Texas Back Institute Best Doctors
Every year physicians from all over Dallas and Collin County vote on their peers to become D Magazine’s Best Docs. Texas Back Institute has a long running history of representing some of the Best Doctors in Dallas and Collin counties. D Magazine has just published the 2013 Collin County Best Doctors list. Congratulations to (photo left to right) Drs. Jack Zigler, Isador Lieberman, Sharon Gibbs, Nayan Patel, Renato Bosita, Scott Blumenthal, and James Cable, also not in the photo Dr. Ralph Rashbaum and Dr. Michael Hisey.
Read the full text of the feature here:
Texas Back Institute (TBI) has served the North Texas area in spine care for more than 35 years. An uncompromising desire to put patients first and give individualized care has helped change the face of treatment options for neck and back pain.Today, TBI is a leader in artificial disc replacement, minimally invasive spine surgery, complex revision surgery, and treatment of spinal deformity. TBI has trained hundreds of surgeons, scientists, and allied health professionals now practicing worldwide. Its research institute employs state-of-the-art technology and is actively involved in many clinical trials throughout the year, including artificial disc replacement, minimally invasive technologies, and spinal cord stimulation.Texas Back Institute has remained one of the most academic private practices in spine care and is one of the largest freestanding multidisciplinary spine centers in the world providing comprehensive care for neck and back pain. With a fully dedicated staff of board-certified orthopedic spine surgeons, physiatrists, and physical therapists, the TBI team work together in support of their mission of helping patients get back to life.

The more than 20 physicians at Texas Back Institute are leaders in the surgical and nonsurgical treatment options for back and neck pain, from the most common outpatient procedures to the most complex cases. Thanks to the unmatched expertise of the medical staff, the advanced diagnostic testing and an unparalleled commitment to patient care, the Texas Back Institute physicians can identify potential cause of your back and neck pain and create a treatment plan specific for your needs.

Texas Back Institute has invested their resources in developing several spine specialty programs. These include Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, The Center for Disc Replacement, The Scoliosis and Spine Tumor Center, and Failed Back Surgery. These programs give patients access to highly-trained care teams who have specific focus areas in spine care. These specialty centers within Texas Back Institute are now serving patients in the North Texas area.

“At Texas Back Institute, a minimally invasive approach to spine care is our core belief and foundation for all treatment plans.”

Congratulations to Dr. Hochschuler and Dr. Lieberman!

Becker’s Spine Review recently released the “61 Spine Surgeon Inventors to Know,” which includes Dr. Stephen Hochschuler and Dr. Isador Lieberman of Texas Back Institute.  Members of the list were selected for their research and innovation contributing to the development of spine surgical devices and techniques.

The list was created as a result of extensive research. Surgeons included on the list were trained at top medical schools and have worked with some of the biggest device companies to bring their ideas to the market. In many cases, their contributions have made a difference in the quality and cost-effectiveness of spinal procedures. Many of them are also leaders within their practices, hospital departments or professional organizations.

Here is what was written on the Becker’s website.

Stephen Hochschuler, MD (Texas Back Institute, Plano). Dr. Hochschuler is the co-founder of Texas Back Institute and chairman of Texas Back Institute Holdings. He has several patents for spinal stabilization devices and co-founder of Innovative Spinal Technologies. During his career, Dr. Hochschuler has served on the scientific advisory board of physicians for Alphatec Spine and business advisory board for DePuy Spine. He was co-founder of the Spine Arthroplasty Society, now known as the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, and has participated in several FDA trials. Dr. Hochschuler earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School in Boston and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.

