Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS; New York, USA) has announced the appointment of Sheeraz Qureshi, as co-chief of HSS Spine, effective 1 October 2022.
Qureshi will succeed Harvinder Sandhu, and joins Andrew Sama, as co-chief of HSS Spine. Sandhu will become co-chief emeritus of HSS Spine and medical director of HSS Orthopedics with Stamford Health, succeeding Charles ‘Chip’ Cornell, who will retire next month.
Qureshi joined HSS in April 2017 after serving as chief of minimally invasive spine surgery and associate director of the Spine Center at Mount Sinai Hospital (New York, USA).
His clinical practice focuses on minimally invasive and motion-sparing spine procedures using the latest technologies. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, given more than 100 invited lectures and contributed to educational videos, and trained surgical fellows nationally and internationally.
“I’m honoured to join Andrew Sama in leading the specialists who have already made HSS the nation’s most popular and successful spine treatment centre,” said Qureshi. “Our multidisciplinary team personalises for each patient the latest evidence-based options, from conservative, nonsurgical therapies to surgical treatment for the most complex conditions.”
Bryan Kelly, surgeon-in-chief and medical director of HSS, commented: “Sheeraz Qureshi is an exceptional spine surgeon, researcher and educator. I look forward to working with him and Andrew Sama as they take HSS Spine to even higher levels of excellence.”
“I am excited to lead HSS Spine together with Sheeraz Qureshi, with a shared vision to expand our services with a laser focus on the patient journey from initial diagnosis to rehabilitation,” added Sama. “Our team will continue to pioneer advances in spine care, conduct rigorous research, and adopt new technologies and techniques when they are proven to provide better care and achieve better outcomes.”
More than 22,000 patients a year are treated for back and neck pain by the HSS Spine team.
Louis Shapiro, president and CEO at HSS, said: “Our spine service is a key reason why HSS has been ranked the number one orthopaedic programme in the world, and in the United States for 13 consecutive years. I know that Sheeraz Qureshi, Andrew Sama and the HSS Spine team will continue to advance the field and create new possibilities for our patients.”