DC2 Abstracts Accepted by WFNS

NASHVILLE — 13 May 2013 — Three of DC2 Healthcare’s senior leadership team,  Fernando Diaz M.D., Ph.D, Christina Cook ,Ph.D, and Risa Tyo, Pharm.D, have had four of their research abstracts vetted by the World Federation of Neurological Societies and accepted for presentation at the World Congress of Neurosurgery in Seoul, South Korea.

 All four abstracts focus on various forms of spine surgery in the cervical and lumbar regions. The topics are:

  • Minimally Invasive Transverse Lumbar Fusion with Computer Navigational Guidance
  • Interspinal Lumbar Decompression Fusion (ILIF) for Spinal Claudication
  • Consistent Preservation of Cervical Lordosis through Minimally Invasive Access Surgeryimages (1)
  • Nerve Protection in Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion

Each study was conducted at the Michigan Head and Spine Institute by analyzing retrospective data for insights into the factors influencing optimal clinical outcomes.

“A large portion of my work during the last 5 years has been focused on researching methods for improving surgical outcomes for spine interventions as well as quantifying the associated costs,” said Dr. Diaz. “It’s great for the work we’ve been doing at DC2 to be recognized by our colleagues. I’m looking forward to sharing our findings in Seoul. “

Dr. Fernando Diaz currently serves as DC2 Healthcare’s chief medical officer. Additionally, Dr. Diaz practices neurosurgery at Michigan Head and Spine Institute and is the Chair of Neurosurgery at Oakland University School of Medicine and William Beaumont Hospital.

Christina Cook, PhD, is DC2 Healthcare’s founder and CEO. She has over 20 years of professional experience in healthcare, specifically with research initiatives. Mrs. Cook held several senior clinical research positions for pharmaceutical companies before founding DC2Healthcare to focus on outcomes research.

With experience in managed care and life science research, Risa Tyo ,PharmD, now works as DC2 Healthcare’s chief research officer. Mrs. Tyo brings decades of experience working with national and international research companies to managing all of DC2’s research initiatives.


The World Congress of Neurosurgery is an event hosted by the World Federation of Neurological Societies every four years that gathers together neurosurgeons from all over the world to discuss and share innovations in the neurosurgery specialty.Find out more athttp://www.wfns2013.org


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