Director, Clinical Spine Research
Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Honorary Assistant Professor
Deputy Director, Laboratory and Clinical Research Institute for Pain
Department of Anesthesiology
The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China
* Founder of ISPC
Dr. Dino Samartzis was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. After he obtained his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, he pursued graduate studies in biological sciences, evidence-based health care, clinical epidemiology, medical sciences, and international studies at Harvard University, the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr. Samartzis completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Hong Kong. Furthermore, he was a Gilbert Beebe Fellow of the Radiation and Nuclear Board of the National Academies of Science in Washington D.C., the Radiation Epidemiology Branch of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation in Hiroshima, Japan addressing the effects of atomic nuclear power/radiation and their health-related risks upon the musculoskeletal system.
Dr. Samartzis has published over 240 research articles, book chapters, and other educational material in peer-reviewed journals, textbooks, multimedia and other mediums. He has been the Editor-in-Chief and/or Section Editor for several textbooks and journal theme issues, such as The Cervical Spine, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgical Approaches, Intervertebral Disc Degeneration, Spine Degeneration and Pain and others. He is actively involved on the Editorial, Advisory, and Review Boards of nearly two dozen medical journals. He has served as member or chair of various committees as well as the chair for various international meetings/symposia, such as the Advances in Orthopaedic Research (AOR) International Symposium and the Pain Genetics: from Basic Science to Clinical Applications International Sympsoium. He has been a lead investigator of various international studies, such as the first large-scale, 35-centre study addressing degenerative spondylolisthesis and facet joint morphology and currently serving as the PI for the multi-centre study of tuberculosis of the spine in Asia, which is promising to be the largest spine study in the world. In addition, he has received over 30 research-related awards from the international community.
Dr. Samartzis is an evidence-based clinical spine epidemiologist whose main research interests are risk factors related to intervertebral disc degeneration and pain, spinal phenotypes, cervical spine disorders and management. He has an interest in "omics" related to novel biomarker discovery/replication and therapies to address spinal disorders. He also has expertise in complex statistical modeling, population-based studies, and evidence-based health-care.