Dr. Kern Singh Weighs In On Independent Versus Hospital Employment

Dr. Kern Singh discusses practicing as an independent physician versus seeking hospital employment in a recent Becker's Spine Review article. Dr. Singh, who specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery, highlighted a few important issues for physicians to evaluate. "Independence may not be as important as maintaining private practice," said Dr. Singh. "If your partners are similar to the way you think and practice then growth becomes harmonious and natural." Looking forward to the future, Dr. Singh believes that, "...a balance [...]

Surgeon entrepreneur: Dr. Kern Singh’s quest to make lateral spine surgery more accessible

NuVasive dominates the lateral spine market with Medtronic being a distant second. Kern Singh, MD, and his colleagues with Avaz Surgical are trying to level the playing field with new technology focused on quantitative imaging. The Next generation of Neuromonitoring technology Current EMG-based neural monitoring technology has limitations. Patient comorbidities and anesthetic agents affect EMG monitoring thereby potentially increasing the risk of neural injuries with lateral-based procedures. Dr. Singh and his partners founded Avaz Surgical in 2010 to help develop the next [...]

Singh speaks to the importance of understanding MIS, lateral access to the spine

At the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery Annual Meeting, Kern Singh, MD, spoke about the importance of the topic minimally invasive (MIS) and lateral access to the spine for spine surgeons today. He said with the adoption of new technology there is a surgical learning curve and with it, comes complications. In order to transfer to MIS, surgeons must identify and manage complications early on.

Experts discuss poor alignment as cause of failed back surgery syndrome…

Defined as persistent back or leg pain following back surgery, failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) is a broadly defined disorder that negatively affects thousands of patients each year and a problem that spine surgeons seem to address more regularly than ever before. There is no equivalent term for a condition like failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) in other medical specialties, Kern Singh, MD, of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, in Chicago, told Spine Surgery Today, and therefore the syndrome lends itself [...]

Innovations That Have Significantly Impacted Spine Care

Becker's Spine Review recently asked spine surgeons, "Which innovations have changed the way spine care is delivered?" See their answers, and those of their colleagues nationwide, in this recent feature. Kern Singh, M.D., Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, Chicago: "Without a doubt the three biggest innovations in my spinal career over the last 10 years have been bone morphogenetic protein, lateral spine surgery and a tubular retractor. BMP has changed how we accomplish spinal fusions with much more predictability. Lateral spine [...]

Dr. Kern Singh Receives Spine Surgeon Leadership Award

Dr. Kern Singh, Co-Director of the Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, was among the 20 spine surgeons who received the Spine Surgeon Leadership Award in 2015 from Becker's Healthcare. The recipients were selected for their outstanding contributions to the field of spine medicine. See the full list at Becker's Spine Review.

How health IT is changing spine — 5 key trends from Dr. Kern Singh

Online platforms and electronic medical records are making a huge impact on healthcare. Health IT is an essential part of the evolving practice, and spine surgeons are seeing the impact. Here are five observations on how health IT is changing spine care from Kern Singh, MD, co-founder of the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute at Rush in Chicago. 1. Electronic medical records are a must-have. Most hospitals have an EMR system, and the automated technology helps gather crucial data for the patient [...]

Growth of Outpatient Spine Surgery Warrants More Research

Dr. Kern Singh, co-director of the Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, was featured in an Orthopedics Today story about outpatient spine surgery. In it, he discusses the two aspects he feels are driving more outpatient spine surgery - the high patient demand for a quick return to function and the need for lower costs among spine surgery procedures. Read the full article at