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August 03, 2021

NASS 2021 Best Papers

Hear the best of the best science at the NASS Annual Meeting in Boston. Authors will present the best 23 papers out of 424 accepted during the Best Paper sessions. See the schedule below and register for NASS 2021 at

Wednesday, September 29

Early mobilization versus prolonged (>24hrs) bedrest for incidental durotomy (Complications)
Christopher Verma, MD

Association between initial site of care and subsequent treatment patterns for back and neck pain (Interdisciplinary Care)
Katherine Bobroske, MSc

Comparison of complications, outcomes, and cost in frail vs. non-frail adult spinal deformity surgery patients (Surgery-Thoracolumbar)
Peter Passias, MD

Single level cervical disc replacement using a PEEK-on-ceramic implant: Results of a multicenter FDA IDE trial with 24-month follow-up (Motion Preservation)
Richard Guyer, MD

Impact of racial and ethnic disparities on health outcomes following cervical spine surgery (Epidemiology/Etiology)
Hiral Master, PhD, PT, MPH

Telemedicine visits generate accurate surgical plans in spine surgery (Socio-Economics/ Industrial/ Ergonomic)
Alexander Crawford, MD

An algorithm for using deep learning convolutional neural networks with three-dimensional depth sensor imaging in scoliosis detection (Diagnostics/Imaging)
Terufumi Kokabu, MD

Thursday, September 30

How the back affects the neck: Preoperative sagittal vertical axis is correlated with cervical myelopathy scores (Epidemiology/Etiology)
Justin Scheer, MD

Effects of anterior cervical discectomy and fusion on mental health (Psychosocial/Behavioral)
Thomas Dowling, MD

Highest achievable outcomes for adult spinal deformity corrective surgery by frailty (Surgery-Thoracolumbar)
Peter Passias, MD

Global coronal decompensation after adult spinal deformity surgery: Comparison of upper vs. lower thoracic proximal fixation (Spinal Deformity)
Thomas Buell, MD

Seven- to 21-year clinical outcomes of 1,187 patients treated with one and two level lumbar total disc arthroplasty (Motion Preservation)
Thierry Marnay, MD

Cervical alignment and distal junctional failure in posterior cervical fusion: A multicenter comparison of two surgical approaches (Surgery-Cervical)
Zachariah Pinter, MD

Friday, October 1

Full endoscopic versus open discectomy for sciatica A randomized controlled trial (Surgery-Thoracolumbar)
Pravesh Gadjradj, MD

Correcting ASD patients to normative alignment results in no functional benefit but more PJK and PJF (Spinal Deformity)
Themistocles Protopsaltis, MD

Do robotic procedures have improved perioperative outcomes after a learning curve period? (Surgery-Thoracolumbar)
Peter Passias, MD

Is patient geography a risk factor for chronic opioid use after ACDF? (Psychosocial/Behavioral)
Hannah Levy, BS

Catastrophic acute failure of pelvic fixation in adult spinal deformity requiring revision surgery: A multi-center review of incidence, failure mechanisms, and risk factors (Complications)
Christopher Martin, MD

Role of psychosocial factors on the effect of physical activity on physical function in patients after lumbar spine surgery (Epidemiology/Etiology)
Hiral Master, PhD, PT, MPH

Psychological distress in patients undergoing cervical spine surgery: 2-year outcomes of a randomized controlled trial ( Psychosocial/Behavioral)
Peter Passias, MD

A clinical model to predict postoperative improvement in sub domains of the modified Japanese Orthopedic Association score for degenerative cervical myelopathy (Surgery-Cervical)
Byron Stephens, MD

Persistent sleep disturbance after spine surgery is associated with failure to achieve meaningful improvements in pain and health related quality of life (Epidemiology/Etiology)
Richard Skolasky, ScD

The inclusion of frailty improves predictive modeling for postoperative outcomes in the surgical management of primary and secondary lumbar spine tumors (Epidemiology/Etiology)
Shane Shahrestani, MS