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First and last name:             Andrzej MACIEJCZAK

Title:                                      MD, PhD, Professor  

Specialty:                              spine surgeon, neurosurgeon

Date of birth:                        8th July 1960

Current appointments:   Chair of the Department of Neurologic and Spine Surgery

Faculty of Medicine, University of Rzeszów, Poland

Head of the Department of Neurosurgery, St Luke Hospital,

Tarnów,Poland

 

EDUCATION

Graduate of the Faculty of Medicine, Medical University of Łódź, Poland (1985)

Neurosurgical training:

  • Department of Neurosurgery of the Military Medical Academy, 1985-1991
  • Department of Neurosurgery, Institute of Neurological Sciences, Southern General Hospital, Glasgow, UK 1996, 1997
  • Board certified neurosurgeon 1991

Doctoral thesis:

Faculty of Medicine, Military Medical University, Łódź, 1991:

„Outcomes of complex treatment of spine tumours in the Department of Neurosurgery of Military Medical University”, 1991.

PhD thesis (habilitation):             

Faculty of Medicine, Military Medical University, Łódź, 2000:

„Immediate Stiffness of the C5-C6 Segment after Discectomy with the Cloward Technique: An in Vitro Biomechanical Study on a Human Cadaveric Model”, 2001

Published: Andrzej Maciejczak, M.D., Michał Ciach, M. Eng., Maciej Radek, Jr., M.D., Andrzej Radek, M.D., Ph.D., Jan Awrejcewicz, Ph.D.: Immediate Stiffness of the C5-C6 Segment after Discectomy with the Cloward Technique: An in Vitro Biomechanical Study on a Human Cadaveric Model. Neurosurgery, 49, 6, 2001

PROFESSOR: 03 Aug 2015 (the title given by a President of Polish Republic)

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

  1. Department of Neurosurgery, Hospital of the Military Medical Academy 1985-2002

(trainee, assistant professor, associate professor)

  1. Department of Neurosurgery, Institute of Neurological Sciences, Southern General Hospital, Glasgow, UK 1996, 1997

(senior neurosurgical registrar)

  1. Faculty of Medicine, University of Rzeszów, since 2002

(Chair of the Department of Neurologic and Spine Surgery)

  1. Department of Neurosurgery, St. Luke Hospital, Tarnów, Poland, since 2002

(Head of Department/Consultant Neurosurgeon)

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY 

The European Neurosurgical Training Courses 

Annual courses organized by the Post-Graduate Training Committee of European Associations of Neurosurgical Societies. The courses cover all aspects of neurosurgical training of pre-board certification level.

A member of faculties (spine editions of the course). Lectures on: „Biomechanics of the Spine”, and „Biomechanics of the Spine and Spinal Instrumentation”:

Nice/France 2000, Rome/Italy 2002, Budapest/Hungary, 2004, Luxembourg 2006, Trondheim/Norway 2008, Padova/Italy 2010, Leeds/UK 2012, Barcelona, Spain 2014, Berlin/Germany (2016), Prague/Czech Republic 7-10 May 2017

AOSpine Courses

AOSpine is an international community of spine surgeons generating, distributing, and exchanging knowledge to advance science and the spine care profession through courses, research etc. The courses of AOSpine provide consistent and practical educational programmes, covering all pathologies and the different stages in a surgeon’s career.

Faculty, speaker and instructor:

Kraków, Poland 02006, Bratislava/Slovakia 2007, Budapest/Hungary 2008, Kraków 2010, Warsaw /Poland, 2011, Prague/Czech Republic, 2011, Kosice/Slovakia 2014, Strasbourg/France, 2014, Prague/Czechy 30-31 March 2017

ERASMUS Course on Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Central Nervous System II, Wrocław, Poland, 2003

Maciejczak A: Lecture on the Surgical Treatment of Spinal Neoplasm

EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY IN POLAND 

Lecturer, speaker, table instructor:

  1. Polish School of Neurosurgery

Courses covering all aspects of neurosurgical training of pre-board certification level mandatory for all neurosurgical trainees in Poland. Organised by the Training Committee of the Polish Society of Neurosurgeons. Speaker and instructor in the Spine Editions of the course: Bydgoszcz – 2001, Lądek Zdrój 2005, Zielona Góra 2008, Białystok 2009, Krynica Górska 2013, Opalenica, 23-28.04.2017

