2014 AANS Annual Report - page 16

In 2014, Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD, FAANS, was instrumental in the
introduction of a new cadaver course. A member of the AANS board of
directors, Shaffrey channeled his active research interest and expertise
in spinal surgery, and, working with Larry Lenke, MD, helped create and
present the AANS’ latest educational offering, Spine Deformity Solutions:
A Hands-On Course. The course is a combined effort of the AANS and the
Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) and educated both neurosurgeons and
orthopaedic surgeons.
“Many of the patients I treat are referred by other spine surgeons. It is
gratifying that many of my peers refer their complicated patients and
many of their family members for treatment,” Shaffrey said. “I thought
that a course of this type — hands-on, practice on actual spines
and with lots of time for small group discussions — would help both
students and faculty refine and improve the strategies spine surgeons
use to treat and manage scoliosis.”
“So much of the process of learning neurosurgery benefits from having
a mentor,” explained Shaffrey. “We designed this course to provide the
mentorship experience to attendees in many ways, from the work on
cadavers, to the class time, to the more casual — yet still neurosurgically
focused — time in the evenings, when we could talk over the day, our cases
and our specialties.”
Shaffrey was named one of North America’s top 28 spine surgeons in 2013.
The list, generated by Orthopedics This Week, working with thought leaders
in the field, described Shaffrey as the “go-to-guy on the East Coast” who
is thought of as a true innovator. As the Spinal Deformity Solutions: A
Hands-On Course demonstrates, his innovations don’t stop at the surgery
door, but expand beyond his practice setting, into the education of new and
practicing neurosurgeons.
Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD, FAANS
, received his medical degree from the University of
Virginia and completed both neurosurgical and orthopaedics residencies at the University of
Virginia, followed by a spine fellowship in pediatric and adult reconstructive spine surgery.
After his post-graduate training, Shaffrey completed a scholarship obligation to the United
States Navy at Portsmouth Navy Medical Center. In 1997, he was appointed to the senior
staff in the departments of neurological surgery and orthopaedic surgery at Henry Ford
Hospital. In 1999, Shaffrey was appointed associate professor of neurological surgery and
adjunct associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine at the University of
Washington in Seattle, and in 2003, he returned to the University of Virginia as professor
of neurological surgery and director of the neurosurgery spine division. The recipient of the
Counsel of State Neurosurgical Societies Young Neurosurgeons Award, Shaffrey has been
named to “Best Doctors” and “Top Doctors” lists numerous times. In addition to sitting
on editorial boards for neurosurgical journals and serving as editor for several textbooks
on spinal surgery, he has authored more than 100 publications and given more than 500
national and international presentations.
Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD, FAANS: Making a difference in the lives of scoliosis patients and surgeons
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