St. Joseph's Health Presents Eight Research Papers at National Association of Spine Specialists (NASS) 2022 Annual Meeting

PATERSON, NJ (December 7, 2022): St. Joseph's Health presented eight research papers at the National Association of Spine Specialists (NASS) meeting in Chicago.  For this annual event, spine specialists from around the country came together to discuss all aspects of surgical and non-surgical research related to spine health. NASS is a global, multidisciplinary medical organization dedicated to fostering the highest quality, ethical, value-based and evidence-based spine care through education, research and advocacy.

“At St. Joseph’s Health, our Orthopedic Surgeons are dedicated to remaining at the forefront of all cutting-edge research and advancements in spinal cord surgery,” said Arash Emami, MD, Chairman of Orthopedics and Chief of Spine Surgery at St. Joseph's Health. “The eight research papers represents the largest number of submissions by any health system in New Jersey at this year’s conference. We are honored to share our research with our colleagues in order to help improve surgical outcomes for our patients.”

One abstract featured a seven-year study of a patient who was recovering from a minimally invasive procedure to repair a damaged disc.  Additional papers highlighted other minimally invasive procedures developed to improve patient outcomes by reducing recovery time and preventing further complications. 

“I want to commend Dr. Emami and his research team for representing our dedication to providing exceptional patient care at this year’s NASS meeting,” said Kevin J. Slavin, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health. “These abstracts showcase our commitment to high quality-research at St. Joseph’s Health and the wide-range of orthopedic services our team of experts provides.”

Abstract titles included:

  • Seven-Year Outcomes of ACDF Versus Minimally Invasive Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy In the Treatment of Cervical Radiculopathy
  • The Impact of Patient Characteristics on Outcomes of Surgically Managed Vertebral Osteomyelitis in the United States: Insights from a National Database Study
  • Anticoagulation Therapy in Cervical Spine Fractures: Insights from a Large Healthcare Database Analysis
  • Anterior Lumbar Spinal Fusion Perioperative Morbidity and Mortality Utilizing the National Inpatient Sample (NIS): 2005-2013
  • Comparing Five Year Outcomes Between Matched Open and Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion in The Treatment of Single Level Lumbar Degenerative Disease
  • Anterior Versus Lateral Lumbar Fusion: A Comparison of Two-Year Outcomes in the Treatment of Degenerative Spinal Disorders
  • Comparing Long Term Deformity Correction and Other Outcomes Between Single Level Circumferential XLIF and MI-TLIF: A Retrospective Review with 5-Year Minimum Follow Up
  • Five-Year Minimum Outcomes of MI-TLIF in Obesity: A Matched Cohort Analysis

Orthopedic surgeons and physicians in the Department of Orthopedics at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center diagnose and treat a variety of chronic and acute conditions of the musculoskeletal system, including disorders of bones, joints, spine, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. They care for patients of all ages with developmental disorders, athletic injuries and trauma, as well as older adults with arthritis.

“Our doctors are leaders in innovative treatment options and procedures, including state-of-the-art robotic surgery,” said Joseph Duffy, MD, Chief Medical Officer, St. Joseph's Health. “Each presentation at this year’s NASS meeting demonstrates our passion for innovation and distinguish us as true experts in Orthopedic Surgery.” 

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St. Joseph's Health presented eight research papers at the National Association of Spine Specialists (NASS) meeting in Chicago last month.  Left to Right: Kumar Sinha MD, orthopedic surgeon; Ki Hwang MD, orthopedic spinal surgeon; Arash Emami MD, Chairman of Orthopedics and Chief of Spine Surgery at St. Joseph's Health; Nikhil Sahai, MD, orthopedic spine surgeon; and Neil Patel, MD, Physician Research Assistant, St. Joseph’s University Medical Center.


Founded in 1867 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, St. Joseph’s Health is a world-class hospital and healthcare network supported by more than 5,000 leading and renowned physicians, nurses and care teams. From its humble beginnings, St. Joseph’s Health has become one of the premier health systems in the state, serving more than 1.5 million patients annually. The organization continues to evolve as the leading health resource in the community, the largest employer in Passaic County, and one of the largest providers of charity care in New Jersey.

The St. Joseph’s Health system is one of the leading clinical teaching and academic centers in the country, and has been recognized for its innovative programs and cutting-edge services. The health system operates a full continuum of care, including a regional tertiary care medical center (St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, Paterson), an acute care medical center (St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center, Wayne) a state-designated children’s hospital (St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, Paterson), a rehabilitation and long-term care facility (St. Joseph’s Healthcare & Rehab Center, Cedar Grove), an outpatient facility (St. Joseph’s Totowa Health Campus, Totowa) comprehensive home care (Visiting Health Services of New Jersey), and multiple ambulatory care centers located throughout Northern New Jersey. The system is further supported by St. Joseph’s Health Medical Group, which operates more than 100 physician medical and specialty practices across northern New Jersey.

Among its awarding-winning specialties, St. Joseph’s is home to the nationally acclaimed Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO®) program; the first accredited Geriatric Emergency Department in New Jersey; and recognized by US News with a top nursing home award and a five-star rating. In addition, St. Joseph’s University Medical Center is a five-time recipient of the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence, the profession’s highest honor.

In September 2019, St. Joseph’s Health established a strategic and clinical partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health, one of New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive and integrated health networks. Together, the two health systems operate a jointly-owned home health and hospice agency, serving patients and families across Bergen, Passaic and Morris Counties. In addition, St. Joseph’s and Hackensack Meridian have collaborated on clinical affiliations in acute rehabilitation (with the HMH JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute) and comprehensive oncology care (with the HMH John Theurer Cancer Center).  For more information, please visit


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