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Bronek BOSZCZYK

Consultant Spinal Surgeon and Head of Service,

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Biography

Training History and Professional Development

PD Dr. med. Bronek Boszczyk completed his medical training in Germany with electives spent in South Africa and USA. He became involved in anatomical research of the spine in his first years of medical school under the mentorship of Professor R Putz of the renown Anatomical Institute of the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich. This led to a dedicated interest in the field of spinal disorders which influenced his subsequent postgraduate surgical training which was divided between Orthopaedic surgery and Neurosurgery in centres with a focus on spinal surgery.

PD Dr. med. Boszczyk's initial spine surgery training as a resident in Orthopaedic surgery in 1998 was under the mentorship of Professor M. Mayer in Munich who encouraged him to obtain combined orthopaedic and neurosurgical training. In 2003 he completed his Neurosurgical training under the mentorship of Dr. Jaksche of the Murnau Trauma Centre in Bavaria and subsequently embarked on a period of specialist spine surgery training. This training period was spent in the Department for Spinal Cord Injuries of the Murnau Trauma Centre in Germany, the Orthopaedic Department of the University of Berne in Switzerland and the Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery in Nottingham UK.

PD Dr. med. Boszczyk was appointed as Consultant Spinal Surgeon at the Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery of Nottingham University Hospitals in 2007 and was elected Head of Service in 2010.

Research and Teaching

Research has been a strong area of interest throughout PD Dr. med. Boszczyk's training and career with over 40 articles published as primary or senior author in international journals. His academic credentials of Dissertation (Dr. med.) and Habilitation (PD) were both obtained at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany in 1997 and 2008, earning him the Venia Legendi in Neurosurgery. In 2011 he was appointed Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the Division of Orthopaedic and Accident Surgery of Nottingham University Hospitals.

PD Dr. med. Boszczyk is a regular invited national and international speaker. He has chaired and lectured at national and international events for AOSpine, the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies, the Spine Society of Europe as well as national societies. He has gained several prizes and awards including the AOSpine Special Achievement Award in 2005 for the course development of the renowned AOSpine Complications Management Course in Spinal Access Surgery in Strasbourg. He has been an active member of several societies - especially of the Spine Society of Europe since 2000, having served on the scientific program committee from 2006-2009 - and AOSpine where he was the European Neurosurgical Education Board member from 2004-2007. He was invited to the advisory board of the European Spine Journal in 2000 and elected Deputy Editor from 2009.

Clinical Activity

PD Dr. med. Boszczyk's clinical activity has been exclusively focussed on spinal surgery since 2003 and includes all regions of the spine from the craniocervical junction to the sacrum. Having benefitted from both neurosurgical and orthopaedic training, he has been able to practice minimally invasive and microsurgical spine surgery techniques since 1998. In the same year his early surgical mentor Prof. Dr. M. Mayer introduced him to anterior spinal procedures with the then new less invasive mini-alif-technique. From 1999 he gained expertise in spinal augmentation techniques such as vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty; initiated by visiting Prof. T.M. Markwalder in Bern. Having worked in Major Trauma Centres in the Alpine Regions of Germany and Switzerland for several years during his residency and fellowships, he was continuously involved in anterior and posterior reconstructive procedures for spinal trauma. His neurosurgical mentor Dr. Jaksche encouraged his spine surgery development throughout the years of his residency and promoted several surgical observerships and visiting fellowships including visits to Prof. D. Grob, Schulthess Klinik Zurich 2002, Prof. V. Sonntag, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix 2003, Dr. Sal Brau Los Angeles 2003. Tumours of the spine have always been a particular interest and through several visits to Prof. B. George, Hospital Lariboisiere Paris in 2006 he was able enrich his knowledge of complex cervical tumour resection techniques. His spinal expertise was completed through training in the field of spinal deformity surgery as a spinal fellow in Berne and Nottingham. While he now deals with all areas of acute and elective spinal surgery, of the adult and paediatric spine, his focus is on complex reconstructive and revision procedures in adult deformity and tumours of the spine. Within paediatric spinal conditions his focus is on tumours, cervical disorders and congenital abnormalities.

Expertise Summary

PD Dr. med. Boszczyk's clinical activity has been exclusively focused on spinal surgery since 2003. While he deals with all areas of acute and elective spinal surgery of the adult and paediatric spine, his focus is on complex reconstructive and revision procedures in adult deformity and tumours of the spine. Within paediatric spinal conditions his focus is on tumours, cervical disorders and congenital abnormalities.

Research Summary

Spinal deformity reduction devices

Cauda equina assessment tools

Spondylolysis in ahteletes

Advanced anterior spine access techniques

Verterbal augmentation technologie

Implant trials

Selected Publications

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