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Dr Samartzis, Dino

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Assistant Professor

Biography

Dr. Dino Samartzis was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Loyola Academy high school in Wilmette, Illinois and went on to obtain his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Samartzis further pursued graduate studies in biological sciences, evidence-based health care, clinical epidemiology, medical sciences, and international studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the University of Oxford in Oxford, England, the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England, Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and the London School of Economics and Political Science in London, England. Dr. Samartzis completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong.  Furthermore, he was a Gilbert Beebe Fellow of the Radiation and Nuclear Board of the National Academies of Science in Washington D.C., the Radiation Epidemiology Branch of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (a.k.a. Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission) in Hiroshima, Japan addressing the effects of atomic nuclear power/radiation and their health-related risks upon the musculoskeletal system.

Since having started his career in spine at the Division of Spine Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois under the auspices of Professor Howard An, Dr. Samartzis has published approximately 250 research articles, book chapters, and other educational material in peer-reviewed journals, textbooks, etc. Dr. Samartzis has also been the Editor-in-Chief and/or Section Editor for several textbooks and journal theme issues, such as The Cervical SpineMinimally Invasive Spine SurgeryOrthopaedic Surgical ApproachesIntervertebral Disc DegenerationDisc DegenerationSpine Degeneration and Pain, Spinal Imaging Phenotypes,  and others. Dr. Samartzis is actively involved on the Editorial, Advisory, and Review Boards of nearly two dozen medical journals, such as SPINE, Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques, The Spine Journal, Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Research, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American and British), and the British Medical Journal. In particular, he serves as Deputy Editor for the Global Spine Journal, the most circulated spine journal in the world, and for InSpine Magazine.  In addition, Dr. Samartzis is also an elected member of various organizations, such as AOSpine, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), North American Spine Society (NASS), International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS), Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS), Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association (HKOA), American College of Epidemiology (ACE), and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS). In particular, Dr. Samartzis serves as the Research Chair for AOSpine East Asia, having developed in that role numerous research grants, fellowships, and research courses for spine clinicians and scientists, a Member of the Research Development Committee for NASS, Board of Directors for the International Klippel-Feil Alliance, Secretary for the Pain Genetics SIG of the International Association for the Study of Pain, and was the Chair for the first ever Pain Genetics Symposium: from Basic Science to Clinical Applications in Asia (2012) and Advances in Orthopaedic Research (AOR) International Symposium (2013). He has been a lead investigator of various international studies, most currently the first large-scale, 35 centre study addressing degenerative spondylolisthesis and facet joint morphology in Asia as well as the 40 centre multi-national spinal tuberculosis project (the world's largest spine study). Furthermore, he is the Founder and Director of the International Spine and Pain Consortium (ISPC - www.spine-consortium.org)) and a founding member of the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurements (ICHOM): Low Back Pain Working Group.  

Dr. Samartzis has been the recipient of over 45 awards and recognitions, such as nomination as a Fulbright Scholar, commendation by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), AOSpine Hansjorg Wyss Award, SICOT/SIROT Orthopaedic Award for Excellence, Young Investigator Award by the SPINE journal, International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine’s (ISSLS) Best Clinical Study Award, the ISSLS MacNab/Larocca award, and the University of Hong Kong Research Output prize among others. In addition, Dr. Samartzis and his work have been featured in over 250 media forums worldwide, such as U.S. News and World Report, Yahoo News, MSN Health, Good Morning America, Medical Tribune, New York Daily News, AAOS Now, South China Morning Post, Spinal News International, and others.

Dr. Samartzis is currently an Assistant Professor at the Division of Spine Surgery at the Department of Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Honorary Assistant Professor for the Department of Anesthesiology, and Deputy Director of the Laboratory and Clinical Research Institute of Pain at the University of Hong Kong. Dr. Samartzis is an evidence-based clinical spine epidemiologist whose main research interests are non-genetic and genetic factors related to intervertebral disc degeneration and back pain focusing on large population-based cohorts, spinal phenotypes, cervical spine disorders and management, and novel biomarkers and therapies to address spinal disorders. He also has expertise in complex statistical modeling, population-based studies, and evidence-based health-care.

