American Spine Registry expands sponsors with Medtronic addition


The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) have announced that Medtronic has become the latest industry sponsor of the American Spine Registry (ASR).

A collaboration between the AANS and AAOS, the ASR helps surgeons understand what spine procedures work best in what patients by providing data relevant to making critical clinical and resource-related decisions. It is a far-reaching program that facilitates the participation of all US spine surgeons in a shared, data-collection platform with the goal of improving improve spine care outcomes through data.

Steven Glassman (Louisville, Kentucky), medical director at the Norton Leatherman Spine Centers and ASR executive committee co-chair, said: “The American Spine Registry is building momentum. By engaging the expertise and leadership of industry sponsors like Medtronic, we can enhance the scalability, sustainability, ease-of-use and relevance of national spine data collection.”

Degenerative spine disease is one of the most prevalent and costly disease states worldwide with common surgeries including spinal fusion and decompression or discectomy surgery. According to the US National Center for Health Statistics, more than 1.2 million spinal surgeries are preformed nationally each year.

Carlton Weatherby, vice president and general manager at Medtronic Spine and Biologics, added: “We are excited to partner with ASR and believe that the data collected through this registry will provide meaningful insights on the performance of our technologies and clinical outcomes of various procedures that can be used to make critical advancements in spinal innovation

“This partnership, coupled with our recent acquisition of Medicrea, reinforces our commitment to high quality data and focus on the application of artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, and data-enabled therapies driving improved patient outcomes in spine care.”

Support from industry partners such as Medtronic allows the ASR to further invest in the technology and science that is needed to evolve the registry and better meet the needs of all major stakeholders.


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