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    Zorica Buser, PhD

    TitleAssistant Professor of Research Orthopaedic Surgery
    SchoolKeck School of Medicine of USC
    DepartmentOrthopaedic Surgery
    Address1450 Biggy Street, NRT-2509N
    Health Sciences Campus
    Los Angeles California 90033
    Phone+1 323 442 0206
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      Collapse Education and Training
      University of Belgrade , SerbiaBachelor of Science2002Molecular Biology & Physiology
      University of California, San Francisco , San Francisco, CAPostdoctoral Fellow2011Orthopaedics
      Institute of Orthopaedic Research & Biomechanics, University of Ulm, GermanyPostdoctoral Fellow2007Orthopaedic Research & Biomechanics
      Department of Human Genetics, University of Ulm, GermanyPh.D.2005Human Genetics

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      1. Paholpak P, Tamai K, Shoell K, Sessumpun K, Buser Z, Wang JC. Can multi-positional magnetic resonance imaging be used to evaluate angular parameters in cervical spine? A comparison of multi-positional MRI to dynamic plain radiograph. Eur Spine J. 2017 Sep 25. PMID: 28948406.
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      2. Dedeogullari E, Paholpak P, Barkoh K, Lucas J, Lee L, Wang C, Hsieh PC, Wang JC, Buser Z. Effect of mental health on post-operative infection rates following cervical spine fusion procedures. J Orthop. 2017 Dec; 14(4):501-506. PMID: 28855766.
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      3. Paholpak P, Nazareth A, Barkoh K, Lee LV, Lucas J, Buser Z, Wang JC. Space Available for Cord, Motion, and disc degeneration at the adjacent segments level of degenerative cervical spondylolisthesis using kinematic MRI. J Clin Neurosci. 2017 Aug 07. PMID: 28797605.
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      4. Wang D, Yuan H, Liu A, Li C, Yang K, Zheng S, Wang L, Wang JC, Buser Z. Analysis of the relationship between the facet fluid sign and lumbar spine motion of degenerative spondylolytic segment using Kinematic MRI. Eur J Radiol. 2017 Sep; 94:6-12. PMID: 28941762.
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      5. Ajiboye RM, Zoller SD, D'Oro A, Burke ZD, Sheppard W, Wang C, Buser Z, Wang JC, Pourtaheri S. Utility of Intraoperative Neuromonitoring for Lumbar Pedicle Screw Placement Is Questionable: A Review of 9957 Cases. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2017 Jul 01; 42(13):1006-1010. PMID: 27851660.
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      6. Jakoi AM, Pannu G, D'Oro A, Buser Z, Pham MH, Patel NN, Hsieh PC, Liu JC, Acosta FL, Hah R, Wang JC. The Clinical Correlations between Diabetes, Cigarette Smoking and Obesity on Intervertebral Degenerative Disc Disease of the Lumbar Spine. Asian Spine J. 2017 Jun; 11(3):337-347. PMID: 28670401.
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      7. Grisdela P, Buser Z, D'Oro A, Paholpak P, Liu JC, Wang JC. Trends analysis of surgical procedures for cervical degenerative disc disease and myelopathy in patients with tobacco use disorder. Eur Spine J. 2017 May 09. PMID: 28488093.
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      8. Paholpak P, Nazareth A, Hsieh PC, Buser Z, Wang JC. Kinematic evaluation of cervical sagittal balance and thoracic inlet alignment in degenerative cervical spondylolisthesis using kinematic magnetic resonance imaging. Spine J. 2017 Sep; 17(9):1272-1284. PMID: 28456677.
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      9. Heindel P, Tuchman A, Hsieh PC, Pham MH, D'Oro A, Patel NN, Jakoi AM, Hah R, Liu JC, Buser Z, Wang JC. Reoperation Rates After Single-level Lumbar Discectomy. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2017 Apr 15; 42(8):E496-E501. PMID: 27548580.
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      10. Myhre SL, Buser Z, Meisel HJ, Brodke DS, Yoon ST, Wang JC, Park JB, Youssef JA. Trends and Cost of Posterior Cervical Fusions With and Without Recombinant Human Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2 in the US Medicare Population. Global Spine J. 2017 Jun; 7(4):334-342. PMID: 28815161.
