NASS On Spine

October 03, 2017

Q&A With Gary Ghiselli, MD

1. What is your hometown and where do you currently live?

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa and raised in El Paso, Texas. I currently live in Denver, Colorado with my wife and three kids.

2. What is your educational background?

UCLA for undergraduate, University of Texas, Southwestern for Medical School, UCLA for Orthopedic Residency and fellowship with Henry Bohlman, MD, at University Hospitals in Cleveland.

3. Tell us a little bit about your practice/specialty …

It's mostly an adult degenerative practice with specific research interests in stem cell therapies and motion preserving technology in the cervical spine. Strong surgical focus on complex cervical spine reconstruction and deformity correction.

4. How long have you been a NASS member and why did you join?

Fourteen years. My partner, David Wong, Past President of NASS, has been a strong influence on my involvement with the organization. It is the best way to keep apprised of the latest medical evidence influencing our practices as well as the political, industry and practice management opportunities and challenges that are shaping our careers. I have enjoyed being active on multiple committees and I feel that it is our responsibility as physician leaders to contribute to the advancement of our specialty.

5. You are heavily involved with the low back pain guideline that is currently being worked on. As a huge project with multiple work groups, how have you managed to stay organized and keep the process moving forward?

This question is where kudos and praise have to be given both to the NASS staff and the organization of the committees. Without the amazing organization from the top down, this project would not have gotten off the ground. A special thanks to my co-chair, Charles Cho, MD, who has been a partner and leader throughout this process.

6. You will be attending the NASS Annual Meeting later this month in Orlando. What are you most looking forward to at the meeting?

I’m looking forward to the social interaction the meeting provides. In this busy time, we are pulled in many different directions. NASS provides the time to personally connect with friends and colleagues.

7. Social media is becoming more prevalent every day in our world. Do you use social media at all professionally and if so, which platforms do you prefer?

We do have a Facebook page that we like to share spine news as well as practice information.

8. What is your opinion of the way the health care industry is currently covered in the media?

The health care ‘industry’ is a hot topic currently. Every individual, whether they are involved in health care directly or not, is affected by the current changes and trends within health care. The media, for the most part, does not understand health care. They understand a small section and tend to sensationalize that segment rather than try to understand the enormity of the problem or the difficulty in the solutions.

9. What do you do for relaxation in your down time (example: hobbies, sports, travel)?

Relaxation and down time are tantamount to being a happy physician and maintaining a life balance. I take every Friday off and promise myself to not let my practice draw me in on those days. Those days give me time to ski, cycle and fish, like most Coloradoans, and I’m the happiest when I get to do those activities with my kids, my wife and my friends.
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