SpineMark Appoints Dr. Rudolf Bertagnoli Chairman of International Medical Advisory Board

Thursday, August 7, 2008 General News
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SAN DIEGO, Aug. 6 SpineMark Corporation, a spine careservices organization that partners with hospitals and physicians to developspine centers, research organizations and medical education training centers,has appointed Dr. Rudolf Bertagnoli, chairman and founder of ProSpine (Bogen,Germany), as chairman of its International Medical Advisory Board. In thisrole, Bertagnoli will oversee the recruitment of a global panel of physicianadvisors to manage the development of spine centers of excellence and clinicaltrials being conducted outside the United States to evaluate new technologiesand treatment options for spinal disorders and injuries.

"Dr. Bertagnoli is an active leader in global spinal research studies withmore than 20 years of experience pioneering fusion and non-fusion technologiesfor treatment of spinal disorders," said Marcy T. Rogers, M.Ed., president andCEO of SpineMark. "We believe in bringing together the best spine physiciansfrom around the world to help us build international bridges for education,facility development and clinical research. Dr. Bertagnoli's experience is agreat fit to help us achieve our goals of providing advanced spine treatmentoptions to patients on a global level."

Bertagnoli is the founder, CMO and CEO of ProSpine, the first EuropeanCentre for Spine Arthroplasty and Associated Non-Fusion Technologies, whichhas five facilities across Germany. Bertagnoli has been published in keymedical journals worldwide, and has trained over 3,000 surgeons from 50countries in new minimally invasive spine techniques. Additionally, he is thefounder and former president of the Spine Arthroplasty Society (SAS),president of Spine Evolution Nucleus Europe (SEN), a member of the NorthAmerican Spine Society (NASS), a faculty member of IMAST and a past Germanrepresentative of the International Society for Minimal Intervention in SpinalSurgery (ISMISS).

"SpineMark's concept of integrating clinical research into a globalnetwork of centers of excellence resembles the vision I have for my facilitiesin Germany," said Bertagnoli. "We share a dedication to ensuring that patientscan receive quality care. I look forward to contributing to the creation of aglobal spinal research network through SpineMark's internationalpartnerships."

Bertagnoli graduated in 1984 from the University of Vienna, Austria, andworked at emergency hospitals in Vienna and Linz before moving to the GermanCenter of Spine Surgery in Bad Wildungen, Germany, in 1986. From 1989 to 1994,Bertagnoli held a position as senior physician and head of the spinedepartment at the Orthopedic University Hospital, Georg-August-UniversityGoettingen, Germany. He went on to lead spine units in several German citiesbefore founding ProSpine in 2005.

About SpineMark

SpineMark Corporation is an innovative service organization dedicated totransforming the delivery of spine care. The company partners with hospitalsand physicians across the United States and abroad to develop and operatecomprehensive, evidence-based spine centers of excellence. By building aglobal network of spine centers, spine research organizations andstate-of-the-art medical conference facilities, SpineMark is improving theoverall quality of life of patients afflicted with spine disorders andinjuries.

Driven by the specialized experience and expertise of its leadership teamand medical advisory board, SpineMark's goal is to create a global network,based on clinically validated best practices for spine care that streamlinediagnosis and treatment, simplify referrals and accelerate the recoveryprocess.

SOURCE SpineMark Corporation

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