Editor-in-Chief: Sam W. Wiesel, MD
Executive Editor
ISSN: 0894-7376
Online ISSN: 2161-5179
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Award to BackLetter Editor

The Cochrane Collaboration Back Review Group (CBRG) is the preeminent worldwide research group devoted to performing systematic reviews of all the randomized controlled trials published in the back/spine field (back.cochrane.org).

CBRG sponsored two new awards in 2014. The BackLetter editor, Mark Schoene, was awarded the Alf L. Nachemson Award for the Greatest Contribution to the CBRG, for his work as a consumer representative on the Board of Editors of the CBRG.

See the December 2014 issue of The BackLetter for more information about the new awards.

Current Issue Highlights





Coming Soon
  • Will Payers Stop Underwriting Fusion for Degenerative Disc Disease--in the Wake of a New Study?
  • Many Factors Working Against Spinal Fusion for Degenerative Disc Disease--and May Lead to Its Demise
  • Is it Time to Shine the Light of Day on Malpractice Settlements?
Spotlight Series: BMP-2

Visit the BMP-2 Spotlight collection for The Back Letter’s coverage of the research controversy over the safety of BMP-2 in fusion surgery and the subsequent collaboration of the YODA project with the manufacturer, Medtronic, to conduct a historic systematic review of the totality of the evidence on this bone grafting drug.

The Spine Blog
Edited and moderated by Adam Pearson, MD, The Spine Blog is a forum for discussion about high impact studies published in Spine.

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