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Spine Care Center Research

The University's Spine Care Center is actively involved in clinical research. This research helps to further the understanding of spinal cord injuries and disorders, which helps to improve the diagnostic and treatment capabilities available.

Several Center members also review and publish extensively in peer-reviewed journals such as Spine, The Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, Orthopaedics and the Journal of Trauma. Below, please find publications in peer-reviewed journals by our clinical and research faculty since 2010. Click the title for a link to the article's abstract.


Kiapour A, Abdelgawad AA, Goel VK, Souccar A, Terai T, Ebraheim NA. Relationship between limb length discrepancy and load distribution across the sacroiliac joint--a finite element study. J Orthop Res. 2012 Oct;30(10):1577-80.

Kiapour A, Anderson DG, Spenciner DB, Ferrara L, Goel VK. Kinematic effects of a pedicle-lengthening osteotomy for the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis. J Neurosurg Spine. 2012 Oct;17(4):314-20.

Faizan A, Goel VK, Garfin SR, Bono CM, Serhan H, Biyani A, Elgafy H, Krishna M, Friesem T. Do design variations in the artificial disc influence cervical spine biomechanics? A finite element investigation. Eur Spine J. 2012 Jun;21 Suppl 5:S653-62.

Goel VK, Faizan A, Palepu V, Bhattacharya S. Parameters that effect spine biomechanics following cervical disc replacement. Eur Spine J. 2012 Jun;21 Suppl 5:S688-99.

Palepu V, Kodigudla M, Goel VK. Biomechanics of disc degeneration. Adv Orthop. 2012;2012:726210. doi: 10.1155/2012/726210. Epub 2012 Jun 17.

Goel VK, Elgafy H. Commentary: Biomechanics of various surgical procedures for the treatment of multilevel cervical spine. Spine J. 2012 May;12(5):409-10.

Kiapour A, Ambati D, Hoy RW, Goel VK. Effect of graded facetectomy on biomechanics of Dynesys dynamic stabilization system. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2012 May 1;37(10):E581-9.

Elgafy H, O'Brien P, Blessinger B, Hassan A. Challenges of spine surgery in obese patients. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2012 Mar;41(3):E46-50.

Faizan A, Goel VK, Biyani A, Garfin SR, Bono CM. Adjacent level effects of bi level disc replacement, bi level fusion and disc replacement plus fusion in cervical spine--a finite element based study. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2012 Mar;27(3):226-33.


Elgafy H, Bransford RJ, Chapman JR. Epidural hematoma associated with occult fracture in ankylosing spondylitis patient: a case report and review of the literature. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2011 Oct;24(7):469-73.

Terai T, Sairyo K, Goel VK, Ebraheim N, Biyani A, Ahmad F, Kiapour A, Higashino K, Sakai T, Yasui N. Biomechanical rationale of sacral rounding deformity in pediatric spondylolisthesis: a clinical and biomechanical study. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2011 Sep;131(9):1187-94.

Bhattacharya S, Goel VK, Liu X, Kiapour A, Serhan HA. Models that incorporate spinal structures predict better wear performance of cervical artificial discs. Spine J. 2011 Aug;11(8):766-76.

Shi J, Mei X, Liu J, Jiang W, Moral MZ, Ebraheim NA, Yang H. The influence of correction loss in thoracolumbar fractures treated by posterior instrumentation: a minimum 7-year follow-up. J Clin Neurosci. 2011 Apr;18(4):500-3.

Yang H, Shi JH, Ebraheim M, Liu X, Konrad J, Husain I, Tang TS, Liu J. Outcome of thoracolumbar burst fractures treated with indirect reduction and fixation without fusion. Eur Spine J. 2011 Mar;20(3):380-6.

Elgafy H, Bransford R, Semaan H, Wagner T. Clinical and radiographic evaluation of sagittal imbalance: a new radiographic assessment. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2011 Mar;40(3):E30-4.

Terai T, Faizan A, Sairyo K, Goel VK. Operated and adjacent segment motions for fusion versus cervical arthroplasty: a pilot study. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2011 Mar;469(3):682-7. 


Ebraheim NA, Ramineni SK, Alla SR, Ebraheim M. Sacroiliac joint fusion with fibular bone graft in patients with failed percutaneous iliosacral screw fixation. J Trauma. 2010 Nov;69(5):1226-9.

Liu J, Napolitano JT, Ebraheim NA. Systematic review of cervical pedicle dimensions and projections. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2010 Nov 15;35(24):E1373-80.

Zhao YL, Yang HL, Konrad J, Liu J, Moral M, Xu YZ, Geng DC, Ebraheim NA. Kyphoplasty does not maintain all restored height postoperatively: a prospective, comparative study. Orthopaedics. 2010 Aug 11;33(8).

Terai T, Sairyo K, Goel VK, Ebraheim N, Biyani A, Faizan A, Sakai T, Yasui N. Spondylolysis originates in the ventral aspect of the pars interarticularis: a clinical and biomechanical study. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2010 Aug;92(8):1123-7.

Elgafy H, Bransford RJ, McGuire RA, Dettori JR, Fischer D. Blood loss in major spine surgery: are there effective measures to decrease massive hemorrhage in major spine fusion surgery? Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2010 Apr 20;35(9 Suppl):S47-56.

Elgafy H, Potluri T, Goel VK, Foster S, Faizan A, Kulkarni N. Biomechanical analysis comparing three C1-C2 transarticular screw salvaging fixation techniques. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2010 Feb 15;35(4):378-85.

Yang H, Wang G, Liu J, Ebraheim NA, Niu G, Hiltner L, Lee AH, Tang T. Balloon kyphoplasty in the treatment of osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture nonunion. Orthopaedics. 2010 Jan;33(1):24.

Bhattacharya S, Nayak A, Goel VK, Warren C, Schlaegle S, Ferrara L. Gravimetric wear analysis and particulate characterization of bilateral facet-augmentation system--PercuDyn™. Biomed Mater Eng. 2010;20(6):329-38.

Last Updated: 9/24/14