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Authors > Dino Samartzis, DSc

Dino Samartzis, DSc, PhD, (C) MSc, MRIPH, Dip EBHC, PG EBHC, BSc, is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong’s Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology and Queen Mary Hospital. He is also the elected Research Officer Chair for AOSpine’s Southeast Asia Council and member of AOSpine’s Asia Pacific Research Committee.  He is a co-author of The Cervical Spine and Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Degeneration: An Issue of Orthopedic Clinics.

A native of Chicago, Dr. Samartzis 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, Charles University in Prague, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr. Samartzis also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Hong Kong.

Dr. Samartzis has published approximately 200 research articles, book chapters, and other educational materials in peer-reviewed journals, textbooks, multimedia, and online mediums. He has been the editor-in-chief and/or section editor for several textbooks, is actively involved on the editorial, advisory, and review boards of nearly two dozen medical journals, and is an elected member of various orthopaedic, neurosurgical, and epidemiological organizations.

Dr. Samartzis has been the recipient of over 30 awards and recognitions, including nomination as a Fulbright Scholar, commendation by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), consistent inclusion in Cambridge Who’s Who and Marquis Who’s Who in the World/Medicine & Healthcare/Emerging Leaders, AOSpine Award for research, the Young Investigator Award by the SPINE journal, and the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine’s (ISSLS) Best Clinical Prize.

Dr. Samartzis’ main research interests are non-genetic and genetic factors related to intervertebral disc degeneration/disease, neck/back pain, cervical spine disorders and management, spine deformities, and spinal biomechanics. He has a particular interest in evidence-based orthopaedics, outcome studies, complex statistical analyses, and population-based studies.