Establishment of a university academic spine center: From concept to reality

Paul M. Arnold, Douglas C. Burton, Talal W. Khan, Kimberly A. Dixon, Marc A. Asher, George Varghese

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In fewer than five years, the University of Kansas Hospital Spine Center became the largest and most comprehensive spine care facility in the greater metropolitan Kansas City area. The 22,000-square-foot facility has 27 exam rooms, four specialized diagnostic rooms, 11 pre-/post-interventional procedure rooms, and a 4000-square-foot outpatient rehabilitation gym. Patients can meet with their physicians, undergo diagnostic tests and treatment, and attend therapy sessions in one location. The multidisciplinary Spine Center brings together orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, neurologists, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, pain-management anesthesiologists, radiologists, and physical and occupational therapists. The Spine Center became successful because a group of physicians bought into the philosophy of a comprehensive interdisciplinary program, were willing to sacrifice some territorial claims, and were willing to put patient care and the good of the institution above individual egos.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)220-224
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Medical Practice Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Comprehensive spine center; academic medical center; center of excellence; interdisciplinary practice; outcomes measurement; outcomes improvement.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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