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Paul C. McAfee, MD
Dr. McAfee, director of the Scoliosis and Spine Center, is a nationally recognized expert in spine surgery. Board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, he specializes in surgery to correct spine deformities and neurologic deficits.  
Before joining St. Joseph Medical Center, he was chief of spine surgery and associate professor of Orthopaedic surgery and neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. McAfee participates in the Spine Training Program at Johns Hopkins and Union Memorial Hospitals and has a traveling fellowship to teach other spine surgeons around the world.
He has a major, five-year National Institutes of Health grant to study spine instrumentation and fusion operations. Dr. McAfee served as an editor for the textbook on "Motion Preservation Surgery of the Spine" and has published more than 160 peer review articles. He was among the first surgeons in the nation to perform endoscopic spine surgery, cervical disk replacement, and was the first to perform anterior endoscopic spinal instrumentation.

A high point in the distinguished career of Dr. Paul C. McAfee, chief of spinal reconstructive surgery at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson and director of the Maryland Spinal Reconstructive Fellowship Program for the past 20 years was when the Food & Drug Administration approved the Charite Lumbar Artificial Disc Replacement, which is used to treat patients with chronic lower back pain and degenerative disease. McAfee was the lead investigator of the five-year study for the device.

Previously, lumbar spinal fusion surgery, which limits motion and places stress on the adjacent spinal discs, was the most common surgical treatment of degenerative disc disease. It has been predicted that 20 percent of spinal fusion cases will be replaced by artificial disc surgery within the next two years.

McAfee's study demonstrated that patients who received implants with the Charite disc improved more quickly, were discharged from the hospital a half-day earlier, and had less pain and function scores statistically superior to those of fusion patients.

Disc replacement is not the first breakthrough for McAfee: He also invented a cervical disc replacement prosthesis and procedure used in 37 countries to treat patients suffering from severe neck pain, and he invented and tested spinal rods for scoliosis and fractures for the National Institutes of Health. He currently serves as a consultant for over 20 spinal instrumentation and pharmaceutical companies.


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5/17/13: Dr. Paul McAfee Named by U.S. News and World Report... Read More

1/13/13: Jim Williams was recently awarded the Lowell Thomas Award by the Explorers Club. Jim received the award as one of six people who have mastered risk and uncertainty...

3/15/12: Jim Williams of Jackson Hole, Wyo., has his own exploration travel company and became the first person to guide the "Seven Summits"...

6/08/2011: Jeff Connolly was disabled from a herniated disk...

5/26/11: Exploradus Everest Expedition, 2011...» Visit Exploradus website to view

9/20/10: "St. Joseph Surgeon Straightens Crooked Spine"

11/23/09: "Best in Spine Technology 2009" Award, Orthopedics This Week

8/25/09:  The Rationale Behind Transition (pdf)

"Worth Remembering, Kevin Everett's recovery is the story of a lifetime" (Sports Illustrated 12/07)

"The Picture of Success"
-- Orthopedics This Week (10/9/07)

Fall '03 issue of Argos Spine News.  »

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