Mission Statement and Co-Directors Message


Co-Directors' Message

Thank you for your interest in the Vanderbilt Spine Outcomes Lab.  The Lab is a collaborative, multi-department clinical research group comprised of physicians, epidemiologists, statisticians, post-doctoral students, orthopaedic and neurosurgery residents, medical students, and undergraduate students.  The primary goal of our research is to improve treatment and outcomes of patients with spinal disorders requiring surgical intervention, including degenerative conditions, metastatic and primary spinal tumors, deformity/scoliosis, infection and trauma.  Along with prospective analyses, the Lab leverages an institutional registry with over 10 years of patient-reported outcomes data to answer important questions related to patient outcomes after spine surgery.  Our research spans from local institutional studies to multisite studies with several institutions throughout the country.  We appreciate your interest and please don't hesitate to reach out with questions about our work or future studies.

Amir Abtahi, MD

Byron Stephens, MD

Scott Zuckerman, MD, MPH


Vanderbilt Spine Outcomes Lab Mission Statement:

Under the joint leadership of the Departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurosurgery, our mission is to create new knowledge and improve the quality of care delivered in the field of spine surgery by performing high-quality clinical research, collaborating with other leading institutions, implementing our findings to improve everyday practice, and presenting our findings on a national and international stage.