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Sanford Emery

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Dr Emery, Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics, Interim Chair of the Department of Surgery, and Director of Surgical Services at West Virginia University, has been in the active practice of orthopaedic surgery for the last 29 years, and sub-specializes in adult spine surgery.


After completing his undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College and medical school at

Duke University School of Medicine, Dr Emery completed his orthopaedic surgical residency at the University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital, in Rochester, New York. He received his fellowship training at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2003 Dr. Emery earned an MBA at Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.


Dr Emery is immediate past president of the American Orthopaedic Association. He is a

recent past president of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) and serves as one of its Senior Directors. Dr Emery is past president of the Cervical Spine Research Society, and a member of several professional medical societies including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society, Scoliosis Research Society, Orthopaedic Research Society, and West Virginia Orthopaedic Society. He has over sixty publications, thirty-three book chapters, one textbook, and has been invited to present his work on over two hundred occasions at local, regional, national, and international meetings. Dr Emery has chaired the Department of Orthopaedics at WVU since 2003. He has grown the department from five to thirty full-time faculty, established a resident research program, fostered a significant increase in both funding and productivity of basic and clinical research in Orthopaedics, and serves on several leadership committees in his institutionincluding the University Health Associates Board of Directors.