Los Angeles spine surgeon Todd H Lanman earns ‘Leader in Health Care’ title

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Todd Lanman

Prominent spinal neurosurgeon Todd H Lanman (Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery, Los Angeles, USA) has been honored by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of its 2018 ‘Leaders in Health Care,’ taking home the prestigious award at the 2018 Health Care Leadership Forum & Awards.

Lanman and his practice earned the distinguished title in the category ‘Medical Group CEO’, joining a select few individuals and organizations within the Greater Los Angeles region, including Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Erik G. Wexler, the chief executive of Providence St. Joseph Health Southern California, and Marc Eckstein, medical director of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Lanman’s medical group, Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery, based in Beverly Hills, is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Institute for Spinal Disorders and UCLA Medical Center.

Lanman has nearly three decades of advancement in spinal care and motion preservation experience. Recently, Lanman was the principal investigator on the seven-year study comparing two-level artificial disc replacement in the cervical spine, using the Prestige LP device (Medtronic), with cervical fusion.

The trial led to the procedure’s FDA approval in summer of 2016, becoming a major medical breakthrough for the field and giving patients an alternative to motion-restricting fusion surgery, a press release states. The study, documenting the “statistical superiority” of the two-level artificial disc replacement procedure, was published last year in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, and covered by Spinal News International.

In recent years, Lanman has been named one of the top US doctors in his field in the Hemispheres Magazine, The Los Angeles Times and The Hollywood Reporter.

The Health Care Leadership Awards pay tribute to the city’s finest doctors, medical practices and hospitals, all of which have made phenomenal strides in providing top-notch health care to patients and setting industry standards.

Lanman has published more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles, in addition to authoring book chapters and presenting more than two dozen papers at national and regional medical society conferences. He has also remained an assistant clinical professor at UCLA for the past 20 years.

He most recently oversaw the launch of his own charitable enterprise, The Lanman Foundation for Spinal Advancement and Innovative Health, focused on advancing the science of spine health and motion preservation. The Lanman Foundation also provides surgical care and procedures to those injured serving in the United States military.

This is the second year Lanman has been honored by the Los Angeles Business Journal; he was named a select finalist in last year’s forum and awards.

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