  1. Polish School of Spine Surgery

Courses covering all aspects of spine surgery training of pre-board certification level mandatory for neurosurgical and orthopaedic trainees in Poland. Organised under auspices the Polish Society of Spine Surgery and Council of AOSpine Polish Chapter. Speaker and instructor in: Świeradów Zdrój, {oland, 27.05.2015, 08.06.2016, 31.05.2017

  1. Hands-on cadaver workshops on spinal instrumentation for neurological and orthopaedic surgeons

Military Medical University 1994, 1995

  1. Courses of the Department of Postgraduate Education of the Ministry of Health (structured courses for trainees in various specialties organized by the Polish Ministry of Health) 
  • Seminars: ICP monitoring in head trauma for trainees in anaesthesiology (1998).   (Military Medical Academy, Łódź, 1998).
  • Workshops: Stabilization of thoracic and lumbar spine with the use of posterior instrumentation systems (Military Medical Academy, Łódź, 2000).
  • Workshops: Stabilization of craniocervical junction (Military Medical Academy, Łódź, 1998).

Dissertation supervisor: in 6 PhD dissertations

CLINICAL AND SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS (chronologically)

Biomechanics of spine and spinal instrumentation

They were established early in my career and I have been following them consistently since my doctoral thesis, which was already dedicated to that field of study.

I conducted my experimental habilitation work at the Łódź University of technology – it stemmed directly from my interests and resulted in a publication in „Neurosurgery”, a neurosurgical journal second in the world in terms of impact factor. The results of this research as well as knowledge and experience derived from it was noticed, both in Poland and globally. This recognition took the form of invitations from:

  • Organisers of scientific conferences of global importance to

conduct lectures

  • The Training Committee of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS) as a course lecturer for young neurosurgeons from Europe

My scientific interests in the field of spine surgery in the years 2000-2009 turned to minimally invasive implantology and spinal surgery. These interests resulted in the development and implementation into clinical practice of an innovative operation of spinal fractures. I published the method in „Neurosurgery”, which was my next publication in that prestigious journal.

Since 2010 my scientific interests are concentrated on spino-pelvic balance in isthmic spondylolistesis. They resulted in a publication in a journal with the impact factor of 0.5 – „Polish Neurology and Neurosurgery”. Other publications are in preparation to be printed in high impact journals.

My practical experience in spinal surgery, as well as my publications and lectures were also recognised by AOSpine – a global, international scientific organisation of spinal surgeons (with branches in Poland and the rest of Europe), the largest of all spinal scientific organisations. The aim of AOSpine is to educate and raise the qualifications of spinal surgeons of all levels of advancement and surgical experience (from novice to expert) via an organised system of trainings and courses. I am a lecturer and coach, often invited by organisers of such educational events (see above – educational activities).

Publications

 

IF: 12,3

h-index (Scopus): 5

Textbook (in polish):   

A. Radek, A. Maciejczak. Stabilization of spine. Part one: Cervical spine.

Editor: AGH Kraków 2006-10-29

ISBN 83-7464-086-3.

CHAPTER (in polish)

Opisy zastosowania leku TachoSil w różnych przypadkach klinicznych. Redakcja naukowa K.Pityński, G Wallner.ISBN 978-83-936618-1-7

Wielokierunkowe zastosowanie tachoSilu w chirurgii kręgosłupa na przykładzie wertebrektomii T12 (resekcji en-block)

The multiaspect use of TachoSil in spine surgery (T12 en-block vertebrectomy)

Papers in peer reviewed journals (including IF journals): 79

Papers in IF jounals:

Maciejczak, A. & Jabłońska-Sudoł, K. Correlation between correction of pelvic balance and clinical outcomes in mid- and low-grade adult isthmic spondylolisthesis. Eur Spine J (2016). doi:10.1007/s00586-016-4808-6

Siemionow K, Tyrakowski M, Janusz P, Maciejczak A. Pathophysiology of Minimally Invasive Surgical Approaches: Current Concepts. J Neurol Surg A Cent Eur Neurosurg, Aug 2015, DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1558420 (IF = 0,608 w 2014, MNiSW=15)

