A new medical practice is bringing world-class spinal care to local patients, offering personalized care and a “custom fit” so patients receive the optimal options for their conditions.

Dr. Haim Blecher, University Spine’s director, says his practice uses state-of-the art spinal surgical techniques, while maintaining an old-fashioned philosophy: being a good doctor and spending a lot of time with patients, which are essential to provide the best care for patients.

“My practice is set up to educate patients and discuss options,” Dr. Blecher said. “Spinal surgery is not always the answer to back and neck pain. In fact, the majority of those I see do not end up in surgery. I use a network of Fellowship-trained specialists who can provide the best non-operative treatment options. However, anyone who really needs surgery gets it.”

Dr. Blecher is well credentialed and well positioned to make such patient care recommendations. He earned his M.D. from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse. He did his surgical internship and orthopaedic surgical residency at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in New Brunswick, and his Fellowship at the Spine Institute of New York-Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. Dr. Blecher, a Board Certified and Fellowship-trained spine surgeon, holds numerous other memberships and certifications, and has been extensively published.

In addition, Dr. Blecher is a clinical assistant professor at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick where he handles complex spinal trauma and tumor cases. University Spine is his new solo practice, which opened in August, 2006.

“I’m accessible to everyone with neck and back disorders,” Dr. Blecher explained. “I’m one of the few surgeons in the area who performs complex spinal reconstructions. I instructed and lectured about current treatment options, including artificial disc replacement and minimally invasive spine surgery.“

While some clinicians treat spinal conditions as part of their general orthopaedic or neurosurgical practices, Dr. Blecher has dedicated his career to treating only spinal conditions.

“By devoting my full attention to the study and practice of spinal surgery, I have been fortunate enough to be trained by national and international authorities in the field of spine surgery,” he added.

With the opening of University Spine Associates, Dr. Blecher hopes people with spinal disorders will not feel compelled to go out of town for medical treatment. His patients get excellent care locally. Dr. Blecher is on staff and operates out of the University Medical Center at Princeton, as well as Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

Dr. Blecher reiterates that high-tech is only half the story. “One of the unique aspects of my practice, in today’s medical world, is that I take pleasure in being able to spend time with my patients, to educate them about their condition, go over their X-rays and MRIs and go over their surgical and non-surgical options in detail. I welcome the chance to do that for anyone with neck and spine issues.”

University Spine Associates, P.A.. 256 Bunn Drive, Suite 3B, Princeton. 609-924-8060. Fax: 609-924-9212. hblecher@universityspine.com.


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