Kris E. Radcliff, M.D.

Kris E. Radcliff, M.D.
Dr. Kris Radcliff is a fellowship-trained Spinal Surgeon who holds the title of Associate Professor with joint faculty appointments in orthopedic surgery and neurological surgery at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Radcliff specializes in the latest techniques in spinal reconstruction including minimally invasive spinal reconstruction procedures and artificial disk replacement.

Dr. Radcliff is actively interested in exploring alternatives to traditional fusion surgery. Dr. Radcliff recently won the prestigious best paper award at an international meeting of cervical spine experts (Cervical Spine Research Society) for a study comparing cervical disk replacement and fusion.

Dr Radcliff completed his undergraduate education at Harvard University and medical school at Duke University School of Medicine. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the prestigious Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Following residency, Dr. Radcliff performed fellowship training in Spine Surgery and Spinal Cord Injury at Thomas Jefferson University, widely considered to be one of the top orthopedic and neurosurgical spine fellowships in the world. He has also visited and operated with leading spine surgeons in the nation and around the world.

Dr. Radcliff is an international expert on diagnosis, nonsurgical, and surgical treatment of spinal conditions. Dr. Radcliff has authored or co-authored seventy six peer-reviewed publications, twenty two textbook chapters on diagnosis and treatment of spinal conditions, and has wonnnumerous research awards. Dr. Radcliff was recently chosen as the liaison of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons to the North American Spine Society Low Back Pain Guideline Committee.

Dr. Radcliff regularly teaches other surgeons at national and international meetings about safely and efficiently performing spine surgery, techniques and complication avoidance in minimally invasive spine surgery, orthopedic basic science, and spine trauma and spinal cord injury.

Dr. Radcliff is incoming Chairman of the North American Spine Society Young Surgeons Forum. Dr Radcliff is President of the Association for Collaborative Spine Research.  Dr. Radcliff is a regular invited faculty member at numerous national and international spine meetings including the prestigious “Contemporary Techniques in Minimally Invasive Cervical and Lumbar Spine Surgery” course in St. Louis. Dr Radcliff is also on the faculty at the Cervical Spine Research Society meeting, Association for Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Joint Meeting on Spine, North American Spine Society, and American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Dr. Radcliff is also an active member of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery and Lumber Spine Research Society.

Education
  • A.B., Harvard University
  • M.D., Duke University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Fellowship, Spine and Spinal Cord Injury, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Titles & Certifications
  • Associate Professor Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Department of Neurological Surgery, Jefferson Medical College
  • Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Hospital Affiliations
  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • AtlantiCare Regional Medical Centers
Professional Associations
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • North American Spine Society
  • National Medical Association
  • J. Robert Gladden Orthopedic Society

Gabrielle Caucci, PA-C

Gabrielle is a board certified Physician Assistant who graduated from the Philadelphia University Physician Assistant program. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Prior to working at Rothman Institute, she worked as an assistant in the departments of Plastic Surgery and Trauma. She currently works with Dr. Kristen Radcliff, specializing in orthopedic surgery of the spine.

Abstracts/Publications

  • Radcliff K, Rihn J, Zhao W, Blood E, Anderson DG, Vaccaro AR, Hilibrand AS, Albert TJ, Weinstein J. “Effect of Duration of Symptoms on Outcome of Treatment of Spinal Stenosis and Degenerative Spondylolisthesis. A subgroup analysis of the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial (SPORT).” Accepted to International Meeting on Advanced Spinal Technologies 7/23/2010.
  • Radcliff KE, Ben-Galim P, Dreiangel N, Martin SB, Reitman CA, Lin JN, Hipp JA. Comprehensive computed tomography assessment of the upper cervical anatomy: what is normal? Spine J. 2010 Mar;10(3):219-29.
  • Radcliff K, Vaccaro AR.  “Post-Traumatic Kyphotic Spinal Deformity.” Essentials of Spinal Cord Injury. Thieme Publishing. (2010)
  • Radcliff K, Dilorio T, Rihn J, Anderson DG, Vaccaro AR, Hilibrand AS, Albert TJ. “Occipital Condyle Plumb Line Is Predictive of Outcome of Cervical Laminectomy and Fusion”. Abstract accepted to North American Spine Society Annual Meeting.
  • Radcliff K, Dilorio T, Rihn J, Anderson DG, Vaccaro AR, Hilibrand AS, Albert TJ. “Occipital Condyle Plumb Line Is Predictive of Outcome of Cervical Laminectomy and Fusion”. Abstract accepted to North American Spine Society Annual Meeting.
  • Radcliff K, Harrop J. “Outcome Instruments in Cervical Spine Surgery.” Primer on Outcome Instruments. Spine Value Council Manual, 2009
  • Radcliff K, Vaccaro A, Albert T, Rihn J. “Physiologic limitations and complications of spinal cord injury in the elderly population.” Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, 2009.
  • Radcliff K, Hilibrand A, Rihn J. “Cervical Disc Herniation.” Musculoskeletal Examination of the Spine:  Making the Complex Simple. Slack Publishing, 2009.
  • Radcliff K, Hipp JA, Reitman CA. Pulmonary cement embolization after kyphoplasty: A case report and review of the literature. Submitted to Spine Journal.
  • Radcliff K, Kalantar SB, Reitman CA. “Surgical management of spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis in athletes: indications and return to play.” Current Sports Medicine Reports. 2009 Jan-Feb;8(1):35-40
  • Radcliff K, Tang TB, Lim J, Zhang Z, Abedin M, Demer LL, Tintut Y. Insulin-like growth factor-I regulates proliferation and osteoblastic differentiation of calcifying vascular cells via extracellular signal-regulated protein kinase and phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase pathways.  Circulation Research. 2005 Mar 4;96(4):398-400.
  • Tintut Y, Alfonso Z, Saini T, Radcliff K, Watson K, Bostrom K, Demer LL. Multilineage potential of cells from the artery wall. Circulation. 2003 Nov 18;108(20):2505-10.
  • Mody N, Tintut Y, Radcliff K, Demer LL. “Vascular Calcification and its relation to bone calcification: Possible underlying mechanisms.” J of Nuc Cardiol 2003 Mar-Apr;10(2):177-83.

