Gerald E. "Rusty" Rodts, Jr., MD

    Professor

    Emory University Department of Neurosurgery

    Professor

    Emory University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Director

    Spine Fellowship Training Program

    Chief of Service, Neurosurgery

    Emory University Hospital - Midtown

    Education

    • BA, Princeton University, 1983
    • MD, Columbia University, 1987
    • General Surgery Internship, UCLA, 1988
    • Neurological Surgery Resident, UCLA, 1994
    • Spinal Neurosurgery Fellowship, Emory University, 1995

    Biography

    Honors

    • Past-President, Congress of Neurological Surgeons,  2009-2010
    • Past-Chairman, AANS/CNS Spine Sectiom
    • Past-President, Georgia Neurosurgical Society
    • Honored Guest, Japanese Congress of Neurological Surgeons
    • Neurotrauma Consultant to the National Football League,  2013-present
    • Honored Guest:  Michigan Neurosurgical Society;  New England Neurosurgery Society
    • Visiting Professor:  Columbia University, Cedars-Sinaii Medical Center, Louisiana State University, Cornell University, Latin American Congress of Neurological Surgeons
    • Honored Guest-Lifetime Career Achievement Award, AANS-NREF Resident Spine Course 2014
    • Honored Guest; AANS/NREF Fundamentals in Spinal Surgery, 2014
    • National Football League (NFL) Southeastern Region Spine Consultant for Active and Retired Professional Football Players, 2009-present
    • Atlanta Magazine’s Top Neurosurgeon, 2005-15
    • Castle Connolly Research Award, Top Neurosurgeons in the United States, 2005-15

    Clinical Focus

    • complex spine surgery and reconstruction
    • computer-assisted image-guided spine surgery
    • minimally-invasive spine surgery
    • revision spinal surgery

    Society Memberships

    • American Academy of Neurological Surgeons
    • Society of Neurological Surgeons
    • Georgia Medical Association
    • Georgia Neurosurgical Society
    • AANS-CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves
    • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
    • Congress of Neurological Surgeons Active 

    Research

    • Minimally invasive spine surgery
    • Computer assisted image guidance spine surgery
    • Lumbar fusion
    • Complex cervical surgery

    Publications

    Journal Articles

    • Rodts GE: Developing the Young Academic Neurosurgeon: A United States and Emory University Perspective, Japanese Journal of Neurosurgery; February 2011. 
    • Highsmith JM, Tumialan LM, Rodts GE:  Flexible Rods and the Case for Dynamic Stabilization, Neurosurgical Focus; January 2007.
    • Deutsch H, Haid RW, Rodts GR, Mummaneni PV:  Occipitocervical Fixation: Long-Term Results SPINE; 30(5) 530-535. 2005.
    • Boayke M, Mummaneni PV, Rodts GR, Haid RW, Garrett M: Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion Using Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) spacer and Bone Morphogenetic Protein. Journal of Neurological Surgery; May 2005.
    • Mummaneni PV, Pan J, Haid RW, Rodts GE: Contribution of Recombinent Human Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2 to Rapid Creation of Interbody Fusion When Used in Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion: A Preliminary Report; JNS Spine; (1): 19-23. July 2004.
    • Mummaneni PV, Haid RW, Rodts GE: Lumbar Interbody Fusion: State-Of-The-Art Technical Advances. Journal of Neurosurgery Spine; (1):24-30. July 11, 2004.
    • Deutsch H, Mummaneni PV, Rodts GE, Haid RW; Posterior Cervical Laminoplasty Using a New Plating System (Technical Note), J Spinal Disorder Techniques; (4):317-320. August 17, 2004.
    • Mummaneni PV, Pan J, Haid RW, Rodts GE: Contribution of Recombinent Human Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2 to Rapid Creation of Interbody Fusion When Used in Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion: A Preliminary Report. Journal of Neurosurgery Spine; (1):19-23. July 1, 2004.
    • Walker DH, Mummaneni P, Rodts G:  Infected Verteroplasty, Neurosurgical Focus,  December 2004.
    • Mummaneni PV, Mummaneni VP, Haid RH, Rodts GR, Sasso RC; Cervical Osteotomy for the Correction of Chin-on-Chest Deformity on Ankylosing Spondylitis: Neurosurgical Focus 14(1): Article 9. 2003.

