Honorable Members

  Backbone Honorable Member   National Hockey League (NHL) Hall of Fame, Pat LaFontaine

Backbone Honorable Member

National Hockey League (NHL) Hall of Fame,
Pat LaFontaine

  Backbone Honorable Member   Tony Danza is an American actor and former professional boxer. He is best known for starring on the TV series Taxi and Who's the Boss?, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award and four Golden Globe Awards.

Backbone Honorable Member

Tony Danza is an American actor and former professional boxer. He is best known for starring on the TV series Taxi and Who's the Boss?, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award and four Golden Globe Awards.

Operation Backbone Board

  Lt. General Francis H. (Frank) Kearney III  US Army Retired

Lt. General Francis H. (Frank) Kearney III
US Army Retired

Lieutenant General Frank Kearney, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, retired in 2012 from the United States Army after more than 35 years of experience. His final active duty assignment was Deputy Director for Strategic Operational Planning at the National Counterterrorism Center in Washington D.C. where he worked with 29 different cabinet level agencies in the U.S. Government to achieve the goals of the President’s Counterterrorism strategy. Currently, he works with military and corporate groups to assist in improving organizational performance through leader development. Frank also serves as a member of the Threat Reduction Advisory Committee (TRAC) to the Secretary of Defense and is a Distinguished Faculty Member of the Joint Special Operations University.

 

 

  MIke Sformo   CEO & Founder  US NAVY Veteran

MIke Sformo
CEO & Founder

US NAVY Veteran

 

Mike Served his Country Honorably in the US NAVY, during the Gulf War.  After a power lifting neck injury, his focus turned to creating a streamlined advanced medical logistical pipeline for the most lengthy & complex injured veterans & active duty soldiers around the world 24/7. Collaborating & partnering with the most advanced software & medical talent, the scope of operations now reaches over 120 hospitals, with dedicated medical specialists in 33 States & building.  Working with CEO's, NHL owners & members of the US Congress, White House, Pentagon & Military Commands around the world, allows us to treat our soldiers & their families with the quality & respect they deserve.


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Kenneth V. Snyder, MD

Dr. Snyder joined UBNS in 2011 after completing his fellowship training in endovascular neurosurgery with UB Neurosurgery and spent 6 months as a research fellow at the Barrow Neurological Institute under Dr. Robert Spetzler. He completed his neurosurgical residency at UB and received his PhD in biophysics under the guidance of Dr. Frederick Sachs specializing in mechanoelectric transduction of cellular membranes. He is trained in all general neurosurgical procedures, including brain tumor, spine, and peripheral nerve surgery.

Dr. Snyder’s extra training in open cerebrovascular techniques and well as his endovascular fellowship give him the necessary tool set for specialization in the comprehensive management of neurovascular pathology in both the brain and spinal cord, including treatment of aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, arteriovenous fistulas, and stroke. He has special interests and expertise in physiological imaging of the brain and its use in the evaluation and management of acute stroke patients, as well as all endovascular techniques for acute stroke intervention for both extracranial and intracranial vascular occlusive disease.

Dr. Snyder has been awarded a Congress of Neurological Surgeons Vascular Fellowship for Cerebrovascular Research, a Toshiba Stroke Imaging Research Fellowship, the Gold Humanism in Excellence in Teaching, and been named the UB Neurosurgery Resident of the Year.

Active research interests include use of CT Perfusion (CTP) for acute stroke management, application of perfusion imaging to on table angiography, glasses free 3D imaging in both the operating room and endovascular suite, as well as basic science research on the role of mechanosensitive ion channels in both in aneurysm formation and vasospasm. He has publisHED numerous articles and holds multiple patents. He is an active member of several national neurosurgical and interventional organizations and has given multiple CME lectures nationwide on the role of CTP in endovascular stroke management.

Medical School
State University of New York at Buffalo

Residency
State University of New York at Buffalo, Neurosurgical Residency

Fellowship
State University of New York at Buffalo, Endovascular Neurosurgery Fellowship
Barrow Neurologic Institute, Research Fellowship
State University of New York at Buffalo, Senior Endovascular Fellowship

Board Certification
Neurological Surgery

Clinical Interests
Dr. Snyder has special interests and expertise in physiological imaging of the brain and its use in the evaluation and management of acute stroke patients, as well as all endovascular techniques for acute stroke intervention for both extracranial and intracranial vascular occlusive disease.

Professional Highlights
Dr. Snyder has been awarded a Congress of Neurological Surgeons Vascular Fellowship for Cerebrovascular Research, a Toshiba Stroke Imaging Research Fellowship, the Gold Humanism in Excellence in Teaching and has been named UB Neurosurgery Resident of the Year.

Memberships
American Association of Neurological Surgeons; Congress of Neurological Surgeons; American Association for the Advancement of Science, The Biophysical Society, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Eta Sigma, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Biomedical Engineering Society.

