The research interests of H. Gordon Deen Jr., M.D., include outcome studies, complex reconstructive spinal surgery and image guidance in spinal surgery, with an emphasis on degenerative spine disease and spinal tumors.
- Outcomes are being measured on patients undergoing spinal surgery.
- Current research in reconstructive spinal surgery is focused on factors that increase the risk of surgical complications, including obesity, smoking, vitamin D levels, bone quality (osteopenia and osteoporosis), and nutritional status.
- Current research in imaging guidance is focused on technical issues that degrade or limit the accuracy of the technique.
- Studies are being done on the transition to the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems 10th Revision (ICD-10) and its potential impact on the practice of spine surgery.
Significance to patient care
The goal of Dr. Deen's work is to improve care for patients undergoing reconstructive spinal surgery, including making the procedures safer and improving surgical outcomes.
- Distinguished alumni lecturer, University of South Alabama College of Medicine, 2014
- Editorial board, Spine, 2012-present
- Editorial board, Practical Reviews in Neurosurgery, 2000-2006
- Member, Neurosurgical Society of America, 1998-present
- Multiple listings in Best Doctors in America, 1998-present