TREATMENT OF SPINAL DISORDERS

BEN B PRADHAN, MD, MSE

BOARD CERTIFIED AND FELLOWSHIP DIPLOMATE SPINE SURGEON

Surgery of the Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Spine

Specializing in Minimally Invasive Surgery, and Microsurgery of the Spine

 

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Dr. Ben B. Pradhan is a Board Certified, and Fellowship Trained, Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon, whose practice focuses solely on spine problems.  He treats cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spinal disorders.  As the former Director of Clinical Research, and Spine Surgery Fellowship Coordinator at THE SPINE INSTITUTE of Santa Monica, CA / CEDARS-SINAI Medical Center, he has been very involved in research and teaching within the ever changing field of spine surgery.  He presently heads the spine surgery department of the RISSER ORTHOPAEDIC GROUP in Pasadena, CA.  RISSER is one of the most established orthopaedic groups in southern California, established in 1937, and one with a long tradition of spinal care.
 
Dr. Pradhan is a Princeton graduate. He started out his education and career as an aerospace engineer, but was drawn toward the engineering and technological advances being made in the field of spine surgery.  After completing high school as the valedictorian, he graduated from Princeton with academic honors, was recruited to UCLA for a PhD in aerospace engineering with a UC Chancellor's fellowship where he was nominated for outstanding graduate engineering student, and completed his MD training at UCLA with a Dean's scholar recognition.  He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at UCLA and his spine surgery fellowship with Dr. Rick Delamarter, whom he subsequently joined as a partner in THE SPINE INSTITUTE (Santa Monica, CA - now at CEDARS-SINAI) for the next four years.  Dr. Pradhan joined the RISSER Orthopaedic Group on a part time basis for two years following the untimely passing of his predecessor there, Dr. Charles Prickett.  Dr. Pradhan fully moved his practice to RISSER in Pasadena in August 2008.
  
During the course of his extensive education and training, and subsequently his practice and teaching, Dr. Pradhan has compiled over 300 peer reviewed scientific publications, presentations, abstracts, and posters.  He has presented his experience on topics of modern spine surgery in major spine surgery research and medical society meetings internationally as well as nationally.  He has also been awarded various honors from the major spine surgery societies, which have been chronicled on this website.
 
 

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      RISSER Orthopaedic Group                                 
     2627 East Washington Boulevard                                             
     Pasadena, CA 91107-1412     
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     Spine Care and Surgery
     51 North 5th Ave, Suite 301
     Arcadia, CA 91006 
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     Spine Care and Surgery
     1818 Verdugo Blvd, Suite 201
     Glendale, CA 91208
   
  
  
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* EDUCATION AND TRAINING: [click here for detailed CV]

- Washington International School, Washington, DC [Class Valedictorian]

- Princeton University, Princeton, NJ [graduated with High Honors, in Aerospace Engineering and Applied Mathematics]

- UCLA Graduate School of Engineering, CA [nominated Most Outstanding Graduate Student, in Aerospace Engineering]

- UCLA (Geffen) School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA [Dean's Scholar]

- UCLA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Los Angeles, CA [top 5% of Board Examinees]

- The Spine Institute of Santa Monica, Spine Surgery Fellowship, Santa Monica, CA [with Dr. Rick Delamarter]

- The Spine Institute of Santa Monica, CA [Spine Surgery Practice, Director of Clinical Research, Fellowship Coordinator]

   

Awards from Spine Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery academic societies: [see CV for details]

- Russell Hibbs Award for Best Basic Science Paper [SCOLIOSIS RESEARCH SOCIETY, Salt Lake City, UT 2008]

- AOA Emerging Leaders Program [AMERICAN ORTHOPAEDIC ASSOCIATION, Rosemont, IL 2006]

- New Investigator Recognition Award Finalist [ORTHOPAEDIC RESEARCH SOCIETY, San Diego, CA 2007]

- Russell Hibbs Award for Best Basic Science Paper Finalist [SCOLIOSIS RESEARCH SOCIETY, Monterey, CA 2006]

- Leon Wiltse Best Clinical Paper Award [SPINAL ARTHROPLASTY SOCIETY, New York, NY 2005]

- John Moe Best Basic Science Exhibit Award [SCOLIOSIS RESEARCH SOCIETY, Buenos Aires, Argentina 2004]

- CSRS Basic Science Paper Award [CERVICAL SPINE RESEARCH SOCIETY, San Diego, CA 2005]

- IMAST Top Scientific Poster Award [INTERNATIONAL MEETING FOR ADVANCED SPINAL TECHNIQUES, Athens, Greece 2006]

