Dr. Fantini is a vascular surgeon. His areas of expertise include minimally invasive techniques of anterior and lateral exposure of the thoracic and lumbar spine for fusion and arthroplasty. He is considered a pioneer in the development of minimally invasive techniques for anterior and lateral spinal access. Dr. Fantini works in collaboration with the spine surgeons during certain anterior and lateral procedures of the thoracic and lumbar spine, providing surgical exposure of the target disc, thus minimizing operative risk. His current practice is limited to spinal access surgery.
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Associate Attending Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Associate Attending Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1983
Internship: General Surgery, New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell, 1984
Residency: General Surgery, New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell, 1989
Fellowship: Vascular Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, 1990
Bertagnoli R, Fantini GA, Brau SA, Delamarter R. Spinal Motion Preservation Technologies : Surgical Approach and Procedure. In: Nucleus Arthroplasty in Spinal Care. Book IV: Emerging Technology RJ Davis, FP Girardi, FP Cammisa, Jr (eds). Raymedica LLC, Minneapolis, MN. 2007, pp. 7-14.
Fantini GA, Brau SA. Nucleus Arthroplasty: Approach-Related Considerations. In: Nucleus Arthroplasty in Spinal Care. Book III: Surgical Techniques and Technologies RJ Davis, FP Girardi, FP Cammisa, Jr (eds). Raymedica LLC, Minneapolis, MN. 2007, pp. 29-32.
Daly JM, Adams JT, Fantini GA, Fischer JE: Abdominal wall, omentum, mesentery, and retroperitoneum. In: Principles of Surgery (seventh edition). SI Schwartz, JM Daly, JE Fischer (eds). McGraw Hill Book Company, New York. 1999, pp. 1551-1584.
Siddiqi FA, Darakchiev B, Hariri RJ, Fantini GA: Mechanisms of cerebrovascular dysfunction. In: Surgical Technology International VI. Z Szabo, JE Lewis, GA Fantini (eds). San Francisco, California, Universal Medical Press, 1997, pp. 295-299.
Fantini GA, Shires III GT, Shires GT: Management of Shock. In: Trauma (second edition). KL Mattox, EE Moore, DV Feliciano (eds). East Norwalk, Connecticut, Appleton and Lange, 1991, pp.147-164.
Fantini GA, Halbach VV, Ehrenfeld WK: Management of congenital arteriovenous fistulas and malformations in adulthood. In: Current Therapy in Vascular Surgery (second edition) CB Ernst, JC Stanley (eds). New York, BC Decker, 1990, pp. 914-917.
Fantini GA, Shires III CT, Shires GT: Fluid and electrolyte balance in the surgical patient. In: Scientific Foundations of Surgery (fourth edition). LC Carey, J Klyde (eds). Chicago, Year Book Medical Publishers, 1989, pp. 463-477.
Kirschner RE, Fantini GA: Role of neutrophils. In: Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury of Skeletal Muscle. GA Fantini (ed). Austin, Texas, RG Landes Company, 1994, pp. 33-59.
Davis JM, Fantini GA: Remote effects: lung injury. In: Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury of Skeletal Muscle. GA Fantini (ed). Austin, Texas, RG Landes Company, 1994, pp. 143-156.
Fantini GA, Kirschner RE: Iron and cardiovascular dysfunction: mechanisms and therapeutic implications. In: Surgical Technology International IV. Z Szabo, JE Lewis, GA Fantini (eds). San Francisco, California, Universal Medical Press, 1995, pp. 339-345.
Suzman MS, Gross SS, Fantini GA: Nitric oxide and cardiovascular dysfunction. In: Surgical Technology International IV. Z Szabo, JE Lewis, GA Fantini (eds). San Francisco, California, Universal Medical Press, 1995, pp. 333-338.
Siddiqi FA, Darakchiev B, Cohen SM, Hariri RJ, Fantini GA: Free radicals, anti oxidants and reperfusion injury in the central nervous system. In: Bailliere's Clinical Anaesthesiology, JA Stamford, L Strunin (eds). London, WB Saunders Company, 1996, volume 10, number 3, pp. 497-513
Salzmann SN, Fantini GA, Okano I, Sama AA, Hughes AP, Girardi FP. Mini-Open Access for Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion: Indications, Technique, and Outcomes. JBJS Essential Surgical Techniques 9(4) e37, October-December 2019.
Fantini GA, Goodwin C, Hughes A, Bankoski B, Fitzgerald MA. Systems and Methods for Accessing an Intervertebral Disc Space in a Body of a Patient. US Patent 9,408,598, 2016.