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      11. Sayari AJ, Tuchman A, Cohen JR, Hsieh PC, Buser Z, Wang JC. Risk and Cost of Reoperation After Single-Level Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy: A Large Database Study. Global Spine J. 2017 Apr; 7(2):116-122. PMID: 28507880.
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      12. Hindoyan K, Tilan J, Buser Z, Cohen JR, Brodke DS, Youssef JA, Park JB, Yoon ST, Meisel HJ, Wang JC. A Retrospective Analysis of Complications Associated With Bone Morphogenetic Protein 2 in Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion. Global Spine J. 2017 Apr; 7(2):148-153. PMID: 28507884.
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      13. Ailon T, Smith JS, Nassr A, Smith ZA, Hsu WK, Fehlings MG, Fish DE, Wang JC, Hilibrand AS, Mummaneni PV, Chou D, Sasso RC, Traynelis VC, Arnold PM, Mroz TE, Buser Z, Lord EL, Massicotte EM, Sebastian AS, Than KD, Steinmetz MP, Smith GA, Pace J, Corriveau M, Lee S, Riew KD, Shaffrey C. Rare Complications of Cervical Spine Surgery: Pseudomeningocoele. Global Spine J. 2017 Apr; 7(1 Suppl):109S-114S. PMID: 28451481.
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      14. Schroeder GD, Hilibrand AS, Arnold PM, Fish DE, Wang JC, Gum JL, Smith ZA, Hsu WK, Gokaslan ZL, Isaacs RE, Kanter AS, Mroz TE, Nassr A, Sasso RC, Fehlings MG, Buser Z, Bydon M, Cha PI, Chatterjee D, Gee EL, Lord EL, Mayer EN, McBride OJ, Nguyen EC, Roe AK, Tortolani PJ, Stroh DA, Yanez MY, Riew KD. Epidural Hematoma Following Cervical Spine Surgery. Global Spine J. 2017 Apr; 7(1 Suppl):120S-126S. PMID: 28451483.
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      15. Wang JC, Buser Z, Fish DE, Lord EL, Roe AK, Chatterjee D, Gee EL, Mayer EN, Yanez MY, McBride OJ, Cha PI, Arnold PM, Fehlings MG, Mroz TE, Riew KD. Intraoperative Death During Cervical Spinal Surgery: A Retrospective Multicenter Study. Global Spine J. 2017 Apr; 7(1 Suppl):127S-131S. PMID: 28451484.
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      16. Hsu WK, Kannan A, Mai HT, Fehlings MG, Smith ZA, Traynelis VC, Gokaslan ZL, Hilibrand AS, Nassr A, Arnold PM, Mroz TE, Bydon M, Massicotte EM, Ray WZ, Steinmetz MP, Smith GA, Pace J, Corriveau M, Lee S, Isaacs RE, Wang JC, Lord EL, Buser Z, Riew KD. Epidemiology and Outcomes of Vertebral Artery Injury in 16?582 Cervical Spine Surgery Patients: An AOSpine North America Multicenter Study. Global Spine J. 2017 Apr; 7(1 Suppl):21S-27S. PMID: 28451487.
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      17. Hershman SH, Kunkle WA, Kelly MP, Buchowski JM, Ray WZ, Bumpass DB, Gum JL, Peters CM, Singhatanadgige W, Kim JY, Smith ZA, Hsu WK, Nassr A, Currier BL, Rahman RK, Isaacs RE, Smith JS, Shaffrey C, Thompson SE, Wang JC, Lord EL, Buser Z, Arnold PM, Fehlings MG, Mroz TE, Riew KD. Esophageal Perforation Following Anterior Cervical Spine Surgery: Case Report and Review of the Literature. Global Spine J. 2017 Apr; 7(1 Suppl):28S-36S. PMID: 28451488.
