AO Spine North America Board

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Michael Daubs, MD

Chair

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Michael Daubs, MD

Chair

Dr. Michael Daubs, professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the UNLV School of Medicine, he treats disorders of the neck and back including fractures, herniated discs, stenosis, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis and other complex spinal deformities. He specializes in surgery of the spine in both children and adults. Board certified, he is a member of many national and international research and education organizations and enjoys the privilege of instructing his fellow spine surgeons at medical conferences around the world. He currently serves as the Chair of AO Spine North America and is a Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

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Richard Bransford, MD

Education Committee Chair

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Richard Bransford, MD

Education Committee Chair

Rick Bransford is a board certified orthopedist and spine surgeon at the University of Washington working at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. He has been there since 2003 on faculty having done his residency there as well (1996-2001), a spine fellowship also at UW (2001-2002) and then going to Sydney, Australia for a Pediatric Orthopedic fellowship (2002-2003). He is currently a full professor, the spine fellowship director, and head of spine research. He has published about 75 peer-reviewed articles and been involved in over 30 book chapters. Rick grew up in East Africa and started observing surgery with his dad at the age of 6. He still returns to East Africa on a regular basis on a mission and humanitarian basis. Currently Rick is chair of AO Spine North America Education Committee, Chair of the AO TK Cervical Expert Group, and incoming chair of the AO Spine Global Diploma Program.

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Eric Klineberg, MD, MS

Fellowship Committee Chair

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Eric Klineberg, MD, MS, FAAOS

Fellowship Committee Chair

Dr. Klineberg is a board-certified Orthopaedic surgeon and Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of California Davis. He has a busy clinical practice which is focused on spinal surgery with cases that range from minimally invasive discectomies and fusions to complex spinal oncology and deformity reconstructions. Dr. Klineberg has specific expertise in deformity surgery and spinal trauma and has published multiple papers on deformity correction, outcomes research and complications as well as the biomechanics of spinal correction. His basic science research interests currently focus on the biomechanics of spinal fusion and fixation.