Kueper J, Fantini GA, Walker BR, Aichmair A, Hughes AP. Incidence of vascular complications during lateral lumbar interbody fusion: An examination of the mini-open access technique. Eur Spine J 24:800-809, 2015
Aichmair A, Fantini GA, Garvin S, Beckman J, Girardi FP. Aortic perforation during lateral lumbar interbody fusion. J Spinal Disord Tech 28(2):71-75, 2015.
Fantini GA, Pawar Y. Access related complications during anterior exposure of the lumbar spine. World J Orthop Jan 18;4(1):19-23, 2013.
Fantini GA, Pappou I, Girardi FP, Sandhu HS, Cammisa Jr FP. Major vascular injury during anterior lumbar spinal surgery: Incidence, risk factors and management. Spine 32(24):2751-8, 2007.
Baumgarten KM, Dines JS, Winchester PA, Altchek DW, Fantini GA, Weiland AJ, Allen A. Axillary artery aneurysm with distal embolization in a major league baseball pitcher. Am J Sports Med 35(4):650-3, 2007.
Pappou IP, Papadopoulos EC, Swanson AN, Mermer MJ, Fantini GA, Urban MK, Russell L, Cammisa FP Jr, Girardi FP. Pott disease in the thoracolumbar spine with marked kyphosis and progressive paraplegia necessitating posterior vertebral column resection and anterior reconstruction with a cage. Spine 31(4):E123-7, 2006.
Cammisa Jr FP, Girardi FP, Fantini GA, Huang RC, Marnay T. Lumbar total disc replacement. Video J Orthopaed Dec 2005; Video # 8018.
Rosen SF, Fantini GA. Juxtarenal aortic aneurysm repair. Vasc Surg 34:25-32, 2000.
Fantini GA: Reserving supraclavicular first rib resection for vascular complications of thoracic outlet syndrome. Am J Surg 172:200-204, 1996.
Kirschner RE, Fantini GA: Role of iron and oxygen derived free radicals in ischemia reperfusion injury. J Am Coll Surg 179:103-117,1994.
Fantini GA, Reilly LM, Stoney RJ: Persistent hypoglossal artery: diagnostic and therapeutic considerations concerning carotid thromboendarterectomy. J Vasc Surg 20:995 999,1994
For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.
Fantini GA, Hughes AP, Girardi FP, Sama AA, Goodwin CB, Cammisa Jr FP. Mini-Open Approach to Lateral Transpsoatic Interbody Fusion. An Update at 6,000 Levels. Scoliosis Research Society, IMAST (virtual), 2021.
Fantini GA, Hughes AP, Girardi FP, Sama AA, Goodwin CB, Cammisa Jr FP. Mini-Open Approach to Lateral Transpsoatic Interbody Fusion. Evolution of Technique over 5,000 Levels. Global Spine Congress Milan, Italy, 2017.
Fantini GA, Girardi FP. Anterior and Lateral Approaches to the Lumbar Spine. Shanghai, China, 2014.
Fantini GA, Girardi FP, Sama AA, Hughes AP, Cammisa Jr FP. Retropleural exposure of T12-L1 and L1-L2 during lateral thoracolumbar interbody fusion: Surgical technique. International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery Vancouver, Canada, 2013.
Fantini GA, Girardi FP, Sama AA, Hughes AP, Pumberger M, Abjornson C, Cammisa Jr FP. Mini-open approach to lateral transpsoatic interbody fusion of the lumbar spine: A technical perspective. International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2011.
Fantini GA. Anterior Spinal Approaches and Complications. Hospital for Special Surgery Orthopaedic Educational Program. Madrid, Spain, 2008.
Fantini GA, Girardi FP, Cammisa Jr FP. Segmentation anomaly: Considerations regarding anterior lumbar spinal surgery. Spine Arthroplasty Society Miami, FL, 2008.
Fantini GA, Pappou IP, Girardi FP, Sandhu HS, Cammisa Jr FP. Major vascular injury complicating anterior spinal surgery: Incidence, risk factors and management. Spine Arthroplasty Society Berlin, Germany, 2007.
Fantini GA, Girardi FP, Cammisa Jr FP. Revision anterior spinal surgery: Strategies and complications. Spine Arthroplasty Society, Berlin, Germany, 2007.
Fantini GA, Pappou IP, Girardi FP, Sandhu HS, Cammisa Jr FP. Major vascular injury during anterior spinal surgery: Incidence, risk factors and management. Scoliosis Research Society Monterey, CA, 2006.
Clinical research is focused upon continued evolution of minimally invasive techniques of anterior and lateral exposure of the thoracic and lumbar spine for fusion and arthroplasty. Our state of the art minimally invasive techniques are the result of multi-decade collaboration between vascular surgeon and orthopedic spine surgeon, and provide the best margin of safety possible for our patients
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