Authors
    • Doctoral Student, Senior Researcher at Quantify Research at Karolinska Institutet
    Gylfi Ólafsson has a Master's in economics from Stockholm University. He is a doctoral student and affiliated researcher at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm and a senior researcher at Quantify Research. His research interests are in modeling and analysis of trial data and real world evidence, as well as modeling, mainly in the area of low back pain.
    • Orthopaedic Surgery
    Orthopedic spine surgeon
    Orthopedic spine surgeon
    • MD, PhD Consultant spine surgeon at Uppsala University
    Spine surgeon at Uppsala University Hospital and Stockholm Spine Center, Sweden.
    • Neurological Surgery
    • Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center
    Zoher Ghogawala, MD, FACS serves as the Charles A. Fager Chair of Neurosurgery at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center and is Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Tufts University School of Medicine. He is active in the surgical treatment of patients with disorders of the spine, carotid vascular disease and pituitary brain tumors. His research focuses on comparative effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and neurosurgical outcomes, exploring the effectiveness, benefits and sometimes harmful results of different treatment options. He was the principal investigator the recently completed national, externally funded SLIP study, a randomized clinical trial that compared fusion versus no fusion following spinal decompression. Dr. Ghogawala has recently received NIH and PCORI funding support to conduct a multi-center prospective RCT that aims to compare ventral versus dorsal surgery options for cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM-S Trial). Dr. Ghogawala recently edited and published a textbook entitled, “The Evidence for Neurosurgery” as well as co-authored the newly updated Lumbar Fusion Guidelines. Dr. Ghogawala has recently served as the Vice-President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and is active on the executive committee for AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. He is currently serving as the Scientific Program Chair for the 2015 Spine Section Meeting. He is also on the Board of Directors of the North American Spine Society (NASS) and the Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS). Dr. Ghogawala completed his undergraduate degree magna cum laude at Harvard University, and graduated from Harvard Medical School with high honors in 1991. He completed his residency training in neurological surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.
    • Neurological Surgery
    Dr. Edward Benzel, Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Cleveland Clinic, is an internationally recognized thought leader in spine surgery and biomechanics. His clinical interests include cervical spondylosis, syringomyelia, complex spine instrumentation, and spine tumors. He has authored multiple textbooks in the field of spine care, in addition to several co-authored and edited texts and more than 370 chapters. In addition, Dr. Benzel has published over 250 refereed manuscripts. Besides publishing research, Dr. Benzel is frequently invited as a visiting professor, speaker, and faculty instructor at hospitals, universities, and major national and international medical meetings. While Dr. Benzel holds multiple patents and has participated in many medical advances, he is perhaps best known as an educator. He started and directed the Neurosurgery Residency Training Program and the Spine Fellowship Programs at the University of New Mexico, and has been instrumental in the development and success of these programs at the Cleveland Clinic. His innovations in Neurosurgery Resident Education have won accolades and numerous awards. In February 2011, Dr. Benzel was chosen to receive the Paul C. Bucy Award for his exemplary efforts offering educational opportunities to his fellow neurosurgeons. He was selected as the Honored Guest at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2014 Annual Meeting in Boston MA. In 2015, Benzel was further honored to receive the Meritorious Award in Neurosurgery from the AANS/CNS Section on Spinal Disorders and Peripheral Nerves at their Annual Meeting in Phoenix AZ.
    • Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Professor of Medical Epidemiology, Senior Consultant in Orthopedic Surgery, Department of Surgical Services at Uppsala University
    Dr. Michaelsson is a professor of medical epidemiology and senior consultant of orthopedic surgery in the Department of Surgical Services at Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden.
    • Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Uppsala University Hospital at Uppsala University
    Dr Bengt Sandén is a consultant in spine surgery and an Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Uppsala University Hospital. Research interests include lumbar spinal stenosis, predicting outcomes in lumbar surgery and biomaterials. Dr Sandén is president of the Swedish Society for Spine Surgery and Chief Medical Officer at Uppsala University Hospital.