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Dino Samartzis, PhD(C)
University of Hong Kong

About Dino Samartzis, PhD(C)

Dr. Dino Samartzis was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Loyola Academy high school in Wilmette, Illinois and went on to obtain his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Samartzis further pursued graduate studies in biological sciences, evidence-based health care, clinical epidemiology, medical sciences, and international studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the University of Oxford in Oxford, England, the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England, Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and the London School of Economics and Political Science in London, England. Dr. Samartzis also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong. Furthermore, Dr. Samartzis was a Gilbert Beebe Fellow of the Radiation and Nuclear Board of the National Academies of Science in Washington D.C., the Radiation Epidemiology Branch of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation in Hiroshima, Japan addressing the effects of atomic nuclear power/radiation and their health-related risks upon the musculoskeletal system.

Since having started his career in spine at the Division of Spine Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Samartzis has published approximately 200 research articles, book chapters, and other educational material in peer-reviewed journals, textbooks, multimedia, and online mediums. Dr. Samartzis has also been the Editor-in-Chief and/or Section Editor for several textbooks, such as Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgical Approaches, Intervertebral Disc Degeneration, and the upcoming text entitled The Cervical Spine. Dr. Samartzis is actively involved on the Editorial, Advisory, and Review Boards of nearly two dozen medical journals, such as SPINE, Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques, The Spine Journal, Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Research, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American and British), and the British Medical Journal. In addition, Dr. Samartzis is also an elected member of various orthopaedic, neurosurgical, and epidemiological organizations, such as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society, International Soceity for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, AOSpine, Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the American College of Epidemiology.

Dr. Samartzis has been the recipient of over 30 awards and recognitions, such as nomination as a Fulbright Scholar, commendation by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), consistent inclusion in Cambridge Who's Who and Marquis Who's Who in the World/Medicine & Healthcare/Emerging Leaders, AOSpine Award for research, the Young Investigator Award by the SPINE journal, and the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine's (ISSLS) Best Clinical Prize, among others.

Dr. Samartzis is currently a Research Assistant Professor at the Division of Spine Surgery, Department of Orthopaedics & Traumatology at the University of Hong Kong. He is also the elected Research Officer Chair for AOSpine's Southeast Asia Council and member of AOSpine's Asia Pacific Research Committee. Dr. Samartzis' main research interests are non-genetic and genetic factors related to intervertebral disc degeneration/disease, neck/back pain, cervical spine disorders and management, spine deformities, and spinal biomechanics.  He has a particular interest in evidence-based orthopaedics, outcomes studies, complex statistical analyses, and population-based studies.

Articles Written by Dino Samartzis, PhD(C)

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion with Anterior Cervical Plate Fixation

Watch this fascinating video about a cervical spine surgery option: anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) with instrumentation.

Surgical Management of Thoracolumbar Deformity in Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory disease that at times may require surgery.

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