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Frank M. Phillips, MD

  • Orthopedic Surgery
Board Certification:
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
Faculty Rank: Professor
Medical or Graduate Education: University of the Witwatersrand School of Clinical Medicine, South Africa
Residency: University of Chicago Medical Center - Orthopedic Surgery
Fellowship: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine - Spinal Surgery
Clinical Expertise:
  • Cervical disc replacement
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal decompression
  • Spinal instrumentation
  • Spinal reconstruction
  • Spine surgery
  • Spine surgery, minimally invasive
Research Interests:
  • Minimally invasive spinal surgery
  • Cervical reconstruction
  • Intervertebral disc biology and regeneration
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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 Listings go back five years.

  1. Long-term Outcomes of the US FDA IDE Prospective, Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial Comparing PCM Cervical Disc Arthroplasty With Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion.
    Phillips FM, Geisler FH, Gilder KM, Reah C, Howell KM, McAfee PC
    2015 May 15
  2. Are bile acid malabsorption and bile acid diarrhoea an important cause of diarrhoea complicating cancer therapy?
    Phillips F, Muls AC, Lalji A, Andreyev HJ
    Colorectal Dis
    2015 Feb 28
  3. Quantification of Multifidus Atrophy and Fatty Infiltration Following a Minimally Invasive Microdiscectomy.
    Tabaraee E, Ahn J, Bohl DD, Phillips FM, Singh K
    Int J Spine Surg
  4. CORR Insights(®): Recurrent Versus Primary Lumbar Disc Herniation Surgery: Patient-reported Outcomes in the Swedish Spine Register Swespine.
    Phillips FM
    Clin. Orthop. Relat. Res.
    2014 May 16
  5. Commentary on Comment on the systematic review of Phillips et al. Lumbar Spine Fusion for Chronic Low Back Pain Due to Degenerative Disc Disease.
    Phillips FM, Andersson G, Jim Y, Paul S
    2014 Feb 12
  6. In response.
    Phillips FM, Andersson G, Youssef J, Slosar P
    2014 Apr 20
  7. A perioperative cost analysis comparing single-level minimally invasive and open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion.
    Singh K, Nandyala SV, Marquez-Lara A, Fineberg SJ, Oglesby M, Pelton MA, Andersson GB, Isayeva D, Jegier BJ, Phillips FM
    Spine J
    2013 Nov 16
  8. Patient Perceptions of Physician Reimbursement for Spine Surgery.
    Badlani N, Foran JR, Phillips FM, Pelton M, Singh K, Garfin SR, Allen RT.
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013
    2013 Mar 25. [Epub ahead of print]
  9. Adult Degenerative Scoliosis Treated with XLIF: Clinical and Radiographic Results of a Prospective Multi-center Study with 24-Month Follow-Up.
    Phillips FM, Isaacs RE, Rodgers WB, Khajavi K, Tohmeh AG, Deviren V, Peterson MD, Hyde J, Kurd M
    2013 Jul 18
  10. "Should an invasive treatment which lacks solid evidence on effectiveness and clear indication criteria, be recommended for low back pain patients?" "Should a treatment which has been shown by systematic literature review to provide clinically relevant improvements in pain, function, and quality of life be denied to patients suffering from debilitating low back pain?"
    Phillips FM
    2013 Jul 10
  11. Defining the value of spine care.
    Rihn JA, Currier BL, Phillips FM, Glassman SD, Albert TJ
    J Am Acad Orthop Surg
    2013 Jul
  12. Biomechanical evaluation of stand-alone lumbar polyether-ether-ketone interbody cage with integrated screws.
    Kornblum MB, Turner AW, Cornwall GB, Zatushevsky MA, Phillips FM.
    Spine J. 2013
    2013 Jan 4. doi:pii: S1529-9430(12)01360-5. 10.1016/j.spinee.2012.11.013. [Epub ahead of print]
  13. Mycobacterium bovis vertebral osteomyelitis and discitis with adjacent mycotic abdominal aortic aneurysm caused by intravesical BCG therapy: a case report in an elderly gentleman.
