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Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD

Specialty:
  • Neurological Surgery
Board Certification:
  • Neurological Surgery
Faculty Rank: Professor
Medical or Graduate Education: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Residency: University of Chicago Medical Center - Neurosurgery
Fellowship: University of Chicago Medical Center - Neurosurgery
Clinical Expertise:
  • Back pain
  • Chordoma
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Head and neck trauma
  • Herniated disc
  • Lumbar disc replacement
  • Neural transplantation
  • Neurosurgery, endoscopic
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal deformity
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal tumor
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  • University Neurosurgery
  • Professional Building
  • 1725 W. Harrison St.
  • Suite 855
  • Chicago, IL  60612
  • Phone: (312) 942-6644
  • Fax: (312) 942-2176
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Below is a list of scientific publications for which this practitioner was either the primary author or a contributor. Citations come from PubMed, a database of biomedical literature, life science journals and online books. PubMed is a service of the US Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Click on the title of the cited work for more information (this will take you directly to PubMed.gov). Listings go back five years.

  1. Comparison of radiographic results after minimally invasive, hybrid, and open surgery for adult spinal deformity: a multicenter study of 184 patients.
    Haque RM, Mundis GM, Ahmed Y, El Ahmadieh TY, Wang MY, Mummaneni PV, Uribe JS, Okonkwo DO, Eastlack RK, Anand N, Kanter AS, La Marca F, Akbarnia BA, Park P, Lafage V, Terran JS, Shaffrey CI, Klineberg E, Deviren V, Fessler RG,
    Neurosurg Focus
    2014 May
    36(5):E13.
  2. Complications in adult spinal deformity surgery: an analysis of minimally invasive, hybrid, and open surgical techniques.
    Uribe JS, Deukmedjian AR, Mummaneni PV, Fu KM, Mundis GM, Okonkwo DO, Kanter AS, Eastlack R, Wang MY, Anand N, Fessler RG, La Marca F, Park P, Lafage V, Deviren V, Bess S, Shaffrey CI,
    Neurosurg Focus
    2014 May
    36(5):E15.
  3. The minimally invasive spinal deformity surgery algorithm: a reproducible rational framework for decision making in minimally invasive spinal deformity surgery.
    Mummaneni PV, Shaffrey CI, Lenke LG, Park P, Wang MY, La Marca F, Smith JS, Mundis GM, Okonkwo DO, Moal B, Fessler RG, Anand N, Uribe JS, Kanter AS, Akbarnia B, Fu KM,
    Neurosurg Focus
    2014 May
    36(5):E6.
  4. Less invasive surgery for treating adult spinal deformities: ceiling effects for deformity correction with 3 different techniques.
    Wang MY, Mummaneni PV, Fu KM, Anand N, Okonkwo DO, Kanter AS, La Marca F, Fessler R, Uribe J, Shaffrey CI, Lafage V, Haque RM, Deviren V, Mundis GM,
    Neurosurg Focus
    2014 May
    36(5):E12.
  5. Comparison of symptomatic cerebral spinal fluid leak between patients undergoing minimally invasive versus open lumbar foraminotomy, discectomy, or laminectomy.
    Wong AP, Shih P, Smith TR, Slimack NP, Dahdaleh NS, Aoun SG, El Ahmadieh TY, Smith ZA, Scheer JK, Koski TR, Liu JC, Fessler RG
    World Neurosurg
    2014 Mar-Apr
    81(3-4):634-40.
  6. Minimally invasive thoracic decompression for multi-level thoracic pathologies.
    Smith ZA, Lawton CD, Wong AP, Dahdaleh NS, Nixon AT, Ganju A, Fessler RG
    J Clin Neurosci
    2014 Mar
    21(3):467-72.
  7. Minimally invasive versus open laminotomy.
    Tan LA, Kasliwal MK, Fessler RG
    Spine J
    2014 Jun 1
    14(6):1081-2.
  8. Letter to the Editor: Nonexpandable tubular retractors and spinal tumors.
    Smith ZA, Fessler RG
    J Neurosurg Spine
    2014 Jun
    20(6):769-71.
  9. Complications, outcomes, and need for fusion after minimally invasive posterior cervical foraminotomy and microdiscectomy.