 
Honours, Awards & Prizes
AwardeesAward DateHonours / Awards / PrizesCategory
Karppinen, JI
Ala-Korpela, M
Soininen, P
Kangas, AJ
2013-11-01Best Paper Basic Science Award - Identification of novel serum "metabolomic" biomarkers related to the development of lumbar disc degeneration: 33rd Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association Annual Congress. Hong Kong.
Research Achievement
Kuong, E
2010-11-01Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association AOSpine Best Paper Award - A randomized controlled trial assessing the safety and efficacy of a novel superelastic rod in comparison to conventional titanium rod for scoliosis curve correction: 30th Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association
Research Achievement
2011-03-01Mainland China Travel Award: 4th Military Hospital, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Xi'An, China
Research Achievement
Kuong, E
2010-11-01Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association AR Hodgson Award - A randomized controlled trial assessing the safety and efficacy of a novel superelastic rod in comparison to conventional titanium rod for scoliosis curve correction: 30th Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association
Research Achievement
2008-11-01Arthur Yau Best Paper Award. Schmorl's nodes of the lumbar spine: prevalence, classification, and associated risk factors.: Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association
Research Achievement
2008-11-01AO Spine Best Paper Award. Schmorl's nodes of the lumbar spine: prevalence, classification, and associated risk factors.: Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association
Research Achievement
2011-04-01Orthopaedic Award for Scientific Excellence: SICOT/SIROT
Research Achievement
Karppinen, J
Mok, PS
2008-11-29Juvenile disc degeneration of the lumbar spine: epidemiology, risk factors and clinical relevance: Best Poster Award. Global Spine Congress, San Francisco, USA, June 23-26, 2009
Research Achievement
2008-06-01Spine Journal's 2008 Young Investigator Award. The role of congenitally fused cervical segments upon the space available for the cord and associated symptoms in Klippel-Feil patients.
Research Achievement
2009-11-01Pedicle screw fixation strategies of the thoracic curve in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). Most Promising Spine Paper Award: Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association
Research Achievement
2010-04-01Prevalence, determinants, and association of Schmorl's nodes of the lumbar spine with disc degeneration: a population-based study of 2,449 individuals. Best Clinical Study Prize: International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine
Research Achievement
2010-07-01Traveling Fellowship Award: AOSpine World Forum for Spine Research: Intervertebral Disc
Research Achievement
2014-12-012014 Prize for Best Original Research by Trainees (Gold Medal): Genetic Predisposition of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis in Chinese: A Genome-wide Association Study: Hong Kong Academy of Medicine
Research Achievement
Shigematsu, H
2013-10-01Hong Kong Ambassador to 2013 New Zealand Orthopaedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting: Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association/New Zealand Orthopaedic Association
Research Achievement
Saw, LB
Grozman, S
2014-02-012013 Outstanding Paper Runner-Up: The Spine Journal
Research Achievement
Cheung, WY
Wong, YW
Behrooz, A
2013-05-01Research Output Prize (Group Award) - Magnetically controlled growing rods for severe spinal curvature in young children: a prospective case series: Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong
Research Achievement
2010-06-01Travel Award: Mainland China Visiting Lecturer/Professorship
Research Achievement
Shigematsu, H
2012-12-01Arthur Yau Award - Developmental Spinal Stenosis in the Chinese Population: Presence in Patients and Redefining Critical Values on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Arthur Yau Award): 32nd Annual Congress of The Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association
Research Achievement
Maatta, JM
Karppinen, JI
2014-05-01Best Poster Award - The association of Modic changes and MRI phenotypes of the lumbar spine: a population-based study.: World Forum for Spine Research: Intervertebral Disc - from Degeneration to Therapeutic Motion Preservation, Xi'An, China
Research Achievement
LI, Y
Campbell, D
Karppinen, J
2014-05-15Best Short Talk Award: World Forum for Spine Research - Intervertebral Disc - from Degeneration to Therapeutic Motion Preservation, Xian, PR China, May 15-17, 2014
Research Achievement
Cheung, JC
Wong, YW
Cheung, WY
Akbarnia, BA
2011-11-01Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association Arthur Yau Best Paper Award. Use of a remotely distractible, magnetic controlled growing rod (MCGR) for the treatment of scoliosis in young children. Presented at: 31th Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association