- CSRS Clinical Paper Award [CERVICAL SPINE RESEARCH SOCIETY, San Diego, CA 2005]

- Thomas Whitecloud Basic Science Research Award Finalist [INTERNATIONAL MEETING FOR ADVANCED SPINAL TECHNIQUES, Athens, Greece 2006]

- Thomas Whitecloud Basic Science Research Award Finalist I [INTERNATIONAL MEETING FOR ADVANCED SPINAL TECHNIQUES, Banff, Canada 2005]

- Thomas Whitecloud Basic Science Research Award Finalist II [INTERNATIONAL MEETING FOR ADVANCED SPINAL TECHNIQUES, Banff, Canada 2006]

 

 

Selected scientific publications by Dr. Pradhan: [click titles for viewing]

- Use of Toradol for Pain Control in Postoperative Spinal Fusion Patients. [SPINE]

- Conservative management (watchful waiting) for low back pain. [THE SPINE JOURNAL]

- Artificial lumbar disc replacement and assessment using CT scans. [SPINE]

- Kyphoplasty for vertebral compression fractures and its effectiveness in deformity correction. [SPINE]

- Lessons in the use of bone forming proteins (bone morphogenetic protein, rhBMP-2) in conjunction with bone grafts in spinal fusion. [SPINE]

- Comparison of anterior versus posterior lumbar fusion. [J SPINAL DISORDERS]

- Intraoperative control of bone morphogenetic protein (rhBMP-2) during spinal fusion surgery. [THE SPINE JOURNAL]

- Controlling rhBMP-2 induced bone growth using fibrin glue. [SPINE]

- Misrepresentation of credentials amongst physicians. [SPINE]

- Occult elbow fractures in the pediatric patient. [J BONE JOINT SURGERY]

- Artificial disc replacement in the Cervical Spine. [TEXTBOOK ON SPINAL ARTHROPLASTY]

- Cervical disc replacement with the ProDisc-C artificial disc. [TEXTBOOK ON MOTION PRESERVATION SURGERY OF THE SPINE]

- Lumbar disc replacement with the ProDisc-L artificial disc. [TEXTBOOK ON MOTION PRESERVATION SURGERY OF THE SPINE]

- Report from a US Clinical Trial site for the ProDisc-L artificial lumbar disc. [CLINICAL ORTHOP & RELATED RESEARCH]

- Minimally invasive lumbar diskectomy using a microscope. [TEXTBOOK ON INTERVENTIONAL SPINE APPROACHES]

- Minimally invasive lumbar microscopic diskectomy and rehabilitation. [TEXTBOOK ON SPINAL REHABILITATION]

- Cervical spine diskectomy and rehabilitation. [TEXTBOOK ON SPINAL REHABILITATION]

- Intraoperative imaging techniques for minimally invasive spinal surgeries using fluoroscopy. [SEMINARS IN SPINE SURGERY]

- Lumbar intervertebral fusion cages and their complications. [TEXTBOOK ON SPINAL SURGERY COMPLICATIONS]

DR. PRADHAN IN THE NEWS: [click on titles below]

[TV INTERVIEW] Dr Pradhan Talks about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

[ORTHOPEDICS TODAY] - Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement

[LA CITY TV CHANNEL 36] - Minimally Invasive Kyphoplasty Injection Procedures for Vertebral Compression Fractures

[ORTHOPEDICS TODAY] - Vertebral Fracture Augmentation with a New and Improved Bone Cement

[SPINEUNIVERSITY.COM] - Watchful Waiting in Chronic Back Pain

[BNET BUSINESS NETWORK] - Completion of the US FDA Clinical Trial for a new Bone Cement (CORTOSS)

[ORTHOPEDICS TODAY] - The use of Bone Morphogenetic Protein for (cervical) spinal fusion.

     

Selected lectures / podium presentations in abstract form: [click titles for viewing]

Long Term Results of Lumbar Artificial Disc Replacements [North American Spine Society]

Lumbar Artificial Disc Replacement After Failed Back Surgery [North American Spine Society]

Results of Cervical Artificial Disc Replacements at 1 to 2 years [North American Spine Society]

Results of Cervical Artificial Disc Replacements at 2 to 3 years [North American Spine Society]

Results of Cervical Artificial Disc Replacements at 3 to 4 years [North American Spine Society]

Charite versus ProDisc-L Lumbar Artificial Disc Replacements [North American Spine Society]

Interference of Bone Morphogenetic Protein by Implant Debris [North American Spine Society]