    Skovrlj B, Gologorsky Y, Haque R, Fessler RG, Qureshi SA
    Spine J
    2014 Jan 30
  10. Minimally invasive treatment of thoracic disc herniations.
    Snyder LA, Smith ZA, Dahdaleh NS, Fessler RG
    Neurosurg. Clin. N. Am.
    2014 Apr
    25(2):271-7.
  11. Lateral transpsoas lumbar interbody fusion: outcomes and deformity correction.
    Dahdaleh NS, Smith ZA, Snyder LA, Graham RB, Fessler RG, Koski TR
    Neurosurg. Clin. N. Am.
    2014 Apr
    25(2):353-60.
  12. Minimally invasive spine surgery. Preface.
    Smith ZA, Fessler RG
    Neurosurg. Clin. N. Am.
    2014 Apr
    25(2):xiii.
  13. The Technological Development of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.
    Snyder LA, O'Toole J, Eichholz KM, Perez-Cruet MJ, Fessler R
    Biomed Res Int
    2014
    2014:293582.
  14. Biomechanical effects of a unilateral approach to minimally invasive lumbar decompression.
    Smith ZA, Vastardis GA, Carandang G, Havey RM, Hannon S, Dahdaleh N, Voronov LI, Fessler RG, Patwardhan AG
    PLoS ONE
    2014
    9(3):e92611.
  15. Risk factors and long-term survival in adult patients with primary malignant spinal cord astrocytomas.
    Wong AP, Dahdaleh NS, Fessler RG, Melkonian SC, Lin Y, Smith ZA, Lam SK
    J. Neurooncol.
    2013 Sep 29
  16. Assessment of Paraspinal Muscle Cross-Sectional Area Following Lumbar Decompression: Minimally Invasive versus Open Approaches.
    Bresnahan LE, Smith JS, Ogden AT, Quinn S, Cybulski GR, Simonian N, Natarajan RN, Fessler RD, Fessler RG
    J Spinal Disord Tech
    2013 Oct 13
  17. Minimally Invasive Thoracic Corpectomy - 3-D Operative Video of a Posterolateral Approach to Decompression and Anterior Column Reconstruction.
    Smith ZA, Wong AP, El Ahmadieh TY, Aoun SG, Haque R, Bendok BR, Fessler RG.
    Neurosurgery. 2013
    2013 May 29. [Epub ahead of print]
  18. Measuring surgical outcomes in cervical spondylotic myelopathy patients undergoing anterior cervical discectomy and fusion: assessment of minimum clinically important difference.
    Auffinger BM, Lall RR, Dahdaleh NS, Wong AP, Lam SK, Koski T, Fessler RG, Smith ZA.
    PLoS One. 2013
    2013 Jun 24
    8(6):e67408. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0067408. Print 2013.
  19. Percutaneous pedicle screw placement in the thoracic spine: A cadaveric study.
    Hardin CA, Nimjee SM, Karikari IO, Agrawal A, Fessler RG, Isaacs RE
    Asian J Neurosurg
    2013 Jul
    8(3):153-6.
  20. Microendoscopic decompression for cervical spondylotic myelopathy.
    Dahdaleh NS, Wong AP, Smith ZA, Wong RH, Lam SK, Fessler RG.
    Neurosurg Focus. 2013
    2013 Jul
    35(1):E8. doi: 10.3171/2013.3.FOCUS135.
  21. Evidence-based management of central cord syndrome.
    Dahdaleh NS, Lawton CD, El Ahmadieh TY, Nixon AT, El Tecle NE, Oh S, Fessler RG, Smith ZA.
    Neurosurg Focus. 2013
    2013 Jul
    35(1):E6. doi: 10.3171/2013.3.FOCUS13101.
  22. Perspective--sacral Tarlov cyst: surgical treatment by clipping.
    Smith ZA, Fessler RG, Batjer HH.
    World Neurosurg. 2013
    2013 Feb
    79(2):285. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2012.07.016. Epub 2012 Jul 31. No abstract available.
  23. Minimally invasive tubular microdiscectomy: a 3-dimensional operative video.
    Smith ZA, Dahdaleh NS, Wong AP, Aoun SG, El Ahmadieh TY, Nixon AT, Bendok BR, Fessler RG
    Neurosurgery
    2013 Dec
    73(2 Suppl Operative):142.
