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Richard Hostin, MD, medical director at the Baylor Scoliosis Center, is a fellowship trained orthopedic spine surgeon who treats spinal diseases including pediatric and adult spinal deformity, degenerative conditions of the spine, as well as spinal trauma, tumors and infections. Dr. Hostin is trained in modern spinal surgical techniques, including minimally invasive surgical methods. His practice focuses on primary and revision pediatric and adult spinal deformity.
Dr. Hostin was raised in Southern California and earned his bachelor's degree from UC Berkley. He went on to complete medical school at the University of Oklahoma, earning membership in the medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at UC Davis in Sacramento and received additional specialized training in spinal surgery during his fellowship at the Twin Cities Spine Center in Minneapolis.
He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Western Orthopedic Association, Scoliosis Research Society and the North American Spine Society.
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Michael F. O’Brien, MD, medical director of research at the Baylor Scoliosis Center, is a fellowship trained and board certified orthopaedic surgeon. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of spinal disorders and deformities, including reconstructive spine surgery for children, adolescents and adults.
Dr. O’Brien earned his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and completed medical school in 1987 at the State University of New York at Downstate in Brooklyn, NY, where he also completed a surgical internship and orthopedic surgical residency. He completed a spine surgery fellowship at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo., an international spine fellowship at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, and a Scoliosis Research Society traveling fellowship in Chicago, Ill.
In addition, Dr. O’Brien has received many academic honors and awards for his research including the dean’s list at Columbia University and the Orthopedic Research Award at SUNY Downstate Medical College.
Dr. O’Brien is a member of several societies, including the American Board of Spine Surgery, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Scoliosis Research Society, American Medical Association, Colorado Medical Society, Clear Creek Medical Society, Denver Medical Society, Florida Medical Association, Alachua Medical Society, Cervical Spine Research Society, North American Spine Society and Royal Society of Medicine.
Since 2002, Dr. O’Brien has participated in international spine mission trips. He is a prior chairman of Scoliosis Research Society Global Outreach Committee which provides complex spine care to indigent patients in Central and South America. In collaboration with Health Volunteers Overseas, Dr. O’Brien aided in the opening of sites in Columbia and Nicaragua to provide life changing and life saving procedures to people with severe spinal deformities such as scoliosis, kyphosis, spondyloisthesis, tumors and trauma.
Dr. O’Brien also has a strong interest in spinal deformity research. His research accomplishments include, publishing 14 book chapters and numerous journal articles. He has also presented his research papers at more than 100 professional meetings.
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