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James F. Zucherman, M.D. Orthopaedic Surgeon San Francisco Bay Area

Dr. Jim Zucherman specializes in the surgical treatment of degenerative conditions of the spine. He is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Zucherman graduated with honors from the University of Southern California in 1970. He received his Medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas in 1974. Following that he completed his internship at Los Angeles County – USC General Hospital in 1975 and a General Surgery residency at Mt. Zion Medical Center in 1977. Subsequently, he completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the San Francisco Orthopaedic Residency Program in 1981 and a pediatric/ orthopaedic spine surgery fellowship at the Duchess of Kent Children’s Orthopaedic Hospital of the University of Hong Kong in 1982.

Dr. Jim Zucherman is a program co-director of the Stanford/St. Mary’s Hospital Combined Spine Surgery Fellowship Program and has been one of the founding members of the St. Mary’s Spine Center.

Dr. Jim Zucherman has pioneered numerous surgical techniques. He developed and performed the first laparoscopic lumbar spinal fusion and performed the first percutaneous cervical discectomy in the United States. With his partners Dr. Hsu and White, he performed the first pedicle screw instrumentation case West of the Mississippi. He has been a Principle FDA investigator for many lumbar and cervical new technology trials. He is currently principle investigator for Prodisc, and Flexicore FDA lumbar disk replacement trials, the minimally invasive X-Stop and Wallace devices FDA trials, and Cervicore and Prestige cervical disc replacement trials.

Dr. Zucherman is world-renowned as the inventor and co-developer of the X-STOP, the interspinous process device that revolutionized the surgical treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis and is the only FDA-approved interspinous process device in the U.S. He has authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and surgical textbooks and presented his research at the conferences worldwide. He is currently developing the Staflex motion preservation minimally invasive spine stabilization device through Spartek, Inc.

Dr. Zucherman’s special interests include interspinous process decompression, motion-preservation in the cervical/ lumbar spine and total disk arthroplasty.

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  • Zucherman, James, et al., “Surgical Treatment of Axial Back Pain,” Interventional Spine – An Algorithmic Approach, Chapter 97, pages 163 to 173; Elsevier, Ltd., copyright 2007.
  • Zigler, J., et al., “Five-Year Results of Prospective Randomized Multi-Center FDA IDE ProDisc Clinical Trial,” The Spine Journal, September/October 2008: 8 (5s) 62s.
  • James Zucherman, Eric Woodard, Charles Theofilos, Rick Sasso, P127. “Three Year Results from Four Study Sites: Flexicore Intervertebral Disc vs. Fusion,” Spine J, 9(10), 180S-181S (2009)
  • Yuri Falkinstein, Tatiana Smith, Ken Hsu, James Zucherman, P187. “Correlation Between the Preoperative Disc Height, the Change in Disc Height, the Size of the Implant, and Outcomes in Total Disc Replacement,” Spine J, 8(5), 190S (2008)
  • Rick Delamarter, Jack Zigler, Richard A. Balderston, Jeffrey M. Spivak, Raymond J. Linovitz, James Zucherman, James Yue, Thomas Haider, Scott Kitchel, Frank P. Cammisa, Guy O. Danielson, Michael A. Kropf, Jeffrey A. Goldstein, 188. “Results of the Prospective Randomized Multicenter FDA IDE study of the ProDisc®-L Total Disc Replacement vs. Circumferential Fusion for the Treatment of Two Level Degenerative Disc Disease” Spine J, 8(5), 94S-95S, (2008)
  • Jack Zigler, Rick Delamarter, Jeffrey M. Spivak, Raymond J. Linovitz, Guy O. Danielson, Thomas T. Haider, Frank Cammisa, James Zucherman, Richard A. Balderston, Scott Kitchel, Kevin Foley, Robert Watkins, David Bradford, James Yue, Hansen Yuan, Harry Herkowitz, Doug Geiger, John Bendo, Timothy Peppers, Barton Sachs, Federico Girardi, Michael Kropf, Jeff Goldstein, “Results of the Prospective, Randomized, Multicenter Food and Drug Administration Investigational Device Exemption Study of the ProDisc-L Total Disc Replacement versus Circumferential Fusion for the Treatment of 1-Level Degenerative Disc Disease,” Spine, 32(11), 1155-62; discussion (2007)
  • Matthew Hannibal, Derek J. Thomas, Jeffrey Low, Ken Y. Hsu, James Zucherman, “ProDisc-L Total Disc Replacement: A Comparison of 1-Level versus 2-Level Arthroplasty Patients with a Minimum 2-Year Follow-Up,” Spine, 32(21), 2322-6 (2007)
  • Jeffrey A. Goldstein, Richard A. Balderston, Jeffrey M. Spivak, John A. Bendo, Raymond J. Linovitz, James Zucherman, Frank P. Cammisa, Harry Herkowitz, P43, “Greater Than Two-Year Follow-up Comparing Two-Level ProDisc-L Patients from 6 Centers to the One-Level IDE Clinical Trial,” Spine J, 7(5), 102S-103S (2007)
  • AAOS Ortho Info: Artificial Disk Replacement in the Lumbar Spine
  • AAOS Ortho Info: Your Connection to Expert Orthopaedic Information

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