Selected Publications
Dr. Snyder’s publications through the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed online database.

 

 

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Dr. Robert J. Kowalski was born in Meadowbrook, PA and graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduation, he was awarded a full scholarship and completed a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. After five years of service in the Navy's Civil Engineering Corps, he was awarded an Air Force Scholarship to attend the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida. After graduating with honors (A.O.A.), he completed his residency in neurological surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. During his residency, Dr. Kowalski utilized his engineering background and distinguished himself academically conducting extensive research on spinal biomechanics. His research efforts culminated with the award of a prestigious two year grant form the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF). After residency, he completed a fellowship in complex spinal surgery jointly with the departments of Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. After completing his fellowship, Dr. Kowalski served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force for four years. His service included a tour as the Operation Enduring Freedom Neurosurgeon during which he served as the sole neurosurgeon in Afghanistan. Dr. Kowlaski served the balance of his military career as the Director of Spinal Surgery at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, TX - the Air Force's premier tertiary, world wide referral medical center and only Level I Trauma Center.

Dr. Kowalski is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and is a Fellow of both the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Kowalski continues to maintain his status as a Registered Professional Engineer (PE) and participates in multiple ongoing new technology clinical trials with his fellow Florida Spine Institute colleagues.

Dr. Kowalski's practice encompasses all aspects of cranial and spinal surgery with particular emphasis on motion preservation technologies, minimally invasive surgery (MIS) techniques, and spinal instrumentation.

Dr. Kowalski practices alongside a multi-disciplinary spine care team at the Florida Spine Institute . Florida Spine Institute is the leading, and one of most trusted, medical facilities that specializes in back & neck care, pain management, neurology, and minimally invasive spine surgery in the Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Tampa area. The board certified doctors, surgeons and therapist provide their patients with all of their consultations and treatment on a single campus which has helped thousands of patients for over 20 years.

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Andrew J. Fabiano, MD, FAANS is an Associate Professor of Oncology at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (RPCI) and a Clinical Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at SUNY at Buffalo. His practice is based at RPCI and focuses on the treatment of tumors of the brain and spine. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

Dr. Fabiano is the Director of the Spinal Oncology Center at RPCI and has special expertise in spinal tumor removal and complex spinal reconstruction. He utilizes intraoperative neuroimaging and spinal neuronavigation to enhance patient safety and surgical outcomes. He has lectured extensively on the management of spinal metastatic disease and was selected for the North American Spine Society’s Robotics & Navigation Committee.

A major component of Dr. Fabiano’s practice is the treatment of benign and malignant brain tumors. He has a special interest in minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of brain tumors including Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Intracranial Endoscopy, Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, and Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy. He has served as invited faculty for the Congress of Neurological Surgeons on the management of brain metastases in eloquent cortex.

Dr. Fabiano’s areas of research interest include novel therapies for cerebral edema and radiation necrosis and innovations in spinal surgery. He has published over 90 journal articles and abstracts and is on the Editorial Board for BMC Cancer. Additionally, Dr. Fabiano is a member of RPCI’s Surgical Services Executive Committee and Medical Staff Executive Committee. He is the RPCI site director for the SUNY at Buffalo Neurosurgery Residency Program and a course supervisor for the SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine.

Dr. Fabiano is a native of Buffalo, NY. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in five semesters with Highest Departmental Distinction and from SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences with Thesis Honors. He completed a neurosurgical training program with the SUNY at Buffalo Department of Neurosurgery. During his training he was awarded an Alpha Omega Alpha Research Fellowship and a Thomas F. Frawley Research Award. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Society of Neuro-Oncology, and the North American Spine Society.

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Dr. Christopher Koebbe was born in Delaware, OH and graduated with honors from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. He completed the Air Force ROTC program as distinguished graduate and received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati.  He then pursued neurosurgical residency training at the University of Pittsburgh medical center and ultimately completed this training as well as a postgraduate fellowship in Cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.  He completed over 500 vascular neurosurgical procedures under the guidance of Dr. Robert Rosenwasser during this training.

Dr. Koebbe then served as an active duty neurosurgeon in the US Air Force in San Antonio, TX from 2007-2015 completing his service as chief of neurosurgery at the San Antonio Military Medical Center, the largest worldwide referral center for military members and only DoD civilian level 1 trauma center.  During his military service Dr. Koebbe deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan as chief of neurosurgery at the theater hospital.  He concurrently worked as clinical assistant professor with department of neurological surgery the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.  He played a vital role in developing comprehensive stroke and aneurysm care for the south Texas region as well as teaching neurosurgical residents and speaking internationally as invited professor.

Dr. Koebbe is a board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons as well as a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Dr. Koebbe specializes in both cranial and minimally invasive vascular and spinal neurosurgery procedures emphasizing the comprehensive care of brain aneurysms, stroke, tumors, spinal disorders and chronic pain.  He is focused on spinal motion preservation as well as spinal disc restoration and outpatient spine surgery.