Surgeon Advisory Board

Nikhil N. Verma, MD

Nikhil N. Verma, MD (Chair)

Nikhil N. Verma MD serves patients as a shoulder, elbow and knee orthopaedic surgeon at Midwest Orthopedics at Rush, one of the top academic private practices in the nation. As a physician-leader with many interests, Dr. Verma also serves as the Head Team Physician for the Chicago White Sox, a Team Physician for the Chicago Bulls and Fellowship Director and Chief of the Sports Medicine Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Verma balances his clinical and research efforts, leading various clinical trials evaluating autologous stem cell therapies for various orthopedic ailments including rotator cuff tears, ACL reconstruction, meniscectomy and knee osteoarthritis.

A graduate of University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine, Dr. Verma completed his orthopaedic residency at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center. His training culminated in a sports medicine and shoulder surgery fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery, where he received world-class training on the treatment of shoulder and elbow disorders in overhead throwing athletes. He is particular active in orthopaedic research with interests in basic science, biomechanics and clinical outcomes, and has recently received funding for his research from Major League Baseball.

As an innovator, Dr. Verma has worked to develop and license various sports medicine implants and instruments used by orthopaedic surgeons across the United States. He is an active consultant for a host of medical device companies and sits on committees for various publication journals, including the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) and the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA).

Frank Philips, MD

Frank Philips, MD

Dr. Frank Phillips is a partner at Midwest Orthopaedics and is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine Fellowship Co-Director and Head, Section of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at Rush University Medical Center.  Dr. Phillips has pioneered numerous minimally invasive spine procedures and techniques that are now widely used and has published extensively in this field.  He has over 15 patents in this space and has authored more than 150 peer reviewed publications and book chapters.  He has participated as principal investigator in cervical disc replacement FDA trials.  Dr. Phillips has held numerous leadership positions and is currently a Board Member and North American President of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS) and is also Program Chair for the SASS Annual Meeting. He regularly teaches and lectures to spine surgeons nationally and internationally on spinal surgery.

  Dr. Phillips served on BODs of Kyphon (acquired by Medtronic in 2007 for $4 billion) and on the Boards of other privately and publicly held spinal companies.  He has also participated as a founder in a number of successful spine start-ups.  

Gunnar Andersson, MD, PhD

Gunnar Andersson, MD, PhD

Dr. Gunnar Andersson is The Ronald L. DeWald, M.D. Professor and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center and a Spine, Back & Neck Surgeon at Midwest Orthopedics at Rush in Chicago, IL. He was chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery from 1994 to 2008.

Dr. Andersson has been at the forefront of spine surgery research and education for more than 30 years. He is a member of 17 editorial boards, editor-in-chief of Spinal News International, a deputy editor for Spine, founding editor of Contemporary Spine Surgery and an associate editor of Clinical Biomechanics. He is the author of over 330 original publications, over 160 books and book chapters and over 530 abstracts.

Dr. Andersson is a past president of the Orthopaedic Research Society, the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine and the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians and is currently President of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery.

Dr. Andersson’s activities in connection with commercial companies includes previously being a member of scientific advisory boards at Zimmer, Smith and Nephew, Oratec, Pioneer, Angstrom, St Francis, and Bioset. He is currently on the scientific advisory boards at Allosource, Ouroboros, and Spinal Kinetics, and is a member of the safety monitoring boards at Spinal Kinetics and ISTO. Dr. Andersson is also on the Spine Advisory board to United Healthcare.

Jerome A Goldberg, MD

Jerome A. Goldberg, MD

Dr. Jerome Goldberg is an orthopedic Shoulder Surgeon practicing in Sydney, Australia, at the Prince of Wales Private Hospital and with the Orthosports Group. He is a graduate in medicine from Sydney University and has a fellowship from the Australasian College of Surgeons and the Australian Orthopedic Association. His particular interests include arthroscopic shoulder surgery particularly related to Instability and Rotator Cuff dysfunction. He also has an interest in clinical research and is an active participant in basic science research with the Prince of Wales Surgical and Orthopaedic Research Laboratory. He has numerous publications in the literature.

Dr. Goldberg is a past president of the Shoulder & Elbow Society of Australia and a past Board Member of the International Board of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. Having served as a company Director and/or Chairman for several medical based organizations, Dr. Goldberg is a founding member of Australian Biotechnologies and is currently the Chairman of that company.

David H. Sonnabend, MD

David H. Sonnabend, MD

David Sonnabend is Professor Emeritus at the University of Sydney. His doctoral thesis was on the pathology, repair and comparative anatomy of the rotator cuff. He also has an honours degree in biochemistry, and has published over 70 shoulder-related peer-reviewed scientific papers and 18 book chapters.

He was a founding member of the Australian and New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society, and the inaugural president of the Shoulder and Elbow Society of Australia, of which he is an honorary life member. He was, for nine years, “Editor in Australasia” of the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. He is a corresponding member of the “American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons”, and a reviewer for various journals (including the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, the Journal of Orthopaedic Science, the American Journal of Sports Medicine, the Journal of Shoulder & Elbow Surgery and Shoulder & Elbow Journal). He was for sixteen years a member of the International Board of Shoulder Surgery, and for eight years a member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons ‘Court of Examiners’. He has been a visiting professor at various overseas universities, including George Washington University (Washington DC, USA), and the Hebrew University (Jerusalem, Israel) . He has been an invited guest lecturer at numerous overseas meetings including the Japanese, New Zealand, Indonesian and South African Orthopaedic Associations and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. In 2004 he was the Codman lecturer at the 9 th International Conference on Surgery of the Shoulder, in Washington DC. In 2007 he received the Australian Orthopaedic Association award for contributions to Orthopaedic Research, and in 2011 the Australian Orthopaedic Association award for orthopaedic education. In 2013 he received the L.O. Betts Medal for outstanding contribution to Australian Orthopaedics. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2018.

He has trained more than sixty specialist shoulder surgeons from all continents except Antarctica, and continues to participate in a post specialization Fellowship programme in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. He is involved in ongoing research into osteoarthritis and tendon healing in the Raymond Purves Research Laboratories (Royal North Shore Hospital).