ASC Industry Leader to Know: Dr. James Lynch of SpineNevada
Dr. Lynch has been a consultant neurosurgeon in the Reno area since 2000. He previously served as chief of neurosurgery at St. Mary's Hospital and is currently a partner and director of spine services at Regent Surgical Health, a company involved in developing hospitals and outpatient surgery centers.
He earned his medical degree from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and completed his residency at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Lynch went on to complete a spine fellowship at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, followed by a spine fellowship at the Mayo Clinic and an additional spine fellowship under Volker Sonntag, MD, at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Ariz.
Dr. Lynch has been named a fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and serves as chairman and director of spine programs at Surgery Center of Reno.
In a presentation at the 9th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference in Chicago in 2011, Dr. Lynch gave insight into the next five years of spine surgery in ASCs within the context of new health legislation. Reforms on the spine spectrum will lead to gain-sharing, the creation of centers of excellence, a large influx of insured patients looking for spine treatment, Medicare opt-outs and coping with the rollout of ICD-10, he said. Dr. Lynch also noted that data for spine surgery and spine surgeons will play a large role in the future, as comparative profiling of physicians using data points allows patients to "shop" for physicians and hospitals to benchmark providers against one another.
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