Jabłońska-Sudoł K, Maciejczak A: Relationship between the spino-pelvic parameters and the slip grade in isthmic spondylolisthesis. Polish Journal of Neurology and Neurosurgery Volume 49, Issue 6, November–December 2015, Pages 381-388 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pjnns.2015.08.009 (IF=0,607 MNiSW=15)

Maciejczak A, Wolan-Nieroda A, Jabłońska-Sudoł K: Comparison of fusion rates between rod-based laminar claw hook and posterior cervical screw constructs in Type II odontoid fractures. Injury, Vol. 46, Issue 7, p1304–1310, doi:10.1016/j.injury.2015.01.042  (IF=2,137 w 2014, 30 MNiSW)

A Maciejczak, K Jabłońska, D Bączek, P Barnaś, M Czternastek, P Dudziak, F Georgiew, B Jagiełło-Bajer, B Litwora, P Maślanka, R Konior, J Orzech: Changes in spino-pelvic alignment after surgical treatment of isthmic spondylolisthesis. Neurologia Neurochir Pol. Vol 48, 1, 21-29, Jan-Feb 2014

Maciejczak A, Barnaś P, Dudziak P, Jagiełło-Bajer B, Litwora B, Sumara M: Posterior Keyhole Corpectomy With Percutaneous Pedicle Screw Stabilization In The Surgical Management Of Lumbar Burst Fractures. Neurosurgery 60, 4, (Suppl 2); 232-242, 2007

A Maciejczak, M.D., Michał Ciach, M. Eng., Maciej Radek, Jr., M.D., Andrzej Radek, M.D., Ph.D., Jan Awrejcewicz, Ph.D.: Immediate Stiffness of the C5-C6 Segment after Discectomy with the Cloward Technique: An in Vitro Biomechanical Study on a Human Cadaveric Model. Neurosurgery, 49, 6, 2001
ORAL PRESENTATIONS (SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCES): 217

International – 81 (in English)

Domestic – 136

SURGICAL SKILLS and EVERYDAY REGULAR SURGICAL PRACTICE

Although trained as and being board certified neurosurgeon I have devoted my practice exclusively to spine surgery for last 10 years

My surgical portfolio includes the whole spectrum of spine surgery from craniocervical junction through thoracic and lumbar spine to sacrum. I specialized in spine surgery early in my professional career. Nowadays I am performing only spine procedures (more than 400 per year).

  1. Craniocervical junction
  • Transoral approaches (RA, tumours, deformities)
  • Posterior instrumentation (transarticular screws, C1 lateral mass/C2 pedicle screws, occipito-cervical constructs) with the use modern navigation (O-arm)
  • Chiari correction
  1. Cervical spine
  • Degenerative (discectomy, ACDF, multilevel ACDF, arthroplasty, corpectomies)
  • Trauma (corpectomies, vertebral body replacements, combined 360o approach in dislocations)
  • Acquired kyphotic deformities
  • Tumours
  1. Thoracic spine:
  • Transthoracic approaches (neoplasms, disc protrusions, trauma)
  • Posterior approaches (partial and complete corpectomies in spine neoplasms and trauma)
  • En-block vertebrectomies
  1. Lumbar spine:

Procedures:

  • Classic decompression (nucleotomy, fenestration, hemi- and laminectomy)
  • Microdiscectomy (classic and tubular)
  • Fusion and stabilization (posterolateral, PLIF, TLIF)
  • Anterior retroperitoneal approaches (lateral flank and strictly anterior)
  • Artrhroplasty
  • Minimally invasive (heyhole): miniPLIF, mini-TLIF, percutaneous pedicle screws (freehand technique and with modern spinal navigation systems – O-arm)
  • Correction osteotomies
  • En-block vertebrectomies

 

Pathology:

  • Degenerative disc diseased
  • Isthmic spondylolithesis
  • Degenerative spondylolisthesis and stenosis
  • Adult scoliosis
  • Tumours
  • Trauma
  • Sagittal imbalance
  1. Sacrum
  • tumours

Spinal canal surgery:

  • subdural tumours
  • spinal cord tumours (microsurgery)
  • spinal cord AVM (microsurgery)
  • Chiari syndrome

ORGANISATIONAL ACTIVITY

International:

  1. Eurospine 2009, 24-26 Oct. 2010, Warsaw 

      (The largest global meeting devoted to spine and spine surgery organised

annualy under the Patronage of EUROSPINE, the Spine Society of Europe)

