Dr. Chad Craig obtained his Medical Degree at Boston University School of Medicine. Subsequently, he completed his internship and residency training in internal medicine at UCLA Medical Center. He has worked as an internist since completing residency, and has previous appointments as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons. At Columbia University Medical Center he oversaw the inpatient medicine consultation and perioperative services, and remained actively involved in residency education in these areas. He has worked on a variety of inpatient service lines, and led transformation efforts in the areas of interdisciplinary care and perioperative guidelines.
Dr. Craig transitioned to Hospital for Special Surgery in 2014, to become the Medical Director of the Spine Service. He partners closely with the spine surgeons to provide medical consultation for this complex surgical population. He actively serves on several quality, educational and informational technology councils. He remains involved in educational efforts through the Weill Cornell Medical College, where he is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, and is also on staff at New York-Presbyterian’s Weill Cornell Medical Center. He serves on several committees for the North American Spine Society, is a Co-Chairman of the Spine/Orthopedics Committee of the American Society for Enhanced Recovery, and an editorial board member of SpineLine. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Given Dr. Craig’s central role in the medical care of spinal surgery patients, his research focuses on improving patient outcomes and perioperative care. Investigative studies he is involved with at HSS include the examination of enhanced recovery pathways and optimization of pre-operative bone health. He is the principal investigator of a randomized clinical trial investigating the use of intravenous acetaminophen to enhance perioperative pain management and limit opioid dependence. In addition, he is an institutional co-investigator in the STRIVE Study, a worldwide randomized clinical trial examining an investigational vaccine administered prior to spinal surgery to help prevent infections.
Assistant Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery
Attending Physician, New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
Faculty of the American College of Physicians
Medical education, perioperative medicine, quality and value-based assessments
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One of the goals of Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.
As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies if payments were received during the prior year, or if the HSS physician currently receives payment. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.
As of March 23, 2015, Dr. Craig reported no financial interest relationships with healthcare industry.
By disclosing the collaborations of HSS physicians with industry on this website, HSS and its physicians make this information available to their patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, HSS’ Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit physicians to collect royalties on products developed by him/her that are used on patients at HSS.
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HSS, along with medical centers around the country, in Europe, Japan, and Canada, is taking part in a study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of an investigational vaccine when administered to adults undergoing a spinal fusion surgical procedure. The research is part of the HSS commitment to quality by continually striving to improve long-term outcomes.
The goal of the study is to investigate whether a single vaccination given 10-60 days before spinal surgery can prevent Staphylococcus aureus (staph) infections. Although rare, affecting only 1 to 3% of patients nationwide, an infection is always serious and any measure that could potentially prevent an infection could improve patient outcomes.
The safety and tolerability of the current investigational vaccine for Staphylococcus aureus have already been studied in healthy adult participants in four previous clinical trials.
The next step is to study the safety and efficacy of this investigational vaccine in patients planning a spinal fusion surgical procedure.
The study is open to adults 18 to 85 years of age meeting certain criteria. Please consult your physician for more information. Learn more
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