Dr. Dino Samartzis

Dr. Dino Samartzis – Klippel-Feil Syndrome Alliance

Dr. Dino Samartzis is a Research Assistant Professor at the Division of Spine Surgery, Department of Orthopaedics & Traumatology at the University of Hong Kong. He is also the elected Research Officer Chair for Spine’s Southeast Asia Council and member of Spine’s Asia Pacific Research Committee.

Academic background and training

Dr. Samartzis obtained his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He pursued graduate studies in biological sciences, evidence-based health care, clinical epidemiology, medical sciences, and international studies at: Harvard University-Cambridge, Massachusetts, the University of Oxford – Oxford, England, the University of Cambridge – Cambridge, England, Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and the London School of Economics and Political Science in London, England. Dr. Samartzis also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong.

Research interests

Dr. Samartzis’ main research interests are non-genetic and genetic factors related to intervertebral disc degeneration/disease, neck/back pain, cervical spine disorders and management, spine deformities, and spinal biomechanics. He has a particular interest in evidence-based orthopaedics, outcome studies, complex statistical analyses, and population-based studies.

In 2006, Dr. Samartzis and colleagues expanded on the (1919) foundational work of Andre Feil by proposing 3 classification-types that specifically addressed the cervical spine anomalies and their associated cervical spine-related symptoms; with additional elaboration on various time-dependent factors regarding Klippel-Feil Syndrome.

Selected publications

Dino Samartzis, Prakasam Kalluri, Jean Herman, John P. Lubicky, Francis H. Shen. 2008 Young Investigator Award. The role of congenitally fused cervical segments upon the space available for the cord and associated symptoms in Klippel-Feil patients. Spine 2008;33:1442-50.

Francis H. Shen, Dino Samartzis, A. Jay Khanna, D. Greg Anderson. Minimally invasive techniques for lumbar interbody fusions. Orthop Clin North Am 2007;38:373-86; abstract vi.

Dino Samartzis, Jean Herman, John P. Lubicky, Francis H. Shen. Classification of congenitally fused cervical patterns in Klippel-Feil patients: epidemiology and role in the development of cervical spine-related symptoms. Spine 2006;31:E798-E804.

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