  24. Risk factors and long-term survival in adult patients with primary malignant spinal cord astrocytomas.
    Wong AP, Dahdaleh NS, Fessler RG, Melkonian SC, Lin Y, Smith ZA, Lam SK
    J. Neurooncol.
    2013 Dec
    115(3):493-503.
  25. The effect of surgical level on self-reported clinical outcomes following minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion: L4-L5 vs. L5-S1.
    Lawton CD, Smith ZA, Nixon AT, Dahdaleh NS, Wong AP, Khanna R, Barnawi A, Fessler RG
    World Neurosurg
    2013 Aug 2
  26. Outcome following unilateral versus bilateral instrumentation in patients undergoing minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion: a single-center randomized prospective study.
    Dahdaleh NS, Nixon AT, Lawton CD, Wong AP, Smith ZA, Fessler RG
    Neurosurg Focus
    2013 Aug
    35(2):E13.
  27. Primary dural repair in minimally invasive spine surgery.
    Haque RM, Hashmi SZ, Ahmed Y, Uddin O, Ogden AT, Fessler R.
    Case Rep Med. 2013
    2013
    2013:876351. doi: 10.1155/2013/876351. Epub 2013 May 30.
  28. Minimally Invasive Thoracic Microendoscopic Diskectomy: Surgical Technique and Case Series.
    Smith JS, Eichholz KM, Shafizadeh S, Ogden AT, O'Toole JE, Fessler RG.
    World Neurosurg. 2012
    2012 Oct 5. doi:pii: S1878-8750(12)01095-9. 10.1016/j.wneu.2012.05.031. [Epub ahead of print]
  29. Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring in spine surgery: indications, efficacy, and role of the preoperative checklist.
    Lall RR, Lall RR, Hauptman JS, Munoz C, Cybulski GR, Koski T, Ganju A, Fessler RG, Smith ZA.
    Neurosurg Focus. 2012
    2012 Nov
    33(5):E10. doi: 10.3171/2012.9.FOCUS12235. Review.
  30. Leptomeningeal spinal metastases from glioblastoma multiforme: treatment and management of an uncommon manifestation of disease.
    Lawton CD, Nagasawa DT, Yang I, Fessler RG, Smith ZA.
    J Neurosurg Spine. 2012
    2012 Nov
    17(5):438-48. doi: 10.3171/2012.7.SPINE12212. Epub 2012 Sep 7. Review.
  31. Incidence of Lumbar Spine Pedicle Breach Following Percutaneous Screw Fixation: A Radiographic Evaluation of 601 Screws in 151 Patients.
    Smith ZA, Sugimoto K, Lawton CD, Fessler RG.
    J Spinal Disord Tech. 2012
    2012 Jun 7. [Epub ahead of print]
  32. Low back pain and lumbar radiculopathy as harbingers of acute myeloid leukemia recurrence in a patient with myeloid sarcoma.
    Smith TR, Slimack N, McClendon J Jr, Wong A, Fessler RG.
    J Clin Neurosci. 2012
    2012 Jul
    19(7):1040-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2011.11.012. Epub 2012 Apr 29.
  33. Perioperative and postoperative complications of single-level minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion in elderly adults.
    Lee P, Fessler RG.
    J Clin Neurosci. 2012
    2012 Jan
    19(1):111-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2011.09.005. Epub 2011 Nov 30.
  34. Minimally Invasive Tubular Microdiscectomy - A 3-D Operative Video.
    Smith ZA, Dahdaleh NS, Wong AP, Aoun SG, El Ahmadieh TY, Nixon AT, Bendok BR, Fessler RG.
    Neurosurgery. 2012
    2012 Dec 21. [Epub ahead of print]
  35. Minimally Invasive Resection of a High-Thoracic Intradural Extramedullary Tumor: An Operative 3-D Video.
    Smith ZA, Aoun SG, El Ahmadieh TY, Wong AP, Lall RR, Bendok BR, Fessler RG.
    Neurosurgery. 2012
    2012 Dec 21. [Epub ahead of print]
  36. Minimally Invasive Thoracic Corpectomy - 3-D Operative Video of a Posterolateral Approach to Decompression and Anterior Column Reconstruction.
    Smith ZA, Wong AP, El Ahmadieh TY, Aoun SG, Haque R, Bendok BR, Fessler RG.
