". JS Cheng, N Yoganandan, FA Pintar, DJ Maiman, JF Cusick, L Voo. Proc Joint Sect Disorders of Spine and Peripheral Nerves, Phoenix AZ, Feb 14-18, 1995, p 179.

2. "A Quantitative Analytical Review of Human Spinal Morphology". JS Cheng, N Yoganandan, FA Pintar, DJ Maiman, JF Cusick, L Voo. American Association of Neurological Surgeons in Minneapolis, MN on Apr 1996.

3. "Hybrid Approach to the Biomechanical Design of a Dummy Human Neck". N Yoganandan, JS Cheng, FA Pintar, T Shams, N Rangarajan. American Society Mechanical Engineers BED (Advances in Bioengineering), 33:449-450. Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA on Nov 1996.

4. "Development of a biomechanically analogous cervical spine physical model". S Kumaresan, P Khouphongsy, B Stemper, D Daruwala, JS Cheng, FA Pintar, N Yoganandan, DJ Maiman. American Society Mechanical Engineers BED (Advances in Bioengineering), 39:155-156, 1998.

5. "Development of a Biomechanically Analogous Cervical Spine Physical Model". S Kumaresan, P Khouphongsy, B Stemper, D Daruwala, JS Cheng, FA Pintar, N Yoganandan, D Maiman, T Bray. Impact Biomechanics Presentation. International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in Anaheim, CA on Nov 1998.

6. "Biomechanically Analogous Cervical Spine Physical Model Using CT Images and Rapid Prototyping Technique". S Kumaresan, FA Pintar, N Yoganandan, DJ Maiman, JS Cheng. Proc 7th Ann Rachidian Soc, Kona HI, Feb 28-Mar 4, 1999, p 20.

7. "Evaluation of Photodynamic Therapy Near Eloquent Brain Tissue In Patients With Recurrent Brain Tumors". MH Schmidt, JS Cheng, HT Whelan, K Reichert, GA Meyer. Congress of Neurological Surgeons in San Diego, CA on Sep 2001. First Place Poster Award.

8. "A Quantitative Analytical Review of Human Spinal Morphology (Update)". JS Cheng, MH Schmidt, N Yoganandan, FA Pintar, DJ Maiman, JF Cusick. Poster Presentation. Congress of Neurological Surgeons Meeting in San Diego, CA on Sep 2001.

9. "Intradural versus Extradural Decompression in the Treatment of Adult Chiari Type I Malformations". JS Cheng, J Nash, GM Meyer, B Remler. Rachidian Soceiety Meeting in Kona, HI on Feb 2002.

10. "Occipital Cervical Biomechanics and Stabilization". JS Cheng, JE Garber. Rachidian Soceiety Meeting in Kona, HI on Feb 2002.

11. "Crisscross Cervical Facet Fixation: Biomechanical and Clinical Analysis of an Innovative Technique". JS Cheng, JF Cusick, FA Pintar, N Yoganandan. American Assosication of Neurological Surgeons in Chicago, IL on Apr 2002.

12. "Intracranial Endodermal Cystic Lesions". JS Cheng, JF Cusick, J Ulmer, KC Ho. Tennessee Neurosurgical Society in Nashville, TN on Aug 2002.

13. "Artificial Vertebral Body Development for Biomechanical Testing". JS Cheng. Tennessee Neurosurgical Society in Nashville, TN on Aug 2003.

14. "Treatment Strategies for Cervical Adjacent Segment Disease". JS Cheng. Vanderbilt-Meacham Society Meeting in Denver, CO on Oct 2003.

15. "Treatment Strategies for Cervical Adjacent Segment Disease After Cervical Fusion (Including Preemptive Treatment". JS Cheng, DM Maiman, RM Chambers. Proc Rachidian Society, Kona, HI, Feb 22-26, 2004, p 2.

16. "Motion Preservation in the Surgical Treatment of Hangman's Fractures". J Spooner, P Konrad, JS Cheng. Proc Joint Sect Disorders of Spine and Peripheral Nerves, Phoenix AZ, Mar 9-12, 2005, p65.

Book Chapters

1. "Adult and Child - Head Anatomy". JS Cheng, KW Reichert. Frontiers in Head and Neck Trauma: Clinical and Biomechanical. IOS Press, Amsterdam 1998.

2. "The Obese Patient". JS Cheng, MH Schmidt, WM Mueller, E Benzel. Spinal Surgery: Techniques, Complication Avoidance, and Management, 2nd Edition. Harcourt, Inc. Orlando, FL 2003(Anticipated).

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