Academy Council

Edward C. Benzel, M.D.

Aside from his medical degree, Dr. Benzel has a background in engineering. He did his neurosurgical training at the Medical College of Wisconsin and specialized in spinal surgery. He has written many books, including Biomechanics of Spine Stabilization and co-authored Fundamentals of Neuroimaging. He is a leader in the development of the Decade of the Spine (2001-2010). Dr. Benzel heads spine surgery at the Cleveland Clinic and has numerous publications and presentations to his credit. Dr. Benzel has served as President of the Spine Section of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He is a very respected consultant on spine problems and their conservative or operative treatment.

George J. Dohrmann, M.D., Ph.D. 

Dr. Dohrmann is a neurosurgeon on the faculty of the University of Chicago Medical Center. He received his surgical training at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. His neurological training was done at the Institute of Neurology, National Hospital, Queen Square, London, England. Neurosurgical training was done at Yale, New Haven, Connecticut. Dr. Dohrmann serves on the editorial boards of various medical journals, both national and international, including SURGICAL NEUROLOGY, the International Neurosurgical Journal, MEDICAL PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE and SPINAL CORD. He is an editor of NEUROLOGICAL RESEARCH. Dr. Dohrmann represents the United States on several committees of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (the neurosurgical equivalent of the United Nations). He has published over 200 books and articles. In recognition of his teaching, nationally and internationally, Dr. Dohrmann was given the 2001 Bucy Award "for outstanding contributions to neurosurgical education." Dr Dohrmann is a founding member of the American Academy of Spine Physicians and serves on the Academy Council.

David H. Durrant, DC, PhD(c)

Dr. Durrant is currently the Director of the Chicago Neuroscience Institute (CNI). He received his Doctorate in Chiropractic, cum laude, from Logan College of Chiropractic. He received post-doctoral neurology training with Logan University, Chesterfield, Missouri and with New York Chiropractic College of Seneca Falls, New York. Dr. Durrant went on to complete a three-year neurology residency and received board certification status in neurology and was awarded Diplomate Status with the American Board of Chiropractic Neurology, now under the auspices of the American Chiropractic Neurology Board. Dr Durrant has also achieved prestigious Fellow Status with the American College of Spine Physicians and Fellow status with International Academy of Clinical Neurology. Dr Durrant is currently pursuing a PhD, with emphasis placed on the applications of molecular imaging of the spine and spinal cord.

Dr. Durrant is an accomplished neuroscience author and editor having authored numerous articles and textbook chapters in the field of neurology. He is the principal author and co-editor of the textbook titled, MYELOPATHY, RADICULOPATHY AND ENTRAPMENT AND SYNDROMES, a benchmark publication in neurology. Dr Durrant has over 25 years of experience in spinecare which has involved the integration of clinical neurology, neurophysiology, neurogenetics, neuroimaging, and molecular diagnostics. He is a founding member of the American Academy of Spine Physicians and serves on the Academy Council. Dr Durrant represents the United States on the Council of the International Spine Association (ISA) 


Barth A. Green, M.D.

While attending medical school at Indiana University, Dr. Green worked in the laboratory of Professor L.W. Freeman, one of the leading spinal cord injury researchers. Then he continued his interest in spinal cord injury with another expert in spinal cord injury, Professor Paul Bucy, at Northwestern University while doing his neurosurgical training. Dr. Green's devotion to spinal cord-injured patients and to spinal cord injury research led to the establishment of the multimillion dollar Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. His publications and presentations number in the hundreds. He is on the editorial board of the JOURNAL OF SPINAL DISORDERS. Dr. Green heads the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Miami Medical Center. Dr. Green's practice is devoted exclusively to patients with spinal problems.

Vincent P. Lucido, D.C.

Dr. Vincent Lucido has served as President of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA)and as a delegate to the ACA. He was recently honored as ACA's Chiropractor of the Year. Dr. Lucido has also served the chiropractic profession as a trustee for the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research (FCER). He is currently serving as President of the FCER. Dr. Lucido has served as an examiner for the Florida Department of Professional Regulation Licensing Exam for Chiropractic Physicians, and as a faculty member of National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois.


Stephen L. Ondra, M.D.

After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, Dr. Ondra received his medical degree and then did his neurosurgery training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He decided to specialize in spine surgery and is currently on the faculty of Northwestern University Medical School. Dr. Ondra has been recognized nationally and internationally for his contributions to the understanding of spine function and for his treatment (conservative and operative) of spine malfunction. He has brought a neurosurgical/analytical approach to the diagnosis and treatment of scoliosis. Dr. Ondra is well known for his thoughtful application of spine instrumentation. Currently he is Director of the Back and Neck Institute at Northwestern University Medical Center. He has written many articles and has given numerous presentations about the analysis and treatment of spine problems. He is on the editorial board of the JOURNAL OF SPINAL DISORDERS.

John F. Shea, M.D.

Dr. Shea trained in neurosurgery and anatomy (neuroanatamy) at St. Louis University and is currently on the faculty of Loyola University in the Department of Neurological Surgery as well as in the Department of Cell Biology (Neurobiology) and Anatomy. He is a much sought after teacher in the above fields. Dr. Shea is an expert in the field of spinal surgery and does consultations on difficult spine problems relative to operative as well as conservative care. As such, he has worked with chiropractors in joint management of their patients. Dr. Shea has lectured extensively and has authored numerous articles and chapters in textbooks.

Steven Vanni, D.O., D.C.

Dr. Vanni is both a neurosurgeon and a chiropractor. He received his D.O. and his D.C. in Georgia and Florida respectively. His spinal surgery training was done in New York (Albert Einstein College of Medicine). He has continued his practice as a chiropractic physician in Florida while practicing as a neurosurgeon at Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Veteran's Administration Hospital. Dr. Vanni uses his unique perspective, as a neurosurgeon and a chiropractic physician, to lecture about and to participate in studies of patients with spine problems. In his neurosurgical practice, Dr. Vanni specializes in spine surgery.

Wayne M. Whalen, D.C.

Dr. Whalen is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic of Sunnyvale, California. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Neurology. He is a board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist and he also holds a Diplomate in Chiropractic Rehabilitation from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. He has held numerous positions with the California State Association including having served as President of the California Chiropractic Association. Dr. Whalen has numerous publications.


Terry R. Yochum, D.C.

Dr. Terry R. Yochum is a cum laude graduate of the National College of Chiropractic, where he completed his radiology specialty. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Radiology and served as its Vice-President and President. Dr. Yochum is currently Director of the Rocky Mountain Chiropractic Radiological Center in Denver, Colorado, an Adjunct Professor of Radiology at the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. He is an instructor of Skeletal Radiology at the University of Colorado Medical School. He has had over 200 scientific articles published in both chiropractic and medical literature. Dr. Yochum's text, "Essentials of Skeletal Radiology," is a benchmark publication for the chiropractic profession.

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