Isador Lieberman, MD (Texas Back Institute, Plano). Dr. Lieberman holds multiple patents for his technological innovations, including SpineAssist, a robotic tool he recently co-developed for use during minimally invasive spine surgery. He has held appointments with Cleveland Clinic as staff surgeon and professor of surgery at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. His developments have been recognized with awards from Cleveland Clinic and the Spine Society of Europe. He recently co-founded the Uganda Charitable Spine Surgeon Mission, with which he accompanies a team of surgeons to visit Uganda each year to treat the underprivileged with spine conditions. He earned his medical degree from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada, and completed his residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. He also completed residency programs in orthopedic surgery at two Toronto hospitals along with a clinical fellowship in spine and trauma surgery at The Toronto Hospital.

Physicians do not pay and cannot pay to be selected for this list.

*Becker’s Spine Review is a Chicago-based publication focusing on spine and pain practice management. The primary contributors and audience for the publication are spine surgeons and industry experts.

Best Doctors in Dallas 2012

September 26, 2012

D Magazine Announces It’s Best Doctors in Dallas 2012 List

D Magazine just published their newest issue and it included the 2012 Best Doctors in Dallas list.  Texas Back Institute is excited to announce several of our physicians made the list.  This year, Drs. Scott Blumenthal, Renato Bosita, Jr., Richard Guyer, Michael Hisey and Jack Zigler were all listed as “Best Doctors in Dallas”, by D Magazine.

At Texas Back Institute, we know we have fantastic physicians, but it is always nice to have a magazine as prestigious as D Magazine say this as well! Check out our profile below.

Photo by: Lisa Means

(Not pictured: Dr. Hisey)

The write up is a little hard to read above, so see below for a close up.

Written by: Jennifer Hayes


Orthopedic Spine Surgery, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

What’s New in Spine Care

Celebrating 35 years of excellence in spine care, Texas Back Institute is known worldwide for providing the latest, state-of-the art treatments and technology for neck and back pain. One example is a new FDA-approved neuro-stimulation system which can help provide instantaneous pain relief for patients with chronic pain. This new spinal implant uses the same “human controller” technology which is found in interactive games, such as Wii and smartphones, and can understand whether a patient is sitting, standing, running, or walking and can adjust the level of stimulation accordingly.

Texas Back is on the leading edge of robotic spine surgery and helped develop the first surgical robot in the world designed specifically to operate on the spine. Accurate to less than half a millimeter, it enables surgeons to plan the optimal surgery using a computed tomography (CT)-based 3D simulation of the patient’s spine. Surgeons can map out the patient’s spinal anatomy and plan the entire procedure before the patient even arrives for surgery. This allows the surgeon to be more efficient and precise and anticipate potential complications before they occur. This technology can be used in biopsies, to treat thoracic-lumbar fusion and vertebral compression fractures, and to correct scoliosis.

The goal for any spine surgery patient is to be able to get back to living an active lifestyle while retaining as much motion as possible. Both of these goals can be achieved through artificial disc replacement. This surgery allows patients to continue their dynamic lifestyle by combining a motion-preserving technology with a minimally invasive approach. Surgeons at the Texas Back Institute were the first in the U.S. to use this technology in a clinical trial in 2000 and have continued to be on the forefront of artificial disc replacement surgical techniques. As we get older, the discs in our spine begin to dehydrate and degenerate which can cause pain and numbness in the arms, legs, shoulders, neck, and sometimes hands. The artificial disc is designed to restore proper spacing between the vertebrae and also preserve the motion of a healthy disc. Texas Back participates in numerous clinical trials involving artificial disc replacement. Many of these trials have an immediate positive impact on patients. Our experience shows faster patient recovery while preserving motion in the spine. Minimally invasive spine surgery has been a philosophy of Texas Back Institute since its inception and continues to be the goal with every patient.

The physicians at Texas Back Institute are leaders in surgical and non-surgical treatment options for back and neck pain, from the most common outpatient procedures to the most complex cases. Thanks to advanced diagnostic testing and an unparalleled commitment to patient care and satisfaction, physicians can identify potential causes of your back and neck pain and create a treatment plan for your specific needs.

