James S. Harrop, MD, FACS
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Most Recent Peer-reviewed Publications
- Preoperative spinal tumor embolization: An institutional experience with Onyx
- Assessment of Quality of Life After Surgery for Spinal Metastases: Position Statement of the Global Spine Tumour Study Group
- Neurosurgical training with a novel cervical spine simulator: Posterior foraminotomy and laminectomy
- Simulated spinal cerebrospinal fluid leak repair: An educational model with didactic and technical components
- A Didactic and hands-on module enhances resident microsurgical knowledge and technical skill
Research and Clinical Interests
Spinal cord Injury, Spinal Tumors, Degenerative spine conditions
My research focuses on... Improving the neurologic status of patients after spinal cord injuries. Several years ago there was the belief that patients with spinal cord injuries had no potential to improve neurologically. Over the last several decades through a better understanding of the pathophysiology of spinal cord injury and the nervous system patients outcomes have improved. Presently through early decompression and reconstruction of a patient's spinal column, we are seeing continued and progressively better neurologic recoveries. However, we still have a long way further to improve. The uses of translational strategies such as anti-apoptotic agents are showing future promise. These advances are aimed for not only individuals affected with trauma induced spinal conditions, but also for the treatment of spinal tumors and degenerative conditions.
The techniques that I use in my research are translation research with scientists utilizing molecular and stem cell therapy to aid in the repair of spinal cord injuries. In addition to clinical research techniques with prospective and retrospective studies.
I hope that my findings will be used to improve the quality of lives for individuals affected with spine and spinal cord disorders.