All in the family: 5 dynamic father-son, daughter duos in spine surgery
by Laura Dyrda
Some apples don’t fall far from the tree. For father-son and father-daughter spine and neurosurgeon teams, that distance can sometimes be microscopic.
It’s rare in healthcare to find a family with two physicians in the same specialty, especially as fewer physicians report recommending a career in medicine to their children. However, there have been a spine surgeons in recent years who not only encourage their children’s interest in the family business, but ushered them into the operating room.
Here are five father-son and father-daughter teams in spine surgery to know:
Anthony Yeung, MD, and Christopher Yeung, MD, Desert Institute for Spine Care
Dr. Anthony Yeung, who founded Desert Institute for Spine Care and developed the FDA-approved Yeung Endoscopic Spine System, is considered a world leader in spine surgery. Dr. Christopher Yeung isn’t far behind. Dr. Anthony Yeung taught his son the YESS procedure and now the two are among the few surgeons to perform this minimally invasive technique in an outpatient surgery center. However, more surgeons are now able to train on this and other minimally invasive techniques thanks to Dr. Anthony Yeung’s $2.5 million donation to the University of New Mexico Hospital for training the next generation of surgeons.
Dr. Anthony Yeung is also the president of the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeons and executive director of the Intradiscal Therapy Society. Dr. Christopher Yeung has proven leadership qualities as well, serving as principle investigator for FDA studies including Flexicore lumbar artificial disc replacement, Cervicore cervical artificial disc replacement and DASCOR total nucleus replacement.
Dr. Christopher Yeung also serves as a team spine surgeon for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds.