NASS recognizes 4 spine surgeons


The North American Spine Society honored four physicians in its 2023 Recognition Awards.

Jamie Baisden, MD, earned the Henry Farfan Award, according to an Oct. 18 news release. She has been a member of NASS for 28 years and is a professor of neurosurgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She has contributed to more than 100 publications and served on multiple NASS committees.

Sigurd Berven, MD, earned the David Selby Award. He has been with NASS since 2002, and his research focuses on the assessment of outcomes for orthopedic patients. In his practice, he has expertise in spinal deformities, degenerative spinal conditions, spinal tumors and trauma.

Behrooz Akbarnia, MD, earned the Leon Wiltse Award. He has been a member for 34 years, and he established his academic practice under the San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders. He formed the San Diego Spine Fellowship Program and founded both the San Diego Spine (SDSF) and the Growing Spine Foundations.

Michael Klein, MD, earned the Spine Advocacy Award. He has been a member for 14 years, and he founded MRK Medical Consultants. He helped develop the orthopedic section of the  Level II Trauma Center at Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael, Calif. He's also a clinical progessor at the University of California Davis Medical Center and has volunteered there for the last 30 years.

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