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      18. Thompson SE, Smith ZA, Hsu WK, Nassr A, Mroz TE, Fish DE, Wang JC, Fehlings MG, Tannoury CA, Tannoury T, Tortolani PJ, Traynelis VC, Gokaslan Z, Hilibrand AS, Isaacs RE, Mummaneni PV, Chou D, Qureshi SA, Cho SK, Baird EO, Sasso RC, Arnold PM, Buser Z, Bydon M, Clarke MJ, De Giacomo AF, Derakhshan A, Jobse B, Lord EL, Lubelski D, Massicotte EM, Steinmetz MP, Smith GA, Pace J, Corriveau M, Lee S, Cha PI, Chatterjee D, Gee EL, Mayer EN, McBride OJ, Roe AK, Yanez MY, Stroh DA, Than KD, Riew KD. C5 Palsy After Cervical Spine Surgery: A Multicenter Retrospective Review of 59 Cases. Global Spine J. 2017 Apr; 7(1 Suppl):64S-70S. PMID: 28451494.
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      19. Daniels AH, Hart RA, Hilibrand AS, Fish DE, Wang JC, Lord EL, Buser Z, Tortolani PJ, Stroh DA, Nassr A, Currier BL, Sebastian AS, Arnold PM, Fehlings MG, Mroz TE, Riew KD. Iatrogenic Spinal Cord Injury Resulting From Cervical Spine Surgery. Global Spine J. 2017 Apr; 7(1 Suppl):84S-90S. PMID: 28451499.
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      20. Ren Z, Liu A, Yang K, Wang D, Buser Z, Wang JC. Evaluation of changes in lumbar neuroforaminal dimensions in symptomatic young adults using positional MRI. Eur Spine J. 2017 Aug; 26(8):1999-2006. PMID: 28116511.
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      21. Liu A, Yang K, Wang D, Li C, Ren Z, Yan S, Buser Z, Wang JC. Level of conus medullaris termination in adult population analyzed by kinetic magnetic resonance imaging. Surg Radiol Anat. 2017 Jul; 39(7):759-765. PMID: 28091734.
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      22. Pham MH, Buser Z, Wang JC, Acosta FL. Low-magnitude mechanical signals and the spine: A review of current and future applications. J Clin Neurosci. 2017 Jun; 40:18-23. PMID: 28089422.
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      23. Yuan H, Ding H, Hu L, Buser Z, Zhao H, Li X. Treatment for early postoperative esophageal fistula complicated with anterior cervical surgery. J Orthop Surg (Hong Kong). 2017 Jan; 25(1):2309499016684418. PMID: 28117633.
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      24. Schoell K, Buser Z, Jakoi A, Pham M, Patel NN, Hsieh PC, Liu JC, Wang JC. A response to a commentary by Dr. Daniel J. Cher. Spine J. 2017 Jan; 17(1):159. PMID: 27986244.
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      25. Takahashi S, Buser Z, Cohen JR, Roe A, Myhre SL, Meisel HJ, Brodke DS, Yoon ST, Park JB, Wang JC, Youssef JA. Complications Related to the Recombinant Human Bone Morphogenetic Protein 2 Use in Posterior Cervical Fusion. Clin Spine Surg. 2016 Sep 14. PMID: 27632774.
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      26. Schoell K, Buser Z, Jakoi A, Pham M, Patel NN, Hsieh PC, Liu JC, Wang JC. Postoperative complications in patients undergoing minimally invasive sacroiliac fusion. Spine J. 2016 Nov; 16(11):1324-1332. PMID: 27349627.
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      27. Buser Z, Brodke DS, Youssef JA, Meisel HJ, Myhre SL, Hashimoto R, Park JB, Tim Yoon S, Wang JC. Synthetic bone graft versus autograft or allograft for spinal fusion: a systematic review. J Neurosurg Spine. 2016 Oct; 25(4):509-516. PMID: 27231812.
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      28. Yao Q, Cohen JR, Buser Z, Park JB, Brodke DS, Meisel HJ, Youssef JA, Wang JC, Yoon ST. Analysis of Recombinant Human Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2 Use in the Treatment of Lumbar Degenerative Spondylolisthesis. Global Spine J. 2016 Dec; 6(8):749-755. PMID: 27853658.
