Our Lead Surgeon at Elite Spine, Prof. Joseph Butler, is an Associate Professor at University College Dublin and a Clinical Principal Investigator at Trinity College Dublin. He is an active clinical and laboratory researcher. He has a PhD in bone biology and leads the Butler Research Group.
Prof. Butler has over 100 publications and 100 presentations at national and international scientific meetings. He has 40 major national and international awards for his research work and is on the editorial board of several major journals in the fields of Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery and Spine Surgery. His h-index is 20 and he has over 1000 citations of his research.
Areas of Active Research
Robotic Navigation Technology to Improve Outcomes in Spine Surgery
Robotic Spine Surgery offers improved surgical accuracy, greater patient safety and enhanced recovery. Robotic navigation allows minimally invasive spine surgery and complex revision spine surgery to be performed safely. Mr Butler is the Clinical Lead of the Robotic Spine Surgery Program at Mater Private Hospital. This is the first robotic navigation spine surgery program in the UK and Ireland. Mr. Butler sits on the Robotics and Navigation Committee of the North American Spine Society.
Improving Outcomes following Spinal Injuries
Mr Butler is a spine surgeon in the National Spinal Injuries Unit at Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. He manages tertiary referral spinal injuries and spinal cord injuries from around Ireland. He has a longstanding interest in improving clinical outcomes following spinal trauma and has published extensively in this area. Mr. Butler is the Secretary of the Irish Spine Society.
Improving Outcomes following Spinal Surgery in Older Patients
With an aging world population and increasing prevalence of osteoporosis, there are significant risks and technical challenges associated with performing spinal fusion surgery in the elderly. Mr Butler is leading a major laboratory study at the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering targeting skeletal stem cells to develop new treatments to improve outcomes following spinal fusion surgery. Mr. Butler sits on the Biologics and Basic Research Committee of the North American Spine Society
Impact of Sarcopenia on Low Back Pain
The reduction in skeletal muscle mass associated with aging is known as sarcopenia. It has been shown to have a detrimental impact on quality of life in the elderly, with an increased incidence of low back pain, osteoporosis, falls and difficulties with the basic activities of daily living. Mr. Butler is leading a major clinical study looking at non-surgical strategies, such as enhanced physiotherapy, to treat sarcopenia and low back pain in the elderly. Innovative Strategies to improve Surgical Consent Informed consent is an important part of surgical care in which patients need to understand the risks, complications and alternatives to surgery and the natural history of their conditions should they choose to decline treatment. Mr. Butler and his team are passionate about developing and testing innovative ways to improve information delivery and retention to enhance the surgical consent process.
The Butler Research Group
The Butler Research Group (BRG) is an exciting initiative set up 2018 by Mr Butler with the aim of conducting and promoting research related to the spine and spinal surgery. At present the group has 10 active members including Surgical Specialist Registrars, a PhD, Senior House Officers, Academic Intern, Medical Students. The research group has a particular interest in helping young doctors to develop an interest in research. This summer the research will be offering a Summer Surgical Research Initiative for Medical Students. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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