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Dr. Joshua Abrams, DO

Spine Surgeon
The Core Institute
3010 W. Agua Fria Fwy Ste 100, Phoenix, AZ

Brief Biography:


2010-2011: Spine Surgery Fellowship, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA, St. Mary’s Medical Center, San Francisco, CA

2006-2010: Orthopedic Residency, Farmington Hills, MI, Michigan State University, Botsford Hospital

2005-2006: Orthopedic Emphasis Surgical Internship, Farmington Hills, MI, Michigan State University, Botsford Hospital

2001-2005: Doctorate of Osteopathy, Mare Island, CA, Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Presidential Honors:

Class President, 2004-2005

1996-2000: Bachelor of Science, Spokane, WA, Gonzaga University

Volunteer & Community Service

2010-Orthopedic Overseas (Health Volunteer Overseas) San Jose, Costa Rica

2006-2007 Redford Union High School, Redford, MI   

Team Physician, Varsity and JV Football

2006-DOCARE Guatemala Medical Mission, Volunteer Physician    

Honors and Awards

AOAO 2011 Scientific Paper Award Winner

NASS – IEP Paper Finalist

Michigan State University Research Day Award Winner

Presidential Honors – Doctorate of Osteopathy

Licensure and Certification

Board Eligible, American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgeons

Licensed, State of Arizona

Licensed, State of California

Licensed, State of Michigan

Licensed, State of Washington

Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

Basic Life Support (BLS)

Balloon Kyphoplasty


Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics

American Osteopathic Association

Physicians and Surgeons of California

Michigan Orthopedic Association

Orthopedic Overseas, Health Volunteers Overseas

Continuing Education

DLIF & Minimally Invasive TLIF Cadaver Training Course

Sunnyvale, CA   August 2011

XLIF & MAS TLIF Cadaver Training Course, Nuvasive

San Diego, CA  July 2011

AAOS Annual Convention

San Diego, CA  February 2011

DLIF & Minimally Invasive TLIF Cadaver Training Course

Sunnyvale, CA   September 2010

Advanced Concepts in Spine Surgery

Las Vegas, NV June 2010

Kyphon Balloon Kyphoplasty® Cadaver Course

Chicago, Illinois October 2009

University of Michigan Tumor Review Course

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan October 2009

Continuing Education (Cont’d)

AOAO Spring Conference

Las Vegas, Nevada  May 2009

AAOS Annual Convention

Las Vegas, Nevada  February 2009

AO Operative Fracture Management: Advanced Principles

Marco Island, Florida June 2008

AO Pediatric Course

Detroit, Michigan April 2008

AOSpine North America Treatment of Spinal Disorders

Las Vegas, Nevada November 2007

Musculoskeletal Tumor Review Course

William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan October 2007

X-STOP IPD® Instructional Course   

Troy, Michigan August 2007

AO Basic Principles and Techniques of Operative Fracture Management     

Reno, Nevada January 2007

Annual Clinical Assembly of Osteopathic Specialists, Orthopedic Surgery

Chicago, Illinois October 2003

Publications & Presentations

Arachnoid Ossificans containing metaplastic hematopoietic marrow. IEP Award Finalist. North American Spine Society, Chicago. Podium Presentation. November 2011.

Treatment of Facet Cysts with Neurogenic Intermittent Claudication with X-Stop. Abrams J, Hsu K, Kondrashov D, Zucherman J. Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques. In Press.

Complications of the Lateral Transpsoas Approach for Lumbar Interbody Arthrodesis. Clinical Orthopedic and Related Research. September 23, 2011. Sofianos D, Briseno M, Abrams J, Patel A.

Arachnoid Ossficans containing metaplastic hematopoietic marrow resulting in diffuse thoracic intrathecal cysts and severe myelopathy: a case report. Abrams J, Mindea S, Cheng I. European Spine Journal.  2011, September 4 [Epub].

Open versus MIS Percutaneous TLIF: A Perioperative Analysis.  Abrams, J., Valente M, Bono PL.  Detroit Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Podium Presentation. May 2010

Publications & Presentations (continued)

Outcomes in Dynamic, Static and Hybrid Anterior Cervical Fusion Plating Techniques.  Abrams J, Baker K, Fischgrund J.  Michigan State University Consortium of Orthopedic Surgeons. Podium Presentation.

Critical Review of the Indications for X-Stop. Identifying pertinent Exclusion Criteria.  Podium Presentation. Drake G, Abrams J, Bono, P.

Editorial Reviewer:

Neuroradiology 2011

Journal of American Osteopathic Association.


Academic positions:

Professional Experience

2010-2011: Stanford University Medical School, Stanford, CA, Clinical Instructor

2008-2010: Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI, Compensation and Pension Consultant    

2009-2010: Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI, Orthopedic Consultant

2000-2001: Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center, Seattle, WA, Audiology Assistant

1999: Surgical Implant Generation Network (SIGN), Richland, WA, Orthopedic Implant Operations Assistant.


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I appreciate the forward thinking of obtaining experts in various fields to edit and provide opinion on literature, etc. The majority of journals have limited editors and often times papers are published or based on the written expressions that support the opinions of its editors.