Research Achievement
Mok, PS
Karppinen, J
Cauilan, GE
2008-11-29Schmorl's Nodes of the lumbar spine: prevalence, classification, associated risk factors and clinical relevance: Arthur Yau Award. 28th Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association, Hong Kong, November 29-30, 2008
Research Achievement
Kao, PYP
Shigematsu, HIDEKI
2013-11-01AR Hodgson Award - Prediction of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis in Chinese: Findings from a Genome-wide Association Study: 33rd Annual Congress of The Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association
Research Achievement
Kwan, K
Natarajan, D
Cheung, WY
Li, J
Wong, YW
Lenke, LG
2009-11-01Spine Chapter's Most Promising Spine Paper Award. Pedicle screw fixation strategies of the thoracic curve in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.: 29th Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association, Hong Kong, November 28-29, 2009
Research Achievement
Kuong, EE
2010-11-27AOSpine Best Paper Award - "A randomized controlled trial assessing the safety and efficacy of a novel superelastic rod in comparison to convenetional titianium rod for scoliosis curve correction": 30th Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association, Hong Kong, November 27-28, 2010
Research Achievement
Karppinen, JI
2012-06-01Baseline MRI characteristics in asymptomatic subjects as predictors for future first-time LBP episode: World Forum for Spine Research: the Intervertebral Disc—from Degeneration to Pain. Helsinki, Finland
Research Achievement
Karppinen, J
2009-11-01Best Clinical Paper Award for Associate Member. Is there a relationship between intervertebral disc degeneration based on MRI and low back pain?: 29th Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association, Hong Kong, November 28-29, 2009
Research Achievement
Kuong, EE
2010-11-27A.R. Hodgson Award - "A randomized controlled trial assessing the safety and efficacy of a novel superelastic rod in comparison to convenetional titianium rod for scoliosis curve correction": 30th Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association, Hong Kong, November 27-28, 2010
Research Achievement
Shigematsu, H
2013-04-01Best Poster Award - Developmental Spinal Stenosis in the Chinese Population: Presence in Patients and Redefining Critical Values on MRI: 42nd Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Spine Surgery and Related Research (Okinawa, Japan)
Research Achievement
Shigematsu, H
2013-12-01Verifying and Defining Developmental Spinal Stenosis: An MRI-based Study (Gold Medal Winner): 2013 Prize for Best Original Research by Trainees, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine
Research Achievement
Mok, PS
Karppinen, J
Cauilan, GE
2008-11-29Schmorl's nodes of the lumbar spine: prevalence, classification, associated risk factors and clinical relevance: AOSpine Best Paper Award. 28th Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association, Hong Kong, November 29-30, 2008
Research Achievement
2009-12-01Traveling Fellow Scholarship Award: Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association
Research Achievement
Mok, PS
Karppinen, J
2010-04-01ISSLS Prize for Lumbar Spine Research. Prevalence, determinants and association of Schmorl’s Nodes of the lumbar spine with disc degeneration: A population-based study of 2499 individuals.: International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine Annual Meeting, Auckland, New Zealand, April 13-17, 2010
Research Achievement
2009-11-01Is there a relationship between intervertebral disc degeneration based on MRI and low back pain? Best Clinical Paper Award: Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association
Research Achievement
2011-03-01Hansjord Wyss Award: AOSpine
Research Achievement
2009-11-01The association of ionizing radiation and bone sarcomas: new insights based on atomic-bomb survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Best Poster Award: Chinese Orthopaedic Association
Research Achievement
Karppinen, J
2013-10-01Best Paper - Prediction of future first-time low back pain based on baseline MRI findings: North American Spine Society
Research Achievement
2009-07-01AO Spine Global Spine Congress Best Poster Award. Juvenile disc degeneration: epidemiology, risk factors, and clinical relevance: Global Spine Congress, San Francisco, California, USA
Research Achievement
Karppinen, J
2012-12-01Best Clinical Paper Award for Associate Member - Baseline magnetic resonance imaging characteristics in asymptomatic subjects as predictors for future first time low back pain episode.: 32nd Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association, Hong Kong, December 1-2, 2012
Research Achievement
Karppinen, J
Bendix, T
Ikegawa, S
Rajasekaran, S
Urban, J
Williams, F
