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Harel Deutsch, MD
Associate Professor
Rush University
Chicago, IL
Dr. Deutsch is a member of the SpineUniverse Editorial Board.

About Harel Deutsch, MD

Dr. Deutsch's subspecialty is spine surgery. He is an Associate Professor at Rush University in Chicago and Co-Director of the Rush Spine Center. He is skilled in complex spinal procedures and spine tumor surgery. Dr. Deutsch specilizes in the care of patients with degenerative and traumatic disease of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine with a strong emphasis on minimally invasive surgery.

Dr. Deutsch has a special interest in failed previous spine surgery and failed back syndrome. He is also involved in research on motion preservation technology and artificial disc technology.

Dr. Deutsch has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and has published abstracts and book chapters. His research interest is in the etiology of chronic back pain. He is also involved in professional education on a national level .

Dr. Deutsch earned his medical degree from University of Miami School of Medicine, graduating with honors in 1996. He completed his internship in surgery and residency in neurosurgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Following his residency, Dr. Deutsch continued with a Spine Surgery Fellowship at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA. He joined Rush University Medical Center in Chicago in 2003.


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Articles Written by Harel Deutsch, MD

Anterior Cervical Fixation: Plating

Anterior cervical plating enhances arthodesis (fusion) after discectomy.

Anterior Cervical Spine Fixation: Material Technologies

The most commonly available polymer is polyetheretherketone (PEEK). The PEEK graft replacements are stronger than bone but they are softer and less likely to cause the adjacent bone to collapse.

New Technologies in Anterior Cervical Spine Fixation

Recent advances in several different fields are significantly impacting anterior cervical spine fixation. Material engineering has developed several types of new materials to replace traditionally used bone products and titanium.

Case Studies Presented by Harel Deutsch, MD

Lumbar Failed Back Surgery Post Laminectomy

Presented by: H. Deutsch MD
Failed back surgery syndrome in a 69-year-old male celebrity, who had multilevel lumbar laminectomies in 2015 by a surgeon other than the case author.

Articles Reviewed by Harel Deutsch, MD

Diabetes May Diminish QOL Improvement Following Lumbar Decompression

Diabetes was an independent predictor of diminished improvement in quality of life (QOL) after lumbar decompression surgery in a recent retrospective review.

Elderly Women Report Worse Outcomes than Men Following Lumbar Discectomy, but Similar Satisfaction Rate

A review of the Swedish registry for spine surgery that looked at gender differences in over 1,000 elderly patients (age >65 years) who had a lumbar discectomy.

Surgery for Adult Spinal Deformity Improves Gait Patterns, but Limitations Remain

Surgical correction of adult spinal deformity was linked to improvements in gait patterns, but patients still show...

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