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James G. Egnatchik, M.D.

Dr. Egnatchik is the Director of Buffalo Neurosurgery Group.  He is a board certified neurosurgeon who received his BS in chemistry from Stanford University in 1975, and his Medical Doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1979. He performed his fellowship training in spinal surgery at Johns Hopkins departments of orthopedics and neurosurgery.

Dr. Egnatchik focuses on the treatment of disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. He treats issues such as herniated and degenerative disks, spinal stenosis, facet syndromes, spinal infections and tumors. As a neurosurgeon, Dr. Egnatchik also treats intracranial pathology and peripheral nerve compressive problems including carpal tunnel syndrome.

Dr. Egnatchik works with Anne Nikirk, PA-C.

Dr. Egnatchik is on staff at the hospitals of the Catholic Health System and Kaleida.

 

Credentials

American Board of Neurological Surgery, 1991 (Board Certification)

Residency:

  • State University of New York at Buffalo - Neurosurgery (1982-86)
  • Dent Neurological Institute University-Affiliated Program - Neurology (1981-82)
  • Millard Fillmore Hospital - University-Affiliated Program - General Surgery (1979-81)

Medical School: State University of New York at Buffalo (1975-79)

Undergraduate Education:

  • Stanford University – B.S. Chemistry - Stanford, California (1971-75)
  • Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School - Brooklyn, New York (1967-71)

Research:

  • Analysis of the accuracy of frozen section diagnosis for thyroid biopsy
  • Surgical treatment of pancreatic cancer at a community hospital
  • John Hopkins Hospital (Thomas Ducker, M.D.) May, June, 1985, Shock Trauma Unit (Fred Geisler, M.D.) Fellow, Clinical Neurosurgery
  • John Hopkins Hospital (Paul McAfee, M.D. and Donlin Long, M.D.) Fellow, Neurosurgery/Orthopedic Surgery of the Spine
  • Analysis of beta-II-microglobulin levels in patients with lymphoma, myeloma, and leukemia. Performed at Roswell Park Memorial Institute, Buffalo, NY 1976-77

Teaching Appointments:

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery State University of New York at Buffalo (1/87 - Present)

Current Positions Held:

  • Board Member - New York State Department of Health Office of Professional Medical Conduct (2002 - Present)
  • Chairman of Neurosurgery - Mercy Hospital (6/1/14 - Present)
  • Director - Buffalo Neurosurgery Group (7/28/14 – Present)

Medical License:

  • New York State (8/22/80)
  • Maryland (11/28/12)

Membership:

  • American Medical Association (1/86 -Present)
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons (2/88 - Present)
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Section on Pain (1987 - Present)
  • Buffalo Academy of Medicine (1988 - Present)
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) (3/87 - Present)
  • Member of Exhibits Committee ( 1988-89)
  • Member of General Scientific Session II
  • Committee - (1987-88)
  • Host Committee ( 1989)
  • Membership Committee ( 1990-92)
  • Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves of the AANS and CNS (1987 - Present)
  • Member of Executive Board ( 1988-Present)
  • Ad hoc Committee on Neurosurgical Spinal Procedures ( 1990-Present)
  • Medical Society, County of Erie (10/86 - Present)
  • Medical Society, State of New York (10/86 - Present)
  • New York State Neurosurgical Society, Inc. (10/86 - Present)
  • Joint Council of State Neurosurgical Societies Appointee (6/90 - 1992)
  • Rehabilitation Advisory Group – Millard Fillmore Hospital (8/90 - 1992)
  • North American Spine Society (12/00 - Present)
  • American College of Surgeons (10/02 - Present)

Offices Held:

  • Secretary, NYSNSS, Inc. (4/88 - 1992)
  • Chairman, Rehabilitation Advisory Group - Millard Fillmore Hospital (10/90 - 1991)
  • Advisory Editor, Spine Magazine 9/90 - Present

