Robert E. Isaacs, MD

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Department / Division:
Neurosurgery / Neurosurgery
DUMC 3807
Durham, NC 27710
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  • MD, Baylor College of Medicine (Texas), 1995
  • Neurosurgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Tennessee), 1996-2001
  • Endoscopic and Complex Spine Surgery, Rush University, Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroresearch, 2001-2002
Clinical Interests:
Comprehensive approach to spine care-from minimally invasive and endoscopic spine surgery to complex spine surgery, including spinal oncology
Research Interests:
Clinical research interests include the development of new, less invasive (both endoscopic and minimally invasive) treatment strategies for addressing spinal problems, from the very simple to the complex. Furthermore, multi-center trials are being performed to further help to identify means to help limit the approach-related morbidity of spinal surgery, as well as investigate up-and-coming technologies and their safety and efficacy in dealing with spinal disorders. Multi-disciplinary research investigating the effects of spine surgery on back musculature and it's functionality is under way. Biomechanical investigations are focusing on the traumatized spine and more minimally invasive, surgical means to heal the fractured spine. Finally, laboratory research efforts are specifically directed towards refining and improving various minimally-invasive surgical treatment statagies for approaching the spine.