    Book Chapters

    • Samuel Davis,  Gerald Rodts, John Heller:  Cervical Spine Surgery, Medical Management of the Surgical Patient, ed. By Michael Lubin, Thomas Dodson, Neil Winawer, CambridgeUniversity Press, 2013
    • Dadashev VY, Rodts GE: Treatment of Disk and Ligamentous Disease of the Cervical Spine. Part 5, Chapter 278. Winn Textbook of Neurosurgery. November 2010.
    • Rodts G, Haid RW, Subach B, Mummaneni P, Fiore A, Petraglia C; Fractures, Stenosis and Sports: Guidance for Participation. Clinical Neurosurgery, Vol 49.
    • Rodts G, Lycette C, Doberstein C, McBride, D. Current Critical Care; Diagnosis and Treatment: Neurosurgical Critical Care. 2nd Edition.
    • Rodts GE, Chhabra VS, Barrow DL: Far Lateral Suoccipital Approach; Skull Base Surgery Basic Techniques; 8: 81-89. 2010.
    • Rodts GE, Mummaneni PV; Discogenic Back Pain: The Case for Surgery. Clinical Neurosurgery; 51: 277-280. 2004.
    • Rodts GE, Sasso RC, Fessler R, Khoo L, Kim, AK: Posterior Cervical Fixation; Manual of Cervical Spine Internal Fixation; 4: 69-99. 2004.
    • Subach BR, Haid RW, Rodts GE: Bone Morphogenic Protein (rhBMP2): Experimental Review and Clinical Update. Prog Neurol Surg., Advances in Spinal Stabilization, Vol 16, Basel, Karger, 2003
    • Kaiser M, Haid RW, Subach BR, Rodts GE: Laparascopic vs. Mini-Open ALIF. Progress in Neurological Surgery: Advances in Spinal Stabilization, Vol 16, Basel, Karger, 2003.
    • Rodts GE; Instrumentation and Technique Update. Percutaneous Lumbar Pedicle Screws: Indications, Technique, Results; Advances in Spinal Stabilization, Vol 16, 2003

    Meeting Papers

    • Chou D., Rodts G: Complication Avoidance and Management with Postoperative Osteomyelitis Case; American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons 26th Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida February 18, 2010.
    • Transoral Odontoidectomy: Lessons from a 15-year Experience; Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado October 20, 2003.
    • C1-C2 Transarticular Screw Fixation for Atlanto-Axial Instability: A Six Year Experience; American Association of Neurological Surgeons, San Francisco, CA, April 8-13, 2000.
    • Foley K, Sahipaul R, Rodts G: Virtual Fluoroscopy Improves Lumbar Pedicle Screw Placement Accuracy; Congress of Neurological Surgeons, September 23-28, 2000.
    • Barnes B, McLaughlin M, Rodts G, Haid RW: PLIF with Allograft Bone: A Comparison of Cylindrical Dowels and Impacted Wedges; Congress of Neurological Surgeons, September 23-28, 2000.
    • Foley K, Sahipaul R, Rodts G: Virtual Fluoroscopy Improves Lumbar Pedicle Screw Placement Accuracy; Congress of Neurological Surgeons, September 23-28, 2000.
    • Edwards C, Heller J, Murakami H, Rodts G: Laminoplasty Vs. Laminectomy With Fusion For Multi-Level Cervical Myelopathy: Independent Matched Cohort Analysis; North American Spine Society, October 25-28, 2000.
    • Rodts G, Foley K, Rosenberg B, Suh D, Haid RW, Kaiser M, Subach B: Percutaneous Lumbar Pedicle Screw and Rod Fixation; Georgia Neurosurgical Society, November 17-19, 2000.
    • Spinal Stenosis and Virtual Fluoroscopy, Georgia Neurosurgical Society, Amelia Island, FL.  May 1999.
    • Barnes B, Houston S, Birch B, Rodts G, Haid R: Preliminary Results:  Threaded Cortical Bone Dowels for Lumbar Fusion, Georgia Neurosurgical Society Meeting, Atlanta, GA.  November 1999.

