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Dr. Lenke's Curriculum Vitae

The Novel Spinal Cord Shape Classification System (SCSCS) to Assess the Risk of Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Data Loss with Thoracic Deformity Correction.

Dr. Lenke developed a simple classification system that is able to identify patients with increased odds of losing intraoperative neuromonitoring data during thoracic deformity correction. Type 3 spinal cords, with the cord deformed against the concave pedicle in the axial plane, were found to have 28x greater odds of losing monitoring data during surgery.


This was presented at the 2018 Scoliosis Research Society Meeting in Bologna, Italy and was nominated for the Russell A. Hibbs, John H. Moe & Louis A. Goldstein Award.

This publication has recently been found to be the most cited spinal deformity article in the literature of any other publication. Please feel free to read more about this gold standard classification here.

The Fox Pediatric Spinal Deformity Study

This multi-center, international, observational study was initiated to examine the indications, correction rates, outcomes, and complications of all surgical procedures involving definitive instrumentation and fusion performed for complex spinal reconstructions in the pediatric population. Dr. Lenke founded this project, as well as the Fox Study Group, following a significant donation from a grateful patient.


The success of the initial study has prompted a follow-up study researching congenital spinal deformities.

The Evaluation of Neurologic Complications Associated with Surgical Correction of Adult Spinal Deformity (Scoli-RISK-1): A Prospective, Observational, International, Multi-center Study.

As Principal Investigator, Dr. Lenke lead this ground breaking study investigating the risk of neurologic deficit related to surgical correction of adult spinal deformity and identify characteristics associate with increased risk of neurologic complications related to the surgery.

The main findings were presented at the 2016 Scoliosis Research Society Meeting in Prague, Czech Republic and won the Russell A. Hibbs, John H. Moe & Louis A. Goldstein Award for Best Clinical Research Abstract.

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