Scientific Abstracts:

  • Ducker TB, Egnatchik JG: Operative wound infection: current clinical data when there is a 24 hour perioperative antibiotics prophylaxis. Presented at: The Third Annual Meeting, Joint Section on Spinal Disorders AANS/CNS, Boca Raton, Florida, January 13-17, 1987
  • Ducker TB, Egnatchik, JG: Pitfalls in the diagnosis of os odontoideum. Presented at: The Third Annual Meeting, Joint Section on Spinal Disorders AANS/CNS, Boca Raton, Florida, January 13-17, 1987
  • Ducker TB, Egnatchik JG: Bilateral lumbar laminotomies for neurogenic claudication. Presented at: The Third Annual Meeting, Joint Section on Spinal Disorders AANS/CNS, Boca Raton, Florida, January 13-17, 1987
  • Ahuja A, Egnatchik JG: Cotrell-Dubousset Pedicle Screws: A Retrospective Study of 29 Patients. Poster to be presented at: The Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons in Los Angeles, California, October 20-25, 1990
  • Egnatchik JG (February 28, 1990): Book Review: Lumbar Spine Syndromes: Evaluation and Treatment, Authors: Gunnar B.J. Andersson and Thomas W. McNeil, published 1989, pp. 215, Springer-Verlag Wein-NewYork
  • Egnatchik JG: Biomechanics of Lumbar Instability and Bone Density: An Analytical and Experimental Study. Presented at The Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves AANS/CNS, Miami, Florida, February 5-9, 1992

Publications:

  • Moreland DB, Glasauer FE, Egnatchik JG, Heffner RR, Alker GJ: Focal Cortical dysplasia. Case Report: Journal of Neurosurgery, 68:487-490, 1988
  • Egnatchik JG: Lumbar Spine Stabilization Techniques. Clinical Neurosurgery, 36:159-67, 1990
  • Moreland DB, Egnatchik JG, Bennett GJ: Cotrel-Dubousset instrumentation for the treatment of thoracolumbar fractures. Neurosurgery, 27 (1):69-73, 1990 Jul.
  • Egnatchik J. Clinical decision making in spinal stabilization. Clinical Neurosurgery. 39:3-7, 1992
  • Zakeri A. Glasauer FE. Egnatchik JG. Familial Syringomyelia: Case Report and Review of the Literature. Surgical Neurology 44(1):48-53, 1995 Jul.
  • Glasauer FE. Egnatchik JG. Restless legs syndrome: an unusual cause for a perplexing syndrome. Spinal Cord. 37(12):862-5, 1999 Dec.
  • Asch HL, Lewis PJ, Moreland DB, Egnatchik JG, Yu YJ, Clabeaux DE, Hyland AH: A Prospective Multiple Outcomes Study of Outpatient Lumbar Microdiscectomy: Should 75-80% success rates be the norm? Journal of Neurosurgery Spine 96(1):34-44, 2002 Jan.
  • Moreland DB, Asch HL, Clabeaux DE, Castiglia GJ, Czajka GA, Lewis PJ, Egnatchik JG, Capuccino A, Huynh L: Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion with implantable titanium cage: initial impressions, patient outcomes and comparison to fusion with allograft. The Spine Journal 4/2: 184-191;discussion 191, 2004 Mar-Apr.
  • Presentations:
  • Egnatchik JG (January 29, 1988): Surgery, Discectomy fusion. Lumbar Spine Symposium, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Egnatchik JG (March 15, 1988): Spinal trauma. Intercommunity Memorial Hospital Staff Meeting, Newfane, New York.
  • Egnatchik JG (April 22, 1988): Cotrel-Dubousset pedicular fixation for lumbar spondylolisthesis. Neurosurgery Joint Meeting with New York State Neurosurgical Society, New York City, New York.
  • Egnatchik JG (September 25, 1988) Faculty-Practical Course on Stabilization of the Lumbar Spine. Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Seattle, Washington.
  • Egnatchik JG (September 26, 1988) Speaker-Andragogical Luncheon Seminar on Management of the Failed Back. Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Seattle, Washington.
  • Egnatchik JG (September 27, 1988) Speaker-General Scientific Session II on Lumbar Spine Stabilization: Technique. Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Seattle, Washington.
  • Egnatchik JG (September 28, 1988) Speaker-Luncheon Seminar on Lumbar Instability. Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Seattle, Washington.
  • Egnatchik JG (November 11, 1988) Speaker-Surgical Management. Managing Pain. London, Ontario, Canada.
  • Egnatchik JG (April 1-6, 1989) Panelist on Breakfast Seminar No. 50: Thoracolumbar Injuries and Treatment. Presented at Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Egnatchik JG (October 29, 1989) Faculty-Practical Course on Segmental Fixation with Cotrel-Dubousset Rods. Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Egnatchik JG (October 30, 1989) Leader-Luncheon Seminar on Management of Thoracic Lumbar Trauma. Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Egnatchik JG (October 31, 1989) Speaker-Luncheon Seminar on Treatment of Lumbar Disk. Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Egnatchik JG (April 28-30, 1990) Faculty-Practical Course II on Thoracolumbar Stabilization at Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Egnatchik JG (April 28-30, 1990) Panelist-Breakfast Seminar No. 11: Lumbar Spine Stabilization. Presented at Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Egnatchik JG (July 8-14, 1990) Practical course in Spinal Instrumentation at The Medical College of Wisconsin. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Egnatchik JG (October 20-25, 1990) Speaker-Luncheon Seminar No. 321: Management of the Failed Back. The Congress of Neurological Surgeons in Los Angeles, California.
  • Egnatchik JG (October 20-25, 1990) Practical course No. 001: Thoracolumbar Spine Instrumentation. The Congress of Neurological Surgeons in Los Angeles, California.
  • Egnatchik JG (April 20-25, 1991) Practical Course X Surgical Management of Thoracolumbar Instability at Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Egnatchik JG (April 20-25, 1991) Speaker-Breakfast Seminar 75: Management of Thoracolumbar Trauma at Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Egnatchik JG (July 7-13, 1991) Practical Course in Spinal Instrumentation at The Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Egnatchik JG (August 13, 1991) Speaker-Treatment and Stabilization of Thoracic Spine Tumors. Department of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
  • Egnatchik JG (October 26-31, 1991) Speaker-Spine Surgery: Fusion and Instrumentation. Neuroscience Nursing Seminar Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons in Orlando, Florida.
  • Egnatchik JG (October 26-31, 1991) Moderator Scientific Session IV New Technology in Neurosurgery Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Sponsored by: Joint Committee on Education of AANS/CNS, Orlando, Florida.
  • Egnatchik JG (October 26-31, 1991) Practical Course Scientific Session I Spinal Stabilization – Sponsored by: Joint Committee on Education of AANS/CNS, Orlando, Florida.
  • Egnatchik JG (December 14-15, 1991) Practical Course: Lumbar Spine Segmental Stabilization-University of Florida. Sponsored by: American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Gainesville, Florida.
  • Egnatchik JG (February 5-9, 1992) Speaker CD Instrumentation. Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, Miami, Florida.
  • Egnatchik JG (April 12-16, 1992) Panelist Breakfast Seminar 14-Recalcitrant Lumbar Pain. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons, San Francisco, California.
  • Egnatchik JG (April 12-16, 1992) Panelist Breakfast Seminar 41-Alternatives in Thoracolumbar Trauma. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons, San Francisco, California.

Continuing Education:

1982

  • December - “Neurosurgery New York City” - Sponsored by: New York University, New York City

1983

  • September - “Update on Cerebrovascular Disease” - Sponsored by: Department of Neurosurgery University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

1985

  • February - “Specialty Review Course: Neurosurgery” - Sponsored by: Cook County Graduate School of Medicine
  • September - “Update on Cerebrovascular Disease” - Sponsored by: Department of Neurosurgery University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

1986

  • May - “Controversies in Lumbar Spine Surgery” Sponsored by: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

1987

  • January - Third Annual Meeting of the Joint Section on Spinal Disorders - Sponsored by: Joint Committee on Education CNS/AANS Boca Raton Hotel & Club Boca Raton, Florida
  • January - Midas Rex Skills Conference - Sponsored by: Midas Rex Institute
  • January - Fourth Annual Neurology Symposium - Sponsored by: Department of Neurology, SUNYAB, Buffalo, New York
  • May - 5th Symposium, The Spine: Advanced Concepts of Diagnosis and Treatment - Sponsored by: Jefferson Medical College/The Spine Study Group, Charleston, South Carolina
  • May - IV International Congress on Cotrel-Dubousset Instrumentation. - Sponsored by: Miami Children’s Hospital, Miami, Florida
  • July - Fundamental Problems of Low Back Disability. - Sponsored by: Department of Orthopedic Surgery, The Buffalo General Hospital and State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York
  • September - An Update on Cerebral Vascular Disease - Sponsored by: Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
  • October - Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. - Sponsored by: Joint Committee on Education AANS/CNS, Baltimore, Maryland
  • November - Seventh Annual Kenton D. Leatherman Spine Symposium. - Sponsored by: NKC Hospital, Inc. (Louisville Area CME Consortium) Louisville, Kentucky
  • November 13-14 (12.0 Category 1) Cincinnati Spine Symposium: Current Concept in the Management of Degenerative and Traumatic Spine Disorders. - Sponsored by: The Christ Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Mayfield Neurological Institute, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

1988

  • January - Lumbar Spine Symposium - Sponsored by: The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic – Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Speaker: “Surgery: Discotomy, Fusion”
  • February - Fourth Annual Meeting of The Joint Section on Spinal Disorders - Sponsored by: CNS/AANS
  • March - Physicians Liability: Prevention and Detection 1988 - Sponsored by: Eighth District Branch CME Accreditation Committee, Williamsville, New York
  • April - Neurosurgery Joint Meeting with New York State Neurosurgical Society - Sponsored by: Medical Society, State of New York, New York City, New York - Speaker: Cotrel-Dubousset pedicular fixation for lumbar spondylolisthesis
  • July - Modern Day Concepts in the Assessment and Management of Neck Disability - Sponsored by: Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, The Buffalo General Hospital and SUNYAB, Buffalo, New York
  • September - Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons - Sponsored by: Joint Committee on Education of the AANS/CNS, Seattle, Washington
  • November - Managing Pain (College of Family Physicians of Canada) - Speaker: Surgical Management - Sponsored by: The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
  • 1989 April - Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons - Sponsored by: Joint Communication on Education of the AANS/CNS, Washington, D.C.
  • July - Medical College of Wisconsin - Sponsored by: Department of Neurosurgery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • September - Annual CME Assembly - Sponsored by: Medical Society of the State of New York, New York City, New York
  • September - Advanced Trauma Life Support Course - Sponsored by: New York State Committee on Trauma, American College of Surgeons, SUNYAB, Buffalo, New York
  • October - Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons - Sponsored by: Joint Committee on Education of the AANS/CNS, Atlanta, Georgia

1990

  • January - Advanced Cardiac Life Support - Sponsored by: State University of New York at Buffalo Continuing Medical Education Department, Buffalo, New York
  • April - New York State Neurological Society Meeting - Poughkeepsie, New York
  • April - Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons - Sponsored by: Joint Committee on Education of the AANS/CNS, Nashville, Tennessee
  • July - Medical College of Wisconsin - Sponsored by: Department of Neurosurgery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • October - Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons - Sponsored by: Joint Committee on Education of AANS/CNS, Los Angeles, California

1990 - Present

  • City Wide University Neurosurgery Department Conferences Buffalo, New York

1990

  • February - Review Course in Neurological Surgery - Sponsored by: The Cook County Graduate School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
  • April - New York State Neurosurgical Society - Poughkeepsie, New York
  • April - Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons - Sponsored by: Joint Committee on Education of AANS/CNS, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • July - Medical College of Wisconsin - Sponsored by: Department of Neurosurgery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • August - Lecturer-Treatment and Stabilization of Thoracic Spine Tumors -Department of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine, University of Florida
  • September - First International Symposium-Lasers in Orthopedic Surgery - Sponsored by: Medical College of Pennsylvania and Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center, San Francisco, California
  • October - Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons - Sponsored by: Joint Committee on Education of AANS/CNS, Orlando, Florida

1991

  • Moderator Scientific Session IV - New Technology in Neurosurgery - Sponsored by: Joint Committee on Education of AANS/CNS, Orlando, Florida
  • December - Lumbar Spine Segmental Stabilization Course - Sponsored by: The American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Gainesville, Florida

1992

  • February - Annual Meeting of the Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves - Sponsored by: Joint Section of the CNS/AANS, Miami, Florida
  • Submitted Abstract: Biomechanics of Lumbar Instability and Bone Density: An Analytical and Experimental Study
  • Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves - Sponsored by: AANS/CNS, Miami, Florida
  • April - Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons - Sponsored by: The Joint Committee on Education of the AANS/CNS, San Francisco, California
  • Breakfast Seminar 14 – Panelist – Recalcitrant Lumbar Pain
  • Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons - Sponsored by: The Joint Committee on Education of the AANS/CNS, San Francisco, California
  • Breakfast Seminar 41 – Panelist – Alternatives in Thoracolumbar Trauma
  • Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons - Sponsored by: The Joint Committee on Education of the AANS/CNS, San Francisco, California

1993

  • April - American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting

1994

  • March - Holmium: YAG Laser for Percutaneous Discectomy Applications – Clarus Medical
  • June - Current Concepts in Spinal Endoscopy – UT Anatomy & Neurobiology
  • August - Agee Carpal Tunnel Release – System Training Course, 3M Healthcare Surgical Division

1995

  • April - Endoscopic Spinal Surgery Course – St. Joseph Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland

1996

  • April - American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado

1997

  • February - Ray TFC Technology for Lumbar Interbody Fusion Surgical Dynamics Incorporated
  • September - Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana

1998

  • September - Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Seattle, Washington

1999

  • June - Codman Hakim Programmable Valve Course – The Endo-Surgery Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • October - Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Boston, Massachusetts
  • October - Technique for Percutaneous ElectroThermal Treatment of Discogenic Pain - Tennessee

2000

  • September - Congress of Neurological Surgeons, San Antonio, Texas

2001

  • April - Annual meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Toronto, Canada
  • May - AO ASIF Comprehensive & Interactive Spine Courses, Tucson, Arizona
  • October - 16th Annual meeting North American Spine Society, Seattle Washington

2002

  • June - AO ASIF Spine Operating Room Personnel Course, Rochester, New York
  • September - Annual meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Philadelphia, PA
  • October - American College of Surgeons Convocation, San Francisco, CA

2003

  • October - Annual meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Denver, CO

2005

  • April - Annual meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, New Orleans, LA
  • October - Annual meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Boston, MA

2006

  • September - Modern Techniques in Spine Deformity Surgery, Monterey, CA
  • September - Scoliosis Research Society 41st Annual Meeting, Monterey, CA

2008

  • February - ProDisc – C Forum, Charlotte, NC
  • September - Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Orlando, FL

2009

  • May - Annual meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, San Diego, CA

2010

  • October - Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, San Francisco, CA

2013

  • April- Annual meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, New Orleans, LA

2014

  • CNS Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Boston, MA

2016

  • Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Chicago, Il

 

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