    Samadian S, Phillips FM, Deeab D
    Age Ageing
    2013 Jan
  14. A Prospective, Randomized, Controlled Clinical Investigation Comparing PCM® Cervical Disc Arthroplasty to Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion: 2 Year Results from the US IDE Clinical Trial.
    Phillips FM, Lee JY, Geisler FH, Cappuccino A, Chaput CD, Devine JG, Reah C, Gilder KM, Howell KM, McAfee PC.
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013
    2013 Apr 15. [Epub ahead of print]
  15. Lumbar spine fusion for chronic low back pain due to degenerative disc disease: a systematic review.
    Phillips FM, Slosar PJ, Youssef JA, Andersson G, Papatheofanis F.
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013
    2013 Apr 1
    38(7):E409-22. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3182877f11.
  16. Lumbar spinal stenosis.
    Lee JY, Whang PG, Lee JY, Phillips FM, Patel AA.
    Instr Course Lect. 2013
  17. Comparing effects of kyphoplasty, vertebroplasty, and non-surgical management in a systematic review of randomized and non-randomized controlled studies.
    Papanastassiou ID, Phillips FM, Van Meirhaeghe J, Berenson JR, Andersson GB, Chung G, Small BJ, Aghayev K, Vrionis FD.
    Eur Spine J. 2012
    2012 Sep
    21(9):1826-43. Epub 2012 Apr 29.
  18. A comparison of perioperative costs and outcomes in patients with and without workers' compensation claims treated with minimally invasive or open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion.
    Pelton MA, Phillips FM, Singh K.
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2012
    2012 Oct 15
    37(22):1914-9. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e318257d490.
  19. Factors affecting reoperations after anterior cervical discectomy and fusion within and outside of a Federal Drug Administration investigational device exemption cervical disc replacement trial.
    Singh K, Phillips FM, Park DK, Pelton MA, An HS, Goldberg EJ.
    Spine J. 2012
    2012 May
    12(5):372-8. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2012.02.005. Epub 2012 Mar 16.
  20. Orthopedic specialty hospitals: centers of excellence or greed machines?
    Badlani N, Boden S, Phillips F.
    Orthopedics. 2012
    2012 Mar 7
    35(3):e420-5. doi: 10.3928/01477447-20120222-31.
  21. Treatment of complex cervical spine disorders. Preface.
    Phillips FM, Khan SN.
    Orthop Clin North Am. 2012
    2012 Jan
    43(1):xiii. doi: 10.1016/j.ocl.2011.10.002. No abstract available.
  22. Disc replacement adjacent to cervical fusion: a biomechanical comparison of hybrid construct versus two-level fusion.
    Lee MJ, Dumonski M, Phillips FM, Voronov LI, Renner SM, Carandang G, Havey RM, Patwardhan AG.
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2011
    2011 Nov 1
    36(23):1932-9. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3181fc1aff.
  23. Post-Soviet transition: improving health services delivery and management.
    Antoun J, Phillips F, Johnson T
    Mt. Sinai J. Med.
    2011 May-Jun
  24. The current state of minimally invasive spine surgery.
    Kim CW, Siemionow K, Anderson DG, Phillips FM.
    J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2011
    2011 Mar 16
    93(6):582-96. Review. No abstract available.
  25. Repeat use of human recombinant bone morphogenetic protein-2 for second level lumbar arthrodesis.
    Singh K, Dumonski M, Stanley T, Ponnappan R, Phillips FM.
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2011
    2011 Feb 1
    36(3):192-6. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3181cdd396.
  26. Minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion.
    Phillips FM, Garfin SR.
    Orthopedics. 2011
    2011 Aug
    34(8):600-1. doi: 10.3928/01477447-20110627-20. No abstract available.
