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For Patients

Interdisciplinary care, evidence-based approaches for managing a broad spectrum of spinal disorders


"Our community of physicians who care for patients with disorders of the spine includes surgeons, physiatrists, anesthesiologists, neurologists, physical therapists radiologists, and medical and alternative health specialists,” said Sigurd Berven, MD, chief of service for the UCSF Spine Center.  The Spine Center is one of the largest centers for management of spinal disorders in the U.S., and a leading center for the development of evidence-based approaches to manage disorders of the spine based upon rigorous assessment of outcomes and clinical research.  


"REACH provides an important opportunity for our community of physicians and therapists to work together to translate discoveries in diagnostics and therapeutic interventions to clinical care of patients," added Dr. Berven.


“These NIH-supported programs will establish precision medicine approaches to manage chronic lower back pain,” said Dr. Thomas P. Vail, Chair of the Department. “By supporting transdisciplinary collaborations among investigators and other BACPAC programs, REACH’s goal will be to integrate advanced technologies and validated instruments to classify patients for targeted therapies that optimize their chance of a good outcome.”

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