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Patients in the MUSC Spine Center have access to the expertise of our extensive clinical trips and research programs.  This access allows our spine patients to benefit from cutting-edge therapies, devices and techniques.  These studies give patients options that are unavailable at clinics and medical centers elsewhere in our state and region.

For more information on the MUSC Spine center, visit the MUSC Health website.

Study Coordinator: Michele DeCandio, RN

PI Information:

Bruce Frankel, M.D.

Title: Associate Professor


- Brain tumors
- Adult spinal deformity
- Spinal tumors
- Minimally invasive and complex spinal surgery

- Stereotactic radiosurgery
- Focused beam therapy
- Gamma knife surgery
- Vertebral fracture program
- Kyphoplasty 

Advanced Degree: M.D. awarded by SUNY Upstate Medical University, 1994

Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Fellowship: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Specialties: Neurosurgery

Board Certified: Neurological Surgery

Language(s): English

Abhay Varma, M.D.

Assistant ProfessorDr. Varma

- Neuro-oncology
- Spine surgery
- Peripheral nerve surgery
- Cerebrovascular surgery

Advanced Degree: M.D. awarded by All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

Residency: All India Institute of Medical Sciences New Delhi India

- University of Toronto in Skull base surgery
- Regional Neurosciences Center in New Castle-Upon-Tyne in General Neurosurgery and Neurovascular Surgery
- University of Pittsburgh in Neurotrauma
- University of Toronto in Spine surgery
- Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Neuro-oncology (Brain tumors & Gamma knife)

Specialties: Neurosurgery

Board Certified: Neurological Surgery

Language(s): English

Spine Clinical Trials

View a list of available spine clinical trials.


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