  27. Index and adjacent level kinematics after cervical disc replacement and anterior fusion: in vivo quantitative radiographic analysis.
    Park DK, Lin EL, Phillips FM.
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2011
    2011 Apr 20
    36(9):721-30. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3181df10fc.
  28. The current state of minimally invasive spine surgery.
    Kim CW, Siemionow K, Anderson DG, Phillips FM.
    Instr Course Lect. 2011
  29. An attempt at clinically defining and assessing minimally invasive surgery compared with traditional "open" spinal surgery.
    McAfee PC, Garfin SR, Rodgers WB, Allen RT, Phillips F, Kim C
    SAS J
  30. The relationship of intrapsoas nerves during a transpsoas approach to the lumbar spine: anatomic study.
    Park DK, Lee MJ, Lin EL, Singh K, An HS, Phillips FM.
    J Spinal Disord Tech. 2010
    2010 Jun
    23(4):223-8. doi: 10.1097/BSD.0b013e3181a9d540.
  31. Lower incidence of dysphagia with cervical arthroplasty compared with ACDF in a prospective randomized clinical trial.
    McAfee PC, Cappuccino A, Cunningham BW, Devine JG, Phillips FM, Regan JJ, Albert TJ, Ahrens JE.
    J Spinal Disord Tech. 2010
    2010 Feb
    23(1):1-8. doi: 10.1097/BSD.0b013e31819e2ab8.
  32. A prospective, nonrandomized, multicenter evaluation of extreme lateral interbody fusion for the treatment of adult degenerative scoliosis: perioperative outcomes and complications.
    Isaacs RE, Hyde J, Goodrich JA, Rodgers WB, Phillips FM.
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2010
    2010 Dec 15
    35(26 Suppl):S322-30. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3182022e04.
  33. Adult deformity correction through minimally invasive lateral approach techniques.
    Mundis GM, Akbarnia BA, Phillips FM.
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2010
    2010 Dec 15
    35(26 Suppl):S312-21. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e318202495f. Review.
  34. Minimally invasive spine surgery.
    McAfee PC, Phillips FM, Andersson G, Buvenenadran A, Kim CW, Lauryssen C, Isaacs RE, Youssef JA, Brodke DS, Cappuccino A, Akbarnia BA, Mundis GM, Smith WD, Uribe JS, Garfin S, Allen RT, Rodgers WB, Pimenta L, Taylor W.
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2010
    2010 Dec 15
    35(26 Suppl):S271-3. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e31820250a2. No abstract available.
  35. Effect of two-level total disc replacement on cervical spine kinematics.
    Phillips FM, Tzermiadianos MN, Voronov LI, Havey RM, Carandang G, Dooris A, Patwardhan AG.
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2009
    2009 Oct 15
    34(22):E794-9. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3181afe4bb.
  36. Spine care: evaluation of the efficacy and cost of emerging technology.
    Smith HE, Rihn JA, Brodke DS, Guyer R, Coric D, Lonner B, Shelokov AP, Currier BL, Riley L, Phillips FM, Albert TJ.
    Am J Med Qual. 2009
    2009 Nov-Dec
    24(6 Suppl):25S-31S. doi: 10.1177/1062860609349312. Review.
  37. An evidence-based approach to spine surgery.
    Allen RT, Rihn JA, Glassman SD, Currier B, Albert TJ, Phillips FM.
    Am J Med Qual. 2009
    2009 Nov-Dec
    24(6 Suppl):15S-24S. doi: 10.1177/1062860609348743. Review.
  38. Defining value in spine care.
    Rihn JA, Berven S, Allen T, Phillips FM, Currier BL, Glassman SD, Nash DB, Mick C, Crockard A, Albert TJ.
    Am J Med Qual. 2009
    2009 Nov-Dec
    24(6 Suppl):4S-14S. doi: 10.1177/1062860609349214. Review.
