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Dr. Anthony Yeung Presents at 2011 Brain Mapping Conference

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Dr. Christopher Yeung and the Arizona Diamondbacks

Dr. Christopher Yeung and the Arizona Diamondbacks

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2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Anthony Yeung Receives 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

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Nima Salari talks about a new solution for neck pain

Dr. Nima Salari talks about a new solution for neck pain

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Dr. Yeung speaks at the 2017 China Forum on Functional Neurosurgery

Dr. Yeung speaks at the 2017 China Forum on Functional NeurosurgeryThe China Forum on Functional Neurosurgery held an International meeting on September 16-17, 2017. The program’s agenda of Morning Plenary Sessions consisted of invited foreign experts from the USA, Canada, France, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. The Chinese members of the Chinese Institute provided the plenary Session on functional neurosurgery by futuristic talks by their Chinese faculty members.

On this occasion, Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Spine Surgery was, for the first time, an integral part of the main meeting in plenary sessions that included presentations on Endoscopic spine surgery by Dr. Anthony Yeung, from the USA and Dr. Gun Choi from South Korea, and Girish Datar, all students of Dr. Yeung. All three are key opinion leaders on endoscopic spine surgery.

Dr. Yeung covered the rationale of his selective endoscopic discectomy, a technique for surgically treating the pain generators in the lumbar spine by reviewing the role of chymopapain mediated intradiscal therapy. Selective endoscopic discectomy technique was trademarked by Dr. Yeung to represent the concept of “surgical pain management” for a wide spectrum of painful patho-anatomy in the lumbar spine.

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Celebrating the Formation of the Yeung Endoscopic Spine Society in China

New sub-societies are being established in China and Taiwan, as Dr. Anthony Yeung steps up training all over the world. One such society is the “Yeung Fellow’s Endoscopic Spine Society,” in China made up of his spine fellows and other physicians who are embracing the YESS endoscopic technique. A parallel “Academic Yeung” is also being formed for the Taiwanese Spine Surgeons currently being trained by Dr. Yeung.

The “Yeung Fellow’s Endoscopic Spine Society” is led by its President, Xifeng Zhang, M.D, PhD. and was formally ratified at the Chinese Functional Neurosurgical Forum (CFNF) meeting along with the publication of a Mammary book and with a full reception. The Society was able to get Chinese government approval for the scientific society–a monumental achievement.

In a surprise special event at the Chinese Functional Neurosurgical Forum attended by 800 neurosurgeons, non-surgeons, and attendees, Dr. Yeung was honored with a presentation as well as given the opportunity to introduced spine surgery for their Society.

Dr. Anthony Yeung Travels to Ningbo, China

Dr. Anthony Yeung Group Photo with Surgeons in East China

Dr. Anthony Yeung recently traveled to Ningbo, China, to teach his techniques in minimally invasive spine surgery. Dr. Yeung’s visit drew over 150 surgeons from East China!

Translated from the “Ningbo Daily News”

“Inventor of Spine Endoscope Came to Ningbo to Teach; Drew more than 150 surgeons from East China to Learn”

“In many people’s eyes, spine surgery is regarded as a high-risk surgery. If not carefully performed, it may cause irreversible paralysis. Since the time spine endoscope and surgery technique was invented, surgeons now can perform spine surgery under visual condition that significantly reduced such risk. Yesterday, the inventor of spine endoscope and surgery technique, Dr. Anthony Yeung, visited Ningbo to teach and drew more than 150 surgeons to attend the training.


Dr. Anthony Yeung, Chief Medical Officer of HJY-YESS, Professor of University of New Mexico, world renowned spine endoscopic surgeon, inventor of spine endoscope and surgery technique, elected top 100 surgeons of 2015 in USA, more than 25 years clinical experiences and exceeded 10,000 procedures, came to Ningbo to teach. The training was also co-sponsored by Yinzhou People’s hospital, Ningbo Medical Association-Orthopedic Chapter, and Ningbo Chinese-Western Medical Joint Commission- Orthopedic chapter.