    Neurosurgery. 2012
    2012 Dec 21. [Epub ahead of print]
  37. Clinical Outcomes of Microendoscopic Foraminotomy and Decompression in the Cervical Spine.
    Lawton CD, Smith ZA, Lam SK, Habib A, Wong RH, Fessler RG.
    World Neurosurg. 2012
    2012 Dec 12. doi:pii: S1878-8750(12)01440-4. 10.1016/j.wneu.2012.12.008. [Epub ahead of print]
  38. Cervical spinal cord bullet fragment removal using a minimally invasive surgical approach: a case report.
    Lawton CD, Smith ZA, Sugimoto K, Smith JS, Fessler RG.
    J Med Case Rep. 2012
    2012 Aug 9
    6(1):235. doi: 10.1186/1752-1947-6-235.
  39. Paradigm changes in spine surgery: evolution of minimally invasive techniques.
    Smith ZA, Fessler RG.
    Nat Rev Neurol. 2012
    2012 Aug
    8(8):443-50. doi: 10.1038/nrneurol.2012.110. Epub 2012 Jun 19. Review.
  40. Minimally invasive thoracic corpectomy: surgical strategies for malignancy, trauma, and complex spinal pathologies.
    Lall RR, Smith ZA, Wong AP, Miller D, Fessler RG.
    Minim Invasive Surg. 2012
    2012
    2012:213791. doi: 10.1155/2012/213791. Epub 2012 Jul 24.
  41. The microendoscopic decompression of lumbar stenosis: a review of the current literature and clinical results.
    Wong AP, Smith ZA, Lall RR, Bresnahan LE, Fessler RG.
    Minim Invasive Surg. 2012
    2012
    2012:325095. doi: 10.1155/2012/325095. Epub 2012 Jul 31.
  42. Minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion: a perspective on current evidence and clinical knowledge.
    Habib A, Smith ZA, Lawton CD, Fessler RG.
    Minim Invasive Surg. 2012
    2012
    2012:657342. doi: 10.1155/2012/657342. Epub 2012 Aug 5.
  43. Current advances and evidence in minimally invasive spine surgery.
    Fessler RG, Smith ZA, Slimack N, Smith JS, Parkinson RJ.
    Minim Invasive Surg. 2012
    2012
    2012:508415. doi: 10.1155/2012/508415. Epub 2012 Dec 30. No abstract available.
  44. Minimally invasive discectomy for the treatment of disc herniation causing cauda equina syndrome.
    Shih P, Smith TR, Fessler RG, Song JK.
    J Clin Neurosci. 2011
    2011 Sep
    18(9):1219-23. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2011.01.018. Epub 2011 Jul 12.
  45. Complications of open compared to minimally invasive lumbar spine decompression.
    Shih P, Wong AP, Smith TR, Lee AI, Fessler RG.
    J Clin Neurosci. 2011
    2011 Oct
    18(10):1360-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2011.02.022. Epub 2011 Jul 19.
  46. Minimally invasive lateral lumbar interbody fusion and transpsoas approach-related morbidity.
    Moller DJ, Slimack NP, Acosta FL Jr, Koski TR, Fessler RG, Liu JC.
    Neurosurg Focus. 2011
    2011 Oct
    31(4):E4. doi: 10.3171/2011.7.FOCUS11137.
  47. Abdominal complications following posterior spinal fusion in patients with previous abdominal surgeries.
    Shih P, Slimack NP, Roy A, Fessler RG, Koski TR.
    Neurosurg Focus. 2011
    2011 Oct
    31(4):E16. doi: 10.3171/2011.8.FOCUS11132.
  48. Changes in coronal and sagittal plane alignment following minimally invasive direct lateral interbody fusion for the treatment of degenerative lumbar disease in adults: a radiographic study.
    Acosta FL, Liu J, Slimack N, Moller D, Fessler R, Koski T.
    J Neurosurg Spine. 2011
    2011 Jul
    15(1):92-6. doi: 10.3171/2011.3.SPINE10425. Epub 2011 Apr 8.
  49. Perioperative results following open and minimally invasive single-level lumbar discectomy.
    Lee P, Liu JC, Fessler RG.