 
Textbook Chapters

  • Cervical sagittal balance : what is normal and what is the effect on reconstruction outcomes. AOSpine masters series. Cervical degenerative conditions. (Luiz Roberto Vialle; K Daniel Riew; Manabu Ito, eds) Thieme (New York) 2015
     
  • Radcliff K, Harrod C, Kepler C, Vaccaro A. “Thoracolumbar Fracture Fixation”. Master Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery Spine (3rd Edition). (Todd A. Albert MD, Thomas Zdeblick MD, eds). Lippincott (Philadelphia) 2013.
  • Osteotomies to Change Spinopelvic Alignment: Lumbar, Sacral, Pelvic Osteotomies.  Lumbo-sacral and Pelvic Procedures. Quality Medical Publishing (St. Louis) 2013.
     
  • Spinal Emergencies. Decision Making in Spinal Care. (D. Greg Anderson and Alexander Vaccaro, eds) Thieme (New York) 2012
     
  • Radcliff K, Rubin T, Delasotta L, Rasouli M, Harrop J, Levine A, Vaccaro AR. "Ch 28. Low Lumbar Fractures." Spine Trauma (Second Edition). (Alan M. Levine MD, Frank J. Eismont MD, Steven R. Garfin MD, Alexander R. Vaccaro MD, PhD, and Jack E. Zigler MD. (eds). AAOS Publishing (Rosemont). (2011)
     
  • Radcliff K, Maher L, Hong J, Stinsman R, Levine AM, Vaccaro AR. "Ch 21. Fractures of the Atlas." Spine Trauma (Second Edition). (Alan M. Levine MD, Frank J. Eismont MD, Steven R. Garfin MD, Alexander R. Vaccaro MD, PhD, and Jack E. Zigler MD. (eds). AAOS Publishing (Rosemont). (2011)
     
  • Radcliff K, Ferguson J, Miller L, Gruskay J, Levine A, Albert TJ, Vaccaro AR. “Chapter 25: Traumatic Spondylolisthesis of the Axis.” Spine Trauma (Second Edition). (Alan M. Levine MD, Frank J. Eismont MD, Steven R. Garfin MD, Alexander R. Vaccaro MD, PhD, and Jack E. Zigler MD. (eds). AAOS Publishing (Rosemont). (2011)
     
  • Radcliff K, Sonagli M, Delasotta L, Morrison E, Levine A, Vaccaro AR. “Chapter 28: Facet Fractures and Dislocations.” Spine Trauma (Second Edition). (Alan M. Levine MD, Frank J. Eismont MD, Steven R. Garfin MD, Alexander R. Vaccaro MD, PhD, and Jack E. Zigler MD. (eds). AAOS Publishing (Rosemont). (2011)
     
  • Karamitopoulis M, Radcliff K, Arnold A, Levine A, Vaccaro AR. “Chapter 32: Facet Fractures and Dislocations of the Thoracolumbar Spine.” Spine Trauma (Second Edition). (Alan M. Levine MD, Frank J. Eismont MD, Steven R. Garfin MD, Alexander R. Vaccaro MD, PhD, and Jack E. Zigler MD. (eds). AAOS Publishing (Rosemont). (2011)
     
