///Pediatric Spine

50 Years of Scoliosis Research – What We’ve Learned

2017-11-22T10:36:40+00:00 September 29th, 2015|IBJI News Room|

When members of the Scoliosis Research Society gather this fall to observe the 50th anniversary of the renowned organization’s founding, one of IBJI’s experts will be on hand for the celebration. Steven Mardjetko, MD, is among the most highly regarded physicians in the world when it comes to scoliosis research, treatment and innovation. […]

Baby Girl Born with Four Legs, Two Spines is Thriving, Thanks to Extraordinary Surgical Effort

2017-11-22T10:50:38+00:00 March 28th, 2017|IBJI in the News, Orthopedics Care|

IBJI spine surgeon Dr. Eric Belin describes the life-changing procedure that’s making headlines A 10-month-old girl who was born with four legs and two spines is doing remarkably well following a complex surgery that took place on March 8. IBJI’s Eric Belin, M.D., was the orthopedic surgeon on the surgical team assembled to operate on Dominique, an infant born in west Africa with an exceptionally rare condition. […]

Dominque’s Story

2017-11-03T16:45:46+00:00 March 28th, 2017|

A 10-month-old girl who was born with four legs and two spines is doing remarkably well following a complex surgery that took place on March 8. IBJI’s Eric Belin, M.D., was the orthopedic surgeon on the surgical team assembled to operate on Dominique, an infant born in west Africa with an exceptionally rare condition. […]

Jonathan Erulkar, MD

2017-12-08T14:28:19+00:00 October 20th, 2017|

Dr. Jonathan Erulkar is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in non-operative and operative management of cervical (neck), thoracic (upper back), and lumbar (lower back) conditions. In providing care, Dr. Erulkar tailors his treatments to the individual patient by correlating and considering medical history, physical examination, diagnostic imaging as well as work/social circumstances. He strives to guide and educate his patients through non-operative treatments as well as considering their surgical options. He is experienced in performing microdiscectomy, laminectomy, spinal fusion and instrumentation surgeries. In many cases, these can be performed using minimally invasive techniques which can reduce post- operative strain on the patient and minimize recovery times. Dr. Erulkar completed a combined Spine Surgery Fellowship at the New England Baptist [...]

Andrea S. Kramer, MD

2017-12-07T13:39:38+00:00 October 20th, 2017|

Dr. Andrea Kramer is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in pediatric orthopedics. She provides treatments for all the major congenital disorders, including hip dysplasia, club feet, cerebral palsy, spina bifida and down syndrome. She also provides care for scoliosis and traumatic injuries. Dr. Kramer offers the most up to date surgical and clinical techniques, including the latest in fracture fixation and bracing. She believes that as a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon she has special responsibilities to the children that she treats. Not only does she make certain that parents understand the treatment options presented, but she also ensures that each of her patients gets the personal attention they need so that they are comfortable and fully understand what happens during every [...]

Steven M. Mardjetko, MD

2017-12-07T13:45:27+00:00 October 20th, 2017|

Dr. Steven Mardjetko is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in treating spine conditions, with an emphasis on pediatric spinal deformities, including early onset spinal deformity. He provides the gamut of treatment options for very young children all the way to adults, including advanced techniques not widely available. Because he treats adults as well as children and has been in practice for more than two decades, Dr. Mardjetko is able to understand how a spinal condition will affect a child later in life and to provide treatment that keeps long-term outcomes in mind. He was drawn to the challenge of pediatric orthopedics. He honed his abilities caring for children with rare conditions for 17 years at Shriners Hospital for Children in [...]

Mark Mikhael, MD

2017-12-07T14:02:52+00:00 October 20th, 2017|

Dr. Mark Mikhael is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in surgical treatment of spine disorders such as disc herniations, stenosis, fractures, instability and degeneration (arthritis). His special interest is in complex cervical spine surgery. Whenever possible, he offers minimally invasive surgical techniques, which help avoid complications and reduce patient recovery times. He also has extensive experience in nerve decompression surgery and complex spinal reconstruction. Dr. Mikhael works with each patient to explore conservative treatment options before pursuing surgery. His goal for each patient is to increase their ability to engage in the activities they enjoy while reducing their pain and discomfort. He keeps informed of the latest developments in his field through his work as a manuscript reviewer for the journal [...]

Gary Shapiro, MD

2017-12-07T14:06:29+00:00 October 18th, 2017|

Dr. Gary Shapiro is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in treating spine problems in adults and children. He has particular interest in sports related spinal injuries and has treated professional athletes from around the world, including serving for three years as the official spine surgeon for the Chicago Bears. In many cases, Dr. Shapiro is able to treat patients with non-surgical methods. When surgery is needed, he often is able to perform minimally invasive procedures, which decrease patient discomfort and speed recovery times. The combination of his interest in science and his desire to help people led Dr. Shapiro to become a doctor. His care is marked by his empathy for patients and true commitment to their best interests. [...]

Charles Slack, MD

2017-12-07T12:43:53+00:00 October 17th, 2017|

Dr. Charles Slack is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in treating disorders of the spine, including herniated (ruptured) disks and spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal). He provides non-surgical treatment for the cervical (neck) and lumbar (lower back) spine and surgical treatment of the lumbar spine. When medically advisable, Dr. Slack offers patients microscopic surgery, a form of minimally invasive surgery that uses advanced microscopes to view the surgical area, which decreases pain and speeds recovery times. He also provides the latest forms of injection therapy to treat degenerative disorders of the spine. Since he was young, Dr. Slack wanted to become a doctor and was inspired in part by his own family doctor, who was thoroughly dedicated to [...]