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Saint Luke's Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute welcomes Cheerag D. Upadhyaya, M.D., as director of Spine Program

July 31, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Cheerag D. Upadhyaya has joined a team of highly experienced, sub-specialty trained neurosurgeons at the Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute (SLMBNI) as Director of the Spine Program and director of spine surgery. He comes to SLMBNI from the Kadlec Neuroscience Center in Richland, Wash.

The SLMBNI minimally invasive spine surgery team uses specialized technology and expertise, resulting in quicker recovery, less pain and better outcomes for patients. Saint Luke’s utilizes a multidimensional imaging system, which provides surgeons with real-time, 3-D images, while its use of stealth navigation technology enhances precision and patient safety.

Dr. Upadhyaya earned his medical degree from the University of Florida and completed his general surgical internship and neurosurgical residency at the University of Michigan. While there, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and earned a master’s degree in health care research. Dr. Upadhyaya completed a fellowship in complex and minimally invasive spine surgery at the University of California, San Francisco and his clinical research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals, books, videos and at industry conferences. Currently he serves as assistant clinical professor of neurosurgery and orthopedics at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine.

Dr. Upadhyaya is a recipient of the AANS/CNS Spine & Peripheral Nerve Section-Outcomes Committee Award–2011, and was nominated for the prestigious Whitecloud Award for Best Clinical Paper at the 17th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) for cervical arthroplasty. Dr. Upadhyaya serves on the AANS Young Neurosurgeons Committee and other national committees.