Texas Back Institute has locations in Plano, Frisco, Arlington, Dallas, Denton, Flower Mound, Fort Worth, Mansfield, McKinney, Rockwall, Trophy Club, Midland, and Wichita Falls.

A Leader in Spine Surgeon Practices…Texas Back Institute founder, Dr. Stephen Hochschuler, leads the way to help patients find relief from neck and back pain!

Today Becker’s Orthopedic and Spine Review released a list of 10 Spine Practice Leaders to Know. Dr. Stephen H. Hochschuler, one of Texas Back Institute’s founding partners made the list! Congratulations Dr. Hochschuler!

Stephen H. Hochschuler, MD (Texas Back Institute, Plano). Dr. Hochschuler is co-founder of Texas Back Institute and former president of the Spine Arthroplasty Society. During his career, he has served as chairman and sat on the board of directors for SpineMark. He also founded the spine division at Veterans Administration in Dallas and served as a clinical instructor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is a founding member of the American Board of Spinal Surgery and chairman of the Texas Back Institute Holdings Corporation. Dr. Hochschuler earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School in Boston and completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Texas Southwestern School in Dallas. He also spent time in the United States Air Force.

Congratulations to Dr. Stephen Hochschuler!  We are so proud to have you as one of Texas Back Institute’s Founders and Spine Surgeons! 

Dr. Stephen Hochschuler with Chief Development Officer, Cheryl Zapata, and Texas Back Institute CEO, Trish Bowling on Doctor’s Day the other year! 

Orthopedic Spine Surgeons and Founders of Texas Back Institute, Dr. Ralph Rashbaum, Dr. Richard Guyer and Dr. Stephen Hochschuler.

Orthopedics This Week

January 6, 2012

We are very proud to be Texas Back Institute especially this week!  On a day to day basis each member of our team makes a difference in our patients lives.  It can be something as small as reasurring a patient that their injury should heal on it’s own in time or sometimes can be as big as performing a surgery that allows our patient to play with their children again.  However large or small the accomplishments, we relish in knowing that we are making a difference with our patients. 

Well, today we are excited to share that Orthopedics The Week (OTW), the most widely read publication in the Orthopedics industry, has featured some of the things that Texas Back Institute is involved in outside of our day to day treatment of patients. 

The article below is about our CEO Emeritus and Chief Strategy Officer, Mike Franz, and his involvement in the International Spine and Orthopedic Institute (ISOI). 

“Marrying” Chinese and Western Surgeons”

Mike Franz is CEO of the International Spine and Orthopedic Institute (ISOI), a high-level, unprecedented cultural exchange of sorts. Franz, who is also CEO Emeritus and Chief Strategy Officer of the Texas Back Institute (TBI), tells OTW, “The Kerlan Jobe Clinic and TBI have jointly founded the International Spine and Orthopedic Institute (ISOI) with a goal of establishing orthopedic surgery hospitals in China. We are focusing on affluent Chinese patients, expatriates, and medical tourists. We have a unique partnering of Western and Chinese surgeons; to access the surgeons in China, we are relying on our existing relationships with senior orthopedic professors in that country. Through their introductions we are meeting skilled Chinese surgeons and are conducting training programs here and in China. Having established these relationships, we can thereby seek out affluent Chinese patients. The perception in China is that Western medicine is in a more advanced state than Chinese medicine, so there is quite a demand for what we are offering. Our U.S. training hubs are TBI (for spine), and Kerlan Jobe (for sports medicine and total joints). We are proud to have already created a partnership with the First Affiliated Hospital of Suzhou University last March, whereby we renovated a VIP orthopedic center and now send U.S. surgeons there. The next project is a private hospital where we have ownership in the orthopedic department and we will put our model into it. Our ultimate objective will be for ISOI to have majority ownership in standalone orthopedic surgery hospitals in China, something we expect will start to occur in 2013.”


The second article OTW published highlighting the Texas Back Institute this week features Dr. Lieberman and some of his thoughts on the future of spine surgery. 
This is Dr. Lieberman with one of his patients from the Uganda Spine Surgery Mission.