At this point of time, minimally invasive spine surgery has been widely carried out in many major hospitals of east China. In Ningbo, it’s estimated about 10,000 cases of MISS was performed annually.”

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New Publication from the Surgeons at DISC

Journal of Spine ISSN: 2165-7939

Drs. Anthony T. Yeung, Christopher A. Yeung, Nima Salari, and Justin Field of DISC, along with James Navratil and Harrison Maio, have recently published an article in the Journal of Spine, an Open Access, peer reviewed, academic journal that provides a complete and reliable source of information on the discoveries and current developments in all areas of the field.

The article is titled “Lessons Learned Using Local Anesthesia for Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Spine Surgery” and focuses on 9 main lessons that these surgeons have encountered while utilizing local anesthesia during minimally invasive endoscopic spine surgery to relieve spine pain – chief among them that operating under local anesthesia allows the patient to respond and provide feedback during surgery that is invaluable for patient safety and for the assessment of the pain generators and ultimately understanding of the source of pain that the surgeon is targeting.

To learn more, please download and read the full article here: “Lessons Learned Using Local Anesthesia for Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Spine Surgery”

Dr. Anthony T. Yeung – Newest Member of The Expert Network©

Dr. Anthony T. Yeung Has Been Recognized Among the Top in His Industry by the Expert Network©

AnthonyYeungPhoenix, AZ, March 29, 2017 (Newswire.com)Dr. Anthony T. Yeung, Founder, Desert Institute for Spine Care (DISC), has joined The Expert Network©, an invitation-only service for distinguished professionals.

Dr. Yeung has been chosen as a Distinguished Doctor™ based on peer reviews and ratings, numerous recognitions, and accomplishments achieved throughout his career.

Dr. Yeung outshines others in his field due to his extensive educational background, numerous awards and recognitions, and career longevity.

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For more information, visit Dr. Yeung’s profile on the Expert Network

Work Hard, Play Hard

Chris Corragio with SPX Productions had some media coaching tips for the talented surgeons at DISC that took a wrong turn. They decided to watch YouTube clips of famous sports press conferences. This light-hearted spoof shows that not only do DISC’s surgeons work hard, they play hard too!


The spoof includes the 4 surgeons from DISC imitating some of the most famous sports press conferences of all time. Dr. Chris Yeung as Allen Iverson, Dr. Justin Field as Jim Mora, Dr. Nima Salari as Bryce Harper and Dr. Anthony Yeung as Dennis Green, the former Cardinals head coach.

Recent Chapter Published in Surgical Approaches to the Spine

Drs. Anthony and Christopher Yeung and Dr. Justin Field recently contributed a chapter to the book Surgical Approaches to the Spine – a step-by-step, state-of-the-art procedural manual that covers over 50 unique surgical approaches for injuries and conditions of the spine.

Their chapter, entitled “Endoscopic Foraminal Approach to the Lumbar Spine” goes into greater detail about the procedure, how it was developed and what to look for.

To preview and purchase the eBook, visit: Surgical Approaches to the Spine on Springer.com

Dr. Justin Field: Spine surgeon leader to know

Becker's Spine Review

Congratulations to Dr. Justin Field, for being named ‘Spine Surgeon Leader to Know’ by Becker’s Spine Review.

Justin S. Field, MD, is an orthopedic spine surgeon practicing at Desert Institute for Spine Care in Phoenix. He also provides care at Squaw Peak Surgical Facility in Phoenix, which was founded by spine surgeon Anthony Yeung, MD, in 1998 to complement the practice.

Dr. Field focuses on minimally invasive spine surgery and motion sparing technologies, such as cervical and lumbar artificial disc replacement as well as non-fusion stabilization. He also has extensive expertise in adult deformity correction and treatment. Along with Christopher Yeung, MD, he developed a spinal instrument called the RISE to help patients suffering from low back pain. The RISE device allows for an endoscopic TLIF with an 8 mm approach.

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