My role: Local host, member of the Organising Committee  

  1. Masters Course: Lumbar isthmic spondylolisthesis and degenerative deformities, 2-3 September, 2010, Cracow, Poland 
  • International course organized under the Patronage of AOSpine Europe
  • Language: English
  • Level: expert (masters)
  • My role: member of the organisational committee, author of the scientific programme, speaker and lecturer
  1. Principles Course Spinal Trauma, September 8–9, 2011, Warsaw, Poland 
  • International course organized under the Patronage of AOSpine Europe
  • Language: English
  • Level: advanced
  • My role: chair of the organisational committee, author of the scientific programme, speaker and lecturer

Nationwide:

  1. Hands-on cadaver workshops on spinal instrumentation for neurological and orthopaedic surgeons, Military Medical University, Łódź 1994)

My role: chairperson, chair of the scientific committee

  1. Hands-on cadaver workshops on spinal instrumentation for neurological and orthopaedic surgeons Military Medical University, Łódź, 1995)

       My role: chairperson, chair of the scientific committee

  1. Courses of the Department of Postgraduate Education of the Ministry of Health (structured courses for trainees in various specialties organized by the Polish Ministry of Health) 

• Seminars: ICP monitoring in head trauma for trainees in anaesthesiology (Military    

   Medical University, Łódź, 1998).    

My role: chairperson, chair of the scientific committee

• Workshops: Stabilization of thoracic and lumbar spine with the use of posterior 

   instrumentation systems (Military Medical University, Łódź, 2000)

          My role: chairperson, chair of the scientific committee

• Workshops: Stabilization of craniocervical junction (Military Medical University, Łódź,   

   1998)

         My role: chairperson, chair of the scientific committee

  1. Polish School of Neurosurgery

Structured teachning (nationwide) mandatory for every neurosurgical trainee in Poland

             My role: Organiser, member of Scientific Committee

MEMBERSHIP IN SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES

  1. Polish Society of Neurosurgeons
  2. European Association of Neurosurgical Societies
  3. Eurospine, The Spine Society of Europe
  4. AO Spine International Association
  5. Congress of Neurological Surgeons (American)

FUCTIONS IN SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES

  • Polish Society of Neurosurgeons

secretary (2001-2005)

member of the Executive Committee (since 2009)

  • AO Spine International Association:  

Chair of Polish AOSpine (2010-2017)

Chair of Neuro-education in Polish AOSpine (2007-2010)

Member (past-chairmen) of the Council of Polish AOSpine

  • Eurospine, The Spine Society of Europe: 

Local host, member of the Organising Committee of Eurospine 2009, Warsaw

  • Reviewer of „Acta Neurochirurgica” – spine manuscripts (Springer, Wien, New York) (2002-2005) (the official journal of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies)
  • Associate Editor (Spine) at Polish Neurology and Neurosurgery (the official journal of the Polish Society of Neurosurgeons, peer reviewed, IF=0,800)

AWARDS

  1. Nominated to the Economic Award of the President of the Republic of Poland (category: medical product/technology of the year 2003) 

as a member of scientific team and co-inventor of the multifunctional system for spinal instrumentation system dedicated for various pathologies.

  1. Dean’s award (medal) of the Military Medical University, Łódź, Poland for the best PhD thesis of the year 1991 
  1. Dean’s award (medal) of the Military Medical University, Łódź, Poland for the best experimental work of the year 2001

OTHER AWARDS

  • Golden Cross of Merit (08.11.2013)

The Cross of Merit (Polish: Krzyż Zasługi) is a Polish civil state award established on June 23, 1923, to recognize services to the state for exemplary public service or humanitarian work that goes above and beyond the call of duty. It is awarded by the President of Poland in three grades: Golden, Silver, and Bronze

  • The Citizen of the Year of Małopolska Province Award in (2004).

This award is based on Krakowska Daily Newspaper readers’ poll. The 3,5 million community of the Małopolska Province can recognise and celebrate the outstanding contributions made by a variety of individuals from all walks of life, and across a range of areas, to improve the community in which we live.  They are a great way for Council and the community to acknowledge and celebrate outstanding residents and community groups who, through hard work and dedication, have significantly contributed to the local community.

  • the Medal of the National Education Commission, granted by the Ministry of Education of Poland.