  39. Cervical disc replacement in patients with and without previous adjacent level fusion surgery: a prospective study.
    Phillips FM, Allen TR, Regan JJ, Albert TJ, Cappuccino A, Devine JG, Ahrens JE, Hipp JA, McAfee PC.
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2009
    2009 Mar 15
    34(6):556-65. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e31819b061c.
  40. Primary bovine intervertebral disc cells transduced with adenovirus overexpressing 12 BMPs and Sox9 maintain appropriate phenotype.
    Zhang Y, Markova D, Im HJ, Hu W, Thonar EJ, He TC, An HS, Phillips FM, Anderson DG.
    Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2009
    2009 Jun
    88(6):455-63. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0b013e3181a5f0aa.
  41. Effect of the Total Facet Arthroplasty System after complete laminectomy-facetectomy on the biomechanics of implanted and adjacent segments.
    Phillips FM, Tzermiadianos MN, Voronov LI, Havey RM, Carandang G, Renner SM, Rosler DM, Ochoa JA, Patwardhan AG.
    Spine J. 2009
    2009 Jan-Feb
    9(1):96-102. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2008.01.010. Epub 2008 Apr 25.
  42. Point of view.
    Phillips FM.
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2009
    2009 Feb 15
    34(4):399. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3181973450. No abstract available.
  43. The use of bone morphogenetic protein in lumbar spine surgery.
    Rihn JA, Gates C, Glassman SD, Phillips FM, Schwender JD, Albert TJ.
    Instr Course Lect. 2009
  44. The use of bone morphogenetic protein in lumbar spine surgery.
    Rihn JA, Gates C, Glassman SD, Phillips FM, Schwender JD, Albert TJ.
    J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2008
    2008 Sep
    90(9):2014-25. Review. No abstract available.
  45. Hypothermia for spinal cord injury.
    Kwon BK, Mann C, Sohn HM, Hilibrand AS, Phillips FM, Wang JC, Fehlings MG; NASS Section on Biologics.
    Spine J. 2008
    2008 Nov-Dec
    8(6):859-74. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2007.12.006. Epub 2008 Mar 10.
  46. The action of resveratrol, a phytoestrogen found in grapes, on the intervertebral disc.
    Li X, Phillips FM, An HS, Ellman M, Thonar EJ, Wu W, Park D, Im HJ.
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2008
    2008 Nov 15
    33(24):2586-95. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3181883883.
  47. Altered disc pressure profile after an osteoporotic vertebral fracture is a risk factor for adjacent vertebral body fracture.
    Tzermiadianos MN, Renner SM, Phillips FM, Hadjipavlou AG, Zindrick MR, Havey RM, Voronov M, Patwardhan AG.
    Eur Spine J. 2008
    2008 Nov
    17(11):1522-30. doi: 10.1007/s00586-008-0775-x. Epub 2008 Sep 16.
  48. The safety and efficacy of OP-1 (rhBMP-7) as a replacement for iliac crest autograft for posterolateral lumbar arthrodesis: minimum 4-year follow-up of a pilot study.
    Vaccaro AR, Whang PG, Patel T, Phillips FM, Anderson DG, Albert TJ, Hilibrand AS, Brower RS, Kurd MF, Appannagari A, Patel M, Fischgrund JS.
    Spine J. 2008
    2008 May-Jun
    8(3):457-65. Epub 2007 May 25.
  49. Cell therapy using articular chondrocytes overexpressing BMP-7 or BMP-10 in a rabbit disc organ culture model.
    Zhang Y, Phillips FM, Thonar EJ, Oegema T, An HS, Roman-Blas JA, He TC, Anderson DG.
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2008
    2008 Apr 15
    33(8):831-8. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e31816b1f38.
  50. Action of fibroblast growth factor-2 on the intervertebral disc.
    Li X, An HS, Ellman M, Phillips F, Thonar EJ, Park DK, Udayakumar RK, Im HJ.
    Arthritis Res Ther. 2008
    10(2):R48. doi: 10.1186/ar2407. Epub 2008 Apr 24.
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