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Nationally renowned surgeon John A. Handal, MD, director of Spine Surgery, specializes in managing degenerative spine conditions, performing spine surgery and repairing traumatic injuries. Using today’s most advanced surgical techniques, including minimally invasive surgery of the spine, he corrects failed back syndrome, scoliosis, fractures, deformity and cervical spine disorders. He is also skilled in rapidly evaluating, repairing and managing life-threatening traumatic injuries such a blunt or penetrating traumato the chest and abdomen, as well as complicated fractures of the arms and legs. Dr. Handal has particular expertise in correcting pelvic fracture, one of the most complex traumatic injuries. Top Doc, 2010, Philadelphia magazine Top Doc, 2011, Philadelphia magazine Top Doc, 2012, Philadelphia magazine Top Doc, 2013, Philadelphia magazine Top Doc, 2014, Philadelphia magazine Publications 1. Handal JA, Schulz JF, Florez GB, Kwok SCM, Khurana JS, Samuel SP. Creation of rabbit bone and soft tissue tumor using cultured VX2 cells. J Surg Res.179 (2013) E127-E132, PMID:22475353 2. Kwok S, Samuel SP, Handal J. Attorvastatin activates heme oxygenase-1 at the stress response elements. J Cell Mol Med. 16(2), 2012: 394-400, PMID: 21447045 3. Handal J, John T, Goldstein D, Braitman L, Khurana J, Saing M, Samuel SP. Effect of atorvastatin on the cortical bones of corticosteroid treated rabbits. J Orthop Res. 2011 Dec 8, doi:10.1002/jor.22030, PMID: 22161768 4. Jain AK, Handal J, Solin LJ. Successful treatment of a T4 lung tumor with vertebral body invasion using fiducial markers in the thoracic spine for image-guided radiation therapy: A case report. J Med Case Reports. 2011 Sep 20;5:470. PMID: 21933408 5. Handal JA, Schulz JF, Pahys JM, Williams EA, Kwok S, and Samuel SP.