UA Division of Neurosurgery Launches Spinal Surgery Outcomes Registry

Surgeons now will have the ability to objectively measure patient performance before and after surgery.

The University of Arizona Division of Neurosurgery has launched a new prospective registry to measure and improve the care and outcomes of patients who undergo spine surgery.

The registry will be used to track and analyze data on clinical and radiographic outcomes after neurosurgical spine procedures at The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus. Using established outcomes metrics, surgeons now will have the ability to objectively measure patient performance before and after surgery.

Ali Baaj, MDPhysicians and researchers can use the registry to develop evidence-based information about the risks and benefits of spine surgery to improve patient treatments. Data from the spine registry will help to improve outcomes, functional capacity and quality of life for patients, as well as examine and improve patient safety, efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
“This powerful new tool not only will allow us to better examine our outcomes and improve our indications and techniques, but it also will provide our residents and fellows a mechanism to perform high-level clinical outcomes research,” said Ali Baaj, MD, principal investigator, assistant professor in the UA Department of Surgery and director of spinal neurosurgery at UAMC – University Campus. 

“In constructing this registry, our neurosurgeons specializing in spine surgery will make sure that we analyze our clinical results in order to learn and improve,” said G. Michael Lemole, MD, chief of the Division of Neurosurgery. “This represents the ultimate fulfillment of academic investigation for clinical practice and helps us develop practices that improve care for patients.”

For more information, please contact the Division of Neurosurgery office at 520-626-2164.