Newswise — (SALT LAKE CITY)--University of Utah Health Care neurosurgeon, Meic Schmidt, MD, MBA, has been recognized as one of the world’s top five experts in spine tumor treatment, according to a recent ranking by Expertscape, an organization that provides tools for healthcare consumers to quickly and easily find the top medical experts within their travel area, and then learn more about their expertise and knowledge.

With a specialized expertise in neuro-oncology and spine surgery, Dr. Schmidt was featured in the ranking along with four other top neurosurgeons across the country. As part of the same ranking, the University of Utah was also listed as one of the world’s top institutions for treating spine tumors.

“Our spine tumor program is something we’ve always been proud of and recruiting top spine surgeons like Dr. Schmidt is something we have valued – and the benefits are clear to our patients,” said William Couldwell, MD, PhD, chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Utah.

Dr. Schmidt’s main clinical focus is on management of patients with tumors and injuries to the brain, spine and spinal cord. In addition, because of his expertise in minimally invasive and endoscopic surgical techniques he sees complex patients with degenerative spine disease including thoracic disc herniation and patients requiring microsurgery for spinal cord decompression in the neck and back.

The Expertscape medical search and ranking solution uses objective algorithms to identify the most knowledgeable and experienced physicians, clinicians and researchers across over 26,000 specific topics, stratified by geography. Individuals named as top experts are done so based upon peer-reviewed research in the science, therapies, and complications for a specific medical topic.

World Experts – Spinal Tumors
 1. Dr. Ziya Gokaslan – Johns Hopkins University
 2. Dr. Mark Bilsky – Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center 3. Dr. Daniel Sciubba – Johns Hopkins University
 4. Dr. Meic Schmidt – University of Utah
 5. Dr. Peter Gerszten – University of Pittsburgh

World Institutions – Spinal Tumors
 1. Johns Hopkins University
 2. University of Toronto
 3. University of Utah
 4. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
 5. MD Anderson Cancer Center

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