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Twin Cities Spine Center's Research Department is an outgrowth of the pioneering work of John H. Moe, MD. Dr. Moe is regarded as the founder of modern scoliosis research and treatment. 

The TCSC physicians and Research Department staff focus on exploring and substantiating operative and nonoperative treatments, diagnostic methods, and the natural history of spine problems, specifically related to clinical, radiological and surgical outcomes.

Research projects result in findings that positively affect treatment at TCSC and the field overall. TCSC maintains a vigorous commitment to ongoing research, and new projects are always being added. Our projects include patient enrollment for retrospective and prospective studies.

To date, our surgeons have collaborated on over 500 research projects and continue to publish and present their findings in prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals and at national and international spine meetings.

John E. Lonstein, MD, Medical Director of Fellows Research
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John M. Dawson, PhD, Clinical Research Director
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Ongoing research projects

Anterior Lumbar Exposure Review: Clinical Results, Complications, and Anatomical Variations.

Principal Investigator: Christopher Alcala-Marquez, MD

Surgical Management of Patients with Degenerative Scoliosis

Principal Investigator: Timothy A. Garvey, MD

Outcomes of Posterior Cervical Fusion (Instrumented versus Uninstrumented) for Stable Nonunion after ACDF

Principal Investigator: Benjamin Mueller, MD, PhD

A Comparison of Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion versus Cervical Disc Replacement versus Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy

Principal Investigator: Ensor E. Transfeldt, MD

Sagittal Profile Changes in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Patients Undergoing Surgical Management?

Principal Investigator: Timothy A. Garvey, MD

Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion: Surgical Outcomes and Complication Rates

Principal Investigator: Benjamin Mueller, MD, PhD

Discography: Specificity, Accuracy, Safety

Principal Investigator: Manuel R. Pinto, MD

Clinical Results and Reoperation Rates after Long Adult Deformity Fusions from the Sacrum to the Thoracolumbar Spine

Principal Investigator: Amir A. Mehbod, MD

Does Liposomal Bupivacaine Improve Postoperative Pain Control after One Level Posterior Spinal Fusion with Instrumentation? Learn More

Principal Investigator: Christopher Alcala-Marquez, MD

Do Pre-Operative Nasal Antiseptic Swabs Reduce the Rate of Surgical Site Infections?

Principal Investigator: Christopher Alcala-Marquez, MD

Allograft Bone versus PEEK for One and Two Level ACDF - Retrospective Review of Clinical Outcomes

Principal Investigator: Timothy A.Garvey, MD

L4-5 Fusion with and without Adjacent Level Decompression for Patients with Degenerative Spinal Conditions: Does Decompression Increase the Risk of or Prevent ASD in 5-years?

Principal Investigator: Manuel R. Pinto, MD

Evaluating the Long Term Outcomes and Need for Further Surgery Following L4L5 Floating Fusions: A Surgical Outcomes/Natural History Study

Principal Investigator: Ensor E. Transfeldt, MD

Two Year Minimum Follow-up for Postoperative Wound Infections Following Spine Surgery: Incidence of Re-infection

Principal Investigator: Joseph H. Perra, MD

Spine Surgery for Adult Deformity and Cervical Diagnoses: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Risks?

Principal Investigator: Joseph H. Perra, MD

Efficacy of Thoraco-Lumbo-Sacral Orthoses in the treatment of Progressive Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis/Brace Sensor Study

Principal investigator: John Lonstein, MD

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