2013-05-01MacNab/LaRocca Award - Genetic epidemiology of disc degeneration/low back pain: international consortium: International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS)
Research Achievement
2010-01-012010 Mainland China Travel Award – Visiting Lecturer/Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Peking Union Medical College Hospital
Teaching Accomplishment
Shigematsu, H
Matsumori, HIROAKI
Bow, HYC
2015-09-01Curve flexibility and maintenance of curve correction in alternative level pedicle screw fixation in adolescent idiopathic thoracic scoliosis.: 36th SICOT Orthopaedic World Congress Top 10 Best Conference Papers
Research Achievement
Shigematsu, H
Matsumori, HIROAKI
Bow, HYC
2015-09-01Curve flexibility and maintenance of curve correction in alternative level pedicle screw fixation in adolescent idiopathic thoracic scoliosis.: 36th SICOT Orthopaedic World Congress Best Paper Award
Research Achievement
2011-08-012011 SICOT/SIROT Orthopaedic Award for Scientific Excellence
Research Achievement
2009-11-012010 Traveling Fellowship Award -- AO World Forum for Spine Research
Others
Bow, HYC
Dekutoski, M
Schwab, F
Boachie-adjei, O
Kebaish, K
Ames, C
Qiu, Y
Matuyama, Y
Dahl, B
Mehdian, H
Pellise-Urquiza, F
Carreon, L
Shaffrey, C
Fehlings, M
Lenk, L
2015-05-01AOSpine Global Spine Congress Best Paper Award: Presented at Global Spine Congress, Buenos Aires, Agrentia May 20-23, 2015
Research Achievement
Tang, C
2015-11-015-Year Longitudinal Magnetic Resonance Imaging Follow-up of a Population-based Cohort of Subjects with Ossified Yellow Ligament: A Natural History Study: Trainee Prize by Dr. Chris Tang (35th HKOA Annual Congress)
Research Achievement
Tang, C
2016-04-01APSS Best Spine Paper Award: APSS section of the Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association: presented at the 19th Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association Congress; Melbourne, Australia, 29 March - 1 April 2016
Research Achievement
Maatta, J
Karppinen, J
Bow, HYC
2015-03-01• 2015 Finnish Back Competition Best Paper: Finnish Back Competition 2015
Research Achievement
Cheung, WHP
2016-05-01APSS Best Oral Presentation - 1st Prize: Asia Pacific Spine Society presented at the Spineweek 2016, Singapore, May 16-20, 2016
Research Achievement
Shigematsu, H
Matsumori, H
Bow, HYC
2015-09-01Top 10 Best Conference Papers - Recognition Award and Best Oral Presentation - First Prize Award: 36th SICOT Orthopaedic World Congress, Guangzhou, PR China, September 17-19, 2015
Research Achievement
Yao, GF
Shigematsu, H
2016-11-012nd prize for paediatric orthopaedics award paper: Characterisation and predictive value of "segmental curve flexibility" in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients Presented at The 36th Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association: Paediatric Chapter of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association
Research Achievement
Tomkins-Lane, C
Melloh, M
Lurie, J
Smuck, M
Battie, M
Freeman, B
Hu, R
Barz, T
Stuber, K
Schneider, M
Haig, A
Schizas, C
Mannion, A
Staub, L
Comer, C
Macedo, L
Ahn, SH
Takahashi, D
Sandella, D
2016-05-012016 ISSLS Prize - Clinical "Clinical Consensus on the Clinical Diagnosis of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: Results of an International Delphi Study.": The International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine
Research Achievement
Cheung, WHP
2016-05-01Best Paper Award First Prize Oral Presentation, Spineweek 2016 (Paper: Predictability of peak growth spurt and growth cessation using the distal radius and ulna classification): Asia Pacific Spine Society
Research Achievement
Professional Societies
Term PeriodPositionProfessional Societies
2012-ongoingDeputy EditorGlobal Spine Journal
2015-ongoingEditor-in-ChiefScoliosis and Spinal Disorders journal
2015-ongoingScientific Advsory BoardAxsome Therapeutics
2014-ongoingMemberHKU Warden's Committee
2008 - ongoingCommittee Board MemberAmerican Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Public Media Relations
04/2010 - ongoingMemberInternational Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine
2001 - ongoingCommittee Board MemberNorth American Spine Society, Research Development Committee
08/2012-ongoingMemberResearch Development Committee - North American Spine Society (NASS)
08/2012-ongoingSecretaryPain Genetics SIG - International Society for the Study of Pain (IASP)
2008 - ongoingMemberHong Kong Orthopaedic Association
2012-ongoingBoard of DirectorsInternational Klippel-Feil Alliance
2010 - ongoingFellowInternational Research Society for Spinal Deformities
2009-ongoingAdmissions BoardNorthwestern University, USA
2011-ongoingMemberOrthopaedic Research Society
2014-ongoingScientific BoardSIMPAR
07/2010 - 07/2013Research ChairAOSpine - East Asia Council
2009-2012Committee Board MemberAmerican College of Epidemiology
07/2010 - ongoingMemberAOSpine - Asia Pacific Research Committee
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