 “Closer Than Ever to Arresting Degeneration”

Dr. Isador Lieberman of the Texas Back Institute has “no doubt” that biologics is the future of spine surgery. He tells OTW, “We are seeing more information these days on regeneration and alteration of the degenerative cascade—and the reversal of the degenerative cascade. This is stuff that will put us heavy metal spine surgeons out of business…and that is a good thing. The FDA has already starting shaking the trees with companies, and having them come out with stem cell possibilities. But the slowness of the regulatory process will ultimately delay the availability of this technology for patients. The good news is that we are closer than ever to arresting the degenerative process so that we’ll be able to manipulate that process with targeted therapeutics like growth proteins or something that is part of the BMP group. Many researchers are looking at various applications and trying to reassign them to another application. As for the regulators, somebody has to step up and point the FDA in the right direction. We need a point person who will say, ‘This is what you need to do; this is how to handle this opportunity. Why are they so hesitant?’ Because they look at this stuff and say, ‘We don’t know how to categorize it… is it a pill, an implant, or a procedure’… and no one wants take responsibility for this process.”


As part of the publication OTW also did a Top Ten of 2011 list.  Although one one story barely missed making it on the list, they highlighted this story of hope and love. We were honored and humbled as this one is very close to our hearts!  Please read the article below.


 The birth of an orthopedic superpower, the death of a young engineer, dangerous accusations of clinical investigative bias, turmoil in markets and companies and reflections of an inventive genius were picked by our readers as the most popular stories on the pages of Orthopedics This Week in 2011

Readers clicked their way to over 6 million page views of stories during the year. Those clicks, tracked by Google Analytics, told us what readers found most interesting.


Before we list the top ten stories, one important story just barely missed the cutoff but was important to our readers because it reminded us of the humanity and purpose of our great orthopedics industry.


Hope and Love


On June 6, Jeff Guyer, a young orthopedic engineer asked us to “continue to breath in hope and breathe out love” in his last blog before peacefully passing away. The son of Rick and Shelly Guyer reminded us that engineers, surgeons, nurses and all the other providers love to go to work every day in the hope to improve patients’ lives.


Jeff led a team that designed the GLIF (guided lumbar interbody fusion) procedure which won an OTW Best Spine Technology Award in 2009.  

So to end this post we ask that everyone take a second to “Breathe in Hope, Breathe out Love”!




On My Style

April 15, 2011

This past week Dr. Zigler did a photo shoot at his house for ON Magazine.  The secton is called “ON my style” and it features things that showcase Dr. Zigler’s style. 

We think the spread turned out AWESOME!!!!

Dr. Shellock also did a spread like this in 2009. 

It so fun getting to know more about the doctors personal interests and style.


What things help demonstrate your style and personality?

Did you know yesterday was World Health Day? 

World Health Day is celebrated annually by the World Health Organization and the international community.  Since 1950, it has been held each year on April 7th and focuses on a relevant global health issue.   What’s really exciting about this is that Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) just announced that Isador Lieberman, MD, MBA, FRSC(C), is a recipient of the sixth annual HVO Golden Apple Award

I am sure you are wondering what this award is so here is a little background…As part of its World Health Day observances, HVO created this award to recognize the extraordinary educational contributions of volunteers to international program sites.  Each volunteer honored with this award has demonstrated a strong commitment to HVO’s educational mission by working on curriculum development, teacher training, didactic or clinical training, or the enhancement of educational resources.

Dr. Lieberman received this award because of his contributions to the Uganda Spine Mission.  Not only does he travel to Uganda annually to treat children with severe spinal deformities but over the last five years he has also taken as his responsibility to fundraise and organize the Spine Mission. We are very proud to have Dr. Lieberman as part of our team!  

Here is a photo from the mission in 2010.

The next mission is scheduled for August 13, 2011.

If you would like to read more about this click here.

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