    J Clin Neurosci. 2011
    2011 Dec
    18(12):1667-70. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2011.04.004. Epub 2011 Sep 25.
  50. Evaluation of change in muscle activity as a result of posterior lumbar spine surgery using a dynamic modeling system.
    Bresnahan L, Fessler RG, Natarajan RN.
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2010
    2010 Jul 15
    35(16):E761-7. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3181e45a6e.
  51. Clinical outcomes after microendoscopic discectomy for recurrent lumbar disc herniation.
    Smith JS, Ogden AT, Shafizadeh S, Fessler RG.
    J Spinal Disord Tech. 2010
    2010 Feb
    23(1):30-4. doi: 10.1097/BSD.0b013e318193c16c.
  52. An alternate method for placement of C-1 screws.
    Thomas JA, Tredway T, Fessler RG, Sandhu FA.
    J Neurosurg Spine. 2010
    2010 Apr
    12(4):337-41. doi: 10.3171/2009.10.SPINE08541.
  53. Cadaveric evaluation of minimally invasive posterolateral thoracic corpectomy: a comparison of 3 approaches.
    Ogden AT, Eichholz K, O'toole J, Smith JS, Gala V, Voyadzis JM, Sugimoto K, Song J, Fessler RG.
    J Spinal Disord Tech. 2009
    2009 Oct
    22(7):524-9. doi: 10.1097/BSD.0b013e31818e5488.
  54. Surgical site infection rates after minimally invasive spinal surgery.
    O'Toole JE, Eichholz KM, Fessler RG.
    J Neurosurg Spine. 2009
    2009 Oct
    11(4):471-6. doi: 10.3171/2009.5.SPINE08633.
  55. Percutaneous vertebroplasty.
    Hurley MC, Kaakaji R, Dabus G, Shaibani A, Walker MT, Fessler RG, Bendok BR.
    Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2009
    2009 Jul
    20(3):341-59. doi: 10.1016/j.nec.2009.03.001. Review.
  56. Comparison of BRYAN cervical disc arthroplasty with anterior cervical decompression and fusion: clinical and radiographic results of a randomized, controlled, clinical trial.
    Heller JG, Sasso RC, Papadopoulos SM, Anderson PA, Fessler RG, Hacker RJ, Coric D, Cauthen JC, Riew DK.
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2009
    2009 Jan 15
    34(2):101-7. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e31818ee263.
  57. A biomechanical evaluation of graded posterior element removal for treatment of lumbar stenosis: comparison of a minimally invasive approach with two standard laminectomy techniques.
    Bresnahan L, Ogden AT, Natarajan RN, Fessler RG.
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2009
    2009 Jan 1
    34(1):17-23. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e318191438b.
  58. Biomechanical comparison of traditional and minimally invasive intradural tumor exposures using finite element analysis.
    Ogden AT, Bresnahan L, Smith JS, Natarajan R, Fessler RG.
    Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2009
    2009 Feb
    24(2):143-7. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2008.11.005. Epub 2009 Jan 3.
  59. Minimally invasive resection of intramedullary ependymoma: case report.
    Ogden AT, Fessler RG.
    Neurosurgery. 2009
    2009 Dec
    65(6):E1203-4; discussion E1204. doi: 10.1227/01.NEU.0000360153.65238.F0.
  60. Minimally invasive posterolateral thoracic corpectomy: cadaveric feasibility study and report of four clinical cases.
    Kim DH, O'Toole JE, Ogden AT, Eichholz KM, Song J, Christie SD, Fessler RG.
    Neurosurgery. 2009
    2009 Apr
    64(4):746-52; discussion 752-3. doi: 10.1227/01.NEU.0000340783.83964.27.
  61. Minimally invasive posterior osteotomies.
    Voyadzis JM, Gala VC, O'Toole JE, Eichholz KM, Fessler RG.
    Neurosurgery. 2008
    2008 Sep
    63(3 Suppl):204-10. doi: 10.1227/01.NEU.0000320430.37577.B7.
  62. Obesity and self-reported outcome after minimally invasive lumbar spinal fusion surgery.
    Rosen DS, Ferguson SD, Ogden AT, Huo D, Fessler RG.
    Neurosurgery. 2008
    2008 Nov
    63(5):956-60; discussion 960. doi: 10.1227/01.NEU.0000313626.23194.3F.
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