In this episode of the Princeton Spine & Joint Center Podcast, Dr. Marco Funiciello, Co-Director of the Interventional Spine Program spoke with Dr. Rony Nazarian, Board Certified Fellowship Trained Spinal Surgeon in Princeton, NJ. They discussed both minimally invasive approaches and more conventional approaches for spinal surgery.

Dr. Rony Nazarian received his bachelors of science from Dickinson College Cum Laude with honors in Biology. During his time at Dickinson College he was the recipient of the distinguished Spencer Fullerton Baird prize for research in biology. After graduating, Dr. Nazarian completed a year of extensive molecular genetics research at the University of Pennsylvania where he published in nationally recognized peer reviewed journals.

Dr. Nazarian went on to earn his Medical degree at Albany Medical College in upstate NY. He completed a surgical internship at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital and then continued his Orthopaedic residency at Albany Medical Center Hospital. He received extensive training in all aspects of Orthopaedic surgery during his time in Albany, NY.

After completing residency he finished a Spine Fellowship at the renowned New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, MA. In this combined Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery fellowship Dr. Nazarian received specialized training in degenerative, congenital, and deformity surgery. There he learned both non-operative treatments of spine disorders as well as traditional and minimally invasive approaches to surgery. Dr. Nazarian has extensive training in minimally invasive spine surgery for decompression and/or fusions. These newer tubular approaches allow for less blood loss, smaller incisions, shorter hospital stay and less pain from surgery.

Dr. Marco Funiciello, DO, is a board certified physician specializing in the non-operative care of spine, joint, muscle and nerve pain. Dr. Funiciello is the Co-Director of the Interventional Spine Program at Princeton Spine and Joint Center. After graduating from the University of Scranton, Dr. Funiciello received his medical degree from UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Funiciello then received his specialty training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from Saint Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan where he was honored to serve as Chief Resident. Dr. Funiciello has extensive additional training in Osteopathic Manual Medicine and often utilizes this skill set to complement his conservative and holistic approach to his patients. Dr. Funiciello has authored numerous chapters and papers and lectures widely. He is consistently rated as one of the best doctors in the country by his peers and by his patients.

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