  • Radcliff K, Rubin T, Delasotta L, Rasouli M, Harrop J, Levine A, Vaccaro AR. “Chapter 34: Low Lumbar Fractures.” Spine Trauma (Second Edition). (Alan M. Levine MD, Frank J. Eismont MD, Steven R. Garfin MD, Alexander R. Vaccaro MD, PhD, and Jack E. Zigler MD. (eds). AAOS Publishing (Rosemont). (2011)
     
  • Radcliff K, DiIorio T, Ong A, Gruskay J, Levine A, Rihn J, Vaccaro AR. “Chapter 36: Fractures of the Sacrum.” Spine Trauma (Second Edition). (Alan M. Levine MD, Frank J. Eismont MD, Steven R. Garfin MD, Alexander R. Vaccaro MD, PhD, and Jack E. Zigler MD. (eds). AAOS Publishing (Rosemont). (2011)
     
  • Radcliff K, Limthongkul W, Delasotta L, Moore JA, Levine A, Vaccaro AR. “Chapter 14: Classification of Spinal Injury.” Spine Trauma (Second Edition). (Alan M. Levine MD, Frank J. Eismont MD, Steven R. Garfin MD, Alexander R. Vaccaro MD, PhD, and Jack E. Zigler MD. (eds). AAOS Publishing (Rosemont). (2011)     
     
  • Radcliff K, Smith J, Kepler C, Vaccaro AR. “Thoracolumbar Fractures” Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 4 (Spine), American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (Rosemont), 2011.
     
  • Radcliff K, Smith J, Kepler C, Albert TJ. “Osteotomies to Affect Spinopelvic Balance.” Invited Chapter. Surgical Techniques to the Spine Textbook. Vaccaro A, Kim D (eds) (2011)
     
  • Radcliff K, Vaccaro AR.  “Post-Traumatic Kyphotic Spinal Deformity.” Essentials of Spinal Cord Injury. Thieme Publishing. (2010)
     
  • Radcliff K, Harrop J. “Outcome Instruments in Cervical Spine Surgery.” Defining the Value of Spinal Care. 2011
     
  • Radcliff K, Vaccaro A, Albert T, Rihn J. “Physiologic limitations and complications of spinal cord injury in the elderly population.” Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, 2009.
     
  • Radcliff K, Hilibrand A, Rihn J. “Cervical Disc Herniation.” Musculoskeletal Examination of the Spine:  Making the Complex Simple. Slack Publishing, 2009.

 

Research/Lectures

  • “Timing of Surgery of Spinal Cord Injury.” Invited Lecture. American Spinal Cord Injury Association Annual Meeting. 5/28/2010.
  • “Sacroiliac Arthrodesis Techniques.” Thomas Jefferson Spine Conference.
  • “Complications of Miniminally Invasive Surgery.” Thomas Jefferson Spine Conference.
  • “Update on Disk Degeneration.” Thomas Jefferson Spine Conference 1/17/2010.
  • “Cervical Spine Flexion Compression Injuries. What is the ideal approach?” Thomas Jefferson Spine Conference 11/19/2009.
  • “CT Assessment Of Craniocervical Normative Anatomy.” Podium Presentation. North American Spine Society Annual Meeting. 11/13/2009.
  • “Evidence Based Spine Care. Lessons from the SPORT Trial.” University of Texas, Houston Orthopedic Grand Rounds 11/6/2009.
  • “Cost Effectiveness Cervical Total Disk Replacement vs. ACDF.” Spine Value Council Meeting, 10/31/2009.
  • “Stem Cell Therapies in Spine Fusion and Disk Regeneration.” Thomas Jefferson Spine Conference 10/15/2009.
  • “Cervical Spine Instrumentation: What is Standard and What are the Alternatives?” Thomas Jefferson Spine Conference, 9/14/2009.
  • “Progress in Scoliosis Care.“ Lecture Presented at Thomas Jefferson Spine Fellows Meeting, Orlando, Fl 7/24/2009.
  • Radcliff K, Ben-Galim P, Dreingel N, Hipp J, Heggeness MH, Reitman CA. CT Criteria for Diagnosis of Occipitocervical Injury.  Presented at American College of Spine Surgeons 6/4/2009.
  • “Cervical Spine Trauma Update.” Grand Rounds Resident Conference at Louisiana State University Department of Orthopedic Surgery. January 31, 2009.
  • “Orthopedic Ethics.” Original Grand Rounds Presentation at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. October 24, 2008.
  • Radcliff K, Tintut Y, Lim J, Demer LL. “Insulin Like Growth Factor –I Attenuates Oxidative Stress-Induced Calcification of Progenitor Cells.” Gordon Conference on Cartilage Physiology and Pathology (3/16/2003). (Poster).

 

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