My father struggled with his neck and back for years. As a patient's son, Dad's experience opened my eyes to how a patient feel.
I enjoy the spine and consider myself blessed to be able to stay at the cutting edge of spine surgery.
I pray that God will utilize me as a vessel to take care of his patients.
FACULTY APPOINTMENTS: Clinical Professor Department of Basic Science Loma Linda University, School of Medicine Professor Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Loma Linda University, School of Medicine PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS: Shalin S. Patel MD, Wilson Aruni PhD, Serkan Inceoglu PhD, Gary D. Botimer MD, Wayne K. Cheng MD, Olumide A. Danisa MD. A comparison of staphylococcus aureus biofilm formation on cobalt- chromium and titanium spinal implants. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience 31, 219-223. Adeel Husain MD, Yusuf T. Akpolat MD, Daniel K. Palmer BS, David Rios BS, Kevin R. Criswell MA, Wayne K. Cheng MD. A comparison of open versus percutaneous cervical transfacet fixation. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, 1-6 YT Akpolat, OA Danisa, WK Cheng. Complication Associated With Pedicle Screw placement Using Cortical Bone Trajectory. Clinical & Experimental Orthopaedics, 2015. 1, 1:2 Benjamin Chen MD, Yusuf T. Akpolat MD, Paul Williams MS, Darren Bergey MD, Wayne K. Cheng MD. Retrospective analysis of survivorship and clinical outcomes after multi-level anterior lumbar reconstruction: Stand-alone ALIF versus hybrid. J Clin Neurosci. 2016 Feb 17. pii: S0967-5868(15)00676-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2015.10.033. Epub ahead of print Cheng WK, Akpolat YT, Patel S, I?nceog?lu S, Danisa OA. Pars/Pedicle Fracture And Screw Loosening Associated With Cortical Bone Trajectory: A Case Series And Proposed Mechanism Through A Cadaveric Study. 2015 Sep 24. pii: S1529-9430(15)01456-4. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2015.09.046. [Epub ahead of print] Akpolat1, S. Inceoglu2, N. Kinne1, D. Hunt1, W. Cheng1. Fatigue Performance of Cortical Bone Trajectory Screw Compared to Standard Trajectory Pedicle Screw. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015 Oct 17. [Epub ahead of print] Shalin S. Patel MD, Wayne K. Cheng MD, Olumide A. Danisa MD. A Case Series Of Early Complications After Instrumentation Of The Lumbar Spine Using Cortical Bone Trajectory Technique. J Clin Neurosci. 2015 Oct 16. pii: S0967-5868(15)00449-X. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2015.07.018. [Epub ahead of print] Wayne K. Cheng MD, Serkan Inceoglu PhD. Cortical and standard trajectory pedicle screw fixation techniques in stabilizing multi-segment lumbar spine with low grade spondylolisthesis. Int J Spine Surg. 2015 Aug 31;9:46. doi: 10.14444/2046. eCollection 2015. Serkan Inceoglu PhD, Justin Chen, Hayden Cale, Bjorn Harboldt, Wayne K. Cheng MD. Unconstrained testing of spine with bi-axial universal testing machine. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials 50,223-227. 2015 Zachary S. Jager MD, Serkan Inceoglu PhD, Daniel Palmer BS, Yusuf T. Akpolat MD, Wayne K. Cheng MD. Preventing Instrumentation Failure in 3-column spinal osteotomy: Biomechanical Analysis of Rod Configuration. Spine Deformity 4 (1), 3-9 Peter Elsissy MD, Yusuf T. Akpolat MD, Alexander Chien MD, Wayne K Cheng MD. MRI evaluation of the knee with non-ferromagnetic external fixators: Cadaveric knee model. J Clin Neurosci. 2015 Aug;22(8):1239-43. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2015.03.004. Epub 2015 Apr 23. Review. Mark Mikhael MD, Jaysson T. Brooks MD, Yusuf T. Akpolat MD, Wayne K. Cheng MD. Rotation effect and anatomic landmark accuracy for midline placement of lumbar artificial disk under fluoroscopy. Published online May 14, 2015, Eur Spine Journal, 1-5. Jonathan Allen MD, Yusuf T. Akpolat MD, Shyam Kishan MD, Tim Peppers MD, Farbod Asgarzadie MD, Wayne Cheng, MD. Comparison between gearshift and drill techniques for pedicle screw placement by resident surgeons. Int J Spine Surg. 2015 Jun 11;9:23. doi: 10.14444/2023. eCollection 2015.