Dallas, Texas-based AccelSPINE, a medical device company dedicated to the development and creation of spinal implants and surgical instruments, has invited Frederik A. Pennings, MD, PhD, FACS to join their Medical Advisory Board. The physician is responsible for an innovative, patent-pending, minimally-invasive spine procedure for lumbar back surgery, and will now supervise the launch of the company’s new devices which are designed to assist surgeons performing minimally invasive spine surgery.
Penning was chosen as a new member of the Medical Advisory Board of AccelSPINE due to his specialty, which the company believes will be specifically helpful in the development of their pedicle screw, as well as their minimally invasive system for lumbar devices. AccelSPINE develops surgical products for use in three different places of the spine: the cervical area, comprising the neck region; the thoracic area, from the upper to the middle back; and the lumbar region, which includes the lower back. In addition, the company has been focused on providing systems that are minimally invasive through small incisions and special tools in order to reduce bleeding and scar tissue, and improve post-operative recovery.
“Dr. Pennings is an expert in complex spine surgery and has particular expertise in the areas of minimally invasive and lumbar spine surgery,” said the president and CEO of AccelSPINE, Daniel Chon. “We’re constantly improving our product line to better serve surgeons and their patients, and Dr. Pennings’ insight will be a valuable part of this process.”
The physician is currently an assistant professor in the department of neurosurgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, as well as director of the minimally invasive spine program at UMass Memorial Medical Center. His research field involves complex, minimally invasive spine surgery, particularly for treating degenerative spine, trauma, and deformity correction. Pennings is also a member of the continuing professional development program of the Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.
With fellowship training in spine surgery from the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California, Penning completed a combined residency-PhD program in the department of neurological surgery of the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and has been involved ever since in several teaching activities and cadaver courses in the field of contemporary techniques in minimally invasive cervical and lumbar spine surgery. In addition, he was awarded several grants for his innovative spinal fusion systems, and became a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.