Dr. Small completed his medical education at the University of Nebraska in Omaha. Dr. Small also received a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Nebraska. After completing a residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, he completed a spine fellowship at the renowned Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Small has had comprehensive spine training involving the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. His special interest is in sports-related injuries.
Dr. Small has completed and maintains ongoing research projects and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Small’s practice is approximately 40% cervical spine, 55% lumbar spine, and 5% thoracic spine. He is currently using cage technology for lumbar fusions. He is well versed in endoscopic, microscopic, as well as traditional spine surgery techniques. Dr. Small is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.
Selby Spine. Park City, UT. January 2009
Surgical Treatment for Complex Cervical Degenerative Disease University of South Florida Department of Orthopaedics Grand Rounds. Tampa, FL Nov 21, 2008
Assure Anterior Cervical Plate System Globus Consultant Day Summit Philadelphia, PA August 14, 2008
Surgical Treatment of Adult Deformity
University of South Florida Department of Orthopaedics Grand Rounds. Tampa, FL March 20, 2008
Bilateral Intralaminar Decompression Selby Spine. Park City, UT. February 2008
Ostelysis with use of rhBMP-2
Selby Spine. Park City, UT. February 2008
Cervical Injuries in College Athletes
University of South Florida Department of Orthopaedics Grand Rounds. Tampa, FL. August 17, 2007
Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement using the Secure-C Sisyphean Spinal Society Meeting. Bermuda, July 18, 2007
Pitfalls of Deformity Correction in Adults
Florida Orthopaedic Society. Orlando, FL. May 18, 2007
Spine Injuries in the Athlete (Course Director)
Selby Spine Conference. Park City, UT. February 2007
Complex Revision Surgery and Fusion Using OP-1 (BMP-7) Stryker Biologics National Sales Meeting. January 14, 2007
Posterior Only Correction and Fusion With Peek Interbody Cages Globus National Sales Meeting. Innisbrook, FL. January 4, 2007
Surgical Management of Spine Disorders
Orthopaedic Workshop-University Community Hospital. Tampa, FL. April 2005
Design and Biomechanics of Flexible Rod Posterior Lumbar Instrumentation Preservation of Motion in the Spine. Duck Key, FL. March 2005
Deformity Reduction Using Lumbar Interbody Fusion Selby Spine Conference. Park City, UT. February 2005
Results of Anterior Cervical Fusion with Instrumentation using Peek Cages and Local Autograft.
Park City, UT. February 2004
Simple and Complex Surgical Management of Degenerative Cervical Spine Grandview Spine Symposium. Dayton, OH. October 2001.
Compression Fracture Management: Kyphoplasty / Vertebroplasty Grandview Spine Symposium. Dayton, OH. October 2001.
Surgical Management of the Degenerative Lumbar Spine Grandview Spine Symposium. Dayton, OH. October 2001.
Osteoporotic Spine Fractures Treated with Kyphoplasty
Florida Orthopaedic Institute – Spine Fellowship Grand Rounds. Tampa, FL. October 2000.
Updated and Recently Published Information Regarding IDET – Intradiscal ElectroThermal Therapy
Round Table Discussion. Orlando, FL. September 2000.
Osteoporotic Lumbar Fractures
St. Joseph’s Hospital Fracture Conference. Tampa, FL. November 1999.
Update in Spinal Surgery
Comprehensive Orthopedic Seminar. Tampa, FL. August 1999.
Minimally Invasive Spinal Procedures
Tampa Bay Association of Operating Room Nurses. Tampa, FL. October 1998.
Non-operative Treatment on Thoracolumbar Fractures
International Orthopaedic Association Combined Meeting. Auckland, New Zealand. February 1998.
Update of Spine Surgery
Florida Post Anesthesia Nurses Convention. Orlando, FL. February 1998.
EMG Monitoring of Pedicle Screw Placement in the Lumbar Spine Small J., Watkins R.
Fellows Conference. Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. Inglewood, CA. May 1996.
Thoracolumbar Spine Fracture Management Grand Rounds Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic. Inglewood, CA. March 1996.
Revision Surgery for Pseudoarthrosis after Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion, Anterior versus Posterior
David Selby Spine Conference. Keystone, CO. February 1996.
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Cervical Spine Involvement Grand Rounds Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, Inglewood, California. December 1995.
Long Term Follow-up of Patients with Fibular Hemimelia Treated with Syme Amputation.
University of Texas Southwestern Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds. July 1995
External Fixation of Isolated Femoral Shaft Fractures in Children Age 6-10 Years Old: A Randomized prospective Study.
Small J., Urrea L.
University of Texas Southwestern Department of Orthopedics Grand Rounds. June 1995.
Isometric Anterior Cruciate Ligament Replacement Using Commercially Available “Over the Top” Guide System: An Anatomic Study.
Texas Medical Association Meeting. May 1995.
Lidocaine Metabolism as an Index of Liver Function in Hepatic Transplant Donors and Recipients.
University of Nebraska Medical Center Transplant Grand Rounds. 1989
Malignant Tumors of the Sacrum . Vrionis FD, Small J, Kumar R, Sullivan M, Hamm A, Melton D, and Obadia M. American Association of Neurological Surgeons Meeting, 2004.
- Andrews S., Bunton, K., Billys J., Castellvi A., Weinstein M., Small J.: “Kyphoplasty for Fragility Fractures of the Spine: The Necessity for Intraoperative Biopsy.” Spine – Under Review
- Mahiquez M., Bunton K., Weinstein M., Carney G., Small J. “Non-Surgical Treatment of Lumbosacral Blastomycosis Involving L2-S1: A Case Report” Spine June 2008: 33 (13): E442–E446.
- Small J., Vrionis F.: “Surgical Management of Metastatic Spinal Neoplasms” Neurosurg Focus 2003 Nov 15;15(5):E12
- Small J., Dillin W., Watkins R.: “Clinical Syndromes in Cervical Myelopathy” Rothman and Simone. The Spine 1997.
- Lord M., Small J., Dinsay J., Watkins R.: “Lumbar Lordosis: Effects of Sitting and Standing.” Spine 1997. November 1: 22 (21): 2571-4.
- Birch J., Walsh S., Small J.: “Syme Amputation for the Treatment of Fibular Deficiency. An Evaluation of Long-Term Physical and Psychological Functional Status.” Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, November 1999.
- Cooper D.E., Small J., Urrea L.: “Factors Affecting Graft Excursion Patterns in Endoscopic Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction.” The Journal of Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology and Arthroscopy. 1998:6 Suppl 1:5. 20-4.
- Cooper D.E., Urrea L., Small J.: “Factors Affecting Isometry of Endoscopic Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: The Effect of Guide Offset and Rotation.” Arthroscopy 1998. March 14 (2): 164-70.
- Small J.: “In Vitro Red Blood Cell Tagging Using TC-99m and Commercially Available Stannous Pyrophosphate and EDTA for increasing Tagging Efficacy.” University of Nebraska Nuclear Pharmacy. 1984.
Clinical Research Trials
Aesculap: Clinical Study to Evaluate the Safety and Effectiveness of the Aesculap Activ- L Artificial Disc in the Treatment of Degenerative Disc Disease.
Medtronic: The SCORE study – Study of Curette Use for Obtaining Restoration of Vertebral Body Anatomy in Balloon Kyphoplasty.
Medtronic: A Prospective, Randomized, Controlled Pivotal Clinical Investigation of DIAM™ Spinal Stabilization System in Patients with Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease.
DePuy: DISCOVER – A Multi-Center, Prospective, Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Cervical Arthroplasty to Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) for the Treatment of Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD).
Kyphon: KAVIAR – Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty in the Augmentation and Restoration of Vertebral Body Compression Fractures.
Impliant: A Prospective, Multi-Center Clinical Study to Assess the Safety and Effectiveness of the Impliant Tops System.
Globus: A Prospective Randomized Clinical Investigation of the SECURE™-C Cervical Artificial Disc – A Pivotal Study.
Medtronic: A Prospective, Randomized, Controlled Pivotal Clinical Investigation of DIAM™ Spinal Stabilization System in Patients with Degenerative Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.
Medtronic: RhBMP-2/CRM/CD Horizon® Spinal System – Pivotal, Multicenter Randomized Posterior Lumbar Fusion Study.
Prospective Randomized Study Comparing Polyethylethylketone Cages and Allograft for Two Level Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion.