What’s new in Plano
The Plano office serves as the main location at the Texas Back Institute and continues to grow in number of physicians, staff and patients. The office is currently home to 18 physicians who range in specialty from orthopedic spine surgery to physiatry, pain management, neurosurgery and psychology. Texas Back Institute also offers Physical Therapy for spine patients in Plano, therapists and their assistants work closely with patients to tailor a program for their specific condition and needs.
The Plano office is also home to Texas Back Institute’s corporate office, clinical trials department, Spine Surgery Fellowship program, and Spine Biomechanics Lab. Texas Back Institute continues to grow as a leader in the spine care industry, working to help patients suffering from from spine and brain conditions.
Texas Back Institute – Plano
Texas Back Institute has created and expanded the Scoliosis & Spine Tumor Center, further adding to Texas Back’s growing list of sub-specialties. Led by internationally recognized spine surgeon, Dr. Isador Lieberman, the center prides itself on offering patients with the highest quality care and the latest in technology, including the latest in global positioning robotic technology for spine surgery. Dr. Lieberman is one of few physicians in the United States to offer this new technology, further setting the Texas Back Institute apart from its competitors. The Scoliosis & Spine Tumor Center runs a monthly support group for its adolescent scoliosis patients and their families. The Center also offers complex revision surgery for patients who have had issues with a prior surgery, as well as a concierge program for its visitors from out of town.
Center for Disc Replacement
In January 2011, the Center for Disc Replacement opened at the Texas Back Institute – Plano to serve the increasing number of national and international patients requesting the latest in artificial disc replacement (ADR) surgeries. Co-directors of the Center are fellowship-trained, orthopedic spine surgeons Drs. Scott Blumenthal, Richard Guyer, Jack Zigler, and Jessica Shellock who have served as primary investigators in the latest FDA-approved clinical trials. Focused on the needs of the ADR patient, the Center includes concierge services to help coordinate treatment with the patient’s local physicians, assist with travel and transportation arrangements, and provide other assistance the patient may need.
Kevin Ju M.D.Orthopedic Spine Surgeon Texas Back InstituteOrthopedic Spine Surgery
“I want all of my patients to know that I care. I will go above and beyond to make them feel at ease and get them on a treatment path which is right for them.”
| Specialty: Spine Surgery
| Fellowship Training: Spine Surgery
| Certification: Certified – American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
| Dr. Ju, M.D.
Dr. Ju’s academic career includes a Bachelor’s of Science with honors in Neurobiology and the J.E. Wallace Sterling Award for Scholastic Achievement from Stanford University. He received high honors in all coursework and rotations at Harvard Medical School where he earned his M.D. in 2010. He performed a general surgery internship at Massachusetts General Hospital followed by residency in the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program at Massachusetts General. He was the Senior Associate in Orthopedics during his spine fellowship at Emory University.
Dr. Ju is a member of many professional organizations dedicated to the promotion and maintenance of high medical standards and continuing education including the Harvard Medical School Orthopedic Trauma Initiative, North American Spine Society, American Medical Association, and American Academy of Orthopedic surgeons. Dr. Ju has authored 10 scientific articles, 2 medical book chapters, and presented at more than a dozen medical meetings and conferences.
Dr. Ju enjoys outdoor activities in his spare time including SCUBA diving, skiing, sailing, and archery. Dr. Ju also enjoys technology, gadgets, and is conversational in Mandarin Chinese.
- Stanford University – Bachelor of Science with Honors in Neurobiology 2002-2006
- Harvard Medical School – Medical Degree with High Honors 2006-2010
- Massachusetts General Hospital – General Surgery Internship 2010-2011
- Harvard Residency Program – Orthopedic Surgery Residency 2011-2015
- Emory University – Spine Fellowship 2015-2016
- 2002 National Merit Scholar
- 2002 Awarded International Baccalaureate Diploma– Challenging two year curriculum covering the experimental sciences, social sciences, languages, mathematics, and arts
- 2004 National Rookie of the Year (Archery) – Men’s Compound Bow division
- 2004 ExxonMobil Teagle Scholarship
- 2005 URO Major Grant – Competitive one year grant to fund undergraduate research (Stanford University)
- 2005 National Archery Association Scholarship – National scholarship awarded for leadership and academic achievement
- 2003-2006 Broke seven high-score records in California and the U.S. West Region (Archery) Firestone Medal for Excellence in Research – Awarded to top 10% of all theses in social science, science, and engineering (Stanford University)
- 2006 J.E. Wallace Sterling Award for Scholastic Achievement – Awarded to top 25 individual graduating seniors by GPA (Stanford University)
- 2007 Tylenol Scholarship – Nationwide scholarship awarded for leadership and academic performance
- 2007 Louis W. Gilbert Fellowship – Competitive one year clinical research fellowship (Harvard Medical School)
- 2013 Charles Ray Best Clinical Paper Award (International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery)
- 2014 Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital I CARE Award – Recognizes individuals who go above and beyond regular job responsibilities
- 2014-2015 Selected as Administrative Chief Resident, Massachusetts General Hospital
- 2015 Harvard Orthopaedic Residency Program Executive Committee Award for Excellence on the Orthopaedics In-Training Exam (highest score throughout five-year residency)
- Texas Monthly Super Doctor – Rising Star: 2017, 2018, 2019
- 2020 D Magazine Best Doctor
| Publications, Books & Presentations
- Ian Dunn, Kevin L. Ju, Robert Friedlander. “Middle Cerebral Artery Aneurysms” Fundamentals of Operative Techniques in Neurosurgery. Eds. Connolly, E.S., McKhann, G.M. II, Huang, J., Choudhri, T.F. New York: Thieme, 2010. 114 – 120.
- Kevin L. Ju and Mitchel B. Harris. “Initial Evaluation of the Spine in Trauma Patients” Skeletal Trauma 5th Edition. Eds. Browner, B.D., Jupiter, J.B., Anderson, P.A., Krettek, C. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier, 2014. 303 – 314.
- Kevin L. Ju and John G. Heller. “Degenerative Disorder of the Cervical Spine / Cervical Stenosis” Spine Injuries in Athletes. Eds. Hecht, A.C., Batjer, H., Ellenbogen, R., Hsu, W., Ludwig, S., Vaccaro, A. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2017
- Kevin L. Ju, Feifei Zhou, and John M. Rhee. “Cervical Laminoplasty” Essentials of Spinal Stabilization. Eds. Holly, L. & Anderson, P. Springer, 2017. 113-124.
Scientific Articles (peer-reviewed journals):
1. Kevin L. Ju, Nathan Manley, and Robert Sapolsky. “Anti-apoptotic therapy with a Tat fusion protein protects against excitotoxic insults in vitro and in vivo.” Experimental Neurology. April 2008. 210(2): 602-7.
2. Teresa Santiago-Sim, Steven R. DePalma, Kevin L. Ju, Barbara McDonough, Christine E. Seidman, J.G. Seidman, Dong H. Kim. “Genomewide Linkage in a Large Caucasian Family Maps a New Locus for Intracranial Aneurysms to Chromosome 13q.” Stroke. March 2009. 40(Suppl 1): S57-60.
3. Kevin L. Ju, David Zurakowski, Mininder S. Kocher. “Differentiating between methicillin-resistant and methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus osteomyelitis in children: an evidence-based clinical prediction algorithm.” Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery American. September 2011. 93(18): 1693-1701.
4. Sang D. Kim, Rojeh Melikian, Kevin L. Ju, David Zurakowski, Kirkham B. Wood, Christopher M. Bono, Mitchel B. Harris. “Independent Predictors of Failure of Nonoperative Management of Spinal Epidural Abscesses.” The Spine Journal. August 2014. 14(8): 1673-9.
5. Kevin L. Ju, Sang D. Kim, Rojeh Melikian, Christopher M. Bono, Mitchel B. Harris. “Predicting Patients with Concurrent Noncontiguous Spinal Epidural Abscess Lesions.” The Spine Journal. January 2015. 15(1): 95-101.
6. Michiel Hageman, Ahmet Kinaci, Kevin L. Ju, Thierry G. Guitton, Chaitanya S. Mudgal, David Ring, and the Science of Variation Group. “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Assessment of Surgeon and Patient Preferences and Priorities for Decision-Making.” Journal of Hand Surgery. September 2014. 39(9): 1799-1804.
7. Kevin L. Ju, Rachel Deering, Dafang Zhang, Mitchel B. Harris, Christopher M. Bono. “Ensuring Homogenous Study Groups for Randomized Trials in Spine.” Ann Orthop Rheumatol. 2015. 3(1): 1041
8. John M. Rhee and Kevin L. Ju. “Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion.” Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Essential Surgical Techniques. November 2016. 6(4):e37.
9. John Kleimeyer, Kirkham Wood, Greger Lonne, Tyler Herzog, Kevin L. Ju, Lisa Beyer, Christine Park. “Surgery for Refractory Coccygodynia: Operative versus Nonoperative Treatment.” Spine. August 2017. 42(16): 1214-1219
10. Rojeh Melikian, Sang D. Kim, Kevin L. Ju, David Zurakowski, Christopher M. Bono, Mitchel B. Harris. “Medical vs. Surgical Treatment of Spinal Epidural Abscesses in Patients with Normal Neurological Exams or Radicular Deficits.” The Spine Journal. Submitted.
11. Amna Diwan, Kevin L. Ju, Kaj Lambers, Srinivas Susarla, Mark Vrahas, Malcolm Smith. “Immediate Post-Operative Weight Bearing in Ankle Fractures Does Not Lead to Loss of Position.” Injury. Submitted
12. Kevin L. Ju, Feifei Zhou, Yanbin Zhao, Fengshan Zhang, Shengfa Pan, John Heller, Yu Sun. “Progressive Bone Formation After Cervical Disc Replacement: Minimum of 5 Year Follow-Up.” Spine. February 2018. 43(3): E163-E170
13. Ram Haddas, Kevin L. Ju, Theodore Belanger, Isador Lieberman. “The use of gait analysis in the assessment of patients afflicted with spinal disorders.” European Spine Journal. April 2018. 27(8): 1712-1723.
14. Ram Haddas, Sujal Patel, Rajesh Arakal, Akwasi Boah, Theodore Belanger, Kevin L. Ju. “Spine and lower extremity kinematics during gait in cervical spondylotic myelopathy patients.” The Spine Journal. September 2018. 18(9):1645-1652
15. Ram Haddas and Kevin L. Ju. “Gait Alteration in Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy Elucidated By Ground Reaction Forces.” Spine. January 2019. 44(1):25-31.
16. Ram Haddas, Isador Lieberman, Akwasi Boah, Rajesh Arakal, Theodore Belanger, Kevin L. Ju. “Functional Balance Testing in Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy Patients.” Spine Journal. January 2019. 44(2):103-109.
17. Ram Haddas, Isador Lieberman, Rajesh Arakal, Akwasi Boah, Theodore Belanger, Kevin L. Ju. “Effect of Cervical Decompression Surgery on Gait in Adult Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy Patients.” Clinical Spine Surgery. September 2018. 31(10):435-440.
18. Haddas R, Cox J, Belanger T, Ju KL, Derman PB. “Characterizing Gait Abnormalities in Patients with Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy: A Neuromuscular Analysis.” The Spine Journal. November 2019. 16(11): 1803-08.
19. Haddas R, Ju KL, Boah AO, Kosztowski T, Derman PB. “The Effect of Surgical Decompression on Functional Balance Testing in Patients with Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy.” Clinical Spine Surgery. November 2019. 32: 369-76.
20. Zhou F, Li S, Zhao Y, Zhang Y, Ju KL, Zhang F, Pan S, Sun Y. “Quantitative analysis of the correlation between preoperative cervical degeneration and postoperative heterotopic ossification after cervical disc replacement: minimum 10-year follow-up data.” Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine.
Scientific Articles (non peer-reviewed):
1. Kevin L. Ju and Mitchel B. Harris. “Geriatric Spine Fractures.” American Orthopaedic Association Community of Leaders Newsletter. In press.
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