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      29. Buser Z, Acosta FL. Stem cells and spinal fusion--are we there yet? Spine J. 2016 Mar; 16(3):400-1. PMID: 27063500.
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      30. Weng C, Wang J, Tuchman A, Wang J, Fu C, Hsieh PC, Buser Z, Wang JC. Influence of T1 Slope on the Cervical Sagittal Balance in Degenerative Cervical Spine: An Analysis Using Kinematic MRI. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2016 Feb; 41(3):185-90. PMID: 26650871.
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      31. D'Oro A, Spoonamore MJ, Cohen JR, Acosta FL, Hsieh PC, Liu JC, Chen TC, Buser Z, Wang JC. Effects of fusion and conservative treatment on disc degeneration and rates of subsequent surgery after thoracolumbar fracture. J Neurosurg Spine. 2016 Mar; 24(3):476-82. PMID: 26637065.
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      32. Sayari AJ, Liu Y, Cohen JR, Van Halm-Lutterodt NI, Hai Y, Buser Z, Wang JC. Trends in vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty after thoracolumbar osteoporotic fracture: A large database study from 2005 to 2012. J Orthop. 2015 Dec; 12(Suppl 2):S217-22. PMID: 27047226; PMCID: PMC4796529 [Available on 12/01/16].
      33. Ruofeng Y, Cohen JR, Buser Z, Yoon ST, Meisel HJ, Youssef JA, Park JB, Wang JC, Brodke DS. Trends of Posterior Long Segment Fusion with and without Recombinant Human Bone Morphogenetic Protein 2 in Patients with Scoliosis. Global Spine J. 2016 Aug; 6(5):422-31. PMID: 27433425; PMCID: PMC4947408.
      34. Lao L, Cohen JR, Lord EL, Buser Z, Wang JC. Erratum to: Trends analysis of rhBMP utilization in single-level posterior lumbar fusion (PLF) in the United States. Eur Spine J. 2015 Sep; 24(9):2099. PMID: 26108390.
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      35. Zhong G, Buser Z, Lao L, Yin R, Wang JC. Kinematic relationship between missed ligamentum flavum bulge and degenerative factors in the cervical spine. Spine J. 2015 Oct 01; 15(10):2216-21. PMID: 26096477.
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      36. Lao L, Cohen JR, Lord EL, Buser Z, Wang JC. Trends analysis of rhBMP utilization in single-level posterior lumbar fusion (PLF) in the United States. Eur Spine J. 2016 Mar; 25(3):783-8. PMID: 26003814.
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      37. Yin R, Lord EL, Cohen JR, Buser Z, Lao L, Zhong G, Wang JC. Distribution of Schmorl nodes in the lumbar spine and their relationship with lumbar disk degeneration and range of motion. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015 Jan 01; 40(1):E49-53. PMID: 25341975.
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      38. Buser Z, Liu J, Thorne KJ, Coughlin D, Lotz JC. Inflammatory response of intervertebral disc cells is reduced by fibrin sealant scaffold in vitro. J Tissue Eng Regen Med. 2014 Jan; 8(1):77-84. PMID: 22610998.
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      39. Buser Z, Kuelling F, Liu J, Liebenberg E, Thorne KJ, Coughlin D, Lotz JC. Biological and biomechanical effects of fibrin injection into porcine intervertebral discs. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2011 Aug 15; 36(18):E1201-9. PMID: 21325992.
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      40. Allon AA, Aurouer N, Yoo BB, Liebenberg EC, Buser Z, Lotz JC. Structured coculture of stem cells and disc cells prevent disc degeneration in a rat model. Spine J. 2010 Dec; 10(12):1089-97. PMID: 20971687; PMCID: PMC2991542.
      41. Neidlinger-Wilke C, Liedert A, Wuertz K, Buser Z, Rinkler C, Käfer W, Ignatius A, Claes L, Roberts S, Johnson WE. Mechanical stimulation alters pleiotrophin and aggrecan expression by human intervertebral disc cells and influences their capacity to stimulate endothelial migration. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2009 Apr 01; 34(7):663-9. PMID: 19333097.
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