    Poster Presentations

    • G. Rodts, MD; P. Mummaneni, MD; D. Walker, MD; R. Haid, MD: Prospective Comparison of Laminoplasty vs. Laminectomy and Lateral Mass Fusion for Treatment of Cervical Stenotic Myelopathy: Long Term Outcomes. Poster Presentation at CNS 55th Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.
    • Rodts G, Haid RW, Mummaneni PV, Deutsch H; Cervical Pedicle Subtraction Osteotomy for Chin on Chest Deformity: Techniques and Results. Southern Neurosurgical Society Meeting, March 12-16, 2003 Orlando, Florida.
    • Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion for Spondylolisthesis: Technical Advances. Practical Course 2; American Association of Neurological Surgeons, April, 2003.
    • Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion for Spondylolisthesis: Technical Advances. Practical Course 13; American Association of Neurological Surgeons, April, 2003.
    • Biology of Bone Fusion. Practical Course 16; American Association of Neurological Surgeons, April, 2003.
    • History of CT Scanning and Future Applications in Spine Surgery. Breakfast Seminar 403; American Association of Neurological Surgeons, April, 2003.
    • Adjacent Level Degeneration after Occipital-cervical Fusion: Congress of Neurological Surgeons annual meeting in Denver Colorado, October 20 2003.
    • Rodts G, Haid RW, Subach BR, Mummaneni PV: Anterior Cervical Instrumentation: Current and Emerging Techniques. Platform Presentation: Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. Orlando, FL February 2002.
    • Rodts G, Mummaneni PV: Degenerative Lumbar Spondylolesthesis. Platform Presentation: Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. Orlando, FL February, 2002.
    • Facet Injections in Patient Selection for Spinal Fusions; AANS Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves Annual Meeting February 27-March 2, 2002.

    Special Presentations

    • Correction of Cervical Kyphotic Deformity via 360 Degree Fusion: Long Term Follow Up with Standardized Analysis; American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Orlando, March 15-18, 2006.
    • Current & Future Trends in Image-Guided Surgery of the Spine, Winter Clinics for Cranial & Spinal Surgery, SnowMass Colorado, March 2, 2005.
    • The Synthetic Anterior Cervical Corpectomy and Fusion: Experience with PEEK Stackable Cages and Rh-BMP2; Georgia Neurosurgical Society, Sea Island, May 27-29, 2005. 
    • Future Directions in Image-Guided Spine Surgery;  Neurosurgery at Jackson Hole, March 6-10, 2004.
    • Rh-BMP 2 Contributes to the Rapid Creation of Interbody Fusion when Utilized with the TLIF Procedure; Joint Spine Meeting, San Diego, California. March 18, 2004. 
    • Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion Using Polyetheretherketone Spacer (PEEK) and Bone Morphogenetic Protein;  Joint Spine Meeting, San Diego, California. March 18, 2004.
    • Prospective Comparison of Surgical Outcomes after Laminectomy with or without Instrumented Fusion for Lumbar Stenosis with Grade 1 Spondylolisthesis; AANS Annual Meeting, May 3, 2004.
    • Discogenic Back Pain: The Controversy in Treatment; Georgia Neurosurgical Society Annual Spring Meeting, Sea Island, GA, May 30, 2004.
    • T12 or L1 Burst Fracture with Significant Collapse, Kyphosis; Spinal Focus Meeting, New York December 3-4, 2004.
    • Cervical Disc Herniation in Foramen(lateral with Radiculopathy, Some Neck Pain; Spinal Focus Meeting, New York, December 3-4, 2004.