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Haim D. Blecher, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon
University Spine Associates PA
Princeton, NJ

About Haim D. Blecher, MD

Dr. Haim Blecher is a board certified and fellowship trained orthopaedic spine surgeon. Dr. Blecher is the Director of University Spine Associates. He has extensive experience treating adult and pediatric scoliosis, degenerative spinal conditions, spinal tumors, and trauma. Dr. Blecher brings state-of-the-art techniques in spine care to the Princeton and New Jersey areas. His practice includes complex reconstructive and minimally invasive spine surgery, total disc replacement, and treatment of common back and neck disorders.

Dr. Blecher received his medical degree from State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse, NY. His academic career is heralded by many awards and honors. Dr. Blecher completed a surgical internship and orthopaedic surgical residency at UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ and simultaneously received training in orthopaedic oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York, NY. Under the tutelage of Michael G. Neuwirth MD, Dr. Blecher completed a Spine Surgery Fellowship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.

Dr. Blecher authored two disc replacement research projects that gained international recognition in 2004 at the Spine Arthroplasty Society conference in Austria. In addition, he was a clinical instructor of the CHARITE Artificial Disc Replacement certification course in Cincinnati, OH for DePuy Spine, Inc.

In addition, Dr. Blecher is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society and Spine Arthroplasty Society.

Publications

Published Papers and Presentations
1. Blecher HD, Neuwirth MG. Ahead of the Curve: Treating Adults with scoliosis challenges the spine care team to explore non operative treatment. An article reviewing the difficult task of managing adult scoliosis. Organizes a formulated treatment plan from presentation to long term post operative period. Published in Advance for Directors in Rehabiliation, May 2004, Vol 13 No 5. 

2. Blecher HD , Bitan FD, Kahn SB, Lipp MI , Panagos A, Casden AM, Kuflik PL and Neuwirth MG. Correlation of Discogram Findings With Surgical Outcomes Following Total Disc Replacement: Outcomes of the FDA trial disc replacement as they relate to discogram findings, a prospective study. Presented at the 4th Annual Spine Arthroplasty Society, Vienna 2004.

3. Blecher HD, Bitan F, Kuflik PL, Casden AM, Neuwirth MG. Radiographic Parameters Following Total Disc Replacement; 2 year follow up: Radiographic follow up at 2 years following the FDA trial disc replacements. Presented at the 4th Annual Spine Arthroplasty Society, Vienna 2004.

4. Blecher HD, Webster DA. Mechanism of ACL Tears in Skiing Injuries: Developed a Biomechanical model assessing ACL strain as a function of variables occurring in a simulated ski landing. Presented at Dr. David Murray Day, Syracuse, New York, June 1998.

Research
1. Malberg M, Blecher HD, Rodricks D. Laser Discectomies Using Holmium Laser: Retrospective study evaluating efficacy of LASER discectomies using the Holmium Laser. Submitted to Spine April 2001.

Presentations
1. Metastatic Disease To The Spine - Surgical options and outcomes, University Medical Center at Princeton Tumor Board, July 2006.

2. Cervical Myelopathy - Diagnosis and Surgical Management, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Neurosurgical/Orthopaedic Spine Grand Rounds, June 2006.

3. Vertebral Body Reconstruction Using Expandable Cages, Spine Institute of New York National Spine Fellows' Meeting, May 2006.

4. Low Back Pain-Diagnosis and management, University Medical Center at Princeton Medical Grand Rounds, March 2006.

5. Traumatic and Oncologic Conditions of the Spine, Stryker Instructional Course Lecture, March 2006.

6. Spine Surgery in 2006 - Advances and Evolution, University Medical Center at Princeton Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Conference, February 2006.

7. Subaxial Cervical Spinal Trauma - Diagnosis and Management, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Neurosurgical/Orthopaedic Spine Grand Rounds, March 2005.

8. Flat Back Deformity - Consideration of Sagittal balance in spine patients, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Neurosurgical/Orthopaedic Spine Grand Rounds, May 2005.

9. Metastatic Spine Tumors, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Neurosurgical/Orthopaedic Spine Grand Rounds, September 2004.

10. Correlation of Discogram Findings With Surgical Outcomes Following Total Disc Replacement, International Spine Arthroplasty Society Conference, Vienna, Austria 2004.

11. Radiographic Parameters Following Total Disc Replacement; 2 year follow up, International Spine Arthroplasty Society Conference, Vienna, Austria 2004.

12. Radial Tunnel Syndrome, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Orthopaedic Grand Rounds, February 2001.

13. Sternoclavicular Joint Pathology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Orthopaedic Grand Rounds, September 2000.

14. Supracondylar Humerus Fractures, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Orthopaedic Grand Rounds, May 1999.

15. Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears in Skiing Injuries. Dr. David Murray Alumni Conference. Health Science Center at Syracuse Medical School, June 1998.

Surgical Instructional Courses
1. Charité Artificial Disc Replacement: Frequent Clinical Instructor for the Charité artificial disc replacement course in Cincinnati, OH - 2005

2. Thoracic Pedicle Screws Instructional course: September 2003, NJ. Instructed on thoracic pedicle screw placement and biomechanics.

Articles Written by Haim D. Blecher, MD

Implanting Expanding Cages to Reconstruct the Spine: Patient Cases

Two cases studies, complete with pre- and postoperative x-rays, demonstrate how expandable vertebral cages are used in spinal reconstruction.

Vertebral Body Reconstruction Using Expandable Cages

Vertebral body reconstruction following corpectomy or vertebrectomy present the surgeon with a technical challenge. Learn about expandable cages and how spine surgeons use these devices in spinal reconstruction.

Articles Reviewed by Haim D. Blecher, MD

Opioid Pain Relievers

An in-depth description of opioid pain relievers with a view towards new technology.

Lumbar Spine Surgery: Will You Need Surgery for Your Lower Back Pain?

You have lower back pain: Will you need surgery? Detailed article to help you understand spinal anatomy, lower back pain treatment options, including surgical procedures.

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