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Michael W. Groff, MD
Chief, Neurosurgical Spine Service
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, MA

About Michael W. Groff, MD

Dr. Michael W. Groff is the Chief of Neurosurgical Spine Service at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  Dr. Gross also serves as the Co-Director of the Spine Center at Beth Israel Deaconess as well as the Co-Director of the Combined Beth Israel Deaconess/Harvard Medical School Spine Fellowship.  

Prior to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Groff was Chief, Director of Spinal Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine, located in Indianapolis, IN.

Dr. Groff received a Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA. He completed a residency in neurosurgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital'€™s Department of Neurosurgery in New York, NY. Further, Dr. Groff completed a Spinal Surgery Fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin'€™s Department of Neurological Surgery in Milwaukee, WI.

Dr. Groff is an active member of many professional and scientific societies including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Joint Section of Spine and Peripheral Nerve, and North American Spine Society. He is very involved with the Joint Section of Spine and Peripheral Nerve, serving on the Committee of Outcomes and the Lumbar Fusion study group. In 2004 he will chair the scientific committee for the section'€™s annual meeting.

Further, Dr. Groff'€™s active schedule includes professional presentations and lectures. He is the co-author of two books, one book chapter, and has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals.


Peer Reviewed Publications

1. Lee SM, Groff MW, Maiman DJ. Surgical outcome of low grade lumbar spondylolisthesis in adults: posterolateral fusion with transpedicular screw fixation versus posterior interbody fusion with cages and transpedicular screw fixation. Journal of Spinal Disorders. In Submission.

2. Groff MW, Sriharan S, Lee SM, Maiman D: Partial corpectomy for cervical spondylosis. Journal of Nurosurgery: Spine. In submission.

3. Groff MW, Adams DC, Kahn RA, Kumbar UM, Yang B, Bederson JB. Adenosine-induced transient asystole for management of a basilar artery aneurysm: case report. Journal of Neurosurgery. 199:91:687-90.

4. Choudhri HF, Maya MM, Weinberg J, Feinberg d, Groff M, Weiner HL, Wisoff JH. Evaluation of patency of endoscopic third ventriculostomy using MRI flow studies. ASAIO Journal 1988; 44(2):12.

Books and Chapters

1. Pintar F, Groff MW, Yoganandan N, Maiman DJ, Hollowell J.Biomechanics of the spine: normal and pathalogic. Youmans Neurological Surgery 6th ed. In Press.

2. Segal DH, Groff MW, Camins MB. Extradural bone tumors of the thoracic spine. Sonntag V (Editor) Techniques in Neurosurgery: Lippincott-Raven Publishers, New York, NY, 1996 Vol, No 3, ppl-22.

3. Biller J, Groff MW. Approach to the Patient with Failed Back Syndrome. Chapter 26.


1. Groff M, Sriharan S, Maiman D. Anterior cervical discectomy and partial corpectomy for spondylosis. Accepted AANS 2000.


1. Posterolateral approach to the cervical spine. Skull Base 2000, Indiana University School of Medicine. September 2000.

2. Versatility of the lateral extracavitary approach. Grand rounds Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. February 2000.

3. Endoscope-assisted vestibular schwannoma surgery. Neurosurgery in the Rockies. March 1998.

4. Neural network modeling of posture control. Colloquia on Space Motion Sickness. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Johnson Space Center. July 1990.

5. Management of Severe Head and Spinal Injuries. 2nd Annual Trauma Symposium, Memorial Hospital, South Bend, Indiana. March 10, 2001.

6. Thoracic and Lumbar Stabilization and Fusion. 2001 AANS Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. April 2001.

7. Iatrogenic Neurology. 53rd Annual Meeting American Academy of Neurology. May 2001.

8. Low Back Pain, Fall 2001 Mini Medical School Presentation. November 6, 2001.

Professional Courses

1. Minimally Invasive Techniques for the Lumbar Spine. Congress of Neurosurgery Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, September 24, 2000.

2. Biology of Bone Fusion and Techniques of Bone Grafting: Seminar Congress of Neurosurgery Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, September 26, 2000.

3. Temporal Bone Anatomy. AANS March 1998

4. Microsurgery Course. Columbia University, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, New York, NY, 1997.

5. Spinal Cord Injury Management. Congress of Neurological Surgeons Meeting San Antonio, TX, September 23-28, 2000.

6. Workshop on Spinal Cord Injury Model Therapy, Methods, and Outcome